THE DEMA RAYE
AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST DEMA RAYE!
How are you feeling about your work lyrically?
I feel really proud of it, to be honest with you. I have always been a lyric focused writer and listener, and it’s usually the story and lyrics that catch my attention and make a song special for me before anything else. Right now, I would say I am the happiest I have ever been with my writing. I've been challenging myself more than ever and I've never been more excited to share new music with my audience!
Do you feel a push or a pull when it comes to writing right now?
Oh, it's always a pull. Whenever I even attempt to push myself to sit down and write something, nothing good ever manifests. My writing process is pretty spontaneous, and I honestly wouldn't want it any other way.
It fascinates me how often inspiration strikes at the most random time or from a specific memory that instantly triggers an emotional reaction.
Are all your writing sessions collaborative, or do you go off on your own as well? Do you have a preference?
No, I rarely ever collaborate with someone when writing a song, and I think it's better for me to be by myself when writing because it allows me to be more free and honest. But if someone else was in the room, I think I would have my guard up and be more apprehensive about what I share. However, I do collaborate on the production.
Do you ever compare the work you bring to the table? How does that benefit or distract from your common goal of making great music?
Unfortunately, yes. I think comparison is a vice every artist and every person has to deal with in their life, whether it be in their professional or personal life.
With that being said, sometimes I think comparing your work with the artists that you look up to can help improve your craft and inspire you to try something different if you choose to look at it from a positive and curious perspective.
It's a pretty fragile line, and it can easily derail you from your goals and make you feel inferior to other musicians. This is why I think it's important to remember that we all have a unique gift that gives us something different but worthwhile to say.
What are your favourite lyrics from your new Music?
It's pretty challenging to choose just one because I'm really proud of most of it.
But if I had to choose one, I would say it would be a line from the first pre-chorus off of Train Tracks:
" And as the armour breaks, the cynic cries, I'm changing right before your eyes, guess you couldn't handle my goodbye. "
I think I chose that one right now because it's resonating with me at this point in my life and the things I'm going through.
Is there anything off the table when it comes to bringing yourselves into your Music?
I don't think so.
I always want to keep myself creatively open and not hold on to anything back, but that's hard to do sometimes when writing about your personal life because it will inevitably involve other people.
Leave us on a high note! And share some good news!
I am working on new music at the moment, with a new single coming out soon!