Catching Up With Dayve Stewart
If you love jazz music, I think you’ll really enjoy saxophonist Dayve Stewart. His debut cd, Feel Me was released in 2005 and since then, he has performed with such artists as Kirk Whalum and Eric Darius and he had a solo performance in the tour of the theatrical production I Can’t Stop Loving You, dedicated to the late Ray Charles. Dayve is currently on tour with Grammy award winning artist Al Green. I recently caught one of Dayve’s spectacular live performances and got a chance to interview him. Here’s a little of our conversation about his musical influences and upcoming album:
Mimi Soul: As an independent artist, what are some of the things that you do to maintain your creative integrity?
Dayve: I like to keep things fresh and original but I also like to perform in a familiar way. I like for people to recall different events in their life. Basically, I like to make social music.
Mimi Soul: Would you consider doing more theatrical performances in the future?
Dayve: I would definitely be interested in doing something like that again. It’s a different discipline but it’s exciting and I’m interested in anything that can diversify my skill.
Mimi Soul: What’s the best advice you’ve received since you started making music?
Dayve: Saxophonist Victor Goines told me to fix my problems from the least expensive to the most expensive. Before I heard that advice, I used to think that when something went wrong, the solution was to spend more money. A lot of times, spending money is an easy way out of a problem. But what I took from that advice was that you have to be a creative problem solver because sometimes money isn’t the answer, especially considering today’s economy. For example, I’ve actually had to fix my saxophone in the middle of a performance before and I was able to do it in a way that kept me from panicking and disrupting the performance.
Mimi Soul: Your website biography mentions that you gave free saxophone lessons to at-risk youth in Tampa and you also volunteer to help feed the homeless. How have these experiences influenced your music?
Dayve: I’d say those things have definitely influenced my music because I make music for people. My music is always written from a standpoint of what’s going on in my life. So, I take different scenarios and different music I hear and I write my own original songs to that. Anything I’m doing in a day could influence my music.
I think it’s important to do things like the saxophone lessons and helping the homeless because if God is blessing me with all kinds of different opportunities in music, the least I can do is give back to people. And, that influences my music when I see smiles on people’s faces and I know that I’m actually doing something that helps and is significant.
Mimi Soul: Can we expect a second album from you sometime? If so, how will it be different from your first one?
Dayve: Definitely. The second album is due this summer. It’s called Feels So Good to Be with You and the music will be based on that premise. I think this album captures moments that just feel so good. For instance, when you return home after a long road trip and share that first moment with a loved one or when you attend a family reunion.
This album will be different from the first album because the first album was primarily tracks that were sequenced with computer software. I’m working on this next album with my band and some of my former Florida State University professors and it will include more live instrumentation.
After seeing his live performance first-hand, I can honestly say that Dayve Stewart is certainly a musician that you don’t want to miss. You can find his tour schedule by visiting his website and you can purchase Feel Me from Amazon, CD Baby, and iTunes.