Last month Musicvein featured the single ‘Keep Running’ by a mysterious Swiss newcomer called Aura Davis.
Having little to go on and wanting to know more about the person behind the big sound, Musicvein sought her out to get the lowdown!
Musicvein: Aura, thanks for taking the time out to do this interview for Musicvein readers, we just want to get to know you a little better, find out where you’re from and what makes you tick. So the floor is yours…
Aura: Hello! Well I’m Aura from Switzerland, I’m half Swiss and half Italian – my dad and family coming from Calbria in Southern Italy, so while my native language is Swiss-German, I also speak a lot of Italian as well as English.
My love for music started when I was very little, I was brought up in a household where we constantly listened to music but saying that, none of my parents are musical or play any instruments – I was the first to do that. Like any other kid that starts off playing an instrument, I started with the flute but switched to acoustic guitar which I played for about nine months. Though the guitar is my first love, I put it down because unfortunately my family were not very supportive of me doing music. I grew up in a household where my parents were of the nature that it’s academics first and a career, so while art has its place, it should never be above everything else. That mentality made it hard for me to accept my ambition and live it out loud.
It was always clear to me what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be but in my childhood there was also disruptions of my parents having a lot of fights, moving around quite often because of my dad’s job – we switched locations so much I had to find new friends way too often! So basically it took me a lot of time to cope with things, get my mind straight and just be able to stand up for myself and say this is what I want to do!
It’s interesting the fact that now I’m doing what I love, I get the applause and ‘I’m proud of you’ comments which helps because I’m a total perfectionist – which is another issue I have – I’ve always said to myself that if I want to live music out loud that I have to make it good, be the best I can be and really give my everything. I feel that I am doing that, especially with the team that I have around me.
For my new single ‘Keep Running’ I knew I wanted to work with Steve Van Velvet because I admire his work, he would get me out of my comfort zone and I like that, I want to work with people that keep challenging me. So ‘Keep Running’ started off as all my song do – I have my papers, guitar, an emotion and feeling. When you create a song with just an acoustic guitar, it can be taken anywhere! You can take it to a studio and make a huge over-production, or you can keep it simple like a campfire track.
For me as a new artist, it’s really important for me to dive into every corner of my mind’s creativity – even sonically. My team bring that to me, when you have your limited mind on how you want a sound, it’s great to have someone around to jump in and say ‘Hey, how about we try this?’ that’s what happened in this case.
So I was so excited to launch this song and get my music out there, receive public feedback and have an EP to follow – but I’ve had to put those plans with the EP on hold for now. I’ve been writing like crazy though at the moment so who knows, maybe it won’t be an EP that I release but a whole album – I just don’t know, for the moment we’ll go with the flow and not make too many plans that can be crushed.
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