#MusicMonday: Brandon Wayne DeMaris Turns Songwriter in Debut Album

With decades of musical experience under his belt, Brandon Wayne DeMaris is no stranger to the ins and outs of the music business and his company, DeMaris Entertainment, has become an industry staple in Austin, Texas

This article first appeared in Texas Lifestyle Magazine on April 15, 2019.

Early on, Brandon Wayne DeMaris aspired to become a rock star, after graduating from Berklee College of Music, but life had other plans for this talented artist. He began to see the reality of how very few musicians actually earn a living from their music and decided that the lifestyle of a professional musician was not the right path for him. 

Brandon Wayne DeMaris, who has established himself as one of the top music event production experts in Austin, continues to focus on helping other musicians get in front of the right audience. Photo courtesy Brandon Wayne DeMaris
Switching gears, DeMaris chose a career behind the scenes in the music industry with his belief that live music can enhance any event.

As a talent buyer and concert producer, DeMaris became focused on getting musicians in front of the right audience in order to excel in their careers. His production company, DeMaris Entertainment, quickly became an integral part of helping musicians break through to the next level of their careers. 

DeMaris Entertainment has gone on to become the exclusive talent buyer for Black Fret, a nonprofit dedicated to providing financial support to local musicians, and also organizes the MusiCares Sober Jam which provides musicians in addiction recovery a safe and sober environment to perform.

“Like so many other folks, I moved to Austin because of the music scene. We have a rare culture here that values, celebrates and honors independent musicians,” says Brandon Wayne DeMaris. Photo courtesy Brandon Wayne DeMaris
Amidst the swirl of his expanding business, DeMaris continued writing music and using songwriting as an outlet for self-expression and a form of therapy. Over time, DeMaris began to realize he wanted to bring his music out of the dark and share it with the world. After helping countless musicians, DeMaris has decided it’s time to pursue his passion and embark on his own musical journey, releasing his debut record, ‘Brave Bones’.

“I don’t expect my career will ever take a backseat to my artistry, or vice versa. One feeds the other.” ~ Brandon Wayne DeMaris.

Eight years in the making, DeMaris admits the record has been a true labor of love, passion, and devotion on the part of many influential musicians and industry professionals. The album is sonically, thematically and stylistically influenced by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. “We used their music and style as a sound template throughout the entire recording process,” explains DeMaris. 

Brandon Wayne DeMaris calls ‘Brave Bones’ a “case study” in the cost of doing business as an independent artist, showing just how crucial it is to support local and independent music. Photo courtesy Brandon Wayne DeMaris
‘Brave Bones’ is a bare-all testament to DeMaris’ willingness to share his innermost feelings about his own journey and a reaction to our world. “My songs are written from the heart with lyrical themes about facing fear, seeking hope in a place of darkness, and outright owning that you are beautiful and perfect just the way you are,” he says.

DeMaris performed for his debut album’s release at Antone’s Nightclub on April 10.

Cover: Brandon Wayne DeMaris. Courtesy photo

Austinite Lisa Davis is the Editorial Assistant at Texas Lifestyle Magazine and a student at Concordia University Texas.

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