Adding to our impressive pile of Band of the Days is the superhero-esque-ly monikered Demi the Daredevil…
Jeff: El Paso, Texas. But we’ve been living in Austin, Texas since 2008.
How did you meet?
Jeff: I think Jovan (RIP) and Marc met a school full of delinquent hooligan kids. They just ended up picking up their guitars every time they started doing math homework.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Marc: Twelve years with a few breaks in between.
Jeff: We’ve had some setbacks. But now we’re stronger than ever.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Marc: We loved the word Demi which stems from Demi-God so we figured if you want to be a Demi-God then you have to be a daredevil. We fused the two together which left us with Demi the Daredevil.
What are your influences?
Jeff: We’ve been influenced by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals and composers like Danny Elfman, we’ve been influenced by pop punk bands like Blink-182 and Green Day, by soft rock bands like Chicago, dance rock like MJ and Prince, emo rock like the Used and My Chemical Romance. Muse. We could go on for a while. We inspire from little gems of the most random bands’ tunes.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Jeff: Well I like to say the elevator pitch is, “Imagine a film composer making art pop. With a dark theatrical twist.” I feel like it’s the melodic substance that makes us unique. But, like a few other bands are saying about their music now, it’s genreless, and that makes it unique. The Millennials have ingested an ungodly amount of music.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Jeff: Yeah, maybe you could say aspiration to be one’s best version, revenge, sex, disappointment, anxiety, depression, isolation, death. But all with a hopeful undertone!
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Marc: We’ve played hundreds of shows over the course of our career and even played on Vans Warped Tour several years ago. The live show has come a long way and now it’s become more theatrical, along the lines of “performance art” with Jeff talking to the schizo voices featured in some of our skits.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Marc: My old bass player from a band I used to play in stripped down to his birthday suit during different shows. One venue was even threatening to sue us but it turned out to be a hoax because they actually couldn’t pay their rent and needed money.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Jeff: Our drummer plays a Gretsch kit, Marc plays with a Telecaster, and also a damn 7 string guitar and we sound like Korn sometimes. I just have a Casio keyboard. Maybe I’ll upgrade soon if someone throws me a bone here.
What are your plans for 2017?
Marc: Now that 2017 is upon us we are going to begin constant regional touring and working to leave a lasting impression on anyone who we can get to our shows. This coming year we are also working on getting our music licensed to films and television.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
Jeff: Awolnation and Twenty One Pilots. And we’d probably choose Muse to open for us. Just so they can be humble for a month or two.