You really got me
"If I feel good, I play well," Dave says, which seems to nail his musical nature in one sentence. Speaking via phone from his UK home, Dave's voice sounds surprisingly young and clear. He's vivid, enthusiastic and witty to talk to... and curious about the world of today.
Patiently and sincerely he answers my questions, though he must have heard most of them many times before. He's eager to talk about his new record called The Aschere Project: Two Worlds and his passion for spirituality. His enthusiasm is infectious, but first we dive into the early days of rock and pop music, of which he became a very important part.
The British Invasion
By 1964, the world was changing fast. There was a Cold War, the Cuban missile crisis almost caused a third world war, a 45-km-long wall divided Berlin and Kennedy had just been assassinated. Then, in the midst of it all emerged a fast-moving, rebellious generation that would transform the world of pop culture forever.
At the beginning of the 1960s, British pop culture took off. Inspired by American rhythm 'n' blues icons like Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Elvis, the British Invasion was led by the four 'big ones' The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and then The Kinks. As founder, lead guitarist and occasional songwriter of The Kinks, Dave Davies became a central part of this Invasion. What was it like for a sensitive 17-year-old, working-class North Londoner to be hurled into this kind of stardom when The Kinks had their major breakthrough in 1964 with the first of a string of hit singles, the pre-heavy-metal rocker You Really Got Me?
"A contrast! It was. But there was an advantage. Being in a band, it was like an extension of the family," Dave explains.
Still, when asked about the highs and lows of his career with The Kinks for more than three decades, being in a band like that wasn't always pure happiness, and the brothers' almost lifelong feud is now legendary.