David Myles will headline the Deep Roots Music Festival this week. Deep Roots is celebrating its 10th anniversary. - Submitted
David Myles says he’s “always been obsessed” with music.
Myles, who is one of the headliners at the 10th anniversary of Deep Roots this weekend in Wolfville, has always loved collecting records and listening to music. He began playing trumpet in Grade 5, and was always “really serious” about it during school, he says, but he dabbled in many other things. It wasn’t until he was about to get a job that he discovered songwriting.
During a year-long trip to China, he bought a green and red $30 guitar and taught himself to play. He learned a few chords and wrote a song to fit his knowledge. It was a great year, he says, because he came home with a “whole new focus,” something he never expected.
“After the first song I wrote, it felt like it really tapped into my passion for music in a really fundamental way. If I could imagine a sound or feeling, I felt like it was a complete package,” he explained.
Myles has forged his own path by embracing modern and vintage pop, folk and soul music.
Folk music, he says, is “real and authentic, a guy and his guitar.”
Most of all, however, he’s known for his trademark love songs. He draws from his personal experiences to pen those tunes and calls his wife of five years his “muse.”
His new double album, In the Nighttime, is what happens when the two sides of his musical persona – sultry crooner and energetic showman – join forces. Disc One is a full-length album brimming with vintage pop songs and romantic folk ballads. Disc Two is a six-song EP of contemporary, beat-laden tracks produced by hip-hop artist Classified. Myles’ songwriting and smooth vocals power both.
“They are both dream records. The full-length represents the ultimate session with the best live players,” said Myles. “The EP was the product of an amazing ongoing collaboration, and I couldn’t help but include it. This has been a really creative time, and the double album is a complete picture of where I am right now, musically.”
Working with Classified, he said, allowed him to combine many different styles of music, including R&B, soul, reggae and jazz.
“The dynamic in the studio is really positive,” he said, adding that the collaboration has been ongoing for a few years now. “Every time we got a chance, we got together. What made it so unique is the energy and enthusiasm we share.”
This is the second time Myles has performed at Deep Roots. He will host the Main Stage on Sept. 28 and says he’s looking forward to the return trip.