We had the good fortune of connecting with Monika Dr Demmler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monika, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I love putting my visions into reality. I think that’s the essence of being a human being. We’re always moving, turning and evolving as we’re nature ourselves.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In 2015 I finished my PhD about Biophilia and the Aesthetics of Blues, Jazz, and Hip-Hop Music in African-American Prose Fiction. The motivator for this book was to find a solution for society after the break-down of capitalistic systems with an equilibrium of technologcial advances and a return to nature trend with the example of music. Music has always played an essential role in healing the mind and I focus on sound soundfrequencies currently. Such healing sound frequencies I integrate in my music, e.g. my new album LiONESS consists of every song functioning in a certain healing technique. This is something I’m very excited about to go more into detail in my next album. So, after my philosophical journey into music, I started writing my own songs and so it went from there. In the creative process, I’m very excited about the process itself. Art is very interesting as you can never fully predict the outcome. Regarding my professional life as an artist, it has never been easy, of course. In moments when I felt like going back to a 9-5 job, something always happened which brought me back to music. Once in LA, I was a little bit disappointed and decided to look for a job and see art as a hobby. I went to grab a coffee, and by entering the cafe, one of my songs were playing and the owner told me how much he loved this band without knowing it’s me. So, I saw it as a sign to keep going 🙂 Lessons I’ve learnt along the way are being patient. Things don’t happen from one day to the other. Just keep believing in your goals and every day you get closer your dreams by working a on them. One step back, two steps forward 🙂 I want to know the world that I’ve released my first debut album LiONESS – it is a musical journey from the breakdown to re-surrection of society, something we’re going through right now. ENJOY
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It’s a little bit difficult as we’re in the pandemic and I pretend there is none. I’m making a list here:
* Harvard & Stone for rock music concerts – amazing venue & atmosphere
* Stories Bookstore – great collection of books & nice place to work
* Spacedust – wonderful store run by the wonderful Michelle Jupiter * El Compadre – I love this Mexican restaurant on Sunset
* The Echo – always great concerts – not only for rock ‘n’ roll – also jazz music, e.g. I once saw Peter Brötzmann, free jazz saxophonist and clarinetist – stunning!
* The Last Bookstore – a paradise for booklovers !
* Nature – I always love a hike in the Hollywood Hills!
* Puppiet’s & Harriet’s in Palm Springs is a must too! Plus one of my favorite things is the ocean!
Check out Lighttouchdreams Studios – Heide Fliegner did my latest music video Turtles – she’s simply a stunning film director!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Iggy Pop Kim Gordon Patti Smith are names I look up to. As an artist myself, it is sometimes hard to believe in yourself and your visions. It sometimes feels like walking through a desert with making sure rent is paid, or in other words to have your life together, keep your mind sane and still shine/be brilliant on stage. Iggy, Kim or Patti, to just name a few, went a long road with hard work and didn’t know if this road would ever lead to an oasis. Keeping good faith is something I look up to in them. Lately I’m meeting a lot of independent women in the art scene I admire for their combination of various tasks as an artist and last but not least work hard and juggle different balls to perfection.
Black & White Photos: Martyn Goodacre Colored Photos: Judith Jerome