“Sorry” is a new song by musical artist David Hernandez, best known for competing as a finalist on FOX’s seventh season of the television series, American Idol. The song is a metaphoric letter to those David has hurt in the past as well as to those who have hurt him. It debuted on Spotify along with a music video last week. David Hernandez discussed the release of “Sorry” via an exclusive interview.
Meagan Meehan (MM): How did you discover your love for music and how did you develop your sound and style?
David Hernandez (DH): My grandpa took me to a musical theater audition when I was six years old and I immediately knew I wanted to be a singer for the rest of my life. I started writing my own songs at a very young age and training myself by listening to old vinyl records my mom used to play of Luther, Stevie & Whitney to name a few. My sound has always been R&B influenced but I also heard a lot of rock and alternative music growing up…country too. So, all of those different styles led me to discover my own voice. But it all took some time and I still discover new things about my voice and new sounds I wanna explore.
MM: Do you write your own lyrics and, if so, do the melodies or words come to you first?
DH: I do! I love to collaborate with people too. Usually, for me, the melodies come first. After that the lyrics flow pretty quickly but the melodies give me an intention when writing. Everyone is different but that’s my method and seems to work well for me.
MM: What was it like to appear on American Idol?
DH: (Laughing) Well I was super young so it was a variety of different emotions, to be honest. It was very exciting to be a part of the biggest singing tv show in history but there was a lot of pressure. You either sink or swim under that pressure and it really prepares you for life in music, post show. I made some incredible life-long friends on that show and still keep in contact with them. In fact, my mentor, Michael Orland, co-wrote this song with me.
MM: How much did the show help you break into the industry?
DH: It gave me a major platform by putting me in front of 35 million people each week to showcase my talent. Because of that show, I was known around the world so it made it easier to tour and release music. I also learned discipline and got used to not sleeping very much. It taught me the hustle of the industry.
MM: What experiences inspired “Sorry”?
DH: Honestly, being on both sides of a break up and losing the person or vice versa. Sometimes when you apologize too late, it’s just not enough. I know some people also experience this with family grudges and since we aren’t promised tomorrow, it’s better to swallow your pride and mend the relationship. But sometimes it’s still not enough. I think everyone can relate to it in some way.
MM: How long did it take to shoot the music video and how did you come up with its concept?
DH: Well, we are currently quarantined because of COVID-19 so we knew that we had to keep social distancing in mind for the video. We used my home projection screen for some of the shots and also scouted an empty parking garage on the Sunset strip. West Hollywood has never been this empty so we took advantage of a sad situation and made it a positive one. It all took about 3-4 hours and then the editing took about 2 hours. Only a single camera was used with no lighting equipment. My videographer, Arno Diem, is also a talented editor. He, along with my director, Derek Caldera, picked the best shots and put a lot of time into it.
MM: What projects are coming up for you soon and is there anything else that you would like to mention?
DH: I just started my online merchandise store which is at www.shopdavidhernandez.com and I am working on some more new music. Stay tuned! Also, follow me at DHernandezMusic on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.