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INTERVIEW: Songwriter Dejhare

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

Hi VENTS!  Thank you for saying hello.  I appreciate your interest in my music.

I am doing well. Life is quite interesting and exciting right now with the release of the first single from my upcoming album “Unbreakable”.  I cannot wait to share more of my music with the world.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Trust My Love”?

“Trust My Love” is an honest and passionate love letter from a lover requesting her lover to trust her love as a way to solidify their relationship.  Any strong relationship is built on a foundation of trust, and whenever we face a struggle in our relationships, it is often due, to at least some degree, to the erosion of this trust.  Long distance relationships, or relationships where partners often spend long periods separated due to work or travel, often have doubts growing and questions arising, and sometimes a small void can be created between two hearts and two minds. In such cases, trust is essential to overcome these challenges.  This notion is the inspiration for “Trust My Love”.

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

I would not say any particular event inspired me to write this song.  It was more of a combination of personal experiences, including being in a relationship where my partner and I both travelled a lot, as well as the experience of other people around me.  I would say it is more of a general inspiration that grew from observations and my own experiences.  I guess the idea of “trusting our love” is pretty universal to most of us who have relationships, wouldn’t you agree?

Any plans to release a video for the single?

The official music video was released on May 1, 2019.  Please check out the video at this link https://youtu.be/TP7-7NV7SMI.  I hope you guys like the video. ​

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

The title of the album partially comes from the song “Unbreakable” which is one of singles on the album that I will be releasing later in the year, but it is also an expression of how I feel about myself, and about my work in creating this new album.  Like many people, I have gone through adversity and all kinds of challenges in life.  Despite this, I have maintained a singular focus on my ambitions and my dreams, and I have maintained a sense of purpose in my life.  I try to be strong, to be focused, and to be ready, and I try to never give up.  As I made my first steps into this industry, I felt both a passionate excitement about what I was doing, as well as obvious apprehension and doubt, but I maintained my positive perspective and my focus.  I stayed unbreakable, so to speak, as I have been throughout my life.  With love, the right support, the passion and the determination, I believe that we can achieve anything we set our mind to.  This is the story behind “Unbreakable”.

How was the recording and writing process?

The song-writing process for me is a very exciting and emotional process that starts from deep thoughts and inspiration.  I am always carrying around in my head several melodies and various combinations of snippets and lyrics.  And these bits and pieces are all swirling in my mind.  Usually I get a specific inspiration that kick-starts the song writing process for any particular song – this could be a memory or an experience or an event, or even a challenge that I put for myself.  I then work to get the right melody and the theme or emotion I seek to add to that melody.  From there I build the structure of the full song, working on the verse, the pre-chorus and chorus, and the bridge and outro.  And I continue to build on this as I enrich the melody, and create the story and the lyrics.  It is a very fun and engaging activity for me, and I can get completely lost in my music for days.

The recording is more structured, as you would expect.  I come to the studio with ready demo of each song already prepared, and I start each studio session by singing and recording the full live demo of the song.  Once I have that done, I begin to work on completing and refining the full arrangement of the song, adding various elements, both musical and vocal, until the exact structure that meets the theme and concept of the song can be realized and accomplished.  From there, it is a matter of experimenting, vocal practice, refining, and so on, to create the perfect piece as I envision it.

What was it like to work with Robert Berry and how did that relationship develop?

Robert is an excellent person to work with. He is highly professional, very talented and experienced, and most importantly, like myself, he is a perfectionist.  This makes working with Robert easy and a pleasure. I love how focused Robert is.  When at the studio, we focus entirely on the music, and we can work for hours without a break.  This style suits me perfectly, and I really enjoy working with Robert.  Add to that his vast experience in the music industry, his skills as a multi-instrumentalist, and his passion for rich complex pieces arising from his Progressive Rock background, and Robert is clearly an asset and an excellent mentor.

I started working with Robert by chance. I had been writing songs for my album and was looking around for the right studio and producer to work with. I was very particular about what I wanted for my first album and I visited and spoke to several studios in the Bay Area, and actually did “test” singles (that are not on this album) with some of the studios.  I reached out to Soundtek Studios and spoke to Robert who invited me to visit his studio in Campbell for further discussion.  Robert and I are both very particular, so we started slowly, and agreed to work together on one single and see what kind of dynamic we have.  After my first session, I knew right away that he was the one.  The feeling was mutual and the rest is history, as they say.  Robert is not just a mentor, but also a great friend.

How much did he get to influence the album?

This is an interesting question.  Let me put it this way.  Without Robert, I would still have the album

“Unbreakable”, but there is no doubt that the album would be slightly different.  Even though the songs were written, prepared and ready even before I go to the studio, the influence of a producer can still be felt on each album of any artist.

Robert is very talented and very skillful musician and experienced producer.  Definitely he added great inputs into the album making process.  During the studio session, Robert and I discuss each song in detail, and we work together to improve, experiment and improvise as we go through the recording process.  As a mentor, he helps me to make better music, and as talented musician he contributes a lot to the richness of each piece.

How do you go on balancing a jazz influence with your love for the Motown sound?

My music is cross-genre by nature, so it is all a balancing act between the various influences, sounds and characteristics of the genres I like.  Jazz is beautiful music, rich with improvisation, emotion and culture. Motown has rich and complex sophisticated melodies, and stylish vocals.  All these are characteristics that I would love to see in my music.  The balancing of influences is a song by song thing.  I think every song has a different flavor, and as I work to make my music, I add these influences bit by bit.  I believe creativity has no rules.  And my songs are universal in theme and idea.  This makes them perfect for mixing influences.  The only limit is our imagination.

What were some of the emotions that you get to tackle on this record?

As I have said before, by songs are very universal in their concepts.  All my music is written around our shared humanity, and my songs tackle the most universal of human emotions.  I know we can each have thousands of feelings and emotions as we go through any experience, but there are a few emotions that are universal and shared across ages, cultures and personalities.  These emotions, like love, longing, trust, fear and hope, are the emotions that I tackle in my album.

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

My inspiration comes from every day experiences, and I as mentioned earlier, from all around me.  It can be a memory that triggers an idea and plants the seeds for a song, or an experience or a future hope, or just an act of imagination.  Many of my songs are to at least a small degree built around personal experiences or beliefs, and many of them are an expression of something I feel on a very deep level. Like many artists, I use my music to communicate my thoughts, my feelings and my deepest emotions, and I use my music to speak to the world.  All these work to influence my songs and my lyrics.

Any plans to hit the road?

Oh yes!  I am very excited to perform on the stage and I am getting things ready for this.  I do not have any dates yet, but I am probably looking at a July start.  I plan to start slowly, in my local neighborhood of NorCal, and then in California as a whole, before I go further out.  I will keep you guys updated, and hopefully have you guys come to see me perform!

What else is happening next in Dejhare’s world?

Dejhare’s world is always busy.  What is happening now – let me see.  First and foremost, I am obviously working on releasing the current album.  This means working on each single release, preparing the videos, and so on.  You know, all the work that goes into the release of music, including preparation for live shows and building a band.  I am also going back to the studio to start working on my next album, and I am really excited about this.  I love the music making process the most.  On that note, I am working with other artists to also release music written by myself but performed by these artists.  I am planning to release an album as well as an EP of these songs under my own record label.  I am also working on some new collaborations, and generally spreading my wings, learning, and trying.

But beyond all this music stuff, I am looking forward to doing some travelling this year, and some exploring.  And of course, there is always my family and friends.  And then there is my pets!  Those furry guys keep me busy every minute that I am not working.

Listen to “Trust My Love” HERE.

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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