Meet one of Atlanta’s fresh new wave of talented youth in music and fashion.
If you haven’t yet heard of Demo Taped, you will soon enough. 300 Entertainment’s newest talent, the 18-year-old Atlanta based artist has a sound that is reminiscent of Frank Ocean meets Chet Faker. A lot of inspiration for his music comes from his personal struggles with anxiety and depression, which he openly talks about. Read our Q+A with him below and check out the playlist he curated exclusively for MADE.
What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on a new EP. I’m exploring with my music. I’m working on a script right now too. I don’t know if it will ever be anything but it’s fun to work on. I’ve kind of been writing songs that fit the story for the EP.
First thing you do when you wake up?
I put my socks on. My house is pretty cold in the morning.
What are your favorite Instagram accounts?
I’d say @jackvanzet and @tylersphotos.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from your mentors?
The most important thing I’ve learned is that you have to work hard for success and it may not be overnight. I kind of apply this to when I create. Sometimes I can get bummed out because I’ll be working hard all day on music and it’ll all be (by my standards) bad. You just have to keep working.
If you weren’t doing music, what career path would you be pursuing?
I’d be studying film for sure. It’s still one of my passions.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I’m inspired by everyday life and watching films. I like being able to experience a day and then log those experiences, dissect the feelings, and write a song about them.
Who is the person who has influenced you most in your career?
I’d say my dad has influenced me the most. He’s a musician and watching him throughout the years has really helped me in all facets of music.
Who are you currently inspired by?
Right now i’ve been listening to a lot of Vulfpeck. I really love what they do. It’s really amazing to hear such funky songs that were made so recently.
What album or song has the most plays on your life soundtrack? What are you listening to now?
I’d say Curtis’ Mayfield’s “Never Say You Can’t Survive” is the album that would be my life’s soundtrack. I listen to that all the time. It’s actually probably my favorite album.
If you were forced to stay in one city for the rest of your life, where would it be?
If I had to stay in one city forever, I’d probably be in Atlanta. I know it too well. I’ve got so much family here. The art scene is really amazing here and the people are cool too.
How has depression fueled your artistic expression?
A lot of my songs out now are really about how I’ve faced my depression or tried to get past it. I try my best to write from a very honest place, so my depression is not a topic I shy away from in my music.
How do you unwind?
I watch some of my favorite movies to unwind. I’m really into Lost in Translation. That movie actually calms me down and inspires me.
Photography: Salim Garcia