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Meet David Stewart of Migrant Motel in West Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Stewart.

David, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Migrant Motel was started in Boston a few years ago. We all wanted to be in a rock band and once we got together, the identity and dynamic of the group developed; Me (David) as the singer/bassist, Chava as the drummer/triggers and Peder as the man behind the curtain, producing and molding the song and sounds along with us. I don’t think any of us would have guessed our careers would take this path but we’re so happy it did.

Has it been a smooth road?
I think the toughest part has been working out a new way to work in the “virtual studio”. Peder and I are in LA and Chava is in Mexico City so being in the same room jamming just isn’t an option. This limitation, however, provided many benefits. We’re able to build entire songs and sets through WhatsApp, plan tours and recordings, and still function like a grinding band while representing the project in two cities simultaneously. We’ve learned to love the obstacle and flip it into a positive.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Migrant Motel – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I think we make the rock n roll that we wish we heard more of. I personally am constantly disappointed by what’s happening in the rock genre, sounds that are lacking creativity and vision. I think we grab inspiration from EVERYTHING that we like (from RnB to jazz to rap to Kpop to alt, etc.) and create something that we think is cool, and as long as it’s got a sexy rock n roll attitude, we think it fits. It also helps when you scream these songs without a shirt on at the Viper Room on Sunset, very rock n roll. 🤘

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I think what I’m most enchanted by this town is the balance of hardcore hustle and super mental health-conscious opportunities to unplug. There’s not many places in the world that give me the opportunity to create and hustle as hard as I want but then take a camping trip somewhere in a forest to unplug and reset. It’s a really beautiful dynamic.

My least favorite thing is the “plastic bullshit” feeling of some Instagram models that pose lifestyles that are ridiculous. There’s a “fake tan, lunch at the Grove, Instagram picture against a pink wall on Melrose quoting a 1975 lyric in the caption” thats kind of annoying. But that being said, I just have a little ‘lol’ at them and focus on so much beauty of LA.

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