The following interview was given for the MP3 radio program, Best Easy Listening 4 the Job in February of 2002

How long have you been an artist?

I started promoting my music seriously on in January of 2001.

When did you start playing? Composing? Why? Did your parents have to make you practice?

I started taking piano lessons when I was 12, which was in 1977. I was a rather unmotivated student, however. In three years of lessons, I went through three teachers, and then I quit. My parents never forced me to practice, and honestly, I'm glad they didn't. Anyway, I could never get into playing classical piano music, which is the direction my teachers were taking me. At 15 years old, I didn't just have the appreciation for it or interest in it.

I am a seeker - seeking after my God, striving to serve Him, to understand His ways and His Word. My music is kind of a soundtrack for that journey."

David Nevue, Feb 2002

I kept playing around on the piano - goofing around really - until college. Then, my freshman year I took a music theory course that helped me take the music I was hearing in my head and actually play it. That's when I first began to compose music for the piano, and when I started to get serious. I never went back to lessons, though. I taught myself, playing by ear.

So, though technically I've played piano for 24 years, I've only been *seriously* playing for about 14, since 1987 or so. My first album (The Tower), which was just something I did for fun, was recorded in 1991, and released in 1992.

Do you play any other instruments?

Yes, I play the Bass guitar. And I'm starting to pick up the acoustic, as well.

There are SO many piano soloists out there in the New Age market, yet you’ve managed to carve a quite a following on the internet. How do you balance composing, marketing, recording, performing, and manage to do a Bible study and church? Doesn’t it ever get insane?

It can get pretty crazy. I just went full time with my music business last November, so that helps a great deal. But, I generally get up at 6 am to work and wrap up my day about 4 pm. The rest of the day I hang out with my wife and little boy. It's pretty nice, really - I do what I love during the day, then spend time with the ones I love at night. What a great blessing!

Do you get a lot of encouragement from friends and family?

My wife is very, very supportive of what I'm doing, but I know she gets tired of hearing about my music all the time. I have a hard time leaving my music 'at the office' since music is so integrated into the person that I am. Julie helps me keep everything balanced and in perspective. Our life together isn't just about music - It's about family, faith, and serving our God together. My friends are supportive as well, but none of them are musicians, which is a good thing, I think. We talk about other stuff, which again, helps me get my mind on other things.

Do you have to be in a particular state of mind or space to do your composing?

I tend to compose late at night, when it's dark and the lights are low. That atmosphere seems to get me in the mood. Less distractions, too.

Do you use MIDI to get your thoughts down, record to tape, or write all your ideas down or paper? Tell me you don’t memorize these straight from the heart?

Yep, I memorize it. I don't write anything down. :) I do have a little tape recorder in case I get a great idea and I have to leave for some reason. Then I can record it real quick, as a back up in case I forget. But I hardly ever go back to review it.

Do you have any one composer whose music you have a special connection with?

Were it not for my being introduced to the music of pianist George Winston, I don't think I would have ever even thought of writing for solo piano. So, he was a big influence early on. Aside from that, I enjoy the piano music of Chopin, Debussy and Ravel - the moody stuff. Also, pianist Dax Johnson's 'Merciful Dwelling' CD is my absolute favorite piano CD. There's nothing else out there quite like it. It just rips your heart out - it's so emotional. I can really relate to it.

What kind of piano do you prefer? Any dream instrument you’d like to play?

I generally prefer Yamaha pianos. My dream piano for home is a 7' Yamaha with a built in MIDI recording system. That's what I'd really like to own. Then I could do all my recording at home, in my own time. Right now, I rent studio time.

Currently, I have a Young Chang baby grand at home, and I like it a lot. It puts out a HUGE sound for such a small instrument. And I love the touch on it, which is pretty heavy - you can really dig into it.

How do you record your music?

I record at a studio in Portland, Oregon. We use two mics on the piano, and record direct to digital. We do two or three takes of each song, and then use the best one. Sometimes we'll do small edits if we prefer an ending of one take over another, for example. Then we mix and master it. On average, it takes us just over an hour to record and edit one song.

If you had a composer, living or dead, you could interview who would it be and what would be your top interview question?

Wow, that's a tough one. Actually, if I had the power do something like that, I'd really like to bring someone like Mozart forward in time to hear his music played by today's best musicians with today's music technologies. I think it would be fascinating to observe how he responds to both seeing the impact he truly had on music, as well as seeing how far he'd push the musical envelope in today's world.

What is the main focus of your music these days? Playing? Composing?

Composing. I don't perform live that often. I'd like to perform more, but really the thing that drives me is writing, creating new compositions - creating something beautiful out of nothing.

I think every performer has that one “fantasy” concert they would like to give. What would your fantasy concert be like? Where? Who would be the accompanying orchestra/conductor? What would be on the program? Any people, living or dead, you’d like to have in the audience? Would the concert benefit any particular cause? Who would be the one person you would look for first when you get your standing ovation?

Honestly, I've never really thought about this. I don't know that I have a 'fantasy concert', per se. I've never strived to say, play Carnege Hall. Someday, when I have the means, I would like to bring together a number of talented pianists - all relatively unknown - and put on a showcase. There are a number of pianists on whose music really should be heard, and some that I'm a real big fan of.

I don't have any 'pet' causes, but I would contribute to the search for a cure for Alzheimer's, which is a condition that runs in my family. I watched my grandfather suffer with it, and my father seems to be heading that way. I'm also supportive of Habitat for Humanity.

In terms of my 'fantasy concert', I'd just want to see my wife there, smiling and encouraging me. I wouldn't want to know if there was anyone 'famous' in the crowd. If I knew George Winston was going to be at my show, for example, I'd feel much more pressure to play with perfection - rather than just being relaxed and feeling it. My focus would be wrong.

Your music has incredible emotional and spiritual qualities. Where is all that coming from?

My biggest inspiration comes from my relationship with God, and my prayer and study time in the Bible. Perhaps that sounds a bit cliché, but it's true. I'm a deeply emotional person, and my brain is just always going, analyzing everything. The emotional ups and downs of my spiritual walk often impact my music, and the themes and spiritual emphasis present in each of my CDs tends to reveal where I am spiritually at that point in my life. 'The Vigil', for example, is influenced very heavily by the Psalms, and it's an expression of my utter dependency on God when darkness comes.

So, the piano is kind of a spiritual outlet for me. And people sense that. I do, of course, write songs about 'life' in general - things I see, feel emotionally, and touch. But since I see 'life' as something given to us from our creator, those songs are, in a way, a celebration and an acknowledgement of Him also.

I guess with the piano, I don't really hide anything. I just kind of put the music out there, whether it's 'pretty', or whether it's 'sad'. I struggle with emotional things, just like everyone else, and I wrestle with the Lord, and spend time in His Word, and seek answers, express frustrations as well as give thanks. I just tend to do express this on the piano and through my music.

I am a seeker - seeking after my God, striving to serve Him, to understand His ways and His Word. My music is kind of a soundtrack for that journey.

Talking about David Nevue music, what is your favorite?

Probably my favorite song is 'Psalm 77' from my CD, 'The Vigil'. I think it is incredibly emotional, and reveals my soul a bit. The composition I'm most proud of is probably 'Watching the Clock', from the same CD, which has a lot of time changes and is just a very interesting piece.

I'm very excited about my upcoming CD, 'Postcards From Germany' because it is the CD I've always wanted to do - a really adventurous album with some challenging tunes. It's very different from my other CDs, and really pushes the envelope of what constitutes 'David Nevue' piano music. I wanted to take my music up a notch, and I think it came off well.

Ever thought of doing an album of solo piano New Age arrangements of hymns? The ones that don’t get overplayed? Do you think you could be talked into that?

I've been asked that a number of times. I've considered it. I'm sure I'll do one eventually. Right now I'm working on a Christmas album, which fans have been asking for for years. Then I'll do a few more CDs, and maybe, just maybe I'll come back and do a Hymns album.

I tend to resist this kind of thing (as I did with the Christmas CD) because I get so much enjoyment from creating new music. To do something like the Christmas album, or a Hymn album, I kind of have to step back into the world of re-interpreting others' music. It's not a natural thing for me to do.

The Christmas album has been fun - especially watching how I twist these familiar tunes into my own piano stylings. The result is interesting - and not typical at all of piano Christmas albums. But, I'm ready to get back to writing and recording my original works.

Do you have a non site people can stay in touch with you at?

Yes,, and I have a newsletter as well, which they can subscribe to from there.

Do you ever perform outside your local area? If someone wanted to hear you do a live concert, how far would they have to travel?

Currently, I play only two or three shows a year, and usually those are local, within Oregon. If a reader is interested in having me come and play their event outside of Oregon I am totally open to that. Just provide the event, a piano, an audience, and travel arrangements and I'll come. See the booking page on my web site for details on my fees. I'm very reasonable.

Any thing special you’d like to say to “Best Easy Listening 4 the Job” listeners?

Don't fall asleep!

Do you think you’ll still be at this when you are 64?

If that's what the Lord desires for me, yes. I don't know what the future holds. It's only been 10 years since I released my first album, but that seems like ages ago. So, in 30 years, who knows what I will be doing. God has really blessed my work, and He's been with me from the beginning. If that's how the Lord chooses to use me for the rest of my life, I'm up for it.