Songwriter/Producer, David Mobley

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Exclusive All Access Magazine Q-and-A With Songwriter/Producer, David Mobley

David Mobley

Songwriter/Producer Dave Mobley (center), pictured in studio with former AC/DC front man Dave Evans (left) and ex-Alice Cooper guitarist Johnny Nitzinger (right).  Mobley is co-producing the new collaboration between the two rock icons.

Songwriter/Producer David Mobley and longtime songwriting partner Cliff Turpin have penned or co-penned several hundred songs and soundtracks over a span of forty years. David and Cliff formed “Crosswindz” in 1970 when they were still sophomores at Lake Worth High School just outside Ft. Worth, Texas.  Mobley and Turpin wrote, recorded, produced and arranged Crosswindz debut album in 1972 titled “BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME” and followed that up in 1974 with another well-received album, “HIGH PARK.” Mobley and Turpin then decided to take a break to raise families and start other business ventures  but remained in communication while still occasionally writing and producing a few songs throughout the 80’s and 90’s. In 1998 the duo wrote another compilation of songs; after five years of writing and recording Mobley and Turpin released the highly-successful “HOT ACOUSTIC NITE” CD. Riding the success of “HOT ACOUSTIC NITE,” the duo decided to immediately begin writing their next creation of songs this time collaborating with friend and noted singer/songwriter Jon DeVohn.  In 2011 “THE DARK SIDE OF DAY” CD was released, and it’s what many believe to be Crosswindz best work yet.

All Access Magazine Debra Stocker (AAM) interview Mobley (DM) recently.

AAM: Your Bio states that you have been both a songwriter and producer since the seventies and that you and your songwriting co-partner Cliff Turpin formed the band Crozzwindz way back then as well. How did you come to start your musical journey?

David MobleyDM: Wow  – where do I start! I believe I was a sophomore at Lake Worth High School just outside of Ft. Worth (Texas). This was around 1970. I had just left a rock band that I was playing in and actually had zero musical plans on the horizon. One of my friends came up to me in the hallway and said that some new kid had just moved to our school and was looking for someone that knew how to tune a guitar. I told my friend to tell this guy to come by my house after school and I would help him. This guy turned out to be Cliff. Sometime between 4:00 and midnight that afternoon we discovered and created a musical style that we both really liked, wrote two songs, came up with a name that we both thought fit us – and Crosswindz was born. We stayed a two-man songwriting/recording team until 1999 when we brought in our friend and noted singer/songwriter, Jon DeVohn. Jon was and still is today our un-official third member of the group.

AAM: How did you acquire your skill set as a Producer?

DM: As best I can recall – the idea of actually producing something struck me during the making of our second album in 1974. I remember reading an article about Beatles producer, George Martin. I was determined at that point to learn all I could about producing music. There was no Internet in those days to refer to – so I read books, asked questions, talked with other producers and got as much ‘hands-on’ training as I could. To this day, I still love producing various projects second only to songwriting.

AAM: Speaking of which, you’re currently in the studio producing a soon-to-be-released collaborative new album from co-founder and original AC/DC lead singer Dave Evans and former Alice Cooper guitarist and Capitol Records recording Artist, John Nitzinger. What was the origin of this musical union?

DM: I guess like most things, it happened by chance. There was a photo floating around on Facebook of myself and former Alice Cooper member and Capitol Records recording Artist Johnny Nitzinger. I happened to be on the phone one night with the co-founder and original lead singer of AC/DC, Dave Evans. Dave told me that he had seen the photo of Johnny and I, and that the two of them had worked together in Dallas once in the past. I remember mentioning to Dave to look me up if he was ever back in Dallas. About a year later I got a call from Dave and he told me he was here. So I called Johnny and we all hooked up for dinner in Ft. Worth. Within a few short days, these two music legends were in the studio with longtime friends Clark Finley and Larry Dillon, recording ten smokin’ hot songs that Johnny had written. The guys then called me in to help produce and put the finishing touches on the project.

AAM: For the past few years you owned and operated The Songwriters Webcast radio station, and then, KNDI Indie Music Radio. What was the impetus for you to create those?

 DM: I had attended a three-day gig with rock icon Todd Rundgren in Sacramento, Calif. The entire three-day event was not only caught on film, but was broadcast by a radio remote set up by HotMix106 in Sacramento. I had been back home in the Ft. Worth/Dallas area for about a week or so when I received a phone call from the owner of HotMix106, Cory Marcus. Before the end of our phone conversation Cory offered me an opportunity to do my very own two-hour weekly radio show. Having absolutely zero radio experience and feeling a little reluctant – as well as scared out of my pants – I was of course very flattered and ended up telling Cory sure, why not. I had always been used to being the interviewee – not the interviewer. We laid out our format to basically help un-signed Indie Artists get their songs heard worldwide. The popularity along with the listenership of the show grew very large and very fast and became extremely demanding. So much so, that we started two of our own 24/7 worldwide stations here in the Ft. Worth/Dallas area – The Songwriters Webcast and KNDI Radio. The over-whelming demand of the two stations caused me to have to finally step away from them – but I’m truly grateful for the experience and for meeting the many thousands of great friends and artists during this time.

AAM: Let’s talk about some of the songs on your most recent Crosswindz CD release, “The Dark Side Of Day”. What style of music would you consider them to fall under?

DM: Cliff, Jon and I all have a very diverse writing style and genre preference. We all seem to complement one another with these different styles while writing together. Although we are all capable of writing in just about any style or genre, we each have our specialty. Cliff is more of a slow- to medium-ballad style of writer, while Jon is on the opposite side of the spectrum with a medium- to hard rock-style of writing. I’m more in the middle and would consider myself more of a medium pop/rock style of writer. The good part is that we do blend our sounds together quite nicely and end up getting out of each song what all three of us were looking for to begin with.

AAM: So yourself and (Cliff) Turpin could sort of be likened to Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and Donald Fagen in that you are both prolific songwriters that have thus far never toured or played out. Might that change in the future?

DM: I highly doubt it. We actually did play on-stage and did a couple of TV shows back in the early 70’s but quickly decided that the limelight wasn’t for us. The studio is where we belonged. Since that time and even still today, we enjoy writing songs, recording and producing together. And although we sometimes do solo efforts with other artists or projects, we still end back up in the studio together doing our thing. Our music is what keeps me sane and grounded in this whirlwind of life I sometimes find myself in.

AAM: If you could look into the proverbial crystal ball, where would you want to see your career at, say, five years from now? DM: To be completely honest, I hope to be exactly where I’m at right now! That may sound a bit un-ambitious but I’m really happy and fulfilled at this point in my life. I just hope we’re still writing songs, doing some recording and producing a few projects of interest.

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