No Achilles: How He Transitioned from Meme Rap to Lo-Fi R&B

By Isaac Fox, Photo by Ben Fattori When you’re initially known as a comedic musician, it can be hard to switch over to putting out serious music. In the past few years, Rich Brian and Joji are probably the best-known examples of artists who have successfully navigated that transition. Toronto’s  No Achilles – a.k.a. Anton … Continue reading

An Evening with Dispatch

By Felipe Vallejo, Photo via Boston.com Demo sat down with Brad Corrigan (vocals, drums, guitar, percussion, and harmonica) and Chad Urmston (vocals, guitar, bass, and percussion) of Dispatch before their show at the Opera House on December 13. Based in Boston, Dispatch first emerged in 1996 and recently released America, Location 12 in June 2017 after a … Continue reading

Lost in the Sauce: Sundae Sauuce’s Travis George on Strawberry Drizzle

By: Isaac Nikolai Fox Q-Tip once famously said, “Record company people are shady.” New York’s Sundae Sauuce proves the exact opposite. Co-founded in 2016 by high-school friends Travis George and Colin Petry, who still live blocks apart in Long Island, Sundae Sauuce is the definition of a family-and-friends project. They throw regular shows and parties headlined … Continue reading

cøzybøy: Open-Heart R&B for the Soul

By Isaac Fox Edited and condensed for publication cøzybøy is one of the most singular R&B artists I’ve ever stumbled across on Soundcloud. Mixing syrup-smooth vocals with hypnotic downtempo instrumentals, his music touches on lost love, emotional alienation, and momentary connections with casual relationships. And although his rapidly growing discography includes songs with titles such as, … Continue reading

A Trip Down Memory Lane: A Discussion with Former Demo Editor-in-Chief Mary Scourboutakos

By Harry Myles, Featured Photo via That Nutrition Girl On September 5, I sat down with former Demo Editor-in-Chief Mary Scourboutakos (pronounced SCORE – BA – TACOS), to discuss Demo’s history, her post-undergraduate career, and her future aspirations. Dr. Scourboutakos was the Editor-in-Chief of Demo for two years (2009 – 2011) and later pursued a PhD … Continue reading

Techno Frat: A Conversation with Chippy Nonstop on Disrupting Fraternity Culture

By Dora Boras, Featured Photo by Stacey Leigh via audibletreats.com This past week, DJ collective and workshop series, Intersessions, brought their line-up to a local University of Toronto fraternity, the Kappa Alpha Society. I called up Intersessions founder and contributor, Chippy Nonstop, to talk about what it meant to host a show series committed to … Continue reading

Bilingual Songwriting and Adapting to Toronto’s Shrinking Live Music Scene—An Interview with Desiire

By Isaac Fox (@1nikofox) Desiire is one of Toronto’s most promising new artists, whose use of bright, organic instrumentation sets him apart from the city’s signature brooding R&B. I first heard Desiire’s music a year ago at Kensington Market’s Poetry Jazz Cafe, where he stunned the room with an unreleased acoustic track that he casually mentioned he … Continue reading

Buskers Of The TTC—Print Issue 2016

Story and Photos by Rachel Evangeline Chiong, Cover Photo of Dieufaite This article originally appeared in demo 12, our 2015/2016 print issue. You can find a PDF of the print issue here. They are the distant echoes teasing the edges of your ears, instantly spiking your senses as you turn the corner and try to sate … Continue reading

Student Music Profile: Shagabond—Print Issue 2016

By Daven Boparai & William Goldie, Feature Photo via Facebook This article originally appeared in Demo 12, our 2015/2016 print issue. You can find a PDF of the print issue here. Nicholas Arvanitis, increasingly better known as Shagabond, is at an inflection point. At 19, his textural, strikingly individualistic R&B productions have already garnered him a … Continue reading

Rizzla Rising—Print Issue 2016

By Sofia Luu, Feature Photo via Kremwerk This article originally appeared in demo 12, our 2015/2016 print issue. You can find a PDF of the print issue here. I discovered Brian Friedberg’s Twitter before I started delving into his body of work as Rizzla. In fact, it was while I was writing my article for … Continue reading