The Backstage Interview with David John
Who are you and what do you do?
Rod Stewart Tribute Act
How did you start in the business?
I bought my first guitar at 19, and was hooked. I started writing original material, then self-taught keyboard and harmonica.
What would you be doing if you were not an entertainer?
What I did for many years in UK worked in the Mental Health field.
As an entertainer who has been your biggest influence?
In the early years Bob Dylan, later years Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, then Rod Stewart
Do you ever get nervous or have you suffered stage fright?
I think it's good to have some nerves before a show, it helps you deliver a better performance and not to become complacent. I don't have set lists; I just sing songs that feel right on the night or people request. Again that makes me feel a bit nervous, but also keeps the show fresh. Never had stage fright (touch wood).
What was your best moment?
I don’t know if I have had a best moment, I hope I still have it to come. A memorable moment was turning on the Christmas lights in Kippax, in the village where I live in UK, and all my 7 grandchildren got to see me as Rod Stewart for the first time. Great fun.
What has been your worst moment?
Turned up at a venue to perform and nobody else did. Found out why after but at the time gutted.
What’s the best piece of advice you have received or would give someone starting out in the business?
Enjoy what you are doing, give nothing less than your best performance every time, if you are playing to 2 or 2000 people these are the people that enable you to do what you are doing. Chances are if you enjoy your show the public will as well. Rehearse, rehearse, and rehearse, nothing worse than seeing a singer singing to words off a Karaoke track.
Any little anecdotes or interesting stories?
It still makes me smile when someone comes up to me and asks did they see me in Benidorm, Tenerife, Majorca or somewhere else and I say no - not performed there. They then say they saw someone who looked just like me doing Rod Stewart and I smile at them and you can see the penny drop when they realise what they have said.