Go into detail on why you decide to choose music as a career.
As cliché as this might sound, I didn’t choose music, music chose me. Music has always been a part of my life; it makes me who I am. So I’d be foolish to ignore something like that.
Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans concerning your music.
I’m getting a lot of good feedback. Haven’t really gotten anything contrary, even though I wish I did sometimes. I like to know what isn’t good so I can work on it, good feedback alone doesn’t make a great artist.
Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.
In this day and age, social media is everything. People use it to not only put up good pictures of themselves but to put out their brand. It gives you access to different people, people you don’t know, people who have the same gifts as you, people who are looking for people with gifts like yours, etc. I wouldn’t have the success I have right now if it wasn’t for the use of social media.
Brief us about the recording of this song.
I was in the studio, and my producer, Slowine, came up with this beat. And I remember immediately loving it. At the time the concept wasn’t the same though. It was 3 o’clock in the morning (hence the name) when my fellow artist and I heard it and we just started singing melodies over it. Eventually, I chose a melody and wrote to it. And then I got stuck, I couldn’t figure out where to go next, but I knew I wanted Jay’Mar, another member of my group, Feedback, to be a part of it. It had a dancehall feel to it, and I knew he’d kill it. Eventually, I finished my verses but it still needed something, and that something was Ty Johnson. He wrote the last verse, and we created magic.
Tell us the story behind the song.
My entire EP, “Love” was written from the perspective of a woman and her journey through love. The woman being me, obviously. I wrote 6 out of the 7 songs from my own personal experience with heartbreak but I didn’t think it was fair to completely make it all about how horrible men are and how great women are. So I chose to write a song where the woman was in the wrong, where she was the cheater and the guy was the victim. It is the only song on the EP that I can’t relate to my personal life and I think that’s why it’s one of my favorites, cause I feel like a third party, just listening and loving the music.
State your area of specialization in music.
I specialize in R&B, Soul, and Pop.
Tell us how long it takes to finish a song from the start.
Every song is different. Some songs I can bang out in a day. My producer gives it to our engineer and it takes him only a couple of hours to work his magic. But some songs take forever, especially when you have a feature. The person can take a little longer than you expected. Everyone has a different creative process, and you just have to work with it.
Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.
I hear a beat and my mind starts working at a hundred speed. First, I always have a vision, meaning, I always imagine what could be happening while this beat is playing. Then I allow it to entice a feeling from me. Am I getting jealousy from this beat, sadness, happiness, anger, etc? And then I choose my melody, my melody always helps me with my lyrics. I’m not the lyricist who just writes and later on puts the writing into a melody. Melody first and the lyrics follow. That’s what works for me.
Discuss music generally in full detail.
I’ve always said, with all the differences in the world, the two things that keep us connected are love and music. The fact that God chose me to carry out this gift is a blessing. Music has the power to change your mood or greaten the mood you’re already in. And call me corny, but I really think it has the power to change the world.
State your five favourite genres of music.
Gospel: Gospel is my first love, it’s my roots. It’s the first place I realized my love for singing and that I was good at it. I grew up in church and I still attend church regularly, and my favorite part of service is the music service. Of all the genres of music, to me, there is nothing like Gospel. It’s the connection between yourself and the most high. It’s also the place where my voice soars the highest. It brings out vocal abilities I didn’t even know I have.
Soul: Soulful music is all about the lyrics. The meaning is in the name. Its purpose is to touch your soul, to connect to your soul. I write my best work when I’m writing soul.
R&B: The fact that R&B can either be something fun or something meaningful and you can love it just the same, is amazing to me. It allows you to explore any kind of feeling. I also love it because it’s very vocally centered. You can say something as simple as “I Love You” in twenty different ways vocally. And each time you say it, your audience can relate to it differently.
Pop: I love pop because it’s just fun, and for an artist like me, it’s a relief. I make a lot of deep, meaningful songs, but sometimes it’s just good to throw something in there that just makes you want to dance. It just makes you happy.
Country: A lot of people don’t know this, but Country is one of my favorite genres of music. I sometimes wish I was raised down south so I can pursue a career in country. I love the fact that it’s all about the story. Every country song is a story. Whether it’s a fun story, sad story, stupid story, it’s a story and you can always relate to it.
Discuss your rehearsal.
When I rehearse, I like to rehearse in front of the mirror. It allows me to see what my audience sees. A lot of times we think we’re doing something cute when in all honesty, we look a hot mess to those that are looking at us. I want whatever I do to look authentic and not forced, so when I look in the mirror, I just make sure that I’m not trying too hard or faking an emotion.
State your favorite musical instruments.
My favorite musical instrument is the piano. I think all the best songs are the ones with just a piano and some vocals. It’s powerful enough to be the only instrument playing behind a vocalist but soft enough not to overpower the vocalist. Everything that a singer does vocally comes from a piano. Our ability to run, change keys, and harmonize, come from the piano.
Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.
When I perform live, I feed off my audience. If they’re chill, I’m chill; if they’re excited I like to be excited with them. But I also enjoy the ability to change their moods. Bring them into my world, make them feel the song, and be where I was emotionally when I made it.
Discuss your personality in full detail.
If I had to narrow down my crazy personality, I’d say that I am a strong-minded, sensitive, soulful, comedic person. I’ve always been told that I am wise beyond my years. I think I’m an old soul with a liberated mind. I’m the friend that all the friends go to for advice, but can never apply that same advice to my own life. I’m funny, really funny. I say that in the most humble way possible. I’ve always just loved making people laugh. As strong-minded as I am, I am also super indecisive. Honestly, I am a conundrum.
Tell us about your musical background.
I don’t really have a musical background. Both my parents can’t sing and have no musical abilities. But I can say that my cousins, I have a lot of cousins, we all can sing. We all grew up singing in the church, singing together at home, or singing solos. I guess that’s my musical background.
List your musical work.
Distant Love- Ft Kyle McQueen
Love: The EP.
Give us the links to purchase your music and contact you.
Love: The EP
Share your memorable experiences with us.
The most memorable moment for me, musically, was the day I got to sing the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium. I mean, I sang with a group but still, it was BIG deal.
State the official date of release.
The release date for Love The EP was February 25th, 2018.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Dema is my artist’s name. It’s my middle name. Well, it’s the nickname for my middle name, which is Dermanise. I’ve been called Dema all my life by people who knew me personally. My first name is Bernadette, but I didn’t think it was as unique as Dema. There’s a star quality in that name.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
3 a.m. is a song about a girl who is constantly cheating on her significant other. More specifically, in the song, she speaks on it after having been with the mistress another night. It’s 3 in the morning and she’s feeling regretful and is contemplating telling her significant other. She contemplates the entire relationship.
State the title of the album and the reason for picking the title.
Love is the most fitting title because the EP is about everything love is not. It’s about the heartbreak and the wrong decisions we make while being “in love”. It speaks on the not so pretty side of love. It talks about our ability to hurt each other as humans. Our imperfections. In the end, it lets us know that what we think is love at the time, turns out to not be love at all.