DEVON WILLIAMS IN DISTRICT, OC WEEKLY


emily rose

Download: Devon Williams “A Truce”

(from “A Truce” 45 on L.A. RECORD)

Great press for Devon to advance my show at the Prospector tomorrow. (THAT’S DEVON WILLIAMS AT THE PROSPECTOR IN LONG BEACH TOMORROW NIGHT!!!! CLICK HERE FOR MUSIC AND REASONS TO GO!!!!) Full fun below.

Ellen was gonna talk Nilsson with him (per this little artifact) but they got more philosophical:

What drives you to continue to make music every day? I know you said something once about cheesy questions, and that’s kind of a cheeseball question, but I mean it sincerely.
I don’t really have a drive to make music, it’s just this thing that comes naturally. It naturally grew into an outlet. Whereas certain kids might play football and get out their aggressions or angst, or some people might put their head in a pillow and scream, I was fascinated with guitars—not guitar gear, but the idea of being someone that plays guitar in the band. I acquired a guitar and it really just grew naturally and became this outlet. It’s kind of been really understated in my life, just having a guitar and playing it—I never questioned it, wondered what was it for. My mom always said it was really therapeutic for me and I was like, ‘Ah mom, what are you talking about?’ But in a way she’s right: Sometimes if I don’t play guitar for a week, it’s like, ‘Oh man I haven’t played guitar in a week!’ And I get really frustrated, and I get angry, and I drink . . . these crazy things. And then I just realize I have rail a lot. I have to do it or I’ll turn into a raging asshole. It’s not really a drive, rather than just like—
A preventative measure?
Yeah, it’s like, ‘Do you want me to be a crazy jerk? Or do you want me to just be normal?’

The rest of that here. And Doug Wallen gets Devon going on chronology that’s new to me—he’s 27? Amazing. He’s ageless to me.

“The promoters weren’t really familiar with us, and just assumed it was a guy with an acoustic guitar,” he remembers. “We’d go on and [play] really loud. So that’s a bad part of having my name be the name of the band.” Asked if he ever plays alone, he quickly replies, “No. That’s my least favorite thing.”

The rest of that here. Flyer and info on the show here. And come out early for tons of fun on 4th St. beforehand—Pike and {open} will be hopping. Also—Billgazer last-min DJ add for tomorrow because you really can’t do a show in Long Beach without Billgazer blessing.

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