We had the good fortune of connecting with Dfactor Pop and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dfactor, why did you pursue a creative career?
Creativity is a blessing. Too many people take it for granted that they can play a guitar or piano or whatever. I think it’s such a gift that I am able to rock out on guitar to record my songs, or play some piano to add some color to my recordings. I pursued a creative career to sing and play powerpop rock ‘n roll songs to show that, in some ways, guitar-oriented rock songs are still worth pursuing. This is not a dead style of music, it just needs the three key things for a great song – a hook, a melody and some guts. Add too much sugar and you get saccharine. My creative impulses add a slice of me to the table. Call me Dfactor pie. Catch me for some dessert soon!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Hi – I’m Dfactor Dave, a PHX-based singer-songwriter who writes, sings and records cool, catchy pop-punk-rock songs. I think of my music as a brash mixture of melodic power pop, gritty punk stylings, and amped-up ’60s garage rock, topped off with brash vocals, rockin’ guitars and an enthusiastic DIY approach. In the past three years, I’ve recorded three full-length rock ‘n roll LPS:
Automatic Focus LP (2020)
Anthems for the Active Set LP (2019)
Nostalgia for Now (2018)
Big Blue Bridge EP (2012)
Head in the Clouds EP (2011)
Immigration Clampdown (2010) (from A Line in the Sand Phoenix New Times compilation)
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d bring someone on a bike ride – I love the Papago Park area for bike riding, as well as the Scottsdale Greenbelt path. Once everything opens again after COVID, I’ll bring them to some cool dive bars in PHX and Scottsdale. And I hope the holiday markets get open in December – those are fun to do.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ve got to shoutout my older brothers for bringing rock n roll into the house. Mom and Dad were still stuck on the tuxedo’d balladeers, but my three older brothers brought the rock. They had a garage rock band in the mid-late 60s that rehearsed in our basement. I remember when they took breaks, I was this little kid who grabbed the drumsticks and banged on the drums until someone took the sticks away from me. Ha! I’m sure this early exposure to rock n roll helped me get moving on my music odyssey.