When Alison first approached me with the opportunity to write a Stylewhipped music column featuring Davis Mallory, my interest was piqued. Having been a Real World and Road Rules fan for several years (and even having the opportunity to interview an alum from each show in college), I was curious as to how a former MTV cast member found his niche in the music world. And I learned that while television may have been the initial platform, Davis Mallory and his love for music are a force to be reckoned with!
Mallory’s love for music stemmed from his childhood, with singing being an integral part of his passion. “I grew up in a musical family,” said Mallory. “Dad played guitar, I was a choir boy. I knew how to play the piano, but I was a vocalist…Music was a driving force in my childhood.”
While music was important in Mallory’s life, it wasn’t until his Real World experience (and some sound advice from the show’s producer)that he truly thought about actively pursuing a career in it, working his way up to a position in marketing at Astralwerks Records (think The Chemical Brothers and Swedish House Mafia) and spinning tracks at some of NYC’s hottest nightclubs such as Pacha and Santos Party House.
It’s within the city’s music scene that Mallory finds inspiration, especially with New York’s particular vibe. “In New York, the music can be very gritty,” Mallory explains. “Anywhere you’re going music is part of the night. We’re close to Europe, so we get a lot of traffic for very popular musicians to come in. You’re always around many talented names. It’s a very musical city.”
Aside from his work for Astralwerks and being a DJ, I also had the chance to hear Mallory’s singing chops on a cover of Tristan Prettyman’s “I Was Gonna Marry You.” (Which if you haven’t heard him sing, you are missing out…seriously, I’ll give you a link. Go listen.) And I wondered….would there be a possible original album in the future? “You know, that is something that I would love to do,” said Mallory. “I don’t feel as though I have enough of my own original stuff ready to pull that out yet, but I’ve been journaling ideas for songs.”
Inspired by Mallory’s journey, I wondered what advice he could offer, if any, to those who want to travel down a similar path. His advice is a great reminder as to what truly fuels a dream:
“It is hard to do it. I kept applying online and not hearing back, yet I kept putting into my passion. Then I started writing for websites, music columns, building playlists. I wanted to share music with people. Just sharing music every day, built a resume of my own…Persistence pays off approach. Keep trying if you really want it.”
You can check out Davis Mallory’s DJ tracks on his SoundCloud account by going Davis Mallory - SoundCloud or to hear his cover of “I Was Gonna Marry You,” click here. And if you’re on Facebook and want to find out where he’ll be next, then you must add Davis Mallory Official to one of your likes. (Go check it out!)