Up and coming local artist Demi Monique has her sights set on advancing her career in music one soul wrenching performance at a time
She’s spent her whole life singing and now she’s doing whatever she can to make sure her show-stopping voice is heard by the masses. Demi Valitutti, known by her stage name Demi Monique, wowed social media fiends with a raw clip of her performing at The Workers Club.
Her moody voice in alignment with her piano hands exudes emotion beyond her years, proving her notable worth as a naturally gifted live artist. Working towards pursuing a professional career in music, Demi has dedicated the last few years to honing her skills in an environment that celebrates young musicians in the local community.
“I studied for two years at Oxygen College in Geelong, where I got to collaborate with a bunch of talented musicians. It was lot of give and take, and I experienced heaps of things for the first time, such as working in a studio and trusting in other people’s creative input,” she says.
Demi’s humility in crediting others for her success is a token of her genuineness. Having composed and written music from a young age, it’s clear to all those who know her that her hauntingly beautiful vocal ability is the essence of her talent.
“When I was younger I used to write every day, whether it was a story or an essay about stuff I had really strong opinions on. These days I enjoy writing about the darker side of love and exploiting stuff that initially feels really shameful. Lyrics usually take time to unravel, whereas composing feels the most natural to me. I just want honesty to be at the forefront of everything I do,” she says.
Honesty is certainly a trait Demi prides herself on, as she claims her recent establishment of a social media identity has been a difficult test of personality. “I did struggle with self-promotion for a while though, because it felt a bit pretentious and I’m also a massive perfectionist, which are things I’m trying to get over,” she says.
Demi has graced audiences at a handful of acoustic gigs at venues such as Door Gallery Café and Bean and Base, as well as Festival of Sails last month where she played a set with her brother who drums for her. With music on her mind, Demi has some creative projects on the go that she’s nervously excited to share with fans and newcomers.
“I’ll be releasing some material later this year. It’s scary because it’s my first body of work, but I’m really proud of it. There’s also a music video coming.”
Demi Monique will be playing at Bean and Base later this month on the 17th with her brother on the cajon and her boyfriend on guitar. You can also catch her supporting Lady Midnight at Open Studio in Northcote on April 14.
To find out more about Demi and to listen to her music, head on over to her Facebook and Instagram (@demimonique) for updates on future releases.
Written by Hannah Kenny