David Shaw

David Shaw

Describe what you love about what you do: I love what I do because it allows me to create and spark change within myself, my community and others as well as connect with people on a spiritual, cosmic level. Over the years I have strived to develop a special rapport with our fans and that connection has allowed me to learn a lot about myself and my relationships through the music. That higher connection is the reward. I truly cherish it and don’t take it for granted.

Why in New Orleans? As soon as I finished college I began looking for a place to root down and develop as a person and musician. The best place I found for that is New Orleans. It’s one of the very few “true artist” cities still around today, with so many creatives living here and thriving. And we all know New Orleans is special, but not in the way many describe. It’s deep, it’s dark, but also always humming and rejoicing, striking the perfect balance between comfort and thrill. There are real surprises at every corner, so it's not hard to settle here, especially if you have that appetite for adventure. I’m proud to call it home.

Favorite place to listen to live music: Tipitina’s

Favorite place to score things for the home: The Sunday Shop

What about New Orleans inspires you? New Orleans inspires me to always look a little bit deeper. It’s easy to just write about what’s on the surface but that’s not really where the goods are. This city has a way of bringing me just a little bit closer to the artist inside, reminding me of the wonder in life by shining different shades of light on the simple things so that I can bring that different perspective to my songwriting.

First thing I do when I wake up: Meditate

Favorite drink: Cortado

Song that always put a smile on your face: Walk of Life by Dire Straits

Describe your charitable work: The band and I have worked quite a bit with the local nonprofit, the Roots of Music, raising more than $200,000 at various events in New Orleans and Nantucket. We also released a Revivalists beer in partnership with Nola Brewery to raise money for that organization. We're also inspired by young activists like the high school survivors of the Parkland, FL shooting. We committed to donating proceeds of our song, "Shoot You Down", to Everytown for Gun Safety. To us, there's nothing controversial about that.

Describe what you see as our future: I see New Orleans as one of the great beacons of hope for the south in terms of creativity, the arts, humanity and open-mindedness. It’s truly an extraordinary place filled with people from all walks of life, loving, and thriving in devoted harmony. I’d like to see New Orleans remain just as rooted in its deep traditions and culture while also committing to becoming more and more progressive. After all, it's pretty radical to maintain these roots.

Favorite museum: NOMA

Favorite thing to do to recharge/energize: A full body massage at Belladonna’s or The Ritz Carlton spa

Style icon: David Bowie

Favorite Restaurant: Pêche

This interview has been condensed and edited.