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S3: E18: David Bradford - Keeping The Demons At Bay

December 14, 2022 Backstage Pass Radio Season 3 Episode 18
Backstage Pass Radio
S3: E18: David Bradford - Keeping The Demons At Bay
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Date: December 14, 2022
Name of podcast: Backstage Pass Radio
Episode title and number:  S3: E18: David Bradford - Keeping The Demons At Bay

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David Bradford is a powerful acoustic singer/songwriter from Calgary, Alberta. 

Originally from the U.S., David connected with words and music at an early age, as a means to channel his struggle with abandonment and his fiercely religious upbringing. The result is a sincere, empathic storyteller. After his move to Calgary in ’06, David began playing upwards of 90 plus show’s a year, cutting his teeth playing clubs, corporate events, restaurants, and bars. In 2016, David enlisted Juno Award Winning producer Russell Broom, to produce David’s first EP “(Cry in Your Sleep)”, recorded in Calgary at Broom Closet Studios. In 2018 David recorded a Country EP with Russell Broom entitled "It's Okay.” The single from that EP “It’s Okay” has gone on to be nominated for the YYCMA Country Recording of the year category; as well as receiving an “Honourable Mention” in the Unsigned Only global songwriting competition based out of Nashville. This song was selected out of 6,000 worldwide submissions. David Bradford is among Canada’s most proficient unsigned songwriters. 

With over 500 songs to credit, he is a “song a day” writer, with seemingly endless ideas for catchy riffs, melodies, and profound lyrics. He has worked with Emmy award-winning producer Jamie Houston from Nashville and co-written the song "Make it to the Diamond” also produced by Russell Broom. A song that has been selected for Spotify's "Down Home Country" playlist. A playlist that spotlights new and popular Country songs.

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Randy Hulsey, David Bradford, Adam Gordon


Randy Hulsey  00:00

Today I'm excited to be joined by a super talented singer songwriter out of Victoria, British Columbia. Happy Holidays to everyone tuning in. It's Randy Hulsey, here with backstage pass radio. And today I am joined by an empathic storyteller, and a prolific songwriter that has a couple of new singles out. Let's head out to the northwest and chat with my pal, David Bradford. And we will do that right after this.


Adam Gordon  00:25

This is backstage pass radio, the podcast that's designed for the music junkie with a thirst for musical knowledge. Hi, this is Adam Gordon. And I want to thank you all for joining us today. Make sure you like subscribe and turn the alerts on for this and all upcoming podcasts. And now here's your host of backstage pass radio, Randy Halsey.


Randy Hulsey  00:54

David Bradford, welcome to the show. Brother. How are you?


David Bradford  00:57

I'm good. Thank you for having me.


Randy Hulsey  00:58

My pleasure. Thanks for being here. First of all, I wanted to give a quick shout out to Steph for kind of turning me on to your music. She spoke a lot of of you and the music and she's like you got to you got to check him out. You gotta get him on the show. So we made that happen, man. Here we are. And thanks for being here. I appreciate you.


David Bradford  01:19

Yeah, no, I appreciate her throwing my hat in for you. Yeah, for sure. And


Randy Hulsey  01:23

so talk to me just a little bit about how long you've been in this musical game. And what's the How long has this been going on for you?


David Bradford  01:33

It's been well over 20 years. Yeah, I mean, I picked up a first guitar, I guess I picked up when I was I was 13. And it was my mom's old 12 string that was buried in the, in the closet under the stairs basically. And, you know, I had started writing poetry when I was when I was a kid. And I think I just kind of looked at the guitar and found it as a way to, to kind of get my words out there a bit better. And so I just grabbed the guitar. And it just started strumming didn't really know what I was doing. And started just kind of creating some some songs. And they were obviously very, very terrible. But you know, you got to start somewhere. And then I remember I remember passing I think it just kind of fell by the wayside a bit. And then I remember passing rock Guitar Center in, I guess it would have been in Arlington, Texas. And I, you know, I asked my father, I said, I really want to play the electric guitar and and then he proceeded to set me up with a fitness contract. So you can see where some of my life has been spent as a professional weightlifting coach. So yeah, so I had to, I had to run a certain amount of miles, do certain amount of push ups, certain amount of set ups, pull ups, whatnot. And then I can get a guitar. So I got the guitar started sort of just playing around on it, making a horrible sounds with it. And started getting guitar lessons getting a little bit better and started writing from there. And I just fell in love with it. It was something that I just just kind of called out to me and something that just kind of locked me in. For better or for worse. I think for a lot of people, when they get wrapped in with music, it can be a bit of a hack, you can have a duality to the relationship. Yes, sometimes you feel like it's a curse and and a gift. Sure. Because it's something that you can't let go of, and never lets go of you. Yeah, so yeah, I you know, I, to me, it always began with with lyrics. So I think that was something that was always of the utmost importance to me when I was writing a song. And, you know, I've had a lot of help throughout the years with a lot of really talented songwriters and guiding me and aiding me in developing my craft. And after all that time I feel like it's it's really paid off in a lot of ways. But yeah, it's been a it's been tough. It's been a long road.


Randy Hulsey  04:01

Yeah, well, we'll definitely get into a little bit more about your music, and it's very versatile boat. Yeah, we'll get more into that. But I was gonna say it's interesting that, you know, somebody starting out on a 12 string, I could have thought of a little bit easier of an instrument to start out on myself, but maybe you're just that caliber player. I don't know, but that 12 string can be assured as weapon learning to play on for sure.


David Bradford  04:33

I you know, I think it's fitting it fits the the rest of my path so far. was no no easy way out. Yeah. Right. Which is which is good. I mean, you know, as tough as it is, in the present experience, things like that. It definitely yields great benefits.


Randy Hulsey  04:51

Well, you know, you know what they say they they've always said if you can play it on an acoustic you can play it on anything and I would say that about the 12 string If you can play any song on the 12 string, the six string is just twice as easy to do, right?


David Bradford  05:05

Yeah. Yeah, that's true, man.


Randy Hulsey  05:08

Well, would you would you say that you are predominantly an acoustic artist? Are you an electric artist as well talk to me a little bit about that.


David Bradford  05:17

It's really become more about the acoustic for me. I mean, I love I love playing the electric, you know, when I had bands that I was performing with, you know, I did play a lot of electric. And you know, and I've gone from, you know, playing metal bands, hard rock bands, and you know, I write pretty much everything. So it all feels quite natural. The thing I love about the acoustic guitar, though, is it's, it's just, it has something that's That's seems to almost feel soulful. Yeah, the electric guitar does that as well. But there's something about the acoustic guitar that feels a bit more raw. Yeah, and it's more, you know, touches on true song writer to me, you know, when you grab somebody that has, and you can get up there and rip on the electric guitar. It's great. But when you have to stand up in front of everybody with just an acoustic guitar, there's no place to hide, you're exposed for sure. Yeah. And I like that. I like that quality, especially when, you know, when you're performing one of your original works, it's, it's exposing your own personal diary. So I think, yeah, I think the acoustic guitar matches that vulnerability.


Randy Hulsey  06:26

I 150%. agree with what you said, the local artists that I have on my show come into the studio, and I always set up a mic, a vocal mic and a guitar mic and have them pick two or three songs to play live, you know, which is nice in the setting. And the music always resonates so much better. Not only in person, but just the artist and the guitar because again, like you said, there's there's no fabricating the music. You can't hide behind it. It's as raw as it gets. And it's coming straight from the heart, just like Bryan Adams said, and it Enix, it exposes the artists to vulnerability. And they just put everything out there with the acoustic. So it's a cool instrument. And I like you. You know, I was the rock pig back in the 80s long hair playing in the bands. And something happened. I stopped playing the acoustic I mean, the electric and I bought my first acoustic. And I have some cool electrics in here. Teles and whatnot. I just don't play them. I'm, I'm an acoustic guy. And it weirds my son out who is a phenomenal electric and acoustic player. Dad, why don't you play that those Teles? And, you know, let's do it. I know I don't, I just don't care. I don't get the same enjoyment out of them that I do the acoustic I'm an acoustic guy. So that's why I wanted to ask you, you know, are you an acoustic guy predominantly, or do you mix it up? Or kind of what the deal was right?


David Bradford  08:05

Yeah, no, totally. I you know, I I just perform. I just performed solo now. So obviously, in that case, the Acoustic Guitarist is obviously a bit easier to perform with as a solo artist. Sounds a bit better. Electric you can get away with but not for not for three hours.


Randy Hulsey  08:30

Exactly. Now, were you doing when you're doing your shows? Are you strictly originals? Are you you blend in any covers in there? Like, is there a mix for you talk to me a little bit about the format of a typical David Bradford show?


David Bradford  08:44

Yeah, I tried to. I mean, if it was if it was up to me, I would, I would just perform originals the entire time. But you know, of course, you want people to have some familiarity, you know, something that they can really connect with, because they don't know your stuff yet. I tried to do the first set, just as originals. And then from there, I usually just start mixing it. But it's kind of depends on the audience and the crowd and, and what everybody's vibing on, and you just try to read everybody as best you can, and adapt when you feel like it's best for me because you know what it all is said and done. You are performing. You're a performer. So it is less about you at that point. It's more about the crowd song. Yeah, yeah, I'm


Randy Hulsey  09:29

sure. Absolutely. Well, I think you had mentioned at one at one time you are what around 90 shows a year and I don't know if that was pre COVID Post COVID. But have you seen that pickup since you know COVID has kind of somewhat released its Stranglehold I know it's a little different up in DC. Like you mentioned that you guys really just got opened back up but what what have you seen Ain't change since then versus before.


David Bradford  10:04

It's a bit different for me, because we've been in Victoria for two years now, just a little over two years. So I can't speak to what the scene was like before I got here. Pre COVID. Yeah, I was doing about 110 Plus shows a year ago. So as ever, that was when I was just doing it full time. And that was about four or five years of that. And then obviously, pandemic hit. And you had to pivot a bit. But, yeah, I mean, you know, so I was I was more LinkedIn with the Calgary scene at that time. Okay. There's a lot of good, great, wonderful music in Calgary. Victoria is great. Really enjoyed it out here. It's getting fairly busy, you know, but nothing like I was doing before, it's a little bit tougher, when you don't have all of your time to dedicate to performing. But you know, still trying to do anywhere from you know, four to six gigs a month. Okay.


Randy Hulsey  11:01

Okay. I was gonna say is that 9090 years? That a pretty good, what you consider a pretty good load for you? Is that on the heavy side for a guy that works full time or that? On the lighter side?


David Bradford  11:15

Yeah, sorry, it started cutting. Yeah, I don't, I don't know if I can pull that off just because of the fact that I do carpentry work, and it's a bit labor intensive. So, you know, I think my my body gets, I'm getting I'm getting up there in age too. Right. So it's


Randy Hulsey  11:31

your relic man, you look like you're going on 103 years old their day?


David Bradford  11:37

Off? But yeah, so it's it is, you know, it is a real factor, obviously, I mean, you know, when you're when you're young buck, and you're 24 Obviously, recoveries a lot higher, by quicker turnaround, but I'm pretty good, though, for my endurance, and of course, continuing to stay active and fairly fit helps a lot. You know, when you're singing. Obviously, the better in shape you are, the easier it is for you to kind of power through a lot of long endurance performances and whatnot. So absolutely years of development to write. So yeah,


Randy Hulsey  12:12

I could see how having a, you know, a physically demanding job would be tough, you know, for a musician, because I'm sure that you load in and load out on your own, like, nobody's carrying your gear around. Right. So. So we don't have that luxury. And I was gonna say, when you get to my age, get tired just getting out of bed in the morning. You know, you have to, you have to take all of that into consideration. When did you know that song writing would be an important part of what defines you? Like did were you? I guess you mentioned I think 13 years old? Did you know At an early age, this is kind of what you wanted to do or what you needed to be


David Bradford  12:53

doing? Yeah, I would say about 14 was when it kind of struck me, it was just something like I said it felt like a calling. I don't I don't I don't understand exactly. You know, it's kind of ineffable. But, you know, it's something it's something that I don't know, it was, it was just a part of me that almost was unearthed by discovering that that songwriter aspect of myself. And, you know, I think it was just, it was just right out of the gates fairly early on that, that it was, you know, the guitar was important to me. And it was it was vital that I continued to pursue it.


Randy Hulsey  13:34

Sure. Were there things in life other than just like growing, growing up as a kid that that you felt help gravitate you towards music? Or was it just an organic thing for you that, you know, I saw mom and her guitar, and I just picked it up and started playing it was was it pretty much that simple for you?


David Bradford  13:58

Well, you know, I mean, I don't wanna get too dark, but when I, you know, I had some issues, mental health stuff, you know, growing up, even even when I was when I was just a kid. You know, there was a lot of a lot of stuff that I was contending with. We had a very religious upbringing. So both of my parents were, were coming from pretty intense upbringing themselves, okay. So, you know, of course, you know, you know how it is in Texas, you know, there's, there's a lot of religion and most things that you're surrounded by, it's that kind of that environment. And of course, around that time I was dealing with with my mom, who was who was terminally ill. Okay. So it was something that that I was trying to contend with myself. And of course, being being so young, you don't really know how to deal with a big issue like that. Yeah. So I think for me, you know, being able to, to write out my poetry and write things on on my guitar. It was really unnecessary catharsis. And, you know, I was very introverted child as well. Okay, so I wasn't, I didn't have like a big social circle or didn't have a lot of people that I was reaching out to for support, it was mostly internalized. Okay. And so I think I think music really obviously resonated with that, because it was something that I could do as a form of just personal therapy. So yeah, I think it was it was almost a, you know, a bit of a saving grace. And


Randy Hulsey  15:41

I've asked this question of multiple guests that said, you know, I love poetry, I love to write poetry. I take you back to your school days and have to ask you, were you good at English in school? Did you love writing papers in school? And it's funny before you answer that, I asked a buddy of mine who was on my show the same question and he said, Hell no. He said, I hated English school. I hated writing papers. But I love to write poetry. What What was the story for you? Was that much of the same? Or? Or totally different? Did you enjoy writing in school?


David Bradford  16:18

Well, I did enjoy writing in school. I didn't enjoy school. But


Randy Hulsey  16:24

anyway, that's another story. We weren't smart. Like Stephanie. So anyway, go ahead. Carry on with your story there.


David Bradford  16:29

Yeah, you know, it was it was definitely always my favorite subject. And my, my dad is, is definitely a very talented writer. So I think I probably got a bit of that pension from him. But it's, it's something that I always thought was, was a ton of fun. And I loved you know, writing, like, even just kind of fantasy stories or short stories. And, and but poetry was was was incredible to me, because it was so musical and itself. So I think that's why it was such a natural organic evolution to getting into an instrument. Gotcha. I just liked it. Yeah, it was, it was.


Randy Hulsey  17:13

I don't know why my mind just went to a place in time back in my school days where I remember an intermediate school, I had a, I don't even remember, maybe a history teacher. His name was Mr. Johnston. And I remember getting in trouble in his class every day and the punishment, he would make you get out a dictionary. And the punishment was, he would give you what he called pages. So he'd say, alright, Randy, you owe me four pages. So you literally have to just open the dictionary or the you know, the dictionary or whatever, and just start writing the dictionary on paper. And that's, that was the punishment. So I was gonna say, I was like, a perfected writer back in school, because that's all I did was, was write pages from the dictionary, because I stayed in trouble all the time. So that was the extent of my writing career. Back in school. Now, I think it's a good thing. You got yourself in trouble so much. Exactly. Right. At least I learned a few extra words along the way, I guess. So I read a little bit about you having a catalogue of something in excess of maybe 500 songs, and that you are kind of a song a day writer? Do you ever feel like the songs ever start to kind of overlap? And what do you do to kind of come up with new ideas? I mean, when you're writing 500 600 700 songs, there's got to be some overlap somewhere. Right? And so how do you? Do you feel that a lot of overlap or, and how do you get around that? How do you get inspired to maybe not overlap songs?


David Bradford  18:59

Yeah, I you know, I mean, I honestly, I don't I don't stress about it very much. And I don't I don't fixate on on some of those smaller details. I mean, I know what you mean, because if it certainly happens, I don't look at it as an overlap. I look at it more as just, you know, evolution part of the process. You know, I think it's, you know, and sometimes what you can do is, is I look at it more as it's almost like if you were if you were watching a trilogy series, and you and you saw something that was a call back to one of the earlier films, okay, I feel like it can be used as that, you know, I mean, for example, if you're if you're using a word a lot like Kurt Cobain used the word silver a lot. Okay. You know, I think it's one of those things where it's, we can just be used as more of a callback and and I think as a writer, you can you can always go back and look at that and reorganize things, so maybe it doesn't feel stilted It gets it does feel fresh. But yeah, I mean, I think as far as producing, you know, a such a big number of songs, you know, it's, it's actually, it's cool because sometimes I'll, I'll feel like I'm maybe blocked for new stuff. And then I go back, you know, a few years and I go, Oh, yeah, that sounds Oh, that's, well that's, um, and you say, Oh, that was a really good song or whatever. And, you know, I might even just go back and rewrite it a bit because I'm, I'm better now than I was then. Sure. I think the most I've ever done in a day was was about six or seven songs in a day. And wow, it just kind of depends on them use Knox and you know, you listen, and it can be for me, I write, I don't have one particular method, I think it's, it's pretty, I keep it pretty open, you know, it can be, I've had a ton of dream songs where you wake up and you've written in your sleep, or you've had a melody in the middle of the night that you record on a voice note, you know, it can be something kind of menial through the day, you know, maybe I'm at work, you know, for building the house, and then I boom ability pops into my head. And so sometimes I have the compressor in the background of the voice notes. But yeah, and then I love actually one of my favorite techniques is also just just coming up with a cool title, something that I feel like, really sounds neat, or it's taking something that, you know, is kind of an everyday saying, and I turn it into a song. Sure. But yeah, I think, you know, as far as then getting kind of mixed, mixed up or mixed in, I kind of take that as not being a bad thing. Sure. Yeah.


Randy Hulsey  21:39

Is there a process for you in the songwriting process? does it begin with a melody for you? does it begin with a lyric or? Yes to all of those questions? Yes. All okay.


David Bradford  21:53

Yeah. So it will be totally dependent on what the Muse has offered, you know, it can be a melody, that you just just pops into your head, it can, like I said, it could be something you dreamt it could be, it can be something that, you know, I've listened to somebody else's song, and then I heard something in their song that they didn't use. And then I can take that and turn it into one of my own. Okay. You know, sometimes it's just looking at, or progressions from your stick from a couple of your favorite songs, and then something pops in for you. Or, you know, it's, it's, it's pretty, it's pretty open ended. I like to do it that way. And I don't like to put any pressure on any of the songs that you know, for me that they'll they'll come when they come in, they'll they'll finish when they're, they're done. Yeah. But yeah.


Randy Hulsey  22:40

Is it a structured thing for you to write? Do you because I bet I've heard it from both sides of the fence. So I when I was talking with Michael Sweet of striper, and he spent six years as a lead singer for the band Boston, he said, I have a time of day that I wake up, I do this, I do that, at 10 o'clock, or whatever that magic time is, I sit down and I write is that that way for you? Or does the mood just have to come organically and it hits you? Like, I just feel like writing right now. And then tomorrow at the same time, you may not give a damn about writing anything is which way does it flow for you?


David Bradford  23:23

Yeah, I am a bit structure when it comes to that. So it would be more similar to the way he does. I you know, especially when I was doing it full time, I would get up like grab my cup of coffee. And it was writing time it was it was something that I carved out. You know, there was a lot of discipline behind it. Now, with the a bit more going on, I make sure that basically as soon as I get home from work, I sit down with my guitar and I try to get Kate, you know, 45 minutes to an hour before I have to head out and do some other stuff like the gym or or you know, the dog or something like that. But yeah, no, I think it's important to have a bit of that structure and to have developed that discipline into you know, even if I'm not, you know, super intentional, I think it's important for me to sit down and flex those muscles and grab that guitar. And even if nothing comes of it that day, you know, it's important for me to keep to keep flexing my brain to keep my chops up.


Randy Hulsey  24:17

If you don't use it, you lose it right. There's an old adage to that. Yeah. And do you do you find that when you write you have to have the guitar in your hand or can you just sit down with a piece of paper and a pen and just write


David Bradford  24:29

I prefer to have the guitar and Okay, yeah, it's it's you know, I mean, I can I can do it without it but there is there's a real connection that I have with holding the guitar understood I feel like it's a bit of my bit my muse as well. You know, it's it's something that's like, Okay, what do you have to say today?


Randy Hulsey  24:51

I need to correct listen to the content has a voice as well, right? Yeah, I


David Bradford  24:55

really does. Yeah, it really does.


Randy Hulsey  24:58

I've seen you picking a Martin In some of your videos, and I was wondering if Martin was the go to manufacturer for you acoustically or do you have no loyalty to one or talk to me a little bit about the go to instrument for you?


David Bradford  25:15

Yeah, I mean, I love a guitar you know, it's a it's a great guitar. I've, I've, I've had a ton of hours with it. And you know, Martin does a great job of building a fabulous acoustic guitar. And there's a ton of great brands though, I would say that that I'm no diehard with any of them. I mean, it when I played electric, I think I was more partial to being a Fender guy. But I love the Gibson as well, you know, I think those were kind of the main that I that I mess around with for electrics and as far as acoustics go, you know, it was always I wanted to get a really high end tailor. But you know, some of the limitation will be how much money you have in the bank. So that's ever not an issue. Yeah, we'll see. Man, there might be a real big variety of different brands.


Randy Hulsey  26:01

Well, I have a great 814 hanging on the wall right there. You're welcome to play it if you ever make your way to Houston. So I take you up on that's the that's the flagship for for Taylor. I've been a Taylor player for ever. Everything I play on stages, is Taylor and I bought a 714 CEE SassaFrass I mean, needless to say that the the instrument sounds amazing, but the look of it is equally as appealing. That's beautiful. Yeah. So I, you know, I've been a Taylor player for a long time. But I've always thought, you know, if I, if I wasn't partial to Taylor, what would I play? If I had, you know, if money was no issue, and I wanted to ask that question of you. Like, if you could just be given or gifted, or money was no object. And you could get any acoustic you wanted? Do you have that one in mind that it would be this particular one or this particular brand?


David Bradford  27:01

You know, I'm not I'm not a I'm not a gearhead, like, I don't know, most things when it comes down to the instruments. I mean, when for me, it's just always about the feel. It's always about the sound. Do I feel like I've got a nice connection with the instrument that I'm sure that I'm playing? That that's more where I stand, you know, something really more simple minded, I guess.


Randy Hulsey  27:25

Yeah. And a lot of people are like that, you know, and sometimes the, the least expensive of guitars, depending on the player, you don't have to have an expensive guitar to sound good. Like, I've seen guys on YouTube, that have literally gone into a Walmart picked up a plastic Hello Kitty guitar, and you probably seen the same videos, and just start ripping on this little $39 guitar. And it sounds just as amazing, you know, because they know how to play the guitar, right? And so it just goes to show you you don't you don't have to have a $10,000 guitar for to sound amazing. Or to touch somebody even even more importantly, right.


David Bradford  28:06

Yeah, sometimes to be to be quite honest, the, you know, the instruments that are maybe a little bit cheaper. I almost prefer them to a degree you know, there's there's some there's something to the humble instrument, you know, I mean, it's it's, yeah, maybe it's just because I feel like I connect more with that and something super high


Randy Hulsey  28:29

end. Sure. And it doesn't hurt as bad when you knock it into something and knock a big den and yeah, you're cool. You're cool. have given it a little Exactly yeah, yeah, the more the more it looks like trigger and Willie's Martin the better right? You know, the more beat up it looks. Have you been thinking that you may need a little exercise in your daily routine while having a little fun doing it? I may have the solution. Hey, it's Randy Hulsey here with backstage pass radio. And about six months ago, I purchased an electric bike from eco trick and just thought about using it as a way to kind of get the blood flowing few days a week. And to my surprise, I find myself on the bike just about every day. Not only am I getting a little exercise each day, but I'm also having a fun time seeing the neighborhood and maybe some areas that I probably would never have seen before I got the bike. Today. My family owns four of these eco trick bikes and we're looking to add a few more soon. Make sure to check out the link in the description below for more details Well back in 2016 You recorded I think you can correct me if I'm wrong. I think you recorded this was your first EP with Juno Award winning producer Russell broom is that is that correct? Called cry in your sleep and my corrector


David Bradford  29:50

Yeah, you're right. I did. I did record another EP with us in 2011 2012 but It was something it was kind of it didn't really do much of anything. You know, I wasn't really pushing the music super hard during that time. But yeah, so to 2016 with cryosleep that was when I really started, you know, putting my boots to the ground and music was my intention. And I was I quit my full time job. And I was like, I just have to go for this and focus on only this. But Russ Russ is incredible. You know, I've been working with him for 10 plus years. So many people, obviously like to work with Russell, because not only is he probably one of the best guitarists I've ever witnessed, but he's also a fantastic human. So that makes a massive difference, especially in an industry where that might be a little bit more rare.


Randy Hulsey  30:50

I agree. I agree. And then I think fast forward a couple of years. 2018 you released an EP called? It's okay. I think that one took on more a little more of a country flair for you did Am I correct there?


David Bradford  31:04

Yeah. Oh, definitely. Yeah, I mean, country was always always there for me. You know, I mean, of course, I was born in Colorado, and we spent a lot of years in Texas. So I had a lot of influence. You know, things like George George Strait, or Garth Brooks. I mean, it was a lot of influence, Johnny Cash, so he was always there. But the thing is, is I, I'm I like to write everything. So I just never really felt like I wanted to pigeonhole myself into any genre in particular, but your love country, I mean, country is wonderful storytelling. It's got so much raw humility behind it, which I always really enjoy. And, and I just love the sound you know, I mean, you want to you want to hear some of the best guys in the world play their instruments. that's country music. Yeah. I mean, they're incredible. Yeah. So yeah, that one was a lot more was a lot more country and, and, you know, I think country, like I said, has always, always been there as well. And of course, cryosleep was was very pop, pop heavy. And then I went into something that was a bit more, a bit more authentic. I guess, not that the other stuff was disingenuous, but it's just like I said, country has a different vibe to it.


Randy Hulsey  32:18

Sure. Well, I know that when I started playing out professionally, again, I think it was back in 2016. I've always been the rock guy, right? Love classic rock, and just just always the rock guy. Never really much, much by way of country music. Not that I didn't like it. I just, I just never got into it. Right? It wasn't, it wasn't my bag. And I found out real quick that if you're going to go out and play as a solo artist, or in a duo, you're going to have to cover some songs in multiple genres, right? Just to kind of keep the attention of the listener. And I saw I started listening to country more and more and more. And then I got into this Americana genre. And I tell you, it's, I'll always love rock the most, but I have really fallen in love with country much for the reasons that you say. It's the storytelling is like to me second to none does the such great stories and so much vulnerability and a lot of pain. And yeah, it's it's, I don't know, maybe I'm just a sap for the melancholy dark stuff. Like, I don't know. But I've always been drawn to that. And so I resonate really well, with the, with the saddle country songs.


David Bradford  33:38

Yeah. Well, you know, I think I think part of that is, I mean, if you sit down and you're meeting somebody for the first time, and they sit down, and they tell you, Oh, you know, yeah, life has been really good to me. Everything's been nice. And I've had a pretty linear life. And you know, everything's been fairly easy. You already sit down and talk with somebody that takes you through, like, Well, it's been it's been really rough. And I've had all these, you know, insane experiences and it's been really tough and I was depressed and I was dealing with, you know, suicide or so. Automatically. You're interested in what they're saying. Something's holding you in through I mean, that's what that's what a lot of country music does, and, and I think the issue for a lot of people because there are a lot of people that say, Oh, I can't stand country music. It's like, No, you can't stand like a part of country music. And, you know, there there are people like actually my producer turned me on to him was like Jason Isbell. You know, he's probably one of them favorite Billabong writer absolute time maybe? He's absolutely incredible. I mean, his lyrics you know, his voice his his guitar chops. I mean, you know, you get super jealous of people like you know, John Mayer does the same, same crap where you're just like, come on, you can't be good at all of it.


Randy Hulsey  34:51

They proved they proved that theory wrong many times. You got to do have the Keith Urban's and you know, those types of guys that are they're phenomenal. Lawyers.


David Bradford  35:01

Yeah, they can be session musicians as well as their own artists. It is wild. But yeah, and it's funny you say that too, because I, if you if you ask me what I listen to the most personally, it's metal. And so I've always been a metalhead. So, you know, it's something that, you know, eventually down the road, I'd like to like to do something more that you mean, you can't really be a metal solo artists. So


Randy Hulsey  35:28

were you good that you could, but you probably have nobody listening to definitely would be thrown you out of the street. Right? So they wouldn't have to worry about your guest list because there wouldn't be anybody on it.


David Bradford  35:41

You'd be busking from then on for sure


Randy Hulsey  35:43

you would. Well that's that's really interesting that you that you dropped Jason is Bill's name because I like you would concur. 150% Jason Isbell in the 400 unit. Probably Probably hands down. The best songwriter out there and my humble opinion, right? And that dude, his songs are just I mean, they're, they're amazing. You listen to a song like Vampire by him. Like, the meaning of that song is it just it's out there? You know? It's really cool. So it's cool to find a like minded musician that that appreciates. Stuff like Jason has bull is doing.


David Bradford  36:25

Oh, man, if you if you listen to elephant, don't feel you're dead. So sir. Absolutely. Yeah. He's brilliant. Man. He's absolutely brilliant. Yeah, he's a dream of mine. Now actually, to hopefully one day I'd love to sit down and actually get the right with that guy. When that happens. You know, it would be it would be pretty. Yeah, you know, you'd be jumping and screaming inside but you try to play cool situations. Sure.


Randy Hulsey  36:50

You'd be like a little schoolgirl. Right and get a little school girl. I think you answered the question, but I'll ask it again. If I asked you what your wheelhouse genre is. Well, maybe we'll house is probably the question would be a little elusive I think is metal like if you if you were marooned on a desert island, and you had one genre of music? What would be the music you kept on the island with you?


David Bradford  37:18

Like for my own stuff for others? Nope. Just


Randy Hulsey  37:20

what you would be listening to what genre would it be? Would it be country that you got to listen to the rest of your life? What would it be metal rock? What what would it be for David Bradford?


David Bradford  37:31

So that's a hard question. If it's for writing, I would probably have to say country.


Randy Hulsey  37:36

Okay, no, for listening. Just listen for listening. Yeah, sure. Sorry. Sorry. I should have liked been a little more concise. So


David Bradford  37:43

that's okay. That's Yes. That's Sophie's Choice right there. I mean, that's, that's like me looking at metal and then looking at looking at country and being like, Ah, well, you know, I mean, I guess I'd have to say what I listened to the most, that would be metal.


Randy Hulsey  37:59

I would have never guessed that about you. You know, no, that's funny. You can't I always say you can't judge a book by its cover. But we have this predefined notion of what people are like or what they might like. And you know, the tattoos are one thing right? But I've learned to not label people by tattoos for sure. Right? But But I would have I would have been a songwriter I never would have guessed metal for you. So there was no right or wrong answer to the question. I'm just curious where you might where your head might have been from from a genre perspective. I would love to share a recently released single from you a song called someone let me treat the listeners to a short clip of that song and then we'll come back and chat about it fair enough. Yeah, sounds good. All right. Back in mind Dutch Burger King key was just named once you get to live with the test of our man a nice salmon sober leaving leaving me where I believe you were such a such a nice, man. Just someone to steal from you A great song. I love the song. I've listened to it kind of at nauseam the last few days, which is totally not a bad thing. I tend to do that. It's interesting because some of the music that I listened to from my guest, some of the songs don't hit me right away, but I listen, and I continue to listen. And then it's like, oh, this is my favorite song, right? They become quickly a favorite song, the more I listened. This was a song that I mean, it jumped right out at me from the beginning, right. I enjoyed it from from the from the beginning. And I noticed that your music doesn't have much by way of walls. And when I say that, I noticed some of your stuff. Sounds pop, some of it sounds country. Some of it, there's a r&b and a hip hop flair to it right. And I was going to ask you, is it easy for you to kind of slide in and out of these genres? Because most most songwriters are stuck kind of whether they want to say that they don't like to be bound by parameters or walls. They're either a country artist, or they're not right. But I see that you kind of slide in between the genres. Is that pretty easy for you to do?


David Bradford  41:28

Yeah. Is it something that that is almost been, you know, told to me is a bit of the the bane of my career is having, you know, okay, well, what's your audience and I don't know, I mean, I don't want to be stubborn about it. But uh, but I'm also not going to ignore my inspirations are what I want to do creatively, I can see, honestly, I don't really care what success comes as far as monetary value. I mean, it would be great, you know, but just because what it allows you to do with it. But to me, it's more important for my spiritual currency. So, you know, I love all those all those styles of music. So why not write them there? Sure. Me too. It's like, you treat songwriting or your voice, kind of like you do your guitar. And I mean, you know, if somebody grabbed an electric guitar, and just gave it the same sound all the time, never distorted, no facts, nothing like that. It gets a little bit boring. And so for me, you know, I want to hear it all. I want to hear everything that you've got. Exactly. And that's the case for me. I know. And I love the variety. I mean, as you can tell, I love all different kinds of music. So it for me, it doesn't alienate me as a listener of when, you know, an artist puts out something that's different, or it's not exactly what they've done before. As long as it's sincere. You know, it's not something they're trying to do. It's not contrived. Because I really hate to hear that right away. Yeah. I mean, for me, it's so real, because it's stuff that I, you know, I put my, my heart into every single song that I write, or I don't write it, or I don't put it down. So yeah, I think it's, it's a lot of fun to do that as well. But you can even hear, like, for instance, on someone, I mean, it's more of a pop song, but it could easily transitioned to country. I mean, you can turn that no problem. And there's definitely you can always kind of hear a little bit of that influence. And so I think it's cool when, when I, I will draw components from those other genres that I love, and put it into the box, right? Because we all like to define things. We all like to have these definitions. Sure.


Randy Hulsey  43:43

When you're writing, though, when you're, you come up with this melody, you're sitting there with a guitar, you come up with this little melody line. Do you know at that time, what life that song is going to take on from a genre perspective, like, Oh, this is going to be a pop song? Or this is going to be a country song? Or do you just continue the process? And it creates the life on its own? Or do you force the life that


David Bradford  44:12

becomes? No, I definitely don't force anything. I don't like doing that at all. But I think I pretty much bounce around between everything you said, you know, I mean, sometimes it's it's like, yeah, that's totally, totally upasana Yes, it's just totally going to be a country song. Or I'll, you know, because I'll adjust my voice accordingly, depending on the genre that I'm trying to write or perform. But I've also had it happen where, you know, yeah, my intention was for it to be a certain genre, and it actually turned into something else, right. I mean, it's just like, sometimes you'll write a song and you think you know what it's about. And it's not that at all, but we're I'll be writing a song and I'll say I had no idea what this is about. And then I finished the song and go, Oh, this is what it's about. And I'm sure I was mostly staying open.


Randy Hulsey  44:58

I was gonna say you're, I'm sure You're okay with that, too. If it if it goes a different way, you know, it doesn't really matter at the end of the day, right?


David Bradford  45:06

And I've even done things where I've thought to myself, I love his song, but not for me, you know, and so I kind of hold straight and I say, I have an idea of an artist that I'd like to fit into or whatever and you know, that song will sit there until maybe the day it's it sees the light of day. Yeah, I don't know, or if it just remains a private song. And


Randy Hulsey  45:26

for sure, I wanted to share another clip. We're going to go back a couple of years and in the in the Bradford vault. It's a song that is called it ain't right. Let's take a quick listen to that. Share that with the listeners and then we'll come back and chat about that one cool. Sounds good all right.



I had cold show would fail a lot. And for myself a cup of coffee. I drove out to avenge the tanchin wasn't very shut down on the porch and she said you know I love you. I've tried to stick it through. But I can't do this anymore. Just ain't my red eyes she had finally had no I've pushed away the last person she headed to say with tears in her eyes staring the gene but I ain't got a problem. I can stop anytime evag shish you that don't owe any


Randy Hulsey  47:06

another great song there. Now this this is a song that takes on a country life. Right? The vocal is totally different. The vocal is completely changed from the song someone to the song. It almost sounds like a completely different person. And I believe that this song resonates with me. Because it's a song that I feel like is in my wheelhouse. In fact, I was going to tell you I'm adding it to my songs to learn catalog so I can cover it at some of my shows. And I was wondering if your Capo going are you Capo going in the song? Are you playing it? Do you remember?


David Bradford  47:46

I'm pretty sure it's standard. Okay. Yeah, from what I can remember. Awesome. And


Randy Hulsey  47:50

are you standard tuning on the guitars? Like I tune all my guitars down a half step. I didn't know if mapset


David Bradford  47:54

down. Okay, definitely might have sit down as well. But I'm pretty sure that one was played in


Randy Hulsey  48:00

it. Okay. Good to know. And I wanted to ask you where you pulled inspiration for this particular song? Where did it come from for you?


David Bradford  48:10

Oh, and just just so you know that. That is that is Russell broom playing the guitar as well. Yeah, so yeah, he's so good. I let him you know, somebody's better. You go ahead. But, yeah, this this is a I love this song. You know, I've I've cried listening to the song before. It's such a powerful track. And, you know, I mean, of course, you don't like to define it too much just because I like people to have their own interpretations for the song. But, you know, when I when I pictured the characters in this song, I had a really clear visual for everybody. And, you know, what, I what I saw as far as the the protagonists who could be the antagonists, I guess, that's open to interpretation as well. But but the the guy that seeing, you know, I was thought in my head that he was a veteran. And you know, he came back and he's been with this this woman for 1010 years and you know, she stood by him and but he didn't come back home you know, and I pulled in some of my bad experiences with with dealing with some some alcoholism and stuff and you know, with dealing with, you know, attempted suicides and whatnot. So there was a lot for me to draw from and you know, this this guy just comes back and he's lost, he doesn't know know how to get found. He's trying but in the process, he's, he's creating more collateral damage to everybody around in the people that he loves and he keeps he keeps not taking accountability and placing the blame on everybody else around them. But then, as you can see, if you, you know, you listen to the whole song, you see how the story progresses and II ends up finally coming to terms with that everything is inside of him that is damaged that is wrong. So it's not everybody else that doesn't doesn't get it right. And so at the end, you know, I mean, it's obviously a very, very sad ending, but, you know, he ends up taking his own his own life, because he feels like there's just no way for him to, to quell the pain that's going on within. And, you know, he can't satisfy that with all of us in the world, all the women in the world. Sure. It's a tough song. But the interesting thing about those, those types of songs is there. For me, at least, they're extremely cathartic. You know, it's something where you feel that despair that we've all felt in some degree, for sure. Maybe not to that extreme. But we've all been there, in a sense. Yeah. And so I think, you know, that gate giving that listener, that sense of you're, you're not alone in that feeling. I mean, because we like to kind of hurdle over difficult subjects like that, like to ignore things like that. Yes. And I think when you put a spotlight on it, musically, it's it's something that can be really human for whoever's listening.


Randy Hulsey  51:14

Yeah, and I don't want to go down a rabbit hole. But I did, I did want to make mention about one thing. I Oh, would always say that my questions are never to pull out a past from somebody that they don't want to talk about. But I wanted to thank you for being open about some of the challenges that you've had some of the dark times the suicidal things. You like, I like a lot of people, we, you know, I've fought anxiety and depression all my life, right. And it's something that I'm not embarrassed to talk about. It's It's, uh, it's, you know, it's life, right. And so I appreciate your openness to talk about the things that you want to talk about, right? Because I think people want to sweep that stuff under the rug. And sometimes healing comes from just being open and talking about those things and writing music about those things, right? Yeah, well, it's


David Bradford  52:11

like it's like a wound right? When needs air needs oxygen to heal. And I think it's the same thing. I mean, actually, Travis Meadows has a great lyric where he says push it down and comes out sideways. And I love that because it's so true. I mean, if you want to revert or distort or bend something to sort of twist it up, then don't talk about it. And also shut down from the light absolute so yeah, no, I have I have no, you know, I think part of it might be the fact that I'm a songwriter, but I have no problem talking about pretty much anything, because because it's something I do through my musics. Absolutely not. It's not a hard thing to do.


Randy Hulsey  52:49

It's not a mystery. It's not a mystery, right. Yeah,


David Bradford  52:53

definitely not. Well, I


Randy Hulsey  52:53

wanted to switch gears just a little bit on you, and chat about the other art that you're drawn to. And I'm referring to the art of tattooing. And it appears that we have multiple things in common that I've learned the music and the tattoos. Do you remember the the first tattoo you ever got?


David Bradford  53:16

Oh, yeah. Yeah. The first one I got is actually covered up now. Which is, which isn't that rare of a thing? But yeah, the first tattoo I got was kind of this cheesy tattoo design that I had come up with when I was 17. It was with my brother, and we just had, you know, some, we had to cross broad sorts, and it's blood brothers on it. Okay. So so it's why it's covered up now.


Randy Hulsey  53:43

It seemed cool at the time, right?


David Bradford  53:48

We were just, we were just stoked to having I think he had already had one or two before that but but yeah, so I you know, from from that point on, I was just obsessed with them. You know, it's something that you know, I could spend a ton of money on and it's it's one of those things that you do take with you to your grave. Right. And I don't know man like tattoos are it's one of my favorite things to get to get done on the body. Love fresh ink, it's it's in order and again, it's another form of self expression and creativity and and for me, I mean, everybody has their own thing. But my tattoos tell a bit of a story and you know, it's part of who I am and it shouldn't has the bad stuff but the good stuff has the duality of me right so absolutely yeah, I'll you know once I get enough dough man it's it's go down. It's gonna be pretty much head to toe. I might stay away from the face, but I don't know. I never say never anymore. So


Randy Hulsey  54:47

yeah, wow. Yeah, I don't know. I don't know that I'd go the face route or the neck route. Like I you know, I've always said I gotta draw the line somewhere, but I was gonna ask you Is there is there a theme for For the sleeves on your arms, is there a theme going on there? Or were these tattoos that you've gotten over the years? And you've and you've basically tied them together? Right with filler?


David Bradford  55:14

Yeah, so a lot of my tattoos are demons. Okay. So I've always been pretty obsessed with the dark side. You know, I mean, I'm a very light hearted person in a lot of ways. And I'm a very sensitive individual. It's not like, I'm a hard person. But I love the darkness. And, you know, I mean, there's a song that I have, on my, on my Spotify, streaming services called a little light. And it's, you know, one of the lyrics says, a lot of dark for a little light, you know, and for me, I, you know, I kind of fell in love with the darkness, I guess, in not in a bad way, but just in a way that it really, it really shows you who you are. And it really defines you, and it builds the character and you know, so for me, and then like I said, with my my upbringing and whatnot, it was it was something that I struggled with was religion. And so yeah, so it runs, it runs through and it tells a bit of a story of some of the issues that I struggled with. It's something that I almost, you know, it was like, I didn't want to be afraid of my demons. I wanted to look at them.


Randy Hulsey  56:25

Yeah. You can't run from everything right.


David Bradford  56:29

Now, if anything, that's, that's the last thing you want to do you want to face as much as you can head on? Yeah. Because it finds you eventually.


Randy Hulsey  56:35

Yeah, it does. For sure. I also thought, man, we must be these probably kindred spirits is probably not the right term to use. But we have more in common with you than I, you know, you never know until you get to talk into someone like what you have in common. And I'm drawn to, like I mentioned earlier, that melancholy or that or that dark, darker stuff. And you know, a lot of Jason is both stuff is very dark. You know, being an alcoholic for many years and that type of thing. Come in coming out of that darkness. You know, my, my wife, Terry has, has more times than not said, Are you really going to play that song tonight at your shows? I'm trying to map out like, what what am I in the mood to play tonight? And I'm like, she's like, you need some upbeat stuff. It's Friday night, you need some, you know, upbeat and I'm like, Terry, you don't get it. You don't get it. Like an Artist doesn't just go play Happy music just because he thinks that's what everybody wants to hear. He goes, and he sings from the heart. What what is he feeling that day? If it's upbeat, then by all means play upbeat. But sometimes I just don't feel that right. Sometimes I want to be in this, you know, down state and I'm not saying that it's a depressed state. I'm just saying that sometimes those songs just speak volumes. Even though they're a little on the darker side, you just take them at face value. And I don't know if you concur with that. Or, or what but it seems like we're a lot of like in the type of music and that type of thing. Well, yeah, I


David Bradford  58:20

mean, there's, there's there's nothing wrong with that. I mean, it usually usually has depth to it, you know, I mean, in that the fun stuff is fun. You know, it's great. It's actually always it's always kind of cool to to put in the really deep dark stuff with those happier realities or so you can get away with some of that sometimes where you get that message across, but people don't realize they're just like, having a great time and this guy's talking about kill him. So


Randy Hulsey  58:49

I tried to tell Terry is not every night is not a Bruno Mars night. Okay, I'm sorry. I'm just not not everybody wants to dance every night of the week. Okay.


David Bradford  58:57

Well, you know, and you know, sometimes too, it's just maybe a couple of songs where, you know, people just get a deep for a little bit and that's alright, too. And they can have some of that contrast and you pull them back in. Absolutely. I mean, I usually try to do that myself. I mean, I probably don't play in a right at the bar just because there's going to be some people get pretty maudlin if I started playing something like that. But you know, I might I'll throw in some of my darker stuff. And like I've got one song that is very Johnny Cash inspired and it's called I devil and it's okay. It's a cool story. You know, it's about it's about murder. It's about betrayal. It's about the death penalty. It's all stuff all kinds of stuff in it, but and I play that one that people people, you know, they link up to it. So that's never know, right? Yeah.


Randy Hulsey  59:43

So what's what is next by way of tattoos, is it so do you have something in mind like the next time you get a paycheck, right? What's the next step? What's the next tattoo for you, man? Oh, I


David Bradford  59:53

wish I have so many more things I have to pay before I can. Yeah, no, it's good. I do have the order mapped out, it's going to be my other hand next, and then it's going to be my neck after that. And then it's, it's the big real estate on going to the back going to the back, going to the back, it's going to be that's going to be probably like 1010, grand or more. So that's going to be a while.


Randy Hulsey  1:00:17

Yeah, a lot of a lot of people. I have that conversation with you the other night. It's like, you know, people will say, What did you pay for, you know, the tattoo, like, you know, they look at your arms, and they have this, I guess, this notion that oh, it's, you know, maybe 1000 bucks. It's like, yeah, in, like both arms we have we're about 180 hours in times 150. You you have a calculator on your phone, you do the math, and you tell me if it was $1,000 Right now, yeah, if you have a good artist, they'll cut you some breaks along the way, if you're sitting in that chair, you know, four or five hours at a time with them. But largely, it's, it's pretty, it's an expensive hobby to get into for sure.


David Bradford  1:01:05

It definitely it definitely is. But I will say at least you know, when you're when you are dropping that kind of coin, there's not a lot of things, you can spend that kind of money and have it for the rest of your life, as long as you don't, you know, cut it off with a saw or something like that. Absolutely. That would be


Randy Hulsey  1:01:20

tragic. Yeah, for many reasons. I'm fortunate like, so I started mine, late, late in life. I didn't go out, you know, in my younger years, and just do one here, one there kind of thing. So I had, I guess, brand new Canvas when I walked in three years ago. And so so one arm is a music theme. And the other one is a Japanese theme, you know, so that's kind of, so they're all flowing. And I never just went into a tattoo shop and said, Give me a three, you know, on the wall, right? I never Yeah, I never did that. Now, you know, I from a young age I wanted, I always knew I wanted tattoos. But I guess I was distracted somewhere along the line. So all this rigmarole didn't start for me until about four or five years ago. So I don't know what's next. I don't know, you know what I'll do. But, you know, I was going so frequently with my sleeves, I kind of fast track my sleeves, and did both arms and probably right under two and a half years and a lot of work. That's a lot of work. And there were some sessions where I literally set for eight hours at a time. And I can remember as well when I did that twice. And that's retarded to do that, by the way so but it's so funny that when I started it, you know, you get you get so pumped up to go, you're looking forward to the new stuff, you know, what's, how's it going to, you know, come about today, and you go and you sit for four or five, six hours and you walk out you feeling like a million bucks. And dude, I'm telling you, man towards the end, my my, you know, my last say, 10 sessions. It was an ass weapon to get in the car and go like, like, my brain had checked out. Like, I'm done with like, I'm done. I'm done. I'm done. And I literally couldn't sit for much more than an hour and a half, two hours every time I'd go. So I think it's it's a you have to be in a mental state to just sit and get ground on for for that long. You know, some people will say, Oh, tattoos don't hurt. And then some say oh my gosh, they hurt so bad. There's nothing fun about a tattoo. I don't care how you look at it, right? Anybody that says oh, they're no big deal. would be lying to you, I think but yeah, I think my brain just kind of checked out there at the end, so I'm kind of glad for now that I'm just done for a while I'll probably get a wild hair. There's I'm like you you know, they're tough to not do any more. But I think I'm fairly content from just right now. So


David Bradford  1:03:59

it's hard, man. You know, it all depends on where you're getting it done. Because obviously some people that say they don't hurt Well, yeah, if you're getting it on your shoulder, it's no big deal. Yeah. But you know, you're going to some of the other places on the body like you know, your elbow ditch or your stomach. Yeah, they do not feel very good. Yeah, and part of it too, I think for you is you know, once the once the needle goes across it, those nerve endings are already awake. So when you go back in, it's 10 times worse than oil. Yeah. First one. Yeah,


Randy Hulsey  1:04:28

I remember that. That ditch area right there in the bend of the sucking really bad. And then of course, the elbows. I, I think for both elbows. I was in the fetal position on both of those without the elbow, right. That's exactly yeah. Well, tell me tell me what's coming up for you as it relates to new music shows, getting out of BC to play. Is there any thoughts or ideas around that? Talk to me a little bit about, you know, just open forum for you from a music perspective.


David Bradford  1:04:59

Huh, yeah, so as far as is performing, you know, I, I'm just planning on staying local for a while, you know, maybe at some point, I've kind of tried to get into more of a sync licensing when it comes to music. So I have a bunch of stuff that are signed with some state agencies, you know, I'd like to get into TV film. You know, maybe at some point, if bad things happen that way, I wouldn't mind doing some touring, you know, if if something gets picked up. But right now, I'm just just focused on the local stuff. Okay, and continuing to try and get placements. But you know, right now, I just finished up, we just had the final mix, come in, yesterday, or day before yesterday for a song called losing love. And it's not to say anything against anything I've done before. But it's got to be my new all time favorite song that I've created us collaborated with a guy named Bill carpenter. He's out of LA LA. And it he just did an unbelievable job. And this song is just incredibly powerful. It's one of those songs where you want to go tell it on a mountain? Sure. You know, it's it's, it's out there. For me, I think from from every perspective, it's kind of it's kind of a revolutionary song. In my opinion. I'm obviously I'm, I may be biased, but there's just so much going on in it, it has so many influences, and the stories just is great. I think it'll speak to a lot of people as it does to me and to well, but I'm really excited for that. So I'm hoping we're right in the process of getting it mastered in the final stages there. And then I'm hoping to have just released in the next few months. But I'll keep that I'll keep all that posted up on my on my Instagrams. Yeah, for sure. And


Randy Hulsey  1:06:55

speaking of Instagram, where can the listeners find you on social media? And I don't know, if you're doing anything by way of merch, or even music sales. I know you stream on a lot of the platforms. But talk to me a little bit about social media. And if there's merch or stuff for sale that you can tell the listeners about,


David Bradford  1:07:17

yeah, I don't I don't have any any merchandise that I'm selling. I mean, for the most part, I just want people to listen, you know, and if it's something that they feel inclined to do, and they want to find a way to help out, then you know, it's Spotify as a contribution link. Okay. So you can always do that if people really appreciate it. But I mean, you know, nowadays, music has changed so much. And you know, it used to be if you had a million streams, you had a million bucks, but it's just not the case anymore.


Randy Hulsey  1:07:46

I'd have three $3 for a million streams, right or something like that.


David Bradford  1:07:51

Yeah, that's right, man. But yeah, so I mean, you can go on Spotify, Apple Music, any major streaming service, I think I've got something like 13 tracks or something somewhere around there. They're floating around that people can just listen to and Digi Bradford from my instagram handle. And then just David Bradford on any streaming service that any listener prefers. Awesome, awesome. Well, David, listen, I


Randy Hulsey  1:08:18

really appreciate you chatting with me today. Thank you for that. It's been really nice. Keep the music common and I'll be on the lookout for it and Happy Holidays to you and your family there in BC and if you ever find your way down in the south Texas neck of the woods, look me up for sure. Now. I'll get you to put a John Hancock on that that guitar on the wall for me there. And maybe we'll play a few play a few songs together. So yeah, thanks. Nice talking to you. Yeah, as always, I asked the listeners to like, share, and subscribe to the podcast and also make sure to follow David on all of his social media outlets. You can find the show on Facebook at backstage pass radio podcast on Instagram at backstage pass radio, Twitter at backstage pass PC and on the website at backstage pass. Thank you for tuning in and take care of yourselves and each other and we'll see you right back here on the next episode of backstage pass radio.


Adam Gordon  1:09:21

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