Introducing Jimmy Davis, a songwriter moving into his own lane with Hold You Down

Introducing Jimmy Davis, a songwriter moving into his own lane with Hold You Down

He's worked with everyone from Allday to Tia Gostelow, but now he's redirecting his attention to his own project.

Even if you've never heard of Jimmy Davis, you're probably familiar with an act he's worked with over the last few years. Raised in Queensland's Sunshine Coast, the emerging Australian singer-songwriter is a quickly-blossoming name in the songwriting world who's quickly finding his own lane, collaborating with names including Allday and Busby Marou's Thomas Busby amongst mentoring time with Chris Isaak (?!) and Fleetwood Mac co-manager Sheryl Louis. Furthermore, at the 2018 APRA Songhubs program, he worked with a long line of emerging Australians amongst our music scene's most promising - Taka Perry, JEFFE, Tia Gostelow and GRAACE amongst them - while also working on his own work, which was teased with a debut collection of tracks in 2016.

Now, in 2019, he's refocusing his time back on the Jimmy Davis project, re-establishing his name with Hold You Down. It's a quick-paced and flavoursome slice of blistering alt-rock that sees him distance himself from his more indie and folk-infused past, upping the energy as he blends his refined songwriting habits with rock grooves, powerful vocals, and mannerisms taken from the blues and pop. "The track explains the waves of emotions I felt when I had bottled up an old love and the unpredictable nature that comes with losing your stability mixed with my inner demons clawing their way back to the surface," he says on the single, and in his vocals, you can really feel that emotive passion shine through. He's got a lot to say, and you get the sense that saying things through music comes more naturally than anything else.

There's more to come, but in the meantime, dive into Hold You Down below and introduce yourself to the rising name while you're at it:

Tell us about yourself?

I'm allergic to sunlight and bullshit and I'm constantly stuck between the two. I always find celery in my food and I can't stand that. I'd go as far to say I have issues with people who enjoy celery. If you enjoy celery and my music, you're not listening to my lyrics close enough. Every song is about my deep hatred for celery.

What’s the vibe music-wise?

Alternative-rock is at my core but I love psychedelic, post-hardcore and emo music for the intensity and emotional reasons.

What are your production and writing processes like?

Ever heard of 'no fap'? Like a bear going into hibernation, I store all the testosterone/sexual energy I can, I then lock myself in solitude and let out the angst through songwriting and recording demos.

Can you tell us about your new single, Hold You Down?

I've re-written this particular song more than any other. Next century, once I've finished the final touches, I'll be releasing a short novel of every lyric I've ever thrown away for this song.

It was originally written after an ex-girlfriend (seven years ago) lined up multiple sexual partners conveniently just in time for our break up. I've recently moved on.

Any tour dates coming up?

Exeter Hotel
31st of August
w/ George Alice, Sasha, Lost Woods.

What does 2019 have in store for you?

I didn't know there was a "2019 Store" with a dedicated section just for me?!
The times we live in my friends.

Where can we find more of your music?

On my laptop for only myself to listen to. On repeat. Every day.

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