Demi the Daredevil
Demi the Daredevil
Hopeful and bizarre, elegant yet grotesque, Demi the Daredevil is able to synthesize a variety of influences into something special, modern. Melodies and instrumentation inspired by jazz and musical scores, and classical tradition (anyone from Elfman to Beethoven to Grusin), lyrics resembling crippled romantic poets like Tom Waits and Billie Joe Armstrong, Prince-like syncopated rhythms, Queen’s guitar-piano chamber dialogue, and character impersonations that you might hear in a dramatized audio book. Every song is a breathe of originality and true musicality.
Demi the Daredevil are a musical pop rock band formed in 2005, El Paso, Texas. Thomas Azar (piano, backing vocals) and Jeffrey Azar (drums, lead vocals) began playing music together, making movies, magic, and puppet shows at a young age together. While Thomas went away to Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music to pursue piano performance full time, Demi the Daredevil formed as a three piece in 2005, with Jovan Ortiz (bassist) and Marc Martel (guitarist, backing vocals). The band’s first two EP’s emphasized sublime melody, heavy guitar, and dynamics. The band won the Ernie Ball competition earning them a spot on Warped Tour at Las Cruces, New Mexico. They played alongside bands like P.O.D. and the short-lasting Schwayze the following year, and had their tracks held as the theme song for Buffering, a Los Angeles web series show, as well as being included on an Illumina Records compilation album. In 2009 during the recording of their first Self-Titled album, member Jovan Ortiz passed away. The remaining members finished the album with new members Chris Paulos (bassist, Subrosa Union) and Chris Marrero (guitar/vocals, Uptown Terminal), and began writing the second album ‘Schizoid in a Moratorium,’ with Thomas Azar. The second album speaks to a dissociated generation, depersonalized by chronic stress and spiritual devastation.
Demi the Daredevil will be long lasting and have the potential to be great. Each member has dedicated themselves to the perfection of performance, instrumentation, and songwriting as an end in itself.
“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime isn’t enough for music.” Sergei Rachmaninov