Exclusive Interview with Dave Haus for ATI Magazine.
Q1: If you had the opportunity to get an inspiring message across to a lot of people, what would your message be?
A1: If I had the opportunity to get an inspiring message across to a lot of people, I would continue spreading the message of peace and love. Freedom, peace, and love are the things to focus on to make the world a better place.
Q2: How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/musician what would you want to be doing?
A2: Well I got started playing music in Punk Rock bands when I was a teenager, with friends of mine. I think if I didn’t have music I’m not sure I would even be here, it’s such a cathartic and wonderful thing to be able to share music with other people, it keeps me from a lot of my own darkness, but as far as a job, I’d probably still be working in construction, I would probably be remodelling homes, trying to work within the trades I suppose.
Q3: What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?
A3: I guess I am motivated by just wanting to share songs that I write and wanting to travel and wanting to live a life that reflects my values and not that of what reflects the norm, quote on quote.
Q4: What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learned from it?
A4: The most memorable, I think it’s a lesson you learn every time you go out on a limb and try to make songs that you hope people are going to connect too. If you trust your instinct and you trust your gut and you go with your heart, that you end up connecting with people and people respond to that, and it’s a lesson you learn over and over, so that when your willing to do that, it is scary, but if your willing, the payoff is there and it’s an exciting thing.
Q5: Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why)
A5: Yes, I think I would take things more seriously at a younger age. I think I would be more focused on music and less focused on the social goings on in music, I would party less, I would drink less, then I did and I would write more songs and be more committed to playing well.
Q6: In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done?
A6: In the next two years, I aspire to have written another batch of songs, put another record and toured the world multiple times. Professionally and personally, I am interested in maybe having children. I am started to get interested in that topic so we will see, two years is a long time.
Q7: How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician?
A7: All my life, I knew at an early age I was interested in Rock and Roll and guitars and songs. I knew when I was 7 that’s what I wanted to do. when I saw The Hooters play, a local Philadelphia band and it never left me, so I worked hard at it.
Q8: What lyrics mean the most to you and why (ones you have written and or ones you didn’t write)
A8: There are so many of my favorite songwriters. the lyrics that I’ve written recently that I feel proud of is the song With You, it’s an invitation kind of song. I’m proud of how that turned out and I am proud of the message, that you’re better off doing things together than by yourself. I think it’s a very simple idea, but it’s something that bears repeating.
Q9: If you could collaborate with anyone who would to it be and why?
A9: I would love to collaborate with a singer/songwriter called Patty Griffin, she’s one of my favorite lyricists, I think she’s a wonderfully warm soul, just an awesome performer and I would love to write a song with her.
Q10: What is the most inspiring message you have internalized in life so far?
A10: Don’t give up.
Q11: What is your motto in life/what do you live by?
A11: I don’t have a motto.
Q13: If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why?
A13: I don’t know, I’ve lived a long life and there are many songs that are the soundtrack to my life, it just depends on what you’re doing. Different songs serve different times in your life. Maybe Beat It by Michael Jackson.
Q14: What would your advice to be to those out there who want to live out their dreams?
A14: Be prepared to be let down for a while and be prepared to work a lot harder than you thought you would have to work and eventually if you enjoy the work and you take pride in it, that’s where you derive your joy, not from the accolades but from the actual work that you’ll find a lot of your goals can be achieved.
Q15: Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career?