The Humbling Hum

The Humbling Hum is a feeling; one that penetrates deeply, reminding us that we are part of something much larger and more powerful than ourselves. A spirit that resonates synchronously at frequencies high and low, yet will never be fully understood. Eerie like a foghorn in the distance; consoling (maybe?) like the knowledge that we ALL, someday, will go.

The video–highlighting the song’s themes of mortality, darkness, and doubt–was directed by Eric Uguet of Los Angeles, the creative mind behind Legendary Tripping. It was shot mostly in San Francisco, melting pot of the brightest light, the deepest dark and the weirdest weird. The songwriter, Daniel DeMento music currently resides in that city chasing its memoirs along with his own. On the evening of May 6th, 2012, when much of this footage was captured, San Francisco and the rest of the world basked under the light of the same “supermoon” (also known as a perigee moon), the largest full moon of the year.

All of the instruments on the track, besides the haunting electric guitar delivered by longtime friend Matthew Welde, were played by Daniel. A multi-instrumentalist always looking to expand his musical vocabulary, Mr. DeMento is also a trained engineer and producer. He graduated from SAE Los Angeles in 2009 with a degree in Audio Engineering and Music Production. The mixing board is perhaps the ‘instrument’ he most enjoys and reveres; there, all of the others can be detuned and simmered down until the Hum Humbles him. This approach has garnered a reputation for being a “sideways songwriter…with an esteem for harmony and ornamental decor” (Matthew Welde, Wildhawk).

In addition to composing his own music, Daniel plays with three bands: Feather-Bright, Website and Wildhawk. A devoted disciple of that glowing orb above–which brought him, among other things, the love of his life–he spends most nights performing, or at the very least quarrying, shiny new Moonrock with these fiery friends. By day he conspires and collaborates with other musicians at his 11:11 Studios in San Francisco’s Mission District. When he’s not on stage or in the studio, Daniel enjoys traveling and gathering new stories to tell.