Davy Denke is a Soul Rock singer-songwriter and guitarist based in London. Born in Paris to Togolese parents, Davy has taught himself music as he travelled the world from the USA, to China, Poland and the UK.

We asked Davy some questions to help aspiring young songwriters on their songwriting journey.

How old were you when you wrote your first song?  I was actually quite old, 19 years old was the first I gave it a crack.

What was your first song about?  Sad emotions are usually the first and easiest ones to tap into while starting. My first song was about solitude in the US, as a young Frenchman trying to connect with people.

Who inspired you to start songwriting?  Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and Jeff Buckley in equal measures. They all had an approach to songwriting that blew me away!

What’s your favourite song you’ve ever written?  A song called ‘Faith’, about the duality of being our own salvation and damnation.

How easy did you find it to get your music heard?  It’s not easy and requires both passion and consistency. Performing live is my favourite way of connecting to people. The immediate feedback is very helpful and motivating! The other way I like to share is on social media. Getting people connecting to my songwriting years after a song has dropped is particularly heartwarming.

What’s your biggest regret as a young songwriter?  I’m not that young anymore! Probably starting earlier! I’d put it in the following way, having the emotional tools to be able to convert my earlier experiences into well crafted songs would have been great. However, songwriting is a way of life and the best part is that the older we grow, the more tools and experiences we get!

What are your top tips for aspiring songwriters?   Stay in touch with yourself and work on your craft equally. A great way to do that is to get used to sharing your work on platforms like YouTube early enough to practice, receive feedback and connect with like-minded and musicians and artists!

What do you especially like about The Young Songwriter competition?  It’s a fantastic platform I wish I had when I was younger! It’s exciting to see young people already in love with the craft of songwriting and to think of the potential they hold to write about their experiences growing up from refreshing perspectives!

Are you aged 8-18?  Have you written your own songs?  Then enter The Young Songwriter 2019 competition!