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JOSH DAVIS IS TAKING A BREAK FROM HIS BANDS TO CREATE A NEW SOUND OF HIS OWN. BY BRITA OLMSTEAD | PHOTO MORGAN CANNATA

“LET’S TRY THAT AGAIN,” Josh Davis says before plugging away at the riff once more. He’s been in the studio since morning, and now it’s almost dark. They play back the recording, but the sound is too loose—too much strumming. Davis starts over, adjusting the pace slightly. The ability to change his tune at a moment’s notice is essential for Davis’s constantly changing music career. Davis, who’s from Boone, Iowa, started with an alt-rock quartet (The Josh Davis Band), then later formed a rougher and grittier group (Bright Giant). As a versatile musician and songwriter, Davis thrives on the freedom of what his different bands offer him. And now, after years of touring across the Midwest, he’s back in the studio, changing things up once again. This time: a solo album. Davis and producer Brandon Darner, who produced Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions, have been kicking around the idea of this new solo project for almost a year now.“There were just songs that were falling between the cracks that I knew were good,” Davis says. They’ve been taking it slow in the studio, building up the project piece by piece. It hasn’t been named yet, but Davis is hoping to release a few tracks this summer. “First and foremost, this time around we’re recording a bunch of music the way we want to.” Originally, Davis thought his solo gig would be mostly rootsy, with an alt-country Americana sound. But in the studio, it’s adopting a ’70s vibe, as well.“We’re still sort of trying to figure out exactly what everything is going to sound like this time, or at least the parameters of where it’s going to fall musically,” Davis says. But he enjoys not having a clear plan: With no guiding parameters, he has no restraints. “I might have a really dorky idea that wouldn’t normally work for Bright Giant, so I can run with it this time around. Eventually the idea will be that all the songs are sort of within the same scope. But in the creative process, scope is unlimited. I’m open to anything.”

OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Why is Facebook creeping so addicting? Why does it suck when that person doesn’t follow you back? Why do Facebook pictures of an event you weren’t invited to bum you out? Why is it a confidence-boost to change your profile pic? The answer to these questions: It’s all in our heads. Psychological motives fuel everything we do—and online activity is no different. Here are the reasons we re-pin that quote on Pinterest, stay on Twitter until 2 a.m., and give in to the social media craze. BY MELISSA STUDACH, HAYLEIGH SYENS & KENDALL WENAAS | PHOTO ILLUSTRATION MORGAN CANNATA

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Drake Magazine Spring 2014  
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