Rock/ Metal duo signs record deal with HMG Recordings
By Shelton Herald on August 29, 2016
Vocalist and Shelton native Suzanne Vick, and writer/producer Richard Demko, a Seymour resident formerly of Monroe, have scored a record deal with West Haven Indie label HMG Recordings. The duo call themselves “DEMKOVIC” and their debut album, entitled “Breathe,” is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2016.
Vick and Demko began working together in 2007 when they played in the local funk/jam band, Electric Mayhem. The two eventually left the group due to what Demko describes as “life,” but said he always knew that he would eventually find himself working with Vick again. After a few years of musical hiatus, Demko started writing again and could think of no one other than Vick to bring his latest batch of songs to life. When asked to describe DEMKOVIC’S musical style Demko said it is “very deep, emotional, operatic rock with elements of heavy guitars, big drums, deep bass, and flowing, dynamic, layered vocals.”
For more information about their album release, tour dates, and other information people can search @DEMKOVIC on social media.
Baroque operatic rock duo from Shelton, Seymour ink record deal
By The Valley Voice on September 26, 2016
BLOG — Vocalist and Shelton native Suzanne Vick, and writer/producer Richard Demko, a Seymour resident formerly of Monroe, have secured a record deal with West Haven indie label, HMG Recordings. Demkovic, as the duo is called, is slated to release its debut album, “Breathe,” sometime this fall.
Ms. Vick and Mr. Demko started working together in 2007 when they played in the local funk/jam band, Electric Mayhem. The two eventually left the group due to what Mr. Demko describes as “life,” but he always knew that he would eventually find himself working with Ms. Vick again.
After a few years of musical hiatus, Mr. Demko began writing again and could think of no one other than Ms. Vick to bring his latest batch of songs to life. When asked to describe the band’s musical style, he said it is “very deep, emotional, operatic rock with elements of heavy guitars, big drums, deep bass and flowing, dynamic, layered vocals.”
“This project is a creative dream come true for me,” said Ms. Vick. “I’m a classically-trained vocalist, but don’t usually get the opportunity to utilize that training or my four-octave range. Rick’s writing and production push me to expand past what I think I can do vocally and the results are amazing and very satisfying.”
Those seeking information about their album release, as well as tour dates and other information, may visit Demkovic on social media or at www.demkovic.com, which is coming soon.
Duo from Shelton and Seymour to release debut album
By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich, New Haven Register on March 6, 2017
The Valley-based duo who call themselves Demkovic and specialize in “baroque and operatic rock” music will celebrate the national release of their debut album “Breathe” Tuesday.
Shelton native Suzanne Vick and Seymour resident Richard Demko recently put the finishing touches on the debut, which is now available on HMG Recordings nationwide, at every major online retailer and in select stores.
Demko, the band’s primary songwriter, explained that Demkovic’s sound is unique, an eclectic mix between Evanescence, Tori Amos, Faith no More and Living Color.
“It also encompasses vocal elements similar to hip-hop on the chorus parts, and powerful, dynamic, flowing, melodies on the verses,” said Demko. “You really have to hear it to get the full scope of what this project exactly is. We are extremely excited to be able to have such a huge platform to share our music.”
Demko, a father of two young sons, member of Seymour’s Board of Finance and Conservation Commission, is a surgical assistant by trade, and Vick, the lead vocalist who owns and operates a music education and healing arts center called SoulSong in Shelton, are longtime friends. They were in a band together years ago, and decided to reconnect in the recording studio last year to create “Breathe.”
As far back as he can remember Demko, who is heavily involved in music engineering and production, has always loved music and began playing the piano at age 5. The classically trained pianist later learned how to play the drums, guitar and many other instruments. Vick has been singing since childhood and recalls how she and her dad used to sing favorites such as “Puff the Magic Dragon” and “Over the Rainbow” at family gatherings when she was a toddler.
While studying classical voice in high school, and later attending Berkley College of Music in Boston, Vick honed her vocal skills. The duo said “Breathe” has a little something for everyone on it.
“We’re essentially a rock band, but our sound is coupled with elements of Pop, Baroque, Industrial, R& B and HipHop,” said Vick. “It’s a very unusual take on a style that people know well and because of that, I think we’ll appeal to a wide spectrum of listeners. Also, the songs on the album tell my story of struggle and regaining my footing over the past few years. Anyone who has been through a difficult time in their life will be able to relate.”
Demko said the duo has been busy assembling a live band and preparing for the CD release party, which will take place April 1 at Café 9, 250 State St. , New Haven. Doors open at 9 p.m. followed by the show starting at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door, or available in advance by logging onto www.cafenine.com. New Haven artist Nick Depuy and fellow HMG Recording artists Chemical Z will join Demkovic on the bill.
The live band that will join Demkovic on stage, according to Demko, consists of “powerhouse players,” including RVP Studio Guitar instructor and former G-Soul shredder Marc Amendola, bassist Steve Wovkanech form the band Fast Ricky, rhythm guitarist Dale Grenier from Evil Twin, and Seymour business owner Matt Christiani on drums.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to have such an amazing, talented group of musicians to help deliver our music live,” Demko said.
For more information visit Demkovic on the web at www.demkovic.com or on social media @demkovicmusic.
Photo by Geoff Bosco Photography