Hi Demie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi VENTS! I’ve been good, staying indoors, chilling with my cat. I’m happy to be speaking with you!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Yung”?
“Yung” is a song I wrote in my last year of college, and is the first single off my first EP, Airplane Mode. It’s actually the first time I’ve wrote a slower more romantic song, so I’m really excited that it will be the first song I’m releasing out into the world!
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
This song was meant to be kind of a tribute to youth and growing up. I was nearing graduation when writing it, and I had a sudden revelation that I’m no longer young! Well, I am, but you know. So I wrote this song, wanting it to reflect how I felt about growing older- an exciting but melancholic experience.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
The filming came together quite organically. Everyone in the video are good friends of mine, even my college roommates make a cameo! I’ve filmed videos before, but nothing quite like this one. I’ve never fake fought anyone on camera before, but working with people I trust made me comfortable to go outside my comfort zone. There were some casualties on set though (sorry, CJ).
The single comes off your upcoming album Airplane Mode – what’s the story behind the music?
Airplane Mode is really a timeline of my personal growth. There are songs on there that I’ve written when I used to feel some type of way that I don’t anymore. Each song contains a snippet of my life that gets relived every time I hear it, whether the feeling is good or bad. It’s called Airplane Mode because I flew more during the creation of the EP than I’ve ever flown, and most of the music contains a memory from a place I’ve traveled.
How was the recording and writing process?
I’m a very private writer. I like to write at home, in the safety of my own bed before bringing the idea to the studio. It’s just how I function. Although I envy those who can sit down and bust out a song in a session.
This being your US debut – did you approach the music any differently?
Not really, I just write what I want to write. I’ve never thought much about what happens to it after it leaves my bedroom.
What role does China play in your music?
Well, I’m Chinese. And I’m honored to have a chance to represent my heritage.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I write about what I’m experiencing in my current life, kind of like a musical diary. Except it’s open for everyone to read.
What else is happening next in Demie The Destroyer’s world?
I’m currently obsessed with animal crossing so if anyone is turnips on their island for a good price let me know. I have a couple more songs dropping before the release of my EP. The next track is a collab with Holly, who goes ridiculously hard- it’s got more of a dance vibe to it and I’m excited to bust out the moves for that one.