Exclusive Interview with Indie Duo David & Olivia

David & Olivia create musical experiences that are amazingly true, honest, and from the heart. This well-traveled Americana group offers a refreshing, unique sound that stirs the scores of listeners across the nation. The group’s debut album, On the Sea, will be released on May 14, 2013. We spoke with David and Olivia on how they met and how their musical journey has been, and here’s what they had to say:

On how Olivia and David started their group venture:

Olivia: “When I met David I was performing solo material and open to all musical endeavors. Everything since has just happened naturally. There wasn’t any preconceived thought of anything other than recording some vocals on his solo record. It’s kind of amazing how perfectly everything came together organically.”

On what intrigued David about Olivia, and Olivia about David:

David: “Olivia’s voice struck me immediately. The honesty and power of her voice were so very refreshing and I knew that she was the perfect fit for this duet I was writing at the time.”

Olivia: “David’s songwriting is pretty remarkable. I met him through his songs when he reached out to me after that show in Hollywood. I loved the true musicianship of his work. Very real, very raw. Ever since that night, people have complimented on the way our voices work together. Can’t deny what the people hear!”

On pursuing music as a career:

Olivia: “I think there were many specific points in my life that guided me down this road. I remember staring at the TV watching music videos on MTV in 1st grade. I wanted to be in Ace Of Base! Then Leann Rimes hit at a young age and I knew I wanted that! Then came Britney Spears and I still knew I wanted that! Then I did musical theatre, then I had a rock band at 14. We showcased for record companies, then Avril Lavigne hit! I don’t think there was a time in my life that I did not know I was supposed to be singing and making music.”

David: I think I realized that music was something that was deeply rooted in me the moment I picked up the guitar at 12 or 13 years old. Honestly, I didn’t know a damn thing about playing, but I just sat in my room focused until I figured out how to put my fingers here or there trying desperately to write songs that couldn’t wait to get out. As for knowing when this was something to pursue as a career, it was pretty simple actually… Music has been the only constant in my life, outside of my family. When I came home from playing a football game in high school. When I was left with heartbreak. When I finished college. When I decided that sitting in a cubicle and climbing the corporate ladder wasn’t for me. Music had always been there. I said to myself, ‘I might as well figure out a way to make a living at it’.”

On the perfect artist to collaborate with:

Olivia: “Oh my. It’s totally not in the genre but I would really love for David and I to work with Timbaland! As an artist, I would just like to see what we came up with together.”

On their coming up with the album title On the Sea:

David: “It comes from a lyric in one of the songs on the record called, ‘Weather Change.’ We wanted something that came from the material. With this being our debut album together it’s as if we’re setting sail and are now On the Sea.

 On their top three favorite songs from the album:

David: “That’s a tough one… we’d have to go with the first 3 on the album ‘Every Now n’ Then (I Could Use A Friend),’ ‘Finally Fine’ and ‘Key to My Heart’.”

On describing their music in one word:

Olivia: “Real. It’s not over produced, it speaks for itself and it’s from the heart.”

On the best memory of the musical experience thus far:

Olivia: “I like to think that the best is yet to come. I’m looking forward to more traveling, more adventures more music in the making. There’s so much more that lies ahead; I’m excited about all of that!”

On how aspiring artists can have the opportunity to do what you are doing right now:

Olivia: “If it is your passion, it is meant to become your life. Fill up your daily schedule with everything you desire and it will become what fuels your life. I truly believe that when I finally let go of bad habits, and all the things that were taking up quality time and energy, my life opened up to music and quickly filled up with all that I knew I wanted. People will tell you to get a real job, and you may need to have a job to supplement your life so that you can do what you want. The key is to not let that become a source of negativity, but a source of gratefulness so that you are consistently putting out the positive energy; you only get what you put out!”

On upcoming tours and shows that would interest fans:

David: “In June we’re headed out to the East Coast for a swing of dates and throughout the summer we’ll be up and down the west coast at various venues and wineries. We’re hoping to route through the Midwest in fall. It’s all very exciting and we can’t wait to spread the gospel.”

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