Grad Spotlight: David Davis

After finishing the Conservatory program in 2010, David Davis went off to LA to follow his dreams of recording. And if you want to get into the audio industry, LA is one of the best places you could possibly go. He interned and then has been assisting at EastWest Studios in Hollywood. EastWest has recorded all kinds of people, from Johnny Cash to Bing Crosby, Fiona Apple to Audioslave.

As soon as Western opened, it was producing some of the biggest records of the pop era. The first session recorded here in Studio 1 was Petula Clark’s number one hit “My Love”. Elvis Presley revived his career here with his 1968 Comeback Special. Frank Sinatra recorded such hits as “My Way”, “That’s Life”, “Strangers In The Night” and “The Lady Is a Tramp”, along with “Somethin’ Stupid” – the famed duet with his daughter Nancy.

By the mid-60s, the studios had become the musical epicenter of the pop and hippie movement. In Studio 3, The Mamas and The Papas recorded “California Dreaming” and “Monday, Monday”. Scott McKenzie laid down his classic track “San Francisco”, while The Beach Boys ushered in a new era of sound with their masterpiece album Pet Sounds.

The studios weren’t just known for turning out rock and pop hits. Famous themes for film and television were recorded here including the themes from MAS*H, Mission Impossible, The Monkees, Hawaii Five-O, The Partridge Family, The Beverly Hillbillies, and The Godfather.

One of the perks of working at a recording studio is that you can get killer deals on working on your own projects. Here is what he has been working on in conjunction with a few other CRAS grads. It was released on iTunes today.

The I Know Rights – “Sometimes”