MTV’s Real World 2006 alum Davis Mallory has traded TV cameras for a DJ booth, proving that he refuses to be put in a box.
Growing up in the south, in a very masculine culture, Mallory saw gay men feminized on TV, and wanted to be a masculine gay character on TV to showcase a different way of ‘being gay.’ With that, in 2006 he left Marietta, Georgia and headed to Denver, where that season of the Real World was filmed.
“I was a fan of the show and wanted to take part. I just came out and felt like I had an interesting thing going on in my life at the time that would play itself out well on TV for other people in my same shoes.”
With family ties in the music industry, Mallory had always established a love for music, but it wasn’t until years later that he started creating original music of his own. Mallory lived in NYC for 2 years, working as the Marketing Coordinator at Astralwerks (label home to David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, NERVO, Eric Prydz). It was there that he attended a lot of DJ sets, learned to DJ at Dubspot School of Electronic Music, and began songwriting–initially writing toplines over EDM beats some producers gave him. In August 2013, he left Astralwerks and moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting and begin recording his own original music.
“I had already written about 50 or so songs at that date, but nothing had really been released online. When Diem passed away, I had a co-write [in Nashville] the week that it happened and brought into the room an idea that says “Beautiful girls aren’t supposed to die young” and released the song a week later.”
Off the heels of that People-magazine featured track, Mallory continued writing, releasing his second official release with the same co-writers of “Beautiful Girls” titled “Anyone Would Know,” a song about his ex-boyfriend in NYC. The song was chosen by Swedish DJ John Dahlback to remix, and this remix would go on to be Mallory’s first label song, signing to Armada Records in 2016 and released in the summer 2017.
Since then, Mallory has grown as a songwriter and musician, releasing his EP Loud in 2017, and working with some of the biggest names in the business–co-writing a song with American Idol alum Matt Giraud titled “Faded” (2017), co-writing “Hold Me Down” (2018) by EDM vocalist Notelle and German DJ Noize Generation, co-writing “Top of the World” (2018) by vocalist Mitchell Rose and DJ Landis that released in 2018 on Sony/Thrive, “Dance with Me” co-written by Mallory and produced by French DJ Loic Penillo, “Thinking of U” which was signed to Warner Denmark’s Quattro Records, and featured in many Spotify House playlists.
“I guess if I had to describe myself, I would say I’m a pop singer-songwriter. My influences blend with Country, being based in Nashville for a long time and raised in Georgia, but I gravitate towards EDM music. I like Shawn Mendes and John Mayer style music, but then Calvin Harris style productions. Even Prince has a big influence on my music at times, with a Pop-Rock Synth Pop space.”He’s also had several of his tracks remixed by world-renowned DJ’s, including Miami’s DJ Landis who remixed “Loud” (Cedric Gervais’ label Delecta Records), Swedish DJ Kaag who produced “Pitter Patter” (Warner Denmark’s Quattro Records), Algerian DJ Randall who remixed “Sun and Moon” (Chicago record label Kitchin Records), Peruvian DJ Aaron Marz who produced “Lost,” and many others.
“In addition to these varied DJ collaborations, I have been writing for my own debut album and am finishing up with the songs and production with a Swedish producer named Johannes Andersson. I wrote most of the songs while in Stockholm on 3 separate writing trips in 2017-2018.”
Keeping busy, Mallory also has forthcoming projects with Italian model and actor Federico Constantini, an official remix of the song “Blue” by Eiffel 65 released in March 2019 with producer Alex Pizzuti & Adalwolf, a new track with Italian DJ group DJs From Mars coming April 2019 on Italian label Ego, and a song with Danish producer DEX to be released on Sony Orchard worldwide in 2019.
“I make music to leave a legacy behind when I die. The music will live on after me, and I desire to make beautiful music as my life’s legacy.”
Whether on TV or in the studio, it’s clear that Davis Mallory has no intention of stopping anytime soon.