Artist: Dave Senft (of Darlingside)
Hometown: originally Bedford, NY — now Cambridge, MA
Latest Album: Birds Say
Personal Nicknames: Dav, Davis, Yavish, Yavilsbee, the Impressionist, Gwyneth, Gwen
Rejected Band Names: We had a huge shared Google spreadsheet of proposed band name ideas that I just opened apparently for the first time since June, 2009. It seems we were most strongly considering the Hemoglobes, Milk for Spain, and the Chicago Bulls.
Who is the most surprising artist in current rotation on your iTunes/Spotify?
I grew up listening to a lot of a cappella music, some of which was Christian gospel music. I'm not religious at all, but there are a number of those gospel songs that are still in my rotation. Two gospel groups from the late '90s, Rescue and Acappella, were a critical part of what first turned me on to singing and group vocal arranging. I love re-activating that part of my brain that was mesmerized by the vocals as a 14-year-old.
Who would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life?
You know, now that Ryan Gosling's been dyeing his hair darker — and maybe even if he weren't — I just think it would be really smart to cast him in something like this and kind of defy people's expectations. He'd make it work. Martin Wallström (from Mr. Robot) could play Don even though he has a slight Swedish accent, and Robert Sheehan (from Misfits) could play Harris even though he's Irish. And Halle Berry could play Auyon, no problem. If we can get Ryan on board, I think this is going to be huge.
If the After-Life exists, what song will be playing when you arrive?
"B-13" by Jump, Little Children
What's brand of toothpaste do you use?
Jäsōn Healthy Mouth
What's your beverage of choice?
What's your favorite TV show?
Right now, The Leftovers
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars? Well, yeah, Harrison Ford. So, Star Wars.
Taylor Swift or Ryan Adams?
Can I maybe just say Ryan Gosling again? He's sort of halfway between and, otherwise, I like them both too much to choose.
Coffee or tea?