Residing in Dunedin for ten years, and currently working from Wellington, her early work included singing in the high energy ska-skate band Munky Kramp, and with the revolutionary Dunedin electro-pop band Mink. Her main focus for the past eight years has been as the singer and songwriter for the ethereal and orchestrally delightful multimedia ensemble, Cloudboy, working on a number of highly received mixed media tours and two outstanding albums.
As the inaugural artist in residence at Smiths Grainstore in Oamaru in February 2001, the proposal Demarnia put forward to the Whitestone Community Artist's Trust was an interesting one. She wanted to use the top floor of the huge old building as a live-in studio in which she would sleep and dream, and upon waking transform her dreams into lyrical and melody ideas, which she would then record using a digital recording studio.
At the end of her residency Demarnia had completed a cluster of nine songs, a peculiar collection that somehow captures the elusive, chaotic and unexplainable feeling of her dreams. At one moment gently hilarious, the next hauntingly lonely, this EP is a curious glimpse inside a world difficult to describe at the best of times.
The reslut was 'Set Upon A Curve' her most recent album, released in NZ through Global Routes Music.
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