Interview with Jared DeMeester

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Jared DeMeester’s new single ‘‘Lobster Song’’ is out now 

 
Jared Demeester is a folk artist from Chicago, his latest tune is called Lobster Song, a track loosely inspired by an iconic scene from Friends. Producing dream folk songs in his bedroom studio he creates tunes inspired by jazz and indie folk genres. It was great to dive more into his musical inspiration and what influenced him as a musician. 

HELLO JARED, YOU RECENTLY RELEASED A NEW SINGLE CALLED ”LOBSTER SONG”, TELL US MORE ABOUT THIS RELEASE AND YOUR STORY SO FAR.

I just want to start by saying how grateful I am to be sharing a bit about my journey. Thanks for being here! I am a Chicago-based musician that loves writing about love.

YOU PRODUCE YOUR SONGS IN YOUR OWN HOME STUDIO, HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE YOUR OWN PRODUCER AND WHAT ARE THE MAIN PROS AND CONS?

I do! Hand-me-down mics, a 200sq ft bedroom, and the quest to create honest sounds that live somewhere between his folk and jazz roots. Woody creaks and traffic sounds are the sonic breath that seem to make these bedroom recordings a little more human.

Pros: I love having the opportunity to really take time and explore sounds without environmental pressures.

Cons: Just as time and space can be a pro, as with most good things, it can also be a double-edged sword! Working with a producer in a studio provides healthy constraints. It’s easy to fall victim to analysis paralysis without that accountability.

WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT INSPIRE YOUR LYRICS AND SONGWRITING THE MOST?

I am a big believer in little moments. Big moments make up so little of our living. It’s all the little moments in between that tend to make up most of our days. Those little moments are often most inspiring to me. 

HOW DO YOU FIND THE MUSIC SCENE IN CHICAGO, AND WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS FROM THE AREA?

Chicago is a wonderful place! So many talented artists. I am constantly humbled by those around me. There is music happening in every which direction, which is a joy to be a part of. 

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR? 

I am stoked to share that I am working on a whole bunch of new music! Hoping to begin releasing a steady stream of music beginning mid-february. I am also planning some Midwest shows for next spring/ summer. 

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?

Thank you. THIS is what music is often about. Connecting, sharing stories, and becoming. 

If you are a maker or you wish to be a maker, hop in. Don’t live in a  “new year’s resolution mindset” when it comes to making. Yesterday is the right day to start anything you have felt that inkling to begin.

Go get em, pal.