We had the good fortune of connecting with Joseph Demirjian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joseph, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work-Life balance is important in life, especially for me. I admit that does sometimes get difficult to balance training for a career as an emergency medicine doctor while making time to focus on music. But that’s exactly it. Sometimes I just need to make sure I set time to work on music! It’s what helps makes me feel balanced. It was easier to balance these two things prior to starting medical school, but I understand there are sometimes sacrifices that need to be made (especially during my training). Often, I find myself working on music and the end of a long shift at the hospital or rough day of studying. It really helps me wind down and is a major part of my wellness. Looking forward to playing a concert with all the guys in Her Name Echoes also plays a role in helping keep me motivated to work on music as well. Luckily, modern recording technology makes the music making process as easy as going for a run. My bedroom studio helps me stay creative, collaborate, and get my musical ideas out whenever I want. Making music will always be a major part of my life and wellness. It has brought together so many of the people in my life and can’t ever see myself without it. As I look forward to the future, I will continue balancing my passion for music and with a career in medicine. I know that there will be times I need to prioritize my training over music, but I will continue to create and strive for this balance. I am looking forward to the inspiration that the rest of my life will give my music. This drive to balance medicine and music is actually what I think keeps me creative and I try to use that to my advantage. When I listen back to a song I am proud of or when I am performing a song, I sometimes think about the moment that the riff idea, the melody, or a lyric struck me. Maybe the idea came to me while taking a shower before work. Maybe it was during a writing session. Maybe it was while I was while messing around with one of my bandmates. It really feels good to think about all the people involved in making the final product. You start to have memories associated with your songs at every stage of the process and that is what music is all about to me!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I sing for a band called Her Name Echoes. We are a hard rock band originally from Tucson, AZ but now with several of us living in Phoenix. Our album “Cyclic” was released in Dec 2016 and available on all streaming platforms. Check out our YouTube page for music videos! I am very proud of the music we have been working on since our last release. I can speak for the whole band when I say that the best has yet to come!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I were to show someone around the Phoenix area, I would most definitely take them to RockBar in Scottsdale for drinks, hangs, and music. That place is awesome! The Grand in Phoenix is a really cool coffee shop that I think is a unique gem with great coffee. Scramble is my favorite breakfast food. Some great hiking and outdoors to be had as well. If I knew of a good concert going on with one of the great local acts, I would want to take them to that too. I can think of a killer local artist in any genre!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would dedicate my shoutout to the rest of my bandmates in Her Name Echoes (Peter Cortés, Billy Shank, Ryan Kemmer, Qusai Asaad). Another shoutout to Evan McKeever for helping develop our vision! Thanks to Sara Bertram for her love, support, and her fantastic tolerance of me making musical noise at strange times. And a major thank you to everyone and anyone who has listened to our music or come out to a concert!
Other: Spotify: goo.gl/CUIh47 iTunes: https://goo.gl/4EcSQz Bandcamp: https://goo.gl/5ag7jO
Photos by: Mary Ann Kalusa