1. What do you do every day to express your elective affinity with nature, with the plants on your balcony, with the flowers that grow in your terrace or the trees in your garden?
I live in the middle of Holland. Nearby a really big forest with a lot of different trees and animals. Especially when I’m working on music I’ll try to visit the forest every day for an hour. It gives me the best inspiration and motivation when I’m working in the studio.
2. What is the plant that you like the most? Why you feel so attached to it?
This year my debut album ‘Moon Observations’ was released on Atomnation records. I’ve been inspired by David Douglas (1799) a scottisch plant hunter who explored the world seaching for new plant and seeds at that time. He explored a lot of plant and seeds in his lifetime, like the California Poppy, a yellow flower, quitte small but so beautiful. One of my songs is named to this plant.
3. You’re leaving to a desert island and you can only take with you two things … and a plant. What would you put in your suitcase?
My laptop, and a sytnesizer and a California Poppy. For me, the best thing to do is making music. So thats explains my choice.
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David Douglas is a Dutch electronica producer. He released his debut EP “Royal Horticultural Society” in 2012 and released his debut album ‘Moon Observations’ on 22nd of May. ’Moon Observations’ got incredible support from Pitchfork, BBC Music, BULLET, i-D Magazine, Vice, Electronic Beats, THUMP, 3voor12, XLR8R and many more.
David’s work as a musician, he makes a part time living as a video director. Over the years, he has worked on several major television and film productions and he has directed music video’s for artists like Blaudzun, John Coffey, Daniel Beddingfield and for his own track “California Poppy”.
Inspired by the stories of his namesake David Douglas (1799) – a Scottish plant hunter who explored North America collecting seeds of plants and trees unknown to mankind at that time – David (1983) started looking for his own musical roots. The greatness of nature – the sublime mountain landscapes, Icelandic lupine fields, Arctic coastlines, Californian fir forest – invigorate his music.
As the albums title declares, the moon was a big inspiration during the process of writing the album: ‘I like working at nights. When I was writing new songs for my full length album I was fascinated by the moon. During that time I was reading the Journals that the Scottish Botanist kept during his journeys through North America. He wrote about the splendor of the moon during his astronomical observations. and then I reallized that this celestial object has been observed since the dawn of mankind, and we still do. Moon Observations is a musical ode to all moon observers in time.’
“As the sun sunk behind the western flank of Mouna Roa, the splendour of the scene increased, but when the nearly full moon rose in a cloudless sky, and shed her silvery brightness on the fiery lake, roaring and boiling in fearful majesty, the spectacle became so commanding, that I lost a fine night for making astronomical observations, by gazing on the volcano, the illumination of which was but little diminished by a thick haze that set in at midnight.” Journal kept by David Douglas, January 23th 1834. Scottish botanist.
SPIN magazine: “On the new LP Douglas looks towards the wonders of the natural world for inspiration, weaving organic textures and contoured field recordings in alongside more robotic landscapes and dub-wise studio tricks.”
Pitchfork:”Check out the glowing, mid-tempo title track.”
Pitchfork premiered the single ‘Higher’.
Beats and Beyond: “Albums as good as these are a rarity nowadays. ‘Moon Observations’ is another brilliant release on one of our favorite labels .”
XLR8R: “…as Douglas meticulously creates a scenic landscape of brightly gleaming sonic textures with a myraid of ingeredients.”
3voor12 VPRO (album of the week): ”…krijgt David Douglas het voor elkaar om de overgang van dag en nacht tijdens bloedhete zomerdagen een geluid te geven. Een soundtrack voor zonsondergang, een aanmoediging de nacht in te duiken en de zonsopkomst te halen.”