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.
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Next in the hot seat is indie art-pop artist Demure For Sure. We’ve not covered Demure For Sure in the past, so we are new to his music! If you’re not familiar with Demure For Sure, 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?
I’d describe it as art rock. Earlier stuff was more in the realm of shoegaze, but the new album mostly abandons that for a combination of increasingly abrasive and flashback sounds. There’s more meandering between genres going on now, too.
Demure For Sure started as my side project when I was a member of the boy band Astro Club Blonde. I was recording some ideas that weren’t quite of the electro-pop caliber typically suited for ACB. It eventually became its own thing.
As an artist, how do you define success?
I get most satisfaction when people ask to use the music for some project they’re working on. I don’t really trust a compliment from anyone, but when someone asks to license a song, or asks me to score something, it gives a sense of validation.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Overall, I have no idea how the music business works. On top of that, there’s no shortage of great new music being released, so how does anyone persuade listeners that their music is worth the time? It’s presumptuous to think it is. Maybe there’s just too many recordings available at this point.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
There’s a song on the new album Tie-Dye Shadows called “Baby, Break Me.” It’s one I’ve been playing live for a while, but always as an instrumental which leaves a lot of room to shred, so I always look forward to it. I recorded vocals on it for the record.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
I admire the musicians who really embody the persona of their music. Artists like Bowie, and Kate Bush. People who are inseparable and indistinguishable from their records. The method actors of music.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Probably more so than the things I like, it’s the things I hate that are inspiring. The mundane day-to-day things and the thumbs above pushing down really force the imagination. It’s not that any of the songs aren’t real or personal, but they’re all definitely set against a backdrop of daydreams.