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Chris DeMarco

Interviewed by Gary Hill
Interview with Chris Demarco From 2008
MSJ:

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

Atlanta, Georgia (since 1994)

MSJ:

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.

MSJ:

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)

MSJ:

Have you ever illegally downloaded music?

No

MSJ:

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.

MSJ:

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

I don’t like it.

MSJ:

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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