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About Demetra

Woodside, NY

Demetra was born a performer. When she was a child, she taught herself how to play, read and write music, forcing her family members to perform alongside her in countless original plays and movies. She was a student of dance for twelve years and played a major role in all the school musicals. She attended specialized high school, Brooklyn Tech, where she was President of the Drama Club and later went to Queens College where she studied International Politics and Film. "I believe what makes art in the new millennium so special is that we have so much recorded cultural history to draw on," Demetra explains, "and my studies make me the kind of artist I want to be." A master at re-working old themes and making them new, Demetra's current brand of electronic pop combines her love of soul, rock and new wave music with a visual aesthetic rich in historical imagery and symbolism.

Demetra wrote, co-produced, and played the keyboards on the tracks off her upcoming debut solo EP, co-produced by Ray Balconis (Kim Sozzi, Deborah Cox) and DJ Shotime.

Before going solo, Demetra was in several bands with her boyfriend, a punk musician, who is the subject of many songs on the album. "Our band would break up every time we broke up," she explains. "We tried so hard to do a Gwen Stefani- Tony Kanal thing, but it just didn't work for us, cause we would always get back together and break up again." In addition to struggling to keep the band together, Demetra was musically restless. "There was always a struggle for me to incorporate dance and pop music into my bands, because ultimately the people I was playing with wanted to play emo, indie, or punk. I was done trying to perform a balancing act with others and I had to try to balance myself. I had to tell myself - do you, girl." And that she did.

Her prior projects included a dance-rock album with her band, Seratonin, which was the #2 most added album on the CMJ charts and a pop-punk group of the same name. Demetra has also written several children's musicals and worked for several years teaching music in East New York, Brooklyn. The music that seeped out of the neighborhood rubbed off on her, as well.

She sums up the Demetra experience with the following: "I've seen a lot in my life. I've been rich, I've been poor, and I have a lot of stories to tell that would blow people's minds, and I hope to tell them through my music for a very long time."


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