•Can you talk to us more about your song “Don’t Call It?”
Aslyn: “Don’t Call It” is about love choosing you. There’s the struggle, the coming and going, the doubt…and then there’s the moment of certainty, a power bigger than ourselves, that brings us full circle back to what’s real. When we finished it, we didn’t have a title for the song. The chorus repeats, “You know,” so that would have been the natural title. But we had a song called “Already Know” on the album. So we named the song “Don’t Call It,” cause we didn’t know what to call it!
•Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Kalen: No, not a particular event- Our relationship in general was the biggest influence in this song. During the recording of the record we were both touring separately with other projects- and were always drawn back to create together and just to be together.
•The single comes off your new self-titled album – why name the album after the band?
Kalen: I don’t know! I guess, Why not?
•How was the recording and writing process?
Aslyn: It was fun. We recorded the album over a couple of years, while touring separately. I was out playing keys for Kesha and Kalen was touring with his band, Ponderosa. We would meet up when our time off linked up to hang and create- sometimes in LA, sometimes in Nashville, sometimes in Georgia. But, usually we had been apart for a bit, so it was always positive energy because we were excited to see one another.
•What role does Atlanta play in your music?
Kalen: Atlanta is where we met! We both lived there a while, and had mutual friends, but had never crossed paths. Eventually we did, and here we are.
•How has your classical background influenced your writing?
Aslyn: I came from a classical background- Kalen didn’t. It certainly plays a role in writing and composition for me. But, it can also create unnecessary “rules” within my creative process, which can be good or bad! Sometimes I envy Kalen’s process because there is no box, there is no limitation.
•Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Kalen: Every song was different. Some songs were inspired by actual events or relationships. Others were developed observing the world as a whole and creating stories.
•What is happening next in DEGA’s world?
Aslyn: We plan to continue touring as much as possible and hopefully make another record!
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