On Wednesday, Ford performs at Joe's Pub, including tunes from his latest album "Songs for the Road." His style is often compared to that other British David — Gray — but Ford's subject matter, not to mention song titles (including "Go to Hell" and "Cheer Up (You Miserable F---)" are decidedly more edgy. The singer sat down with WWD, just weeks before his 30th birthday. "I just hope I don't instantly become Phil Collins on the day, lose all my hair, put on some weight."
WWD: So tell me about yourself. You're not that well known in America.
David Ford: I'm not that well known anywhere.
WWD: Have you always wanted to be a musician?
D.F.: I've never particularly wanted to have a career in music. I'm kind of an enthusiast more than, like, a driven career individual. Having a record deal and things doesn't mean a great deal to me at all. It's nice to be able to do that but...
WWD: Who did you listen to growing up?
D.F.: Tom Waits is my favorite artist in the entire world. Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Band, Marvin Gaye and Motown records — stuff like that. I think there's a truer spirit to a lot of those records. Nowadays, if I listen to a record, particularly on the radio, I can hear the A&R department, I can hear the marketing people, I can hear a desperate attempt to please radio programmers rather than a song that somebody thinks is going to affect people.