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INTERVIEW: DELUNE

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Hi ladies, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi VENTS! Thanks for having us. It’s been a pretty exciting week for DELUNE! We just released our first music video this past Tuesday. How are YOU doing?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Wild West Side Highway”?

We wrote “Wild West Side Highway” in our childhood home, two years ago. We had just moved back from Germany, where Kate had set up a performing arts program in a refugee camp, and didn’t know what we were going to do next. It was an odd time, Fall of 2016, living in Washington DC. You guys may recall what was going on then… We were missing New York and wrote this ode to Her.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Yes! But it’s a secret between us sisters. 🙂

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We have been stalking Director/DP Katharine White pretty much since we wrote WWSH. We discovered her through the Facebook group #ArtGirlArmy, and fell in love her lonely American vistas, dreamy, other-worldly aesthetic, and feminine sophistication. A year ago, we made a dreamboard for our music video, and here we are! Thought manifested into reality. 

It was pretty amazing to get to work with her for our first video! Katharine pulled together an all-star team. We loved collaborating with so many creative females, from choreographer Genna Moroni to stylist Abigail Francis to production designer Ariel Sobel to hair/makeup artist Kendall Norton. Punk Riot Productions produced the video, and fostered a family vibe on set. Very Delune.

Something you wouldn’t necessarily know from watching — our outdoor location was shot in 105-degree-weather, staring into the blistering desert sun. In between shots we had to run for cover under the shade, where we were immediately doused with SPF 100 sunscreen. Somehow Kate still got sunburned. Lol.

How was the recording and writing process?

“Wild West Side Highway” has been a long and unpredictable journey, much akin to the highway after which it is named. In Fall 2016, Izzi made the instrumental and showed it to Kate, who wrote the melody, and we cowrote the lyrics. We showed it to our parents, little sister, brother, and friends obsessively. We then took this demo to Joe Benny, another DC artist. He beefed up the bass (which triggered us at first – change is scary.) So we put it down for a bit. His creative addition ended up changing the song for the better. We let it sit on a hard drive for a few months till summer of 2017, whilst we were in our nomadic phase. We recorded vocals in A2F studios in Miami, with engineer Lucas Messore. As cappella nerds, it was very important to us to get the perfect take of the ending harmonies. In the Fall of 2017, when we moved back to New York, we were introduced to engineers from Stronger Bond Studios through a recording program we were working with on Rikers Island. Engineer Anthony Rodriguez polished the final version. Sometimes it takes a whole village… 

What role does NYC play in your music?

We’ve lived in NYC on and off for 8 years. We both went to school here, and spent many late nights experimenting on Logic (our favorite recording program) at Columbia University’s computer music center. Because people seldom care or even notice what you do in the streets of New York, we have often used NYC sidewalks and subway stations as impromptu rehearsal spaces. You’ll often find us sharing earphones, looping our latest instrumental waiting for the subway, singing words out loud randomly, saying something like “what rhymes with highway???” Say what you want about New Yorkers, but they never make you feel self-conscious for creating on the go… 

How do your family bonds influence your music?

In every possible way. We are strongest together. We live together, make music together, make art and theater together. We always share the same jobs; in fact, if we don’t, we convince bosses to hire the other sister. 

Our voices were made to go together. Izzi is a high soprano, Kate is a mezzoalto; our ranges are naturally suited for harmonizing. We’ve been singing together ever since we can remember; song and dance were always a part of our imagination games and play. 

Family is sacred to us. Our family has always encouraged us to be the utmost creative, wacky, authentic versions of ourselves. We are lucky for that. 

We try to spread the DELUNE family as far and wide as we can. We work as teaching artists around the world, facilitating creative arts and recording workshops with all kinds of people. 

Creativity is the voice of the inner child, which often gets drowned out in adulthood. We are often told not to listen to our dreams; they are too “far-fetched,” too “unrealistic,” too “unattainable.” DELUNE rejects this notion, and opts instead to make space for that little voice that says, “what if?” Nothing is too far-fetched, weird, or “out-there” for DELUNE. 

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

When we work together, we’re almost non verbal because we can practically read the other person’s thoughts… so it’s different to collaborate with other artists, in so far as there is more talking. Lol. We love working with creatives of all disciplines. It’s really fun to bring new people into the room and see what happens. Art is always co-creation. 

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

Heck yeah!!!! We’ll be releasing some singles over the next few months. And our debut EP comes out next year. 

Any tentative title in mind?

Our EP is called “Pierrot,” named after the sad clown from Commedia Dell’Arte. Pierrot’s a lover of the moon and night sky, constantly pining after his one true love, a source of both melodrama and comedic relief. We feel a strong connection to both the plight and humor of Pierrot, and can’t wait to show you our take on him! 

Any plans to hit the road?

Follow us @deluneofficial on instagram/facebook for updates 🙂 

What else is happening next in DELUNE’s world?

We’re taping a live acoustic set for City Winery Cellar Sessions next week, really excited for that one. On November 3rd, we’re performing at Gold Sounds Bar for “Beyond Beats and Bars,” a memorial benefit for one of our students from Rikers Island who passed away this year. We’d love to see you guys there. In other news, Kate wrote a musical that’s being workshopped this winter, and Izzi’s working on a piece about US prison architecture. 

Watch here

Socials: 

https://www.instagram.com/deluneofficial

https://www.facebook.com/deluneofficial

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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