Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
My partner Fiona Jones changed my life and she put faith in me and my music and convinced me to chase the dream that I had always been told was just a hobby... she inspires and supports me incredibly
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Being involved in songwriting retreats with Chris Difford of the UK band Squeeze during lockdown was brilliantly crazy and as a result sharing the zoom stage with Sting and Gary Barlow
What has been the high point of your music path?
Writing with David Wilcox, Jeff Cohen and Bill Lloyd
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I believe songs arrive and we just need to be listening and ready when they turn up... its arrogant to think that we are the creators... we are just a Conduit and our job is to let the song tell us what it needs
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?
The biggest challenge isn't creativity it's connection, getting heard and getting paid... opportunities come from hard work and it's time that songwriters and musicians got paid fairly for that hard work
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Chris Stapleton would be amazing to share a stage with... I think we'd really get on! And create some truly great music
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I treat every venue and gig individually and build a set list for each audience... and often totally change it on the night!! But at least I had a plan! Warm ups are essential both physically and mentally
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
A song I wrote with Ron Hirsch called "is God holding you" was a challenge because the perspective was telling someone else's story and that was difficult to not sound complicated... its important these days to not have too many characters in a song and listeners can't hear quotation marks! Also the emotion of the song was so important to capture and put across... it took a few rewrites and performances... but we got there
What's coming up in the future?
Lots and lots of music... a soul and blues album, a country rock album and an album of songs I wrote on the Chris Difford song retreats during lockdown
Tell us where fans can access your music?
About Paul deMarco
Paul deMarco is a singer/songwriter from Anglesey in North Wales with over 25 years of experience performing, writing, and recording music both as a solo performer and member of the group Gumshaw, the Ebenezer Chapter band project and currently of The Bassmen, and writing and producing for Southern rock band Blackwater Lake.
Performing live led Paul to share the stage with a diverse range of artists, from Ed Sheeran's co-writer Amy Wadge to Jan Akkerman and from Budgie to Henry Priestman from the Christians. Co-writing with songwriters worldwide has enhanced Pauls's songwriting, and always brings his best to every co-write. Modern technology means he has been able to write with writers in Nashville and learn from the best, and being part of Clay Mills SongTown has led to some great co-writes leading to sync placement. 2 songs written on a song writing retreat run by over Novello winner Chris Difford from the band Squeeze, will be featured on an upcoming album to be mastered at the legendary Abbey Road. The writing retreats also led to co-writes with great writers like Jeff Cohen, Bill Lloyd, and David Wilcox.
l has been writing music for sync as a solo composer, with other writers, and part of the DOL writing team with award-winning writers Bill O'Hanlon and Lucy LeBlanc. When not writing, gigging, or streaming gigs live on Facebook, Paul is working with young people who find school a challenge, using music to build confidence and channel frustration, sharing the power of songwriting—also inspiring the next generation of Rock stars at The Rock Project. As well as performing and teaching, Paul is producing demos for songwriters all over the world and producing his own music. Paul combines his wide range of tastes to create a melting pot of styles that make him truly unique.
For more information on Paul, please visit his website.
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