Damien McFly - Vega

 

Damien McFly - Vega

Damien McFly – Vega

 

ARTIST NAME: Damien McFly

 

SONG TITLE: Vega

 

RELEASE DATE: March 27th, 2020

 

GENRE: Indie Pop, Indie Folk, Singer-Songwriter

 

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Hailing from Padova, Italy, Damien Mcfly is the moniker behind Damiamo Ferrari, a driven, passionate, and charismatic singer-songwriter who bridges the gaps between old and new.

 

Captivating audiences with his raw vocals, the timeless vibes of folk, and modern sounds of indie, his music has taken him to more than 15 different countries playing over 500 shows.

 

October 2015 saw the release of Damien’s first original album entitled “Parallel Mirrors.” This earned him festival appearances at SXSW, Canadian Music Week (covered by Rolling Stone Italy), BBC Carfest, International Richmond Film Festival, and Home.

 

Festival, as well as, opening supports for Gill Landry (ex-Old Crow Medicine Show) and Justin Nozuka.

 

With Damien’s YouTube channel having 30,000 subscribers and over six million views his video of “New Start” was a feature on MTV New Generation Italy.

 

Over the last 5 year’s Damien has collected accolades such as the Honourable mention in the International Songwriting Competition and Unsigned Only for his first single “I Can’t Reply” and most recently for his latest release ‘Leap.’

 

In 2018 Damien reached the final of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest winning the Grand Prize in the Folk category for his song “Mesmerised.”

 

Damien is now working on the release of his new album due in 2020 with plans to tour UK Europe, Canada, and USA.

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Discuss your recording experience with your producer.

My recording experience has always been very different from what people imagine when they think about a recording session.

 

Alex Marton, the producer of “Vega”, did a great job on filtering my ideas and putting all the elements at the right place in the song.

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Discuss what comes first and last while creating a song.

First comes an idea: it could be a sentence, a melody, a drum loop, a piano, or a guitar riff. That’s where you start.

 

Last comes the most difficult part, realizing what you need or not in the arrangement you built for that song.

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Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist.

Always be looking for something, try to get ideas from everything around you, from any music you hear or any concert you see.

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Discuss your worse experience in the music business.

I think I was 18 and I tried to approach a “producer,” that after auditioning me gave me the worst contract ever written. The numbers in it were too weird and it was not convenient. You must be careful all the time, it’s full of sharks out there.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

I’m good at that I think, I feel kind of angry and sad for a day, but then I always come up with better ideas.

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Tell us what you are doing to impact the people around you.

I’m always trying to help and connect a lot of friends/musicians with each other and I try to have no secrets about my career.

 

I have several people working and collaborating on my project and I feel so overwhelmed when I think about that, so I hope they really get and feel something back from me.

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Tell us the music that makes you happy.

I really like the Lumineers for that or sometimes I just put on random commercial pop/dance music.

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Tell us how you make instrumentation to your song.

Depending on the song I build a piano/guitar structure, or a synth riff, or a drum loop with a bass. I work closely with my friend Luca Lago and we share ideas constantly.

 

Once there’s the structure and the melody; we fill what needs to be filled within the different parts trying to be the most original as possible and then the producer Alex comes, and we do the last retouches.

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Tell us how you feel when you sing, and your fans sing along to your song.

I guess that’s the moment where I think “Yes, this is definitely the best feeling in the world.”

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Tell us the goals you aim to achieve when creating a song.

It really depends on the song, sometimes I really want to find the right sound or a very original idea. Sometimes I want it to be very catchy and want people to get into the song in less than 30 seconds.

 

Other times instead, I really want to deliver a message, like in my song “Call It Freedom” from my first album or “Vega”, where the lyrics have a very important role.

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Tell us about your approach to writing.

I take notes on my phone every time I’m on a train or on a plane. Before going to bed my mind starts really working and I have so many ideas and If I’m not too tired I can get to write them down. Especially for the lyrics, I write when I’m inspired, when I’m sad, or when I come back from a tour.

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Tell us how you plan to develop a unique music style.

Music is a mix of sounds, so that’s where you need to focus nowadays to be original.

 

I’m constantly looking for new instruments and new plug-ins that can really give some more character to a song.

 

I’ve recorded covers for many years, so not having to focus on the writing side, I just focused on the arrangement and sound part, that really helped me because I’m fast when it comes to arranging something.

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Tell us how to record a song.

A lot of production can be done at home, so just buy the best mic and the best interface you can. If you’re looking for “your” sound, learn how to use whatever DAW you prefer, and start creating. If you look for a “rock band” sound, I’d suggest working with a producer or a very good recording engineer in a good studio.

 

If you’re not good at mixing, or especially if you have a budget, get the song mixed by a pro, find who mixed your favourite albums, everyone is reachable nowadays and if your music is good and they like it, they might also give you a discount.

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Tell us if you are collaborating with other songwriters or you write alone.

In the last year, I’ve started working with many songwriters around the world, and it’s been an amazing thing. I used to be very jealous of my music, but the work of two is most of the time better than one. The process gets faster but also very stimulating, I love doing songwriting sessions.

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Discuss your experience with fans.

I like to talk to real people at my live shows, and I always try to reply to everyone online of course.

 

I like to build a real connection and I want people to know me for whom I am, not just for my selfies or videos.

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Tell us your experience of booking gigs and shows.

With more than 10 years in booking gigs now and 7 as Damien McFly, I’ve built a lot of relationships with people around Europe and the UK.

 

I’m not working with any big booking agency right now because I’m trying to reach as many places as possible on my own or with the help of small agencies, where you relate with one person who really likes your music and doesn’t focus just on the economic side.

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Tell us if you consider a song placement in TV or Film.

Of course, I am, I’m working with Gabesco Publishing in Italy and he’s just great, he built so many connections with other companies around the world, you might hear my voice somewhere soon.

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Elaborate on the song.

Vega is a star that 12000 years ago used to be Earth’s northern star, and it will be again in 13000 years.

 

It spins way faster than the sun even though it is twice as big.

 

Vega is strength, constancy, and dedication.

 

We’re all trying to reach something, and we often get lost in the way, because we are searching for praise from time to time to remind us that we’re doing the right thing.

 

During hard times when that praise is missing, we need support from the people close to us, from the people who know what we’re fighting for and share our vision and our dreams.

 

And when we’re left alone, we need to dig into our past and find what went wrong and be strong enough to go on with our head held high.

 

Vega is about redemption, about recognizing our own mistakes and reshaping ourselves in order to become better people, with the help of our loved ones.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.

My artist name comes from a duo that I had called “I Fratelli McFly” which means “the Mcfly brothers” back in 2011-2013.

 

After splitting up I had many videos on YouTube and people knew me as Damien, so I just kept it.

 

It feels weird for an Italian to tour abroad with a name like this, but I always make jokes about it.


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