Let's go! Rap Artist | Song Writer | Music Producer Daemon Murray has been 'Turning The World Around' since last year through this and 14 other singles. And now, that edge of mystery continues with fresh singles for his new, mixed collection, "I'm From The Future," along with his new video, which was filmed in St. Louis.
He describes his music style as running the gamut, with rhythmic changes that come very naturally but with twists that create a different sound and vibe. "Many of my songs are like going on a rollercoaster."
Slated to be released during July, the video was produced by an all-women crew within a St. Ann studio. Daemon says he believes in self-determination and motivating youth to be the best people they can be.
"St. Louis has a tendency to be a place of big extremes. Even with weather, it can be raining hard, but you look two blocks away and it's all blue sky. I get inspired by the many local juxtapositions, and I think you can hear that in my music through the dynamic shifts my songs often take," says Daemon. "It's the 'make do, can do with what you have' attitude coming through."
This St. Louis native lived in California for a while and cofounded Breakfast Music Group, an artist-owned record label, music publisher and creative services company based in Los Angeles. He moved back to St. Louis during 2015.
"St. Louis is where I got my bones," he quips, sharing that he used to freestyle outside of Hi-Pointe Cafe off McCausland Avenue when he was too young to get in.
"I don't sound like anyone else right now. I express my viewpoints and write about being a human who's feeling all this stuff, but doing the best I can," he says. "Sometimes I weave heartfelt stories, like on the single 'Letter to My Best Friend,' a track that turned isolation into inspiration. Other times, I use speed, agility and hard-hitting beats."
The new album is scheduled to have 16 tracks, with 12 full songs and three interludes. Daemon says his father was diagnosed with cancer while he was writing one of the songs, and he collaborated to turn it into a keyboard ballad that communicates his sadness.
The new video was directed by St. Louis photographer and music video director Will Reasoner. Daemon says they applied a stripped down, creative approach with a black and white theme.
When Daemon raps, “Can’t be stopped, better get out the way,” that line from his “Turn the World Around” single punctuates the song’s neck-snapping breakbeats, skillful soul samples and razor-sharp flow. It’s featured in the XBox exclusive Forza Horizon 5, and also in ads for the game.
Since 2016, Daemon says he's been creating songs for TV and film, as well as promotional usage. His work has been featured on Netflix (“Inventing Anna,” “Daybreak” and “Work It”), FOX (“Ghosted”), Starz (“Power”), ads for Mini Cooper and Sephora, and TBS (on the Jordan Peele produced “The Last O.G.”). He also writes, produces and performs music for Third Side Music Publishing.
"While some of my music has been about meeting clients' needs, this new collection is about getting back to the pure joy of creating and performing, and telling less-told stories that you can tell as an artist," says ambitious and self-driven Daemon, who admits these days he spends 4-10 hours a day writing music and lyrics, along with spending 14-20 hours in a recording studio.
After debuting the new video and single, Daemon says he hopes to hear it on the radio, to keep taping music this summer and then to go on tour. The video will be available on his YouTube channel.
"I love the magic of music making," he sighs.
Daemon just performed at Blueberry Hill’s legendary Duck Room on June 4 for "4Hands Brewing Co. presents City Wide Sessions." Catch him performing again on July 30 in St. Louis at Pops Blue Moon, 5249 Pattison Ave. His new single is titled "Speak On It."