Thank you for having me. I’ve been busy! The process of making the EP and now all the steps involved in releasing it has been a crazy and unbelievably exciting experience.
Can you talk to us more about your upcoming single “Fire”?
Yes! “Fire” is the first single from the record and I think is the best introduction to who I am and what you can expect from my music. It’s a mix of the dark, mid-tempo vibe, with a bit of passion and intensity in the lyrics, but still has that sense of fun that I love about pop music.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Before writing this song, I went home to Miami to visit friends and family. My first night in town, I went out and ran into the guy who inspired this EP, and his girlfriend. It was uncomfortable because we were still “friends” so I was nice to both of them, but it was killing me inside. That whole night, even though he was there with her, I would catch him looking at me and we would make eye contact across the room. I went back to New York a couple days later, sat in my room with my guitar, and wrote “Fire”.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We’ve actually been working on a couple different pieces of video content for “Fire” and I cannot WAIT to share them.
The single comes off your forthcoming album Rebels – what’s the story behind the title?
Rebels is the last song on the EP and it has a dual meaning. At first, the word Rebels refers to being in a relationship that goes against what your friends, family, and even your gut, tell you. It feels like it’s the two of you against the world, but by the end of the song, the meaning changes. Being a “rebel” now means being strong enough to walk away from a situation that’s toxic, even when every part of you is trying to pull you back. I’ve been a rebel in both senses of the word.
How was the recording and writing process?
This process has been therapeutic. At times, it felt really good but sometimes it was emotional and I struggled. Once I was able to actually get in the studio and work with unbelievably talented producers, it was life changing. There’s nothing like taking a song you wrote on acoustic guitar and building the production around it to turn it into what you envisioned. I am very lucky I was able to work with people who understood exactly what I was looking for and were on the same page as me.
What role does NYC play in your writing?
I wrote most of the EP while living in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The people I’ve met in this city inspire me to immerse myself in my creativity. New York is the kind of place that strips you down but allows you to build yourself back up again, stronger than before, if you put in the work. I’ve only lived here for 4 years but I grew up here. Being surrounded by other musicians, producers, songwriters, etc. makes me push myself.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The EP as a whole tells the story of a relationship I went through. When it was good I was on top of the world, but most of the time I was just hurt and confused. Every action of his affected me so greatly. It was overwhelming and also kind of beautiful, but I didn’t know how to process those feelings. Writing songs and singing was my way of figuring things out.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are covering someone else’s work than when you are writing your own?
When I’m covering someone else’s work, like I did with my cover of Swimming Pools by Kendrick Lamar, I spend more time focusing on how I can reinterpret it and make it my own. I try to put my own spin on it and digest the lyrics so that I can sing them and feel connected. I think that part differs from my own music because when I sing words that I wrote, that connection is already there.
Any plans to hit the road?
As of now, I have shows scheduled for NYC and Miami, which is really exciting. I haven’t played a proper show in my Miami in a very long time. We’re working on booking more shows for later in the year and early next year.
What else is happening next in DEMAR’s world?
There’s a lot happening! We have more music coming, videos, shows, and fun surprises. I just can’t wait to finally release the EP and have it out in the world. I hope people love it.