I have recently had the extreme pleasure of conducting an interview with David Geftakys. David is a singer based in Los Angeles Here is his Bio
David Geftakys is a new artist/songwriter from Los Angeles. His first big splash in the music world came with the release of his first music video and single "Games We Play" which has been spreading all over social networks.He has several releases already under his belt. His first EP, 'Lines In My Hands', was met with strong reviews from both critics and fans. His single 'And You' was rated in the top 1% of song reviews by SoundOut, a partner of Fontana music, and his single 'Say It All' Was rated in the top 5%. David's songs have become a favourite with online Radio DJ's and fans alike, earning him several features as Artists of the Month, Artists of the Year, and Best Music Video (Artists In Music Awards) nominations. David appeared on the late-night style show, 'Live Taping with David Valdez' at Universal Studios, and was a guest on KCLA's 'The In Show'. But by far David's biggest hit with his fans has been 'Games We Play' and the music video that accompanied the release.
So sit yourselves down grab a glass of something cool and here we go.
My first question for David
1) I did some research on you and your career and wanted to ask you about your involvement with "Music for a cure", I'm not sure whether you are aware but I am a qualified Children's Nurse and have worked extensively with critically ill children. Will you be participating in any future events such as this?
2) As you know I do play your music and am a fan. A particular favourite of mine is "Games we play". Have you a favourite song or cover of your own? Is there any particular reason why this is a favourite?
I have a lot of favorites, probably to be expected as a musician. :-) And my favorite as far as other people's music would go probably changes every week, or at least every month. =) A few weeks ago I actually covered a song at one of my acoustic performances. I performed Skyfall by Adelle and was joined halfway to the performance by Casey Abrams from American Idol. But I do have a few all-time favorites like Name by The Google Dolls or Message in a Bottle by The Police. I can't see myself getting tired of those classics.
3) You worked in collaboration on another favourite song of mine "You're Alive" with David Gielan. Can we expect to see any future collaborations with either David or another artist? I have this one on my cloud and love the words.
Yes. Although I don't have a collaboration scheduled right now I do love collaborating with other artists and I'm sure something else is in the works in the near future. The lyrics on that song were fun to write and we wanted to give a feeling of hope to some of those who feel alone or powerless. We wanted to remind people they have so much possibility within themselves.
4) Who wrote "You're Alive" and is there a tale to tell behind the words?
I guess my last answer kind of answers this question. I wrote this song with David Gielan. We just wanted to put together a song that made people feel good, full of energy, and most importantly remind people that they're important.
5) I know your favourite film is "Rear Window". Have you ever considered acting as a profession?
Yeah, I love that movie along with quite a few other offered Hitchcock films. When I first moved to Los Angeles, before I was approached by an opportunity in music I was acting at Playhouse West, an acting school in North Hollywood. I guess I just love creativity in general. And though music is my lifelong passion, ever since I can remember, performing as an actor could be another very exciting and rewarding vocation.
6) This is one question that all your UK and Irish fans may be interested in (myself included!). Will you be coming to the UK to perform either live or in concert in the near future?
I love knowing that my UK and Irish fans are excited to see me come to the UK, but you're not alone. In fact I bet I'm more excited about getting a chance to tour there than you are. Ha ha ha I don't have this tour scheduled as of yet, but I'm making the connections on the business side to try to make that happen. And of course, the only real way it's ever going to happen is if my UK and Ireland fans keep sharing my music aggressively with everyone they can find there, including radio & TV stations. With your help I know I'll be there before long.
7) If you did come to the UK have you a dream venue to perform at?
I've always seen myself playing somewhat more intimate venues all around the UK and Ireland. Of course who wouldn't love to play at renowned concert halls like The Royal Albert Hall? But for me I am equally as eager to get a chance to connect directly with my fans (as you all know) and smaller venues definitely give an artist that opportunity.
8) I know that you play piano and guitar(acoustic and electric), are there any other instruments you would like to play?
I would love to play something like the clarinet or trumpet, and of course I love the drums. In fact, I have held off from getting myself a set of drums specifically because I know once I have I get a set I will do nothing but play them. Ha ha ha
9) Have you ever managed to meet any of your favourite performers in real life? If so can you let us know who they were?
Yes, I have. Several actually. I met the guitar player from Alice In Chains and the drummer Stewart Copeland from The Police. Both of those musicians are from bands I have loved my whole life. Sum41 partied with me and my hotel room in Tokyo which was kind of nuts. And I've also met downs like Blue Öyster Cult and Foghat who are big classic rock bands. That was pretty cool. For me I'd really rather connect with people as "people", not really into the celebrity thing. In my personal opinion it is very dehumanizing.
My grateful thanks to David for his insights and lovely responses to my interview questions.
You can find David on Twitter and on Facebook too so please do me (and David) a favour and follow this amazing and gorgeous young man and support him in his future career, as I do.
I had a 10th question but you will have to visit Skelat to see the answer as I will be sharing this post with them I am one of the interviewers for Skelat and currently researching my next victim (oops interviewee!)
For all of you waiting for the final part of my three part story, that will be published this week.