Interview – Doug Cash
How did you get started in making music?
It was a combination of events. Live concerts that included Sly & The Family Stone, James Brown and the Jackson 5. I knew right then I was going to end up on stage one way or another. When I was 12, I saw the Beatles in the film ” Help “.Changed my life forever.I felt I had received some sort of secret message from the fabs that told me “we did it, you can do it to”.A few years later my best friend Jeff Cooper ( Jefferson Davis on cdbaby ) and myself bought our first guitars and started writing songs. By the time I was 18 I had joined my first semi professional band,left Sacramento,Ca for Los Angeles,Ca and was playing my first gigs at the Ice House, The Playboy Club, Hop Singhs, Fandango’s, The Barn at UCR and many other venues including correctional facilities. At the same time we were in meetings with A&R directors, producers, publishers and promoters trying to land a recording deal.
You recently released “Game Called Life” – tells us the story behind the song.
My newest single: “Game Called Life” from the album: Long Island, was written while I was living in West Covina,Ca right after the separation from my first wife. It was written during an inspired songwriting session that produced back to back offerings from on high. Hell I may have been high, LOL !
“Not Waiting” was the other tune that fell through the ceiling that late afternoon which is also from my album:Long Island.
Game Called Life addresses the taking of stock of my life at the time. Separated from my wife and children, falling in and out of depression, drinking too much and wallowing in self imposed misery. As usual, the music set me straight and told me that my problems and solutions are of my own making: Now I was told that common sense would get me through. But the powers that be don’t use vaseline when they’re busy screwing you. Do what I say and not what I do. And everything’s gonna be alright once I do what I’m told in this “game called life”.
What are the three records you couldn’t live without?
Gloria Lynne: Live @ The Las Vegas Thunderbird, I was raised on the jazz records from my fathers’ collection that spanned the forties through the sixties. Gloria Lynne is my all time favorite female vocalist.
Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan: Live @ The Basin Street East, Even though this revolutionary jazz vocal trio was world renowned as Lambert, Hendricks & Ross in the 50s, it was this album that set my brain on fire as a child and put me right there in the club. Hell, you can even hear the ice dancing in the tumblers.
The Beatles: Revolver, This was the post mop top album that was the soundtrack at the dawn of the new music in 66′.
Light years beyond Rubber Soul, the bridge to Pepper. Where John was dominate on the previous 2 releases, Paul stepped up and took the reigns.Masterpiece !
What have you got coming up next?
I’m currently arranging the new tune: Dark Elegance by Pryor 2 What ? Records recording artist:Dizzy Miles, I’m in the midst of rehearsals for my final gigs of the year, I start recording songs and videos in January for my next single: Love Thicka Than Blood, and my next ep release: Acoustic Rock Onslaught, due in March.
As president of Pryor 2 What ? Records, I’m also knee deep in and on the lookout for the best publishing and licensing opportunities for the artists on my label.
How can we keep up to date with what you are up to?
You can always find out what’s happening with Doug Cash and listen to the samples on the Pryor 2 What ? Records player at: www.dougcashmusic.com