Portland-based singer songwriter (best known as the front man for the band Crown Point) Jon Davidson has logged his share of miles, hitting the road and performing between festivals, theaters, and dingy rock clubs has released a second solo album Tip of the Iceberg.
On this full-length sophomore album Davidson forgoes the guitars and delivers an electro-pop album with Tip of the Iceberg and what a great collection of electro pop it is.
Influenced by the music he’s been listening to a lot lately, including AWOLNATION, Passion Pit, and Imagine Dragons, Tip of the Iceberg Davidson shed his skin and found himself, experimenting between a cappella to a drop-tuned 6/8 guitar riff to telephone noises to bizarre shredded vocal effects.
While currently on tour Monday, July 1, 2013 I caught up with Davidson for a chat about being out on the road with his new album and here’s what he had to say.
Catherine Garvin: Greetings Jon. I love the electro pop songs. I feel the songs growing on me each time I listen to the album. How was the CD release party at Dante’s?
Jon Davidson: Good. I always have fun to play to your hometown crowd.
Garvin: Now that you’re on tour how does it feel?
Davidson: It’s an unbelievable feeling to be able to do what you love, night in and night out, for weeks at a time. It’s also exhausting; driving ten hours a day over and over again can get a little tedious. But, it’s great to see the fan base grow with each successive tour.
Garvin: What was the moment like when you knew you were taking a new direction musically for this album?
Davidson: It started over the past couple years, as I began listening to electronic-tinged bands like MGMT, Awolnation, Imagine Dragons, and the like. Last year, as we were in the process of recording my band Crown Point’s new EP. I pushed for some more electronic elements to be added to our music, and eventually realized that the bulk of the new material I’d been writing would be better served by placement on a solo album. I tried to incorporate the acoustic rock I’d been known for into an electronic template, thereby blending the past and the present and hopefully creating something fresh.
Garvin: What are you looking forward to this summer touring?
Davidson: Touring in the summer equals no snowstorms and freeway closures. Good news. I’m definitely looking forward to a festival in Colorado as well as getting back to Alaska for the State Fair.
Garvin: What part of Portland will you miss?
Davidson: Portland is my favorite city on the planet. I’ve been to 22 countries and all 50 states, and never found a city with the combination of natural beauty, culture, and vibe that Portland has. I’ll miss the hiking, the waterfalls, the breweries, the people. Oh, and Voodoo Donuts, of course.
Garvin: What are three must-haves in your suitcase when on music tour?
- 1. Duct tape. You never know.
- 2. Way more socks and underwear than you ever thought you’d need. Sometimes, there just isn’t time to do laundry, and I’m that rare musician that actually still believes in personal hygiene.
- 3. A sleeping bag and air mattress. Occasionally, you’ve got sleep in some sub-4-star accommodations.
Thank you Jon the album is great. Click here to find out where Jon is headed off to next.