Demarco recently released their album titled ‘Melody’ on October 22.
Demarco is well known for its iconic singles ‘Fallen Soldiers’, ‘I love my life,‘ and his recent single ‘Rida’ has over a million views on Youtube. Ryda is a play on the phrase “Ride or Die” and showcases the importance of loyalty and appreciating the glamor of a romantic relationship. The song mixes melodic tones with a fusion of reggae and afrobeat. The elaborate video tells a story adding an extra element to the song’s popularity with its eye-catching visuals. He thinks it’s important to address aspects of storytelling such as cinematography and production.
Demarco spoke with our correspondent Rebecca Eugene about her new album and what fans can expect to hear. ‘Melody‘ features many well-known Reggae artists such as Spice, Shaggy, Beenie Man, etc. The album is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, iTunes and Youtube.
The Knockturnal: Your Album ‘Melody’ releases October 22. What can fans expect? What do you hope they will get out of it?
Demarco: Fans can expect to hear all the great music that I haven’t been able to release before. What stands out is the versatility of my sound and how my production abilities help me bring together the unique elements of each track.
The Knockturnal: How long did it take you to create the songs for the album “Melody”? What song(s) are you most excited for fans to listen to?
Demarco: It didn’t take long to create the actual songs, and it was the matter of releasing them that took over a decade. There are so many good songs on the album that it’s hard to choose just one. I’ve also had the chance to work with great artists over the years, so it’s amazing to include tracks with talents like Spice, Sean Paul, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer. The song with Stephen Marley is different from what I usually do, and I think people will love the song with Ky-Mani Marley.
The Knockturnal: When creating your single “Ryda”, what was your inspiration?
Demarco: It’s a matter of loyalty and recognition for it. It’s a play on the term “Ride or Die”, showing the glamor and courage of these relationships in any scenario, especially in terms of romantic partnerships.
The Knockturnal: Music videos linked to your songs always tell a story, which adds an extra element to your music. How do you create the concepts behind your videos?
Demarco: Now that I’m also making my visuals, I feel inspired to tap into the storytelling component to capture scenes and produce them in a meaningful way. I was very pleased with how the “Ryda” music video came together, and it debuted in September and already has almost 2 million views.
The Knockturnal: You have written songs for several well-known artists such as Rihanna and Bounty Killer. Can you describe your songwriting process?
Demarco: I like to get to work right away. When I focus and start a new project, it usually goes pretty quickly because everything comes to me and flows through me as I pull out parts that make sense for the current situation or the particular talent I’m working with. It’s a balance of keeping the integrity of the song while tweaking to complement the person’s voice.
The Knockturnal: If you could collaborate with one or more artists in the industry, who would it be?
Demarco: I always say Rihanna, and while I touched on some things she worked on, working with her one-on-one would be pure magic in a professional sense.