We have a special guest here today…someone who took us down our personal memories and made us reminisce and goes through our life experience through her latest song “So It Goes”…
We have Aura Davis.
Q1) Hello Aura! First thing I have to ask…”So It Goes”, did you write that from personal experience? Please tell us about the behind-the-scenes of writing this one!
Oh totally ? I guess we’ve all been in that situation before. A relationship or affair that isn’t healthy and sure as hell won’t work out. It tells the story of two people who just can’t stop going back to each other knowing very well it always ends up dirty but they still go for it anyway. I think we’ve all been there, we all have that one person. It was important to me to not make it a ballad or a sad song. I wanted to display the wild side to it, especially being a woman. There are a lot of lines in it I think capture the very essence of this situation.
Q2) Speaking of writing songs…you also compose the music? Why don’t you take us through your composition workflow…how does everything come together?
Oh well, there is no “that’s how I do it.” That’s what I really love about songwriting. Sometimes it starts with lyrics that really touch me, sometimes it’s a certain melody I can’t get out of my head and sometimes I just start completely from scratch just sitting in the studio think about what’s going on in my life. I always say I’m a writer first. That’s the one thing that’s always the same. I write all day and everywhere. Sometimes into the endless list on my phone, sometimes on paper or even on napkins. Totally depends on where I am and what options I have, to write my down thoughts. For whatever reason I mostly sit on the floor when I write. I gather my guitar and write the day away. If I wrote something acoustically on my guitar, I play it for my producer once I think it’s done and then we take it to the studio and start to work on the demo.
Q3) So you play guitars…What got you into guitars? And when did you start playing?
I have always been in love with guitars. I started to play when I was 8 years old. But not for long. Soon after I started my life got very complicated and I somehow lost touch with everything that was important to me before. I moved out of my parent’s house when I was just 15. I picked it up again when I was 22. And haven’t put it down ever since.
Q4) If we would go through your Spotify or apple music playlists…what would we find there?
A lot of progressive rock y bands like Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Soen or Katatonia. That’s my absolute favorite and I could listen to it for years without ever stopping. But apart from that there’s also good old female rock’n’roll. Melissa Etheridge, Joan Jett, Grace Potter and others. It’s mainly rock music I listen to. But sometimes, I also enjoy to follow really good writers such as Taylor Swift or Lennon Stella.
Q5) Tell us about gigs! Did you perform live before? What are the most notable gigs you did?
I spent all summer/fall 2022 playing across the UK, Germany, and a little bit of Switzerland. I played everywhere really and I will totally continue to do that this year. The most notable probably was my first gig at The Finsbury in London. I was the only artist that wasn’t from London but I got the Headliner Slot right away. And then, they invited me back as a headliner only 6 weeks later.
A6) We know that recording a song or an album is a pretty exhausting process…but it also does some good things to us…what was a memorable experience from recording this song?
It was funny to tell a more or less “tragic” song in a bold and sexy way. I remember recording the chorus three times. The melody sounded less aggressive in the beginning. And I dragged it out a little more each week. It was also the first time we re-amped all the guitars. Since I recorded in my own home studio, my neighbors probably were having a hard time during those weeks because – I have a tendency to record at night ?
Q7) If you would get a chance to choose 2 current artists or bands to share the stage with…who would you choose? And why?
Melissa Etheridge and Grace Potter without a doubt. They have an energy that’s undeniable and it would be a pleasure to play with them.
Q8) What are your plans for the future?
I am in the middle of recording my debut record in London. So that takes up a lot of my time right now. And, the music will be slightly different than what I have done until now. In order to make a clean cut, I decided to release an EP containing 4 of my releases songs, 3 acoustic versions and 2 new bonus tracks. Many people have been asking about physical CDs as well in the past 2 years and that’s what I did with the EP. There will be a very Limited Edition of physical, signed copies of it to buy on my website. That will go live in approximately 2 weeks.
For now, there’s the pre-save phase for the digital release going on. Here’s the link to that:
Q9) Can you tell us why we should listen to Aura Davis? Give us your best elevator pitch!
If you are into storytelling and lyrics. If you are into strong female vocals, Aura Davis is for you. I don’t shy away from saying things that’s hard or uncomfortable. On the contrary – in my opinion, those are the things worth writing about.
Aura, we had the pleasure of listening to your song “So It Goes” and also the pleasure of chatting with you, we wish you all the best in the world!