Donovan Woods – GIGsoup Interview

Donovan Woods is a Canadian singer-songwriter. His song ‘Both Ways’ won the Juno Award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year. He is known for his ability to tell a story and draw us in with a theme or hook that is poignant and relatable.  

Welcome Donovan, thanks for taking time out to speak to us today.

Let’s start by asking how you kept positive and motivated doing lockdown

I was heading back into the studio to make a new record, so it was lucky timing for me. I had a project I could focus on and feel productive. I feel really grateful and lucky about that.

Tell us the story behind your new single ‘Clean Slate’

It’s about falling in love, of course. Those few days where you feel like a brand new person. Trying to capture that open-sky feeling. Before you come back down to earth and feel slightly embarrassed. What I love about it is that it feels like a very pure expression by someone with the best intentions.

What have been some of key milestones of your musical journey? 

I’ve had some success as a songwriter for other, much more famous artists. I’ve won some awards in Canada and toured pretty extensively around North America and Europe. I’m a good guy if you get to know me. 

Tell us about your experiences collaborating with artists such as Tim McGraw and Tennille Townes 

It really is an honour to have someone else like your song. These are people who have access to many, many great songs. So it’s of course, really validating. I’m a big proponent of collaboration. Music is a collaborative art and that’s what I love about it. I want other people’s input and perspective, it only strengthens the work and makes it more meaningful in my experience. The idea of the solitary genius toiling alone is romantic, but rare. Most music is made by big groups of people. 

Quick Fire Questions.

If you had to choose, would you pick …

Forgive or forget – Forgive, life is long. It just goes on and on. 

Guitar or piano – Piano. I need more music education. 

Hamburger or Hotdog? – Hamburger. Hotdogs are rough. 

Bryan Adams or Bryan Cranston – Bryan Adams, of course.