“If I’m any type of bitch, I’m a glass half full bitch,” preaches thee David Davis, packing the perfect blend of punch and confidence, but sweetness and realness at the same time. I mean…even his name has a “hold for applause” effect. But it wasn’t always effortless leadership and solo work for David. In talking to him, I was reminded of the importance in trusting your artistic journey, and even more-so, trusting yourself.
David’s love for music and dance brought him to theatre, which he dedicated middle, highschool, and college to. Born to be a performer, it wasn’t long after graduating college that David’s schedule filled up like I fill up on bread before the meal comes. Booked and busy, David started to feel the lack of artistic independence and creative freedom that came with his theatre career. So after his last show, David started choreographing, backup dancing, and DJing. He choreographed for Dorian Electra and connected with Fee Lion, who became a big inspiration in terms of concepts and looks. Finally, it was time for David to compile his network, experiences, and show who he really was.
His debut EP, Spotlight, symbolizes him breaking ties with always being the supporting character, the behind the scenes helper, and the ghost writer. Performing to someone else’s music is its own feat, but making it? David comments, “it’s raw, it’s your voice.” Nervous at first to commit, David’s EP is versatile, fun, and dripping with artistry. Empowering and intoxicating dance tracks, “Pump It” and “Take It” provide you with prime booty shaking grooves while his techno-ballad, “Still” showcases softness and r&b pop influence. His range is superb and his theatrics give his voice the ability to master riffs, fast raps, slow raps, and looped hooks all in one. It almost sounds like his songs feature other vocalists- but nope, it’s just David wearing a different hat! It doesn’t go without noticing that David’s music and persona inspires you to embrace yourself in all forms. See lyrics below:
“I’m a black king,
I’m a femme queen.
If you not with it,
it’s time to join the winning team.”
Looking back at his artistic career, David reflects on a conversation with his high school theatre teacher, MC, who he still keeps in touch with. She’d always have a special group of seniors who she’d talk to, telling them what their special talent was, preparing them for college auditions. David waited patiently, wondering why the time was ticking and MC hadn’t sat him down with a game plan. Finally one day, she addressed his discern. “You wanna know what your talent is, don’t you little David?” MC told him his talent was his talent…that he was good at being good at things. And after years of being good at things, David now holds the power to uplift others just like MC inspired him.
David just collabed with another amazing Chicago artist, Lassai, on “Excellent” and says we can look forward to new music with videos RICH in choreo and dance. Keep up with thee David Davis on Instagram and Spotify and be sure to follow @wereinthemiddle for his weekly virtual party with Chicago DJs, @elbrujo333 and @misstwinkusa.