They say that re-invention can be beneficial for both body and mind. If that’s the case, then it’s probably safe to say that Dimidiae is feeling pretty good about himself right now. Having first established himself as an artist under the name Gabs Marco, the past few months have seen the 21-year-old re-emerge under a new name, and with a new song that packs quite an emotional punch. ThisIsTheLatest caught up with Dimidiae to find out all about his new name, his musical tribute to a dear friend called “By My Side” and what the coming year has in store.
TITL: Please introduce yourself.
Dimidiae: I’m a 21-year-old solo rock artist lost in time without an affirmed origin or knowledge of my creator. I produce phonographic interpretations of human emotions to help listeners feel some of their most underlying feelings.
TITL: Have you always wanted to be a musician or did you have other ambitions growing up?
D: When I was exactly 4 years old, I told my 3-year-old cousin that one day I would become a famous rock singer, have tattoos all over and own a helicopter. So it’s definitely been my only career focus ever since I became a conscious being.
TITL: Which bands and artists have most influenced you over the years? Is there one in particular you might say you sound most similar to?
D: The first record ever given to me was one of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Ever since, I’ve been an immense fan of their works. They are one band who, in my opinion, only craft masterpieces. I have also dabbled in other bands along the scenes of grunge like Pearl Jam, Creed, Alice in Chains – but I’d like to think my sound is still unfamiliar.
TITL: What would you say is your unique selling point as an artist?
D: I identify myself as an emotional machine. I function like one. Like a machine, I am able to constantly reproduce work of a high standard and simultaneously improve. And with the emotional side, I am able to play with words to gently sweep my listeners into an array of goose-bumps and take them deep into the forbidden grounds of their inner-most emotions. So if consistency in quality and attention grabbing material is what the industry is after, they’ve got nothing to lose.
I tend to write songs that come to me in full, in my sleep. I am more open to energies in musical form as I also am one of the few musicians out there that faces a disorder known as Depersonalization Disorder which makes me feel like I’m always floating in a dream, with no grasp to my life’s timeline. I also am self-sufficient in the sense that I have picked up the skills of 2D animation for music videos and social media, and graphic designing for album covers/logos and so on.
TITL: You’ve recently reinvented yourself as Dimidiae, but prior to that you had a 7 year career under the name Gabs Marco. What did those years teach you about yourself and the industry, were there any standout moments, and why did you feel that now was the right time to start again, so to speak?
D: Yes, that’s correct – Dimidiæ meaning ‘Half’ in Latin, which to me represents my feeling of only being half human – referring to my depersonalization disorder – and is also represented by my left eye being whited-out for a clear view of inner nothingness, inexistent. Gabs Marco, on the other hand, was completely different. In those 7 years, it was all about preparing myself for this higher level of myself: Dimidiæ.
I participated in initial line-ups of some bands that are signed and touring today, like Savage Messiah (Metal) and Vambo (Classic Rock). I had the pleasure of getting offered recordings at the same studio Adele recorded her album 21. Overall having an insight of everything it takes, all the stresses, depression, euphoria, strain and happiness that came with this career that was assigned to me at birth.
I don’t see Dimidiæ as a new start, as much as I view it as a continuation to my musical energy, like a mother doesn’t get a new start by giving birth to her son. She gets to continue her bloodline, let that continue to live and spread around the world.
TITL: You lost a close friend in October and your upcoming single is your dedication to him. What can you tell me about the track and just how hard was it for you to write?
D: The order of the song being written was very odd to me. I randomly entered a very steep moment of sadness at night and got the urge to write a song. Within 5 minutes I had the full song written on guitar. Following 5 minutes the lyrics flew into my head, and I instantly got worried that something was wrong as the lyrics sounded like they were speaking to me from someone who had passed. As if they were requesting I write those things. I wasn’t in control whatsoever. Within hours I found out about the death of my great friend Alexander. I initially didn’t think it would be appropriate to release the song. However, after showing it to his widow – she told me that this song has to be spread and heard; it’s what’s left of him along with his son.
TITL: Would you agree that making music has helped ease the pain of losing your friend? Has it been and is it a form of therapy for you, as it is for many others?
D: This track, especially in the outro, I feel has been able to adequately represent a rite of passage. It softly embraces his soul into the peace he deserves. Once I shared to a few people what this song means to me, a lot of people said this song actually helped them deal with thoughts towards their lost loved ones. Alex’s widow actually thanked me, crying on the phone – telling me how this track was a key to letting her feel what she tried not to feel. Getting it out and dealt with so she can continue to take care of their child. This is what music means to me, not a quick buck – it’s to get people to fill their voids. Feel more than ever. I owe it to the planet I share with all of you.
TITL: Have you started work on an EP or album yet?
D: I have invested a lot in past recordings as Gabs Marco, and this is my only release as Dimidiæ, so this time – instead of over releasing content without any set marketing strategy, I’m hoping to grab as much attention as possible with this track, before recording an EP. I also believe that for independent, unsigned artists there is no point recording full albums anymore as people are more captivated by singles and EP’s due to their release frequency. I am also contacting a select few relevant labels to see what I could get going for a more impactful future release.
TITL: Are there any bands or artists you’d like to write or collaborate musically with, or are you happier just doing your own thing?
D: I would absolutely love to write a track someday with Eddie Vedder, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Birdy as I really like her vocal tone and deep lyrics. Before his death, it was my dream to write with David Bowie. I have always wanted things to work out as a full band, but as that hasn’t been the case, I’m quite happy continuing a solo career with some collaborations here and there.
TITL: Given that you’ve already had a seven year career in the industry, which it can be argued is longer than many of your counterparts, do you ever feel any pressure to do as well, if not better, this time around?
D: I entered Dimidiæ at the time he was needed. Dimidiæ has a handful of better music waiting to be blessed and spread by the right hands. The pressure is huge at this stage, but not so much because of the 7 years. To me the 7 years was like being in school, learning so that one day I’d be prepared for the adult life. However, the 7 years have included higher pressure due to the fact that I now have a son.
TITL: How do you feel about social media and how important to you is it that you’re able to connect with music fans and followers on a more personal level rather than just via a song for instance?
D: Social media has helped me immensely in many ways. It’s great to know that some artists don’t even need to be gigging anymore to be discovered. A simple video online can get you up the hard and splintered ladder of success. I love connecting to fans although I also feel social media is definitely the hardest part of the business to keep going for me.
TITL: What advice would you give to anyone looking to launch a music career? Is there any advice you were ever given that you still look back on and think about today?
D: Unfortunately, I’ve never had anyone around me, or a musician in the family to give me advice in this field. Either way, I know for sure that anyone wanting to follow this path, firstly should try to understand if it’s a hobby or if it’s your driving force. David Ackbert once wrote an article that stuck with me for life, he said how musicians face more rejection on a daily basis than most people in a lifetime. Whilst your friends are out there reaching the life milestones of settling down with a family, a stable job, house and a dream car, most of the time you’ll be somewhere in between – stuck and feeling under-achieved.
However, the feeling you get of pouring your soul to your audience, connecting to humans in such a captivating and deep way is worth a thousand lifetimes. So make sure you know if this is the life you want, and that you love this more than your own life – because it will be a hell of a roller-coaster.
TITL: Finally then, what does 2018 have in store for you? Where would you like to see yourself a year from now?
D: 2018 holds plenty of new written material. 2018 will be a year where I will make sure people from Europe and the Americas will start to recognise the name Dimidiæ. I plan to get in as many featured articles as physically possible, release an official music video for the “By My Side” single and start touring. Get myself heard on radios and get the streaming numbers going up. Now, I’d like to thank everyone who’s had the patience to read about the journey of my career and my different ways of viewing life.
You can check out “By My Side” below and to keep up to date with Dimidiae, you can follow him on Twitter.