How does one begin to describe 19-year old singer-songwriter, D.C.R. Pollock? Even I wasn’t 100% sure who I’d be meeting up with. As I walked into the sui generis vibes of the Gypsy Den in Costa Mesa, I wasn’t expecting a black coffee sipping, astute high school graduate. David, surprisingly, considers himself a photocopy of musicians before him, artists including, Conor Oberst and Josh Tillman.
David was born in a musical, Christian home. He’s had many influencers just underneath his roof including in dad, who toured in a Christian rock band and his two brothers who were forming a band at the time of David’s musical journey in junior high. He was surrounded by acapella groups and other Christian musicians, before venturing off into the instrumental realm of music: Jazz and Classical music. He also threw in a few scene groups into the mix along with 30 Seconds to Mars, etc. His biggest accomplishment so far is playing at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana, CA, but thinks of himself at the back end of the music scene.
His favorite thing about performing is being able to do and say whatever you want.
“You can say the most obscene thing and the audience will listen to you. The audience I perform in front of can be very melancholy and solemn at times. And they think that they have to take me seriously, but I’ll get up there and talk about the ghost of Flick from Bug’s Life breaking into my house. And they’re just like, “Yeah! For sure, dude!”
He’s got a satirical humor and jokes saying that he’ll “make it” when “Albertsons request for me to score an album or soundtrack.”
As we talked about his music from his self titled album, “D.C.R. Pollock,” he explains that his music was all about exploiting tragedy, specifically his childhood and high school heartbreaks. He also listens to Taylor Swift, which could probably serve as inspiration at times. Maybe?
David’s already in the process of finalizing his second album and says that his writing process has changed drastically. He’s changed the content of his music, and mentions religion only once out of the six songs he had recorded at the time. He’s drafting lyrics now and writing lyrics to instrumentals and drum beats, as opposed to before, where he would hum a melody in the shower and which ever lyrics came to mind first, he would use. That’s how he came up with the majority of his song, “Fatherhood.”
When I began to really pick at David’s brain, I asked him which of his songs does he feel is a good representation of the album. He replied with a bit of hesitation saying “Church Bells,” but later felt that “Try Harder” reflected his life better. David explains “Try Harder” as a manifestation of an insecure teenager.
“The tragedy was so unrealistic that I decided to blame it on something even more abstract than just God. When you’re faced with real tragedies, the last thing you’re thinking about is abstract deities.”
On the topic of his faith and music, David doesn’t see himself as a perfect Christian, jokingly criticizing that he’s egotistical and only writes about himself. He later explains that even though he grew up in a Christian home, he’s developed his own ideologies about religion and same sex marriage. These ideas reflect the progressive era we live in and he confidently says, “I wouldn’t want to live in any other era.”
With the help of social media, David’s been able to reach an audience outside of his inner circle, since his shows consist of his friends, classmates, and now followers of the bands he opens up for.
So, how does David define his sound? In a nutshell, it’d be like water. He’s transparent. He doesn’t really fit into a box, but rather is versatile and open to change in his music.
“When I think of my music, I’d put it in the category of VHS DISNEY MOVIE WITH SOUL at like playing at an Urban Outfitters. Pseudo Nostalgia. I never really took genres seriously, because in the studio it can go a completely different way.”