CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mark Davis has a lot to keep him busy.
A kind of musical everyman around Charleston, the 40-year-old singer and percussionist is actively involved in several music outfits, including the Bark-O-Loungers, the a cappella trio Bare Bones and world music ensemble The Voodoo Katz.
Aside from being a go-to sideman for some of the best performers in town, Davis is the director of fine arts for Kanawha County Schools.
"I supervise all the arts programs in Kanawha County Schools -- K through 12," he said. "My first day was the day before the Majorette Festival -- it's an interesting job."
Davis plays well with others, has lots of things to occupy his time, but he's pleased with one of his little side projects. Off and on, Davis steps away from the microphone and the drums and spins records with his Vinyl Village.
"It's different," he said. "It's not a team effort. It's just me."
He's a DJ, though Davis isn't mixing music to a hip-hop beat, tinkering with dub step or trying to make electronic music full of special effects. Instead, he curates the music, plays songs usually along the same tempo.
"But I'm usually working with a lot of different genres," he said.
The music can go from disco and '80s new wave to old, old blues and northern soul.
"That stuff's pretty funky," Davis added. "But a lot of what I play depends on the crowd and the event. I can be a specialist or I can be generalist."