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Dave Fields has been on our radar for quite some time now, performing for Winnie Cooper & Friends several times and opening for Keith Ape & Casey Veggies we’ve seen his growth that has never dropped our attention. Originally from Barrie, Ontario David Winfield moved to Vancouver and began working on material which would eventually become “Neck Deep”. The vulnerability he brings to the table is refreshing plus he does all of his own production, he’s definitely found a sound and expanding it after every song. We put Dave on our “Vancouver Artists To Keep An Eye On In 2016” list because this is just the beginning, check out the interview below + the album!
1. Introduce yourself: My full name’s David Winfield. I go by the moniker Dave Fields because it’s shorter, catchier, and because Dave Winfield the famous baseball player already has Google on lock. I’m originally from Barrie, Ontario, which is about an hour North of Toronto, and I moved to Vancouver in 2014.
2. How long have you been producing/rapping? I’ve been writing songs since I was in grade 8. I was really into music like Iron and Wine and Owen, and I’d write these fingerpicking guitar songs with really sappy vocals. When I got into grade 10 or 11, and everyone at school was getting big into Lil Wayne and Akon and all of that, I started making rap beats. A bunch of my friends would come over to my house after school and we’d make beats and do these cover songs and freestyles. They were really rough and pretty laughable, but it was a lot of fun. In university I moved into a house with some friends and we wanted to have a house-warming party. My roommate suggested that I write a rap album so that we could make it an album release party. That was the first time I really took writing rap songs seriously. I came out with a 6 track project for it and I was hooked.
3. What are your influences? I’ve got to throw something to Wayne, because he was the first rapper I really listened to heavily. I’d also have to say the standards like Drake, Kanye, Kendrick Lamar, etc. But I’d say most of my sound developed from listening to a wide range of music. Artists like Poison The Well, The Tallest Man On Earth, Black Lips, Deerhunter… Currently I’m listening to a lot of Young Thug, Bryson Tiller, and I’m always listening to PARTYNEXTDOOR. The New Toronto scene has really shaped me too. I’ve been listening to a number of artists since I lived back in Barrie, and I’ve followed them and watched them grow.
4. What inspired this project? Not to sound too cliche, but when I started recording for this project I was coming out of the worst period of my life so far. When I got out of University I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and because of the illness, I was going through more changes mentally and physically than I could keep up with. I became very depressed and felt very lost in myself. I got help and managed to pull myself out of the depression thanks to my friends and family, but the whole ordeal left a lasting impression on me. The majority of the album is a reflection of that experience, sort of like a disorganized story with no chronology. I’ve always been a very honest songwriter, and I almost exclusively write songs about myself, or things that have happened to me.
5. How are you liking Vancouver? Vancouver’s great. At first it was a transition, like anything I guess. It feels like a hard city to integrate yourself into, or at least, that was my experience. But now I’ve been lucky to meet a lot of great people. The music scene is heavily overlooked here! I’ve met so many talents I can’t even keep track of them all. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and even work with people like Jaykin, SO LOKI, Seth Kay, Spotty Josif, Brevner, Futon Don, Ess, etc. I’m already going to go ahead and make the apology to anyone I forgot, the scene’s lit. I’ve also got a great team I work with on a lot of stuff. JSPH, Jordo2000 of Year2000, Gnarlie Sheen, Aric Alston (who did all of the photography for the album), and of course Matt Harvey who’s like a Godsend. He works with me on every track. This project wouldn’t exist without him. I’ve also been fortunate to play a fair bit, opening for Keith Ape with Jaykin, and for Casey Veggies with the homies.
6. What’s next for you? Lots more is in the works. We’re already into the next album. Without giving too much away, I plan on putting out a few more projects before the end of 2016.
Catch Dave Fields performing new material this coming Friday (Jan 29th) at Fortune Sound Club for Winnie Cooper & Friends along with Seth Kay, Spotty Josif + more. Click here for more info on the event and stream the album below!