“As artists we need to stay involved in the business end …”

Check out the interview with David D Stewart exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
David D Stewart:
I grew up in a musical family. Mom played piano and organ in church and dad was a reserve violinist in the Houston Orchestra. I played in bands till I was 20, then it was time to join the job market and get married. In 2007 I moved to Austin for a new job and was laid off in 2008. One day a friend I grew up with talked me into maybe looking at songwriting. I took a look, did some research, and started writing songs. I now have 3 CDs out and am working on a 4th.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
When I see a subject matter that one of my songs pertains to I try and get a link into the conversation.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge is trying to write a good song. One that will get the emotions flowing. To overcome that I throw in emotions that maybe I don’t have but would be interesting if I did have them.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
We have a great music scene in Austin, plenty of talented musicians, singers, and songwriters. The only problem with that is it’s hard to make a living with music when clubs have so many people to pick from.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think the future of music is going to be streaming. You will get in your car and turn on Spotify or Pandora with your own radio station and playlist. As artists we need to stay involved in the business end and make sure that artists and songwriters are compensated for their work.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Get used to rejection. The no’s far outnumber the yes’s.

What inspires you to write your next song?
I write something every day even if I am not inspired to. Most of the time the writing spurs on the inspiration and then it’s off to the races.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Lots of work. I’m one of those guys who likes to roll up his sleeves and dig deep into a song and what message the song is trying to convey. Where will it take me? On a journey through emotions?

What do you think makes a great song?
If we could answer that question everyone would be a hit songwriter.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.ddstewartmusic.com
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/daviddstewart
YouTube: www.youtube.com/ddstewartmusic