Behind the Song
Paul deMarco is a singer/songwriter from Anglesey in North Wales with over 25 years of experience performing, writing, and recording music both as a solo performer and member of the group Gumshaw, the Ebenezer Chapter band project and currently of The Bassmen, and writing and producing for Southern rock band Blackwater Lake.
Performing live led Paul to share the stage with a diverse range of artists, from Ed Sheeran's co-writer Amy Wadge to Jan Akkerman and from Budgie to Henry Priestman from the Christians. Co-writing with songwriters worldwide has enhanced Pauls's songwriting, and always brings his best to every co-write. Modern technology means he has been able to write with writers in Nashville and learn from the best, and being part of Clay Mills SongTown has led to some great co-writes leading to sync placement. 2 songs written on a song writing retreat run by over Novello winner Chris Difford from the band Squeeze, will be featured on an upcoming album to be mastered at the legendary Abbey Road. The writing retreats also led to co-writes with great writers like Jeff Cohen, Bill Lloyd, and David Wilcox.
l has been writing music for sync as a solo composer, with other writers, and part of the DOL writing team with award-winning writers Bill O'Hanlon and Lucy LeBlanc. When not writing, gigging, or streaming gigs live on Facebook, Paul is working with young people who find school a challenge, using music to build confidence and channel frustration, sharing the power of songwriting—also inspiring the next generation of Rock stars at The Rock Project. As well as performing and teaching, Paul is producing demos for songwriters all over the world and producing his own music. Paul combines his wide range of tastes to create a melting pot of styles that make him truly unique.
For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough then tell us more!!
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.
I love the process... the writing session, the recording session and playing it live.. it's that moment when the song hits the heart of the listener ... that's where the magic is!
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
It's home for me! I love the creative process and get lost in that creative world
Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?
Walking, cooking, watching live music and theatre and supporting my football team Aston Villa (also supported by Tom Hanks !)
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
Bruce Springsteen, Chris Stapleton, and John Mayer for consistently putting out great and honest music.
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it?
"Endless sea" written with my partner Fiona Jones is based on a poem she wrote about the challenges of mental health having observed it through others eyes... that song hits home for many.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
Yes I have so much music to release... the next album will be a soul album called Soul Revival and is a collection of very special songs filled with heart, fire and soul
Tell us where fans can access your music.
Stream on Spotify
Listen on Soundcloud