David Heatley, better known to the public at large for his work as a cartoonist and animation director shares the video for “On Your Side” that was directed by David, illustrated by Olga Shtonda and animated by Hadi Tabasi and Mohammad Hossein Tabasi.
His new album, Life Our Own Way, was recorded at Piety Street Recording in Henderson, Louisiana with additional recording done at Marigny Studios and House of 1,000hz in New Orleans, produced, arranged, and mixed by Mark Bingham (John Scofield, Glenn Branca, Rebirth Brass Band…). Contributing musicians include members of Lost Bayou Ramblers and Givers, plus Julie Odell, Sarah Quintana, Lilli Lewis and Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris.
“Not that I’m angling for megastardom, but I do think of Life Our Own Way as my Thriller,” David Heatley tells me about his new album, composed of what he considers “retro-pop story songs.” Peeling back the layers of the fifteen songs, each of which could stand alone as a single, reveals a glimpse into the particular brain of a cartoonist, as he is more widely known. “If I had to take a stab, it might be planting a flag for the importance of remaining innocent, finding your people while being an autonomous, independent artist in the face of what can seem like the indifference and cruelty of life.”