Demi The Daredevil kindly did an interview for us and this what Marc and Jeff had to say.
How would you describe your music?
Elevator pitch would be cinematic art pop with a dark theatrical twist. It’s hard to be objective like that about our own music because we take ideas from so many random artists, and people make a lot of different references about our music according to the certain music they were exposed to. But common threads in terms of other sound alike musicians would be Danny Elfman, Queen, The Killers, Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance, Blink 182, Ben Folds, Twenty One Pilots, The 1975, and Panic at The Disco.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
It all started in our home town El Paso in high school. Our original lead singer and best friend Jovan(RIP) and Marc started playing guitar together, and a mutual friend got us in touch. I started off playing the drums for this band. We used to play for people in the neighbourhood from our garage. At one point there were six of us living in a two bedroom apartment. We also got our equipment stolen one time and shot at!
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Marc: Major icons to me would be Matt Bellamy, Brandon Boyd, Synyster Gates.
Jeff: Billie Joe Armstrong, Bert McCracken, Gerard Way
What inspires you?
Jeff: I’ve said before that bad days inspire me to escape them by being creative.
But …sometimes it’s seeing someone who is where I want to be, so envy is inspiring, or sometimes it’s that I want to outdo someone else. Like Poe said “I’m only negatively ambitious, ever so often I want to excel a fool merely because I hate to let a fool imagine he might excel me.” Sounds petty but it probably stems from low self confidence.
Oh, and also, a really great song. That I’m hearing for the first time and I’m amazed about the amount of awareness that they had in making it, of all the details. On top of good progressions and melody and groove which are mandatory for me. .. when I heard those songs I used to just fantasize that I was them. Then I somehow realized that I could make something myself at least half as good.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Jeff: to be honest I don’t have too much experience being on the road touring. When I have travelled to play music it seemed like I was barely coping with the stress of new environments and with performing. It’s a little stressful to flesh out songs regardless of where you are, but the studio is more peaceful. So the studio in short hah.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Jeff: Buried Horror Show, cause it’s upbeat and angsty. Next goal is to make more energetic songs.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Marc: Opening for Muse. or Twenty One Pilots. Queen with Adam Lambert.
Jeff: Sharing a bus with Adam Lambert .
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Jeff: It’s cheaper than it ever was to make songs, but harder than it ever was to get heard since the web world is so over saturated. That’s why it’s so important to find YOUR people. Only the companies with a lot of money can depend on saturating the market with so many ads. And you won’t get the help from them unless you prove you’re band is succeeding. We have the means to provide evidence ourselves without the music industry bankers having to risk their money just yet.
There are opportunities to break through. The key is knowing what kind of person your fan is and build relationships. Also learning how to using social media to reach them. Facebook offers a really useful audience insights tool to learn more about your fans, and a power tool editor to advertise correctly. In terms of playing live shows to regional fans when you don’t have money or resources to book nation or worldwide tours, promoting your shows to potential fans in whatever area will make it more worth your while.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Jeff: I drank my old bass player’s pee. And it was while I was on the road with his other band. he peed in bottles and I was taking a nap, woke up, drank it. so I drank another band’s pee and didn’t even get to play live!
What are your future plans?
Jeff: Future plans: Play as many shows as possible, and promote them beforehand to the best of my ability. Aside from that, it’s continuing on with the Orchard’s licensing department, hoping to land a song in a tv show or movie to help pay for building a fan base. And to keep reaching more of our people. You emotionally troubled, shy, honest, not so aesthetes know who you are.