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INTERVIEW: Deanna Devore

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

I’m doing well! Just got back from tour so am recuperating.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “A Cause”?

“A Cause” went through many transformations in the studio. I originally wrote it on acoustic guitar, and it almost had a folky vibe to it. When I took it into the studio, I ended up making it more synth-driven and actually took the guitar out. So now there are two very different versions of the song. The album version, and the acoustic version. 

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

No, the song came about when I was playing around with the guitar one day and I liked the chord progressions. 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not in the immediate future. I’d have to think about which song off the album to make a video for. 

The single comes off your new album Half and Half – what’s the story behind the title?

It’s called “half and half” because the album is half electronic and half acoustic (some songs are in between – picture a spectrum of sound).

How was the recording and writing process?

“half and half” went through many transformations, because originally I was planning on recording an all acoustic album. 

The album is mainly self-produced. I record in a home studio in Toronto and perform all the parts myself. There are a couple of tracks that had additional production by Hugh Fothergill, a producer/engineer in London, UK. I went out there for a couple weeks to finish those specific tracks.

In respect to the title – you split your time between Toronto and Chicago, how does the different cultures and environment influences your music?

I wouldn’t say that the different cities influence the sound of the music. I think I’d be writing the same way regardless of what city I’m currently in. They’re both great cities though! 

Known for playing with different genres – how do you go on balancing together?

I like the music to have a mix of the two styles of production – more electronic and then organic instrumentation. I usually make sure to have elements of both present in the music. 

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Musically, I wanted to write songs that had that combination of electronic and acoustic elements. And that also carried hints of a jazz/RnB vibe. Lyrically, I delve into the darkness and light of love and life.

Any plans to hit the road?

Just came back from an east coast US tour with one Canadian date – Toronto.

What else is happening next in Deanna Devore’s world?

I’m getting ready to go into the studio to record a new single.

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