This budding artist's origin story is one that manifested unconventionally. Her last intimidating-daytime job—where iron furnished barbells and meaty egos congregate overweights—found the L.A.-based artist using her riffling verbiage and buzzing voice over the P.A. system at Gold's Gym to kick out unwanted patrons at the end of each night.
It didn't take long for her to realize the influence behind her talents. She named them under the alias, Dez Cleo, and embarked on tours across the country months after—performing in locations like the Playboy mansion for self-less charity events. Her work in the studio produces a captivating amalgamation of Pop music that has already garnished her Spotify page with over 100 thousand plays.
This month, the release of her debut E.P. harbors a cortege of sonic experiences with a hidden-gem at the heart of the blossoming creative secretions titled "On Me."
"On Me," opens up with Dez Cleo taking control at the helm of the wheel with her scintillating and warmly saturated vocals. "Here are again we've been here before," she sings with a tantalizing tonality, "you lost my trust again let's settle the score." He buzzes over the fed-up sensations she expresses when her words simmer over the sentiment. It's a song about a love fallen apart, and the shame our protagonist feels after dumping the blame on her former soul-mate.
The inflection here fervent and vivid as the instrumentation features a penetrating beat that surfaces with great enormity over the mystifying hooking sonics this Pop-nostalgia cut induces. But what's enticing here is the utilization of an intense texture in the form of a blazing electric guitar solo more commonplace on something like a Late Van Halen record.
Yet still, it fits her aesthetic as she charges up the atmosphere of the bridge for an electrifying guitar solo that endeavors to pull us deeper into Dez Cleo's captivating magnetism.
Hello Dez Cleo and thank you for joining us at BuzzMusic to discuss your latest single "On Me." What has been fueling your creative intuitions lately, and how do you incorporate those inspirations into the music you've been releasing this year?
I think quarantine really helped with adding fuel to my fire. It gave me the much needed time and space to focus more on myself. Although I’m already a pretty connected and spiritual woman, my quiet time has become King. As for releasing music during this pandemic, it really just came down to revisiting things I’ve been holding onto. I realized that there is never going to be a more perfect time than now to just let it go. I wanted to release the old to make room for the new. So I simply cleaned out my “creative closet”. I mean, there are no more rules...(not that there ever was when it comes to art) but my mindset has changed tremendously by just telling myself that - allowing myself to be free.
If you could collaborate on a track with one artist from past or present, who would you choose and why?
That’s such a hard question to answer! I would SO die to get on a hook with Eminem or Macklemore (2 of my all-time favorite rappers) - and I’d love to collab with Lady Gaga or Pink, but when it all comes down to it... my heart knows that I would choose my mom. I would give anything to sit down and actually write with her again, especially now that I’m an adult and understand so much more about life. We could relate to such a different kind of level. She was an incredible talent herself (opera and musical theatre). She taught me everything at a young age, but as a kid, I was super A.D.D and I feel like I never really-really understood the gold in her lessons. Thank god for your memories!
What's been your go-to ritual for reinvigorating some of your artistic spirits during a creative block?
Well, that’s easy - wine. lots of wine! Meditation as well. If I’m ever blocked I just simply put it down, focus my brain elsewhere for however long, and try again later. There’s no rush with creating, so I don’t! Normally if I marry a direction it just flows.
Where do you see yourself landing in your artistic career this time next year, and what milestone are you aiming to achieve along the way?
I see myself as a lead on a music-inspired television show (such as Empire or Nashville) but a Rock N’ Roll version! That way I can continue to work in both avenues of entertainment that I absolutely love. I would be writing and producing music as well. Landing on a premium cable channel like HBO or Showtime.
What has been keeping you inspired throughout 2020?
I’m inspired by the fact that ANYTHING can happen in entertainment right now. This year this world has broken open, and it’s our job as artists to help put the pieces back together in a different way. There’s never been a better time in the history of the world to be an artist - that freakin excites me.