Deanna DeMola - 10 Questions Music Interview
Deanna DeMola is a singer-songwriter from Long Island whose music invokes an alternative pop style in her lyrics and performances. Influenced by Billie Eilish, Paramore, and Halsey, Deanna's songs address personal and social challenges.
A few years ago, Deanna began to struggle with depression and anxiety. She felt lost and hopeless, and these feelings only grew over time. Eventually, she found solace in singing and playing music. Music gave her a voice to share her emotions and experiences. Currently, Deanna has finished working in the studio with Songwriter and Producer Jimmy Greco (Carlos Santana / Paramore / Jennifer Lopez / Train) on her debut EP, Under Construction. It includes six heartfelt original songs that represent her journey as an artist. As her videos go viral, Deanna is reaching her goalsand the sky is the limit.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
From a young age, probably around 8 or 9, I had always loved to free write. Like fictional stories. But I never really took it anywhere. I didn't start playing guitar and really getting into music until I was 16/17. I never wrote a song up until that point. My Dad had always pushed me to stay creative and to follow my heart. Music just felt right to me. I think he motivated me to try different things, to not just be a guitar player because he knew I had so much more potential for something even greater. He was the one who got me to start singing in front of people and showcasing my voice. After a year or so of training and developing my voice, I picked up my guitar one day, started playing some chords and created a full length song. I didn't have any training for that, but I continued to write as much as possible. My Dad just really believed in my talent and pushed me to grow my songwriting abilities.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The craziest thing probably was when my debut music video for my single "Hard to Love" hit over 50k streams in under 24 hours! Being a small artist, it was just so exciting to see the numbers grow at a rapid pace. It was my first ever official music video so I was incredibly nervous to release it. My producer and I (Jimmy Greco), who is also the director of the music video and co-writer of the record, put our heart and soul into this project, as we always do, so having the success that it did was an indescribable feeling I won't ever forget.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I think the high point of my music path has really just been being able to look back at my catalog of music and videos and seeing the growth I've made from the beginning till now. That probably sounds cheesy, but I never take too much time to reflect on how far I've come and recently I've been doing that more and more. My high point is happening right now. I have such an overwhelming feeling of love and confidence that continues to develop and I'm really proud and excited to keep it going.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I usually write based off of the feelings that I have surrounding specific experiences I've had or currently am experiencing. Typically I play some chords on guitar and hum a melody over it. Then I start to say random words, or things that sort of sound like words until I come up with actual lyrics that feel right for the song. I think I try to approach every song differently as I keep growing as a writer. I find what works and what doesn't and keep building on that to become a stronger songwriter.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I think the biggest challenge for Indie Artists today is the lack of compensation for the work that they do because of streaming. Without the creators, platforms such as Spotify, Pandora, etc, would not even exist! It's already difficult as is for Indie Artists to get their music to be heard, so it'd be nice if these streaming platforms could figure out a way to create a compensation that makes sense. A stream is worth pennies, it's stupid. We put every part of ourselves into our art, we deserve something.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I think I'd love to share the stage with Halsey. I've admired her as an artist from the beginning of her career and I've loved seeing her grow into who she is today. Her energy is insane and she just generally seems like she's having the time of her life, sharing her stories. I think being on stage with her, I'd feel motivated to match that. Her performance level is something I aspire to have one day.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Usually I practice in my room to the tracks from my songs with a mic, standing in front of the mirror so I can get a better feel of what I'm going to look like in front of the crowd. I do that everyday up until I have a rehearsal with my band scheduled. We just run the whole set list a few times, work out any kinks and get pumped to kick ass at the show!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I'm very picky about my lyrics in my songs. I hate filler lines and I will never settle. But I think the most challenging song to write was my single "Hard to Love." I suffer from anxiety and depression and at that point in my life, it had become unbearable. I felt lost and alone and like no one could see or hear me. I needed to get all of these emotions out into a song but I was struggling so much with myself and my head wasn't clear enough to put these emotions into words. It took quite a bit of time and multiple different versions to get the song where I felt I said everything I needed to get off of my chest. It was also scary writing this song knowing that the people I love so deeply were going to hear all about this dark place that I had been in that they weren't even aware about. But I needed to get this out, I needed to let out what I had been bottling up inside.
What's coming up in the future?
More records, more music videos, and more live shows! I'm currently working in the studio right now, writing away with my amazing co-writer/producer/director, Grammy Nominated Producer Jimmy Greco. So stayed tuned for some new music and videos.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
My music is available on every platform that you enjoy music!
You can find me on Spotify
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