For our first episode, we joined LA vocalist and producer Seven Davis Jr on the occasion of his first European shows. Davis has been writing music for around 15 years and singing for as long as he can remember, but it's only in the last year that he's gained some richly deserved recognition. To reach this pivotal moment, Davis has faced many artistic and personal challenges. He told us of labels, dismissing his music as too strange, laughing him away, and the difficulties he's faced in overcoming drug addiction and depression.
Davis's journey is reflected in his music. A track like "One," a bumping house jam he released late last year, sounds like the work of a seasoned pro rather than a rookie with a couple of EPs under his belt. Indeed, some of the scuffed, deeply funky music on the The Lost Tapes Vol. 1, released on Kutmah's IZWID Records, dates back to 1999. Kutmah was among the first people to recognise the potential in Davis's music when in 2012 he included "Thanks" on a compilation for Brownswood Recordings. And as we see in the film, Davis, who was travelling outside of the US for the first time, had the opportunity to thank him in person. Davis played a total of seven European dates on the tour, and he was thrilled to see people welcoming his appearances and singing along to his music. With his next EP also about to drop through Funkineven's Apron Records, Davis had the air of someone who had finally found their groove.