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INTERVIEW: deM atlaS

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Hi deM atlaS, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

What’s up. I’ve been cool. A lot of good things are happening and I’ve just been taking it all in. Mad thankful. & I’m glad to finally be releasing new music that I’m genuinely proud of. It’s been awhile.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single release, “Can It Fall”?

The single “Can It Fall” is off of my debut album, “Bad Actress” and was produced by Ant from Atmosphere. it’s basically about forgiving others and most importantly, forgiving yourself. It asks the question, can you let go of grudges and can the walls that you’ve built up so long come down? Others may take something else away from it and apply it to their own lives, but for me its a song about forgiveness and finding peace within yourself.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I think back to early childhood my dad left me and my family behind and didn’t support us in any way. He did and said a lot of horrible things and to this day I find it hard to open up or even seek him out. I resented him for many years for that. In some ways, I still do.

So a big lesson in my life is forgiveness. Forgiving others and forgiving yourself if you’ve done wrong by others.

How was the recording and writing process?

It came to me so easily. It was like the song was already written. Ant played me the beat and the first thing I sang was, “can it fall, and if we lost it all.” and the natural place to go for me after that phrase was, “I cannot find, my way.” I love it when that happens. That’s how you know when a song was meant to be.

The single comes off your new ‘Visual EP’ Bad Loves Company – would you call this a conceptual record?

In a way, yeah I would. But when I was with Ant in the studio it didn’t feel that way. Not until we got to the fifth or sixth song did we see where this was going or what it’d be about. But when we got up we were just trying to make music. That simple.

Even the visual EP came together organically, but the music sorta has a cinematic edge to it so it kinda makes sense. Bad Actress the album though, tells the story more in depth. But those 5 songs that make up “Bad Loves Company” do a nice job of telling the overall story.

What’s the story behind the title?

It was a play off of the phrase, “Misery loves company” and when I thought of the title that was exactly where felt like I was at in my life; miserable. I wasn’t doing good and in turn I felt like I was attracting people that weren’t really friends, but we shared misery together.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was dope. A lot of bullshit was going on back home, a lot of toxic he say she say gossip bullshit. and I got the opportunity to just leave all that behind and go around the south with Dave Wilson who shot and directed everything you saw. It was perfect. It taught me that nothing is too bad that you can’t remove yourself from the situation, take sometime away from what got you down & reevaluate what you gotta do.

How did you get to blend the visual concept and music as a whole?

I had a vague idea of what I was seeing when I watched the music and when I heard what I saw. The music that Ant produced had a old western bluesy feel to it which I never really dug until I started making music with him. So from what I heard, I visualized the Deep South & what I spoke of was being alone in a dark, speakeasy drinking away forgotten memories.

Dave Wilson, the director, came into the conversation when my team and I were trying to get everything sorted out and he sorta had the same ideas as me. We both love symbolism and metaphors and we both love Twin Peaks. So it was a natural fit.

What aspect of relationships and mental illness did you get to explore on this record?

Addiction. Not only to substances, but also relationships and how they feel like an addiction. Partying. The scene. Fuck the scene.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yeah hella plans. I’m going to be touring with Atmosphere this Fall & through the Winter.

What else is happening next in deM atlaS’ world?

Just enjoying these blessings. Enjoying the release of my debut album and I’m glad to be touring again. I felt lost for awhile, so it feels really good to release this music I’ve been holding onto. Good feelings don’t last forever, but when they do, you gotta treasure that shit.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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