Featured Artist: David Fanning
You may not know David Fanning’s name yet but you know his music. Fanning has been the guiding force behind hits from artists like Parmalee and Thompson Square. His producing expertise has lead him to discover new sounds that ditch many of the traditional instruments of country music. You won’t hear banjos or a steel guitar while listening to his songs instead a blend of country lyrics with a modern almost pop sound.
We caught up with artist and producer to talk to his about his latest EP, Dreamers.
You’ve produced songs for bands like Parmalee and Thompson Squared. What do you enjoy more right now performing or producing?
That’s a hard question, you know it’s fun making sounds and creating sounds for other artists but at the end of the day there’s nothing like getting on stage and playing your own music. I definitely enjoy them both in their own different ways but being out on the road is a little more fun than being caught up in the studio.
Where has been your favorite place to perform so far?
Oh wow. I think the Greek Theater, it was kind of an iconic place for me to play.
Justin Timberlake gave you the green light as far as making “Drink You Away” your first single. What was that like talking to him and getting his blessing?
One of my good buddies, Storme Warren from “The Highway” called me up and was like, “Hey man, I’ve got this guy coming in and his name is Justin so I was wondering if maybe you could do a song and show him what it would sound like if it was country.” And I was like yeah when is he coming in and he’s like tomorrow. So I went in the studio and I had it all done that day and they played it for Timberlake the next morning on the show. He flipped out over it and tweeted me, after all that we all ended up getting together and released it as a single. It was really cool to have his support.
It seems like that single took on a life of it’s own, it obviously doesn’t hurt to have Storme Warren behind you. Your next single “First” has now been played on Spotify over 3 million times, what does that mean to you? Were you shocked it had even more success?
I think what it does is just prove people love music and they’ll find it and if a song’s cool they connect to it. Streaming to me is amazing and it’s changed the way that I look at music. As long as I’ve been in town I’ve always thought I need to be inside the box or radio’s not going to play it. Over that past couple years I’ve reprogramed myself to say you know what I’m going to put out music that I love and it resonates with people.
Can you tell me a little about your new single “Riding To The Beat”? What inspired it and the sound?
You know again it kind of goes back to doing what I personally want to do, I’m lucky enough to be with a company, NV Entertainment that let’s me be me. When we were doing, “Riding to the Beat” I didn’t set out to make this new sound I just did what I know how to. It came about in an interesting way, we were just going for a song that day, we weren’t really writing for my project we were just writing and we had that title. Sound wise I always just try to do something that I have fun with and I want to listen to.
Where do you see yourself in the next year or so?
Taking over the world.
Definitely tour, I think that’s the next step for sure. We’re working on setting up a tour right now and that’s where it all comes together. You can have all the online stuff but connecting with real people is what it’s all about so I definitely want to tour as much as possible.
What are your plans with your EP?
I have three more EPs coming out in the next 9-10 months. In December I have the next chapter, “Lovers” and in February we’ll have another one called “Liars”, I think May is the fourth named “Strangers”.
Where can our readers get more of you, obviously Spotify but when are you planning to have tour dates?
All the normal outlets, we’re working on getting on the road but it will probably be springtime before we get out there.
Want more David Fanning? Check out his website or follow him on Spotify.