David Torrance- Talks To Us About THP Songs, Writing Music And New Single ‘Step Out The Rain’
David Torrance, part of THP Songs, is a seasoned songwriter and musician with over 30 years of experience in the industry. With a passion for music that spans over five decades, David has honed his skills as a songwriter and has consistently released new music every year with new and upcoming artists. David will be celebrating his birthday with the release of his upcoming single,’ Step Out Of The Rain’ David’s talent and dedication to his craft have not gone unnoticed. He received a letter from Dr. Lisa Campbell from The House of Commons congratulating him on the success of his release ‘All About The Money. Throughout his career, David has consistently pushed himself to grow and evolve as a songwriter, and it is clear that his success serves as inspiration for aspiring songwriters and artists everywhere to keep working towards their goals.
Hi David Welcome to Fanbase Music Magazine, before we get into your new single, can you just let us know where you are from and what got you into music?
I stay in a village 15 miles from the center of Glasgow, Scotland. A place called Strathaven, I got into music at a very young age when my father sent me to piano lessons at the age of 7, and I have been writing songs since I was about 15.
How would you describe your sound and genre to our readers?
I suppose the sound for each track that we do will vary according to the genre of the song, for example, if it’s a ballad, it would be piano and strings, and if it’s a rock song, it will be guitar and drums, and if it’s an instrumental I would use electronic sounds along with violins, cellos, and other orchestrated instruments.
Who are some of the influences that you had while growing up?
My father encouraged and taught me a bit of piano before sending me to lessons at the age of 7. I was classically trained on the piano and did my training through Trinity College of Music London and passed most of my exams with honour and distinction before taking more interest in the guitar at the age of 14. I suppose my musical influences would be bands like YES, Led Zepplin, and The Beatles.
What instruments can you play?
I class myself as a Jack of all trades and master of none, so I play Piano, Guitar, Bass, and Drums.
You are connected and work under THP, can you explain what that is and how it came about?
THPSongs were formed in 2010. THP stands for Torrance, Hollywood, and Phillips. Unfortunately, Gerry Hollywood passed away in 2017, and Drew Phillips due to ill health and retired from THP in 2019. So THPSongs is now run by myself and my son Allan.
Let’s talk about the new single now, Step out of the rain, what is the song about and how did you come up with that title?
This song was conceived in the early hours of a morning when I was woken up by a melody and lyrics in a dream, and the melody went along with the lyrics, which were ‘Step Out Of The Rain, and into my sunshine.’ I suppose the song is about trying to get people to be happy by saying to them ‘c’mon step out of the rain and come into my sunshine.’ In other words, cheer up.
Where was the track recorded?
Most of this track was recorded in my home studio in Strathaven, Scotland. I play all instruments on it, I then sent all the stems to Stealth Recording Studios and added vocals, and lead guitar, mixed and mastered it, the same routine I have done for the last 15 years.
Who all worked on the track?
On the track, I played all the instruments except the guitar, which was played by John McMillan. The track was produced by myself with the help of Ed Macarthur.
How does this track differ from what you have released before like, ‘All about the money’?
‘Step Out Of The Rain’ is basically an out-and-out pop song, the kind of music that the postman would whistle while walking up your driveway while delivering your mail.
Can you tell us how you put a song together, does the lyrics or music come first?
As I said, the lyrics and melody came to me for the chorus in a dream one night. The verses were developed and I put it all together to make the track that will be released on the 24th of February.
Do you play live, and what is the experience like if we were to see you play live?
I stopped playing live about 20 years ago, although I am doing a live acoustic session on the 28th of February, on CamGlen Radio (Glasgow). So most of my time these days is taken up by writing and producing.
Can you give us your social media links?
Thank you for doing this interview, do you have any last messages for our readers?
If anyone wants any information regarding myself, or THPSongs, go to THPSongs.com