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Chris DeMarco

Interviewed by Gary Hill
Interview with Chris Demarco From 2008

This interview is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 4 at
Where are you from?

Atlanta, Georgia (since 1994)


How does living there affect your songwriting?

It doesn’t affect it. My songwriting is something I create within my mind regardless of my geographic location. I’ve written songs in New York, Paris, London, Rome, Munich and Hollywood, and the subjects were all unrelated to where I lived at the time.

MSJ: How long have you been playing and what was your first instrument?

I’ve been playing since 1969. My first instrument was guitar.

MSJ: Who is in your ultimate super group?

John Bonham on drums, Duane Allman and Jeff Beck on guitars, Jim Fielder (Blood Sweat and Tears – who is playing on my CD) on bass, Bobby Whitlock on keyboards.  I’m singing, of course!

MSJ: What's the greatest thing that's ever been said about your music?

Numbers of people have commented that they understood precisely what I was describing in my songs and related to it as if it was part of their own life.  This told me that I had achieved what I was striving to achieve in painting a picture with words of what I had felt emotionally.

MSJ: What are your main musical influences?

The lineage from jazz to blues, to blues-based rock and roll.


What's the song you're most proud of writing?

I don’t think that word applies. I would say that I feel more grateful that I was able to express myself, after writing a song, than proud.

MSJ: What's the last album you bought that you're enjoying?

Boz Scaggs’s first album.

MSJ: Have you seen any great live shows lately?

Yes, The Eagles in Atlanta in May, 2008.

MSJ: What is your guilty pleasure band?

Fleetwood Mac

MSJ: What was the first album you ever bought?

The Rolling Stones 12 X 5

MSJ: What was the first concert you ever attended?

Blood Sweat and Tears, 1971 in Gainesville, Florida

MSJ: If you could create your own fantasy music festival, who would the top 6 headliners be?

Bing Crosby

Robert Johnson

Nat King Cole

The Rolling Stones

Led Zepplin

Jeff Beck

MSJ: What is your favorite movie?

Here Comes Mr. Jordan

MSJ: Have you read any great books lately?

Dashiell Hammett compilation of novels

MSJ: Do you write books, short stories, poems or a blog?

I write poems, I wrote a screen play, short stories, and I’m writing a book that I may finish some day.

MSJ: If you were a superhero what famous musician would be your arch-nemesis and why?

My musical arch nemesis would be a generic rapper (all rap artists rolled into one character)


Have you ever illegally downloaded music?



The major labels have said that illegal downloading is at the heart of the problems they have with lower sales, would you agree?

I don’t have enough statistical information to make a comment on that. I would take a guess that the quality of the music being put out by the major labels is not what it used to be.


In a related question, how do you feel about fans recording and trading live shows?

I don’t like it.


What has been your biggest Spinal Tap moment?

Recently we were shooting a music video for the Lost and Found album and we invited a lot of people to create a crowd atmosphere.  Unfortunately only 5 came, so we had to make 5 people look like a crowd!  Thank God I lived in Hollywood for a few years…

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