A guy meets a girl, they break up, he sees her with another guy and writes some songs about her. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? But that’s the foundation of Los Angeles-based, Toronto-born, singer/songwriter Likeable.
When he’s not busy writing and producing music for pop artists, he’s filling his time with launching his solo project. From which he sent us his newly released second single, Cut Me Off.
It opens up with a light riff then a cool little spinning riff drops into a laid-back opening verse that ends on the line “I know you hate me, Now I know how much.” Then a more upbeat pre-chorus builds up to a rockier, singalong chorus “If you’ve had enough of me then why don’t you just cut me off, ‘Cos I’m clearly so fucked up on you, I don’t know what I’m doing, Cut me off, ‘Cos I’m clearly so fucked up on you, Why else would you do it?”
A lively second verse, with fast-paced vocals over a cool high-pitched spinning riff, again builds up to another catchy chorus. It’s a fun, emotional track that’ll stay in your head for hours. I also enjoy that the song cuts off through a cry of ‘Cut me off’ at the end – see what he did there? Give it a listen below:
GR: Who are Likeable? And where are you from?
“Hi, my name’s David, and I’m Likeable. Well I mean, not really… you get the joke. I’m from Toronto, Canada, but currently I live in Los Angeles.”
GR: You just released Cut Me Off this week. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
“Yeah! Really excited about it. It’s my second single. It’s not exactly a rock song, not exactly a pop song, it’s a sad song at the core but it’s hiding in this big exciting production. The song is mostly about a girl I fell for; at one point she decided to get back together with her ex and I found out by running into them at a party. And right after that, we didn’t talk for a long time, and it felt like I was being… cut off. Haha, it’s on the nose, I guess.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
“I generally describe it as ‘If 90s Rock found an 808 and a bad sense of humor.’ I’m obsessed with 90s music generally, but I’ve done everything to inject pop and rub as it exists today into it, to make a blend that (hopefully) doesn’t sound *exactly* like anything.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
“Well, I have lots of songs coming out in the next year. The first batch are all about that girl I mentioned before… When something or someone gets under my skin, I try to write a song about it from every perspective and every emotion. But mostly the theme is… me, haha… just trying to get to the bottom of what I’m feeling on any given day.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
“Third Eye Blind, The Goo Goo Dolls, Coldplay, Robyn, Yellowcard, Dashboard Confessional… on the older side I guess. Recently I am super into YUNGBLUD, Carlie Hanson, Loote, Jon Bellion, John The Blind, 6lack, J Cole… The list is pretty endless.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
“So like I mentioned before there are a PILE of songs coming out and that’s pretty much going to continue until the sun explodes. Also, I’m presently working on some North American touring plans, which if they come together how I hope will be pretty amazing.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
“Sure. I write and produce pop music for other people so be on the lookout for some cool records coming this year in that way. Beyond that, just go check out my other stuff, right now my first single So About Last Night… is up and I think if you like this record you’ll love that one too.”