David Hernandez does it again! He hits us with a magical and touching ballad about holding on and protecting each other during difficult times. Something I’m sure we all need to hear right now especially during this administration and the current tragic events that happened in Florida. The intro starts with a striking black and white shot of him in a simple tee. He writes in a journal and you hear a whispered voiceover of the words he scribbles as the song begins. The standout line is “I’ll be your shield when they come. You don’t have to fear when bullets come raining one by one…cause I am your coat of armor”. It’s inspirational and uplifting. The message is clear. If you need a friend or a confidant he will be the one standing strong by you through your tough times. Just listening to this song you don’t feel alone and just maybe it will be enough to get you though. The song is called, “Shield”. Take a listen for yourself. This is one of those songs you listen to in your car, your shower, alone or with a friend when you need something to touch your lonely soul.
What have you been up to since your last hit single "Beautiful"?
Well, I have been traveling on tour, doing shows, and back in the studio making new music along with my follow up single 'Shield (Coat of Armor)'. Things got really busy after the success of “Beautiful”, which inspired me to work even harder and make another music video.
What do you think it was about that song that made people immediately connect?
I think the video really helped people put a visual to the music and connected them to it even more. After watching it, the message becomes pretty clear to most people, love, and inclusion. Things can be pretty crazy in this world right now, and I know that we are all looking for a positive message out there.
So your new single is "Shield". What was the inspiration behind that song?
I wrote this song when I got back from my USO tours in the Middle East. I had just flown back from Abu Dhabi with my band and had a studio session with my producer Eddie Wohl & Daniel Braunstein. I was humbled and moved by my trip overseas and honored to meet the servicemen and women who fight for the freedom that most of us take for granted. I thought it was so incredible to shake hands with the people that make everything possible for us. It got me thinking about all of the ways we as a human race should stand by each other and raise one another up. It can be as simple as acknowledging a stranger and as deep as fighting for someone you love. We all go through tough times and need someone to be our "Shield" to protect us or a shoulder to lean on, no matter what kind of dark place we might be in. "Shield (Coat of Armor)" is an anthem for those people who stand by their friends and family to see them through whatever it is they are experiencing. I hope it resonates with people and applies to their life in some way, shape or form.
In the video we see you writing in something that looks like a journal. Is this song very personal to you? Did you write it yourself?
Super personal to me. I keep a journal with me all of the time to write down ideas, inspirations, feelings or experiences that happen randomly in my life. I did write the song with my 2 producers, Eddie Wohl & Daniel Braunstein.
Are you talking about someone in particular? Is this about a certain love interest of yours?
In the past few years, I have dealt with some issues and life-changing experiences, and sometimes still have to deal with those difficult things. I know that I don't always feel strong enough to fight the battles on my own, but I also know that other people are going through tough things too. Life is about being there for each other and fighting the battles that some are too weak to fight alone. I think the message of this song is relative and up to interpretation. It can be about your significant other, family, friend or a stranger in need.
What do you look for in someone you fall in love with?
I look for the things that stand the test of time. External beauty fades as we get older and if you aren't right inside, then you just become a shell of a person. I look for things like intelligence, consideration, communication, confidence and the way the person treats their family.
What was it like filming this video? The skyline views of Los Angeles are extraordinary.
It was a beautiful day and night. I loved shooting while the sun was up and then heading into the sunset. The lighting was natural and the day just felt stress-free. I also didn't put too much pressure on myself. I wore my own clothes and just showed up to the shoot knowing everything was going to work out just fine. Arno Diem & Derek Caldera were so easy to work with. They took a lot of my ideas and also came up with their own and collectively, it all just worked out.
All of your music seems to have an inspirational message. Is that on purpose? If so is that something important to you?
I think it is just where I am at in my life. I don't do it consciously. I just write what comes to mind and what inspires me. We see enough negative stuff in the world and in the news on a daily basis. I write about a lot of different stuff but lately, perseverance and love seem to be what the world is lacking. It makes me happy to be able to inject some positivity into the music scene.
What inspires you?
Humans standing together as one. There is nothing more beautiful that.
In "Shield" there seems to be almost a Pop/Country/Rock feel. Is that something you are leaning towards.
I think with every song I record, I am finding my sound. I don't like to put myself into a box...I just make music that feels good to my soul. The sound you hear is super authentic and has taken years for me to discover...I was inspired by all types of music growing up so you probably hear a lot of genres in it.
What music are you listening to now?
Currently? Old school 90's music. Lol. It's making a comeback.
You've had some great EP's. Is there a full album in the works anytime soon?
I am hoping to drop another 5-7 song EP this year. I have enough material for 2 full-length albums but I'm big on quality vs. quantity. Stay tuned!
Where can we catch you next? Any tour dates?
I am performing at Vibrato here in Los Angeles, on April 4th with my band. There are a lot of other tour dates on my website! Would love to see you all there!