FRESH: ‘In The Rain’ – DSM feat. Ben Davidson

Ben Davidson guests on DSM’s brand new track “In The Rain”.

by Christopher Smith

Hailing from the same iconic town that produced The Beatles, the Liverpool based Producer and Songwriter Dan Scholes, who has written with and for numerous artists around the world, is branching out to release his first official single under the name of DSM. The cinematic, contemplative ballad is called “In the Rain”. It tells the story of someone trying to let go of a difficult relationship but ultimately finds them haunted and drawn back to the ghosts of the past. The song features the UK Pop artist (and friend of talkaboutpopmusic.com) Ben Davidson on lead vocals and was co-written by Dan and Canadian songwriter Kim Williams. It was produced, arranged and recorded in his own DSM Music studio.

Dan has been a music producer and songwriter for over 20 years. He is a music graduate of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. He has worked, written and produced with various bands and artists all over the world. Songs that Dan has been involved with as a writer and/or producer have been played hundreds of times across various international radio stations including the BBC in the UK and major radio networks in Europe. You will also have heard his songs featured in various TV programmes over the years and is due to have a song featured in a major American feature film at the end of the year. This is the first time that Dan aka DSM has decided to go out on his own as an artist/producer and release his first single. It is the first of many planned releases over the coming months featuring various guest artists on vocals.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!