Interview with David Kersh
By CSO European
Contributing Journalist, Christian Lamitschka.
Question: Would you please introduce yourself to the audience and tell us
something about your history.
Answer: Hey my name is David Kersh. I am a Curb recording artist in the states and have been for about 10 years. I started singing when I was around 9 yrs. old and continue to do so because it brings me more joy and happiness than just about anything else in my life.
Question: Country Music has many new fans in Europe who may be learning about you for the first time. How would you describe the music you play to someone who’s never seen or heard you before?
Answer: My music has been heavily influenced by some great TX artists like George Strait, Mark
Chesnutt and others and has a traditional feel to it.
Question: What is your current CD and how is it doing?
Answer: I have recorded two CD so far in my career. "Goodnight Sweetheart" and "If I Never Stop Loving You" and am currently working on my third.
Question: How did you find the title for the CD and what inspired you?
Answer: Most CDs are titled after a song on it that the label feels will be a big hit.
Question: Do you write you own songs and if not, how do you go about finding songs for your albums?
Answer: I have been writing songs for years now and plan to put some of them on my new
CD. I look for songs that move me emotionally, either making me sad or happy. I like sad songs the most though. But I look for the best songs to put on my
CD to give my fans something great to listen to.
Question: What’s your favorite song among all the songs you’ve recorded and what’s the story behind it?
Answer: My favorite song that I've recorded so far is called "As If I Didn't Know" It's on my 2nd
CD. I love it because it's a sad ballad and it just makes me feel good to listen to it.
Question: How much creative control do you have over your music?
Answer: Unfortunately, most artists don't have much control over the
CD. The label makes most of the decisions.
Question: There’s a lot of work that goes into a number one hit ... what’s it take to make it?
Answer: It takes a great song, something that everyone can relate to, believes in, and wants to hear over and over, to be a number one hit.
Question: How much do your songs influence your audience?
Answer: I've received an enormous amount of fan mail about my songs touching them and for that I'm very grateful.
Question: The internet is playing a bigger and bigger part in the world of music. Has the internet hurt or helped you and how would you like to see it evolve?
Answer: I think the internet has helped all artists. I don't appreciate the piracy that goes on, but until they find a different way to do things, it will remain the same.
Question: Who do you look up to musically and where do your musical roots come from?
Answer: My musical roots come from TX. I listen to many different styles of music though and have admiration for many artists from Harry Connick Jr. to Prince to Nelly and Justin Timberlake. But am mostly influenced by Goerge Strait and Merle Haggard.
Question: What do you think about today’s Country Music versus it’s roots and where do you see it going in the future?
Answer: I love today's country music and I think it will go wherever the listeners take it. The fans determine what is played and they tell us what they want to hear.
Question: If you had a chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Answer: If I could change the industry, I would give the artists more control over their own
career. Once you get signed to a label, you become a puppet to the label and have to do what they tell you to do or you don't get released to radio, therefore, having no future in music.
Question: As an artist you have so many different things you have to do such as recording, touring, doing interviews etc. What do you like doing the best, what’s your favorite activity?
Answer: I love to sing and perform for the fans. They make me happy.
Question: How did you get into Country Music ... is there a story behind it?
Answer: I got started way back in 1990 on what is called the TX Dancehall Circuit. I played there for about 5 years and then was seen by some Record label people and was offered a deal. I was playing about 180 days a year back then doing 4 hour shows, singing the top 40 country and pop stuff. It was a blast!
Question: Before you became a star, where your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?
Answer: My family and friends have always supported me and continue to do so.
Question: Has your journey to success been a hard or an easy road?
Answer: My journey has had it's ups and downs. I got off the road back in '99 after working myself into depression. I lost my identity as a human and got so caught up in being a star that I didn't know who I was any longer. It was hard getting through that tough time, but I'm back touring now.
Question: What drives you? What inspired you to become an artist?
Answer: I am driven by my love to sing. The music is what inspires me and knowing that I'm here to use my God given talents to spread some love!!
Question: What does it take to be a Country Star?
Answer: It takes a heck of a lot of luck and some great songs to become a star.
Question: What’s unique about you that differentiates you from other artists?
Answer: I think my pure love for the music sets me apart from most of the others. I don't look at it as a way to make lots of money or a way to get lots of girls. I really love to sing and give that part of myself to others.
Question: What’s the best thing about being a star and what’s the hardest thing?
Answer: The best thing about being a star is being known by millions of people and receiving all that love. The worst is not having much of a private life and having to be on all the time, unable to have a bad day, ever.
Question: What’s your greatest challenge been in the music business?
Answer: My greatest challenge has been giving up that control and dealing with all the politics that are involved in this industry.
Question: What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you’re proud of?
Answer: My most proud moment was performing to thousands at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston TX. It was a grand homecoming for me.
Question: Who’s your biggest critic, yourself or others?
Answer: I am definitely my biggest and worst critic.
Question: When you get time off, how do you like to relax?
Answer: I have taken a lot of time off lately, but it was much needed. You have to make time for yourself, I don't care who you are or what you do for a living.
Question: Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?
Answer: I think we'd all change something about our lives if we could, but I let go of my negatives in my past and don't carry them around like dead weight.
Question: What private hopes and desires do you have?
Answer: My private hopes and desires are just that, private!!! (LOL) I can't tell you all that stuff, I'd embarrass myself and might make you blush too!
Question: What’s the biggest disappointment in your life been?
Answer: My biggest disappointment in my life has been not spending enough time with the ones that mean the most to me.
Question: Many European fans travel to Nashville for Fan Fair because of the opportunity to see so many of their favorite stars at the same time. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?
Answer: I will be at Fan Fair again this year. I have a fan club and will be throwing a big party for them.
Question: When you’re on tour, do you have time to play tourist?
Answer: I don't have a lot if time to do the tourist thing when I'm on the road. We usually blow into town at night, get up to do the show and blow right back out of town that night.
Question: Can your European fans look forward to seeing you in concert in the future?
Answer: I have always wanted to head East and do some shows and hope that I will soon do so.
Question: Many music fans today get their information about artists via the internet. Do you have your own website and what information can the fans find out about you on the internet?
Answer: You can find out just about all there is to know about me at www.davidkersh.net
Question: What are your plans for the future and how can new fans keep informed about you?
Answer: I am working on a new CD and will be touring the U.S. this year. Keep up with me on my website.
Question: What’s the best compliment a fan has ever given you?
Answer: When the fans scream and smile and cry, that is the best compliment ever.
Question: What message would you like to send to your European fans?
Answer: To my European fans I'd like to send a big HOWDY from this Texas boy and I hope you enjoy my music and that I get to see ya soon.
Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de