Welcome to “Six Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so we’re making this a permanent feature on the site. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay intact. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.
We hope you enjoy this series, and if you know anyone that might be interested in being part of it, please have them reach out to us for more information.
Next in the hot seat is Long Island-born indie pop-electronic artist DeModa. We have not yet had the privilege to cover DeModa here on the pages of Indie Minded, so it is great to get to know him. If you’re not familiar with him, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
If you are not familiar with me or my music, and you happen to be reading this interview for the sole purpose of discovering something new, I applaud you. People like you are a rare, dying breed. I grew up on Long Island right outside of Queens, hence why I pronounce water, wuhter. I got my start on Christmas evening 13 years ago when I unwrapped my very first guitar, given to me by my mom and uncle (and Santa, I guess). Somehow that guitar-playing, metal head/punk-rocker evolved into a skinny-jean-wearing, indie-pop producer. I didn’t write my first tune until I was 23, and it was bad. REAL bad.
As an artist, how do you define success?
Success is a tricky topic. Everyone seems to have their own rules about what it means, how you achieve it, and who or what must be sacrificed. It’s simple for me. The most fundamental thing for me is that you must make enough money to survive doing what you love, without having to rely on other people. After that, It’s just about how happy you are doing it.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
My greatest struggle is probably finding the inspiration to be creative. I can send emails, research topics, and cross off bullets on my to do lists until I’m dead. Inspiration and creativity seem to be the most elusive of my qualities.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
Probably “Blind Contour.” It’s my favorite track that I’ve written to date, and one of the most fun to play live. To me, it has the most diversity within itself of all of my tracks.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
I’ve been asked this before and I’ve always given a music-related answer, but this time I’m gonna do something a little different. Elon Musk. That guy is a hero. From Day 1 he’s been steady proving all of the naysayers wrong at an absurd rate. He’s also a charmingly quirky individual, and I definitely enjoy the weirdos.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Definitely going out with my childhood friends. Dissimilar to most of my introverted-artist counterparts, I genuinely enjoy going out and seeing old friends to unwind. Don’t get me wrong, my social battery drains relatively quickly as would a person who is more introverted, but I spend most of my time inside playing with instruments. There are times when I need to just go out and be silly.