Damon K. Clark – Holy [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

This is a hard question. Maybe soulful, critical, honest.

Holy is a blend of spoken word, and a gospel infused euphoric chorus. Tell us a few things about it.

Well, I was messing around on the piano and started playing the little melody you hear at the beginning of the song. From there, the chorus just came to me all at once. “Holy! Worship me slowly. Let me be your only. Let me in.” I kind of sat on it for a few days then started trying to write the first verse. I didn’t know it was going to be spoken word at first, but that seemed to be the logical thing to do as I was saying the lyrics that came to mind.

What is the story behind it?

“Holy” is a musical and lyrical exploration of a past relationship where I felt completely seen, very vulnerable, but also fully empowered…even worshiped. You rarely experience a love like that, where you’re perceived, but not judged, where all your faults and ugliness are laid bare and you are still wanted. I still tear up at times when I think about it; not from sadness, but because I got to be loved like that.

What first got you into music?

Sheer force of will. I grew up in a cult. To be honest, my musical ability was acknowledged early on in my life and I even had music lessons; piano, voice, dance, acting. But life in a cult didn’t allow for a person like me; someone who wanted to pursue art as an actual career. I did it anyway though, against everyone’s wishes.

Favourite album of the past year?

I’ve been working on my album, so I haven’t really been listening to anyone else’s music. Oops!

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

Trying to find ways to pay for an album is always a challenge for independent artists. I’m no exception. I’m just grateful to have loyal, patient fans who get it.

Which book should we read while listening to your music?

Well, I don’t think anyone should be distractedly reading while listening to my music, but I think everyone should read Octavia Butler’s amazing work like “Parable of the Sower”.

What is one message you would give to your fans?

If it wasn’t for my fans, I would probably have never started putting my own personal life story to song. My fans lovingly pushed me to it and I am truly grateful. It’s been a cathartic and revealing experience.

Thank you!

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