Chris Davis, also known as Davis Chris, is a six-time multi-genre Billboard charting artist, songwriter, producer and engineer who hails from Houston. His partner, Shane Foster, aka “Mr. Foster” is an Atlanta native and six-time multi-genre Billboard charting artist and producer himself. The duo comprises the collective entertainment group, DFD Music. Currently moving the music needle in the South, they sat down with rolling out to talk about creative inspiration and how technology plays into their craft.
What makes you different from other artists?
Davis Chris: Our aim is to provide an experience when someone listens to the music. The brand is confident, detailed and our sound is expensive. I want listeners to feel the level of detail we execute on the music we make.
What led you to music?
Shane Foster: I danced when I was younger and always had a flair for the dramatic. I’ve been outspoken and charismatic my whole life. Entertainment allows me to be my natural, true self and make money. I love it.
What or who is your inspiration?:
DC: I would say, Timbaland, Pharell, Poo Bear and P. Diddy are our biggest music inspirations.
Let’s talk specifically about your latest project. What was the inspiration behind it?
DC: We wanted to do something nostalgic and reminiscent of the late ’90s and early 2000s R&B. We wanted to push boundaries sonically and do something a little different on purpose. We always feel like we’ll either do something great or crash and burn. Either way, we are taking a risk. That’s what makes art fun to us.
If you could go back five years ago and tell yourself something, what would it be?
SF: Stop wasting your time with people who don’t appreciate you. Stay motivated and understand that struggle and difficulties are inevitable. The way you respond to adversity will be the difference between winning and losing.
What role does technology play in your day-to-day life? How do you utilize it?
SF: Technology allows me to multitask. We use Box.com, Wetransfer, Google Drive, Microsoft Excel, Pro Tools, Logic Pro and a few other things.
What software, app, or other technological innovation has made the biggest difference in your life and career?
DC: I would say Pro Tools without a doubt. I can do some interesting creative things with vocals in Pro Tools. I can write songs, pitch vocals, produce, mix and master records with ease and speed.