Interview: Dejhare

First of all, congratulations on your new release ‘Do What You Gotta Do,’ can you tell us a little bit about this song? How is it different from your previous work?

“Do What You Gotta Do” speaks about our shared experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the lyrics touch on the unfavorable circumstances we find ourselves in and on the changes in lifestyle that these have created, the overall narrative is a positive one.  The song serves as a “call to action” to do what is right despite all challenges we’ve been facing and is meant to bring a pertinent, hopeful and positive message to the audience across every demographic globally.  I see it as an “anthem” for the crisis we are in.  I am not trying to bring across any political message. I am just saying that if we stay positive and do what we have to do, we will get through this. Now is the time to act, to sacrifice, and to do the right thing. 

One obvious thing about this song compared to my previous work is that it talks about a specific event.  The song is also different from my previous work in other ways, including its style, compositional elements and vocal performance among others. I try to be more raw and bold in executing its vision to match the perspective and theme of urgency and capture the vibe of emotions that we are experiencing in this unprecedented time.

‘Do What You Gotta Do’ is a fusion of so many genres! How would you describe your sound?

It is hard to pinpoint a specific description of my sound. When I write any song, I let my creative mind flow freely without restricting myself to any sound or genre template. I don’t think in my head about which genre my song will fit into. I just let the ideas pour on an empty canvas and assemble them all together into something coherent. To me, creativity shouldn’t have boundaries or limits or definitions, and we have to admit that clearly outlined genres are as much a marketing tool as they are a musical necessity. I continuously experiment and explore new sounds and styles. My goal is to bring something fresh and different each time while continuing to connect with my audience.  That being said, I am not against genre definitions in music, and I do have tendencies towards some genres more than others.  But good music is good music, and let’s just enjoy it.

Your music is very personal and lyrically poetic, where does that come from? Is it from your personal experience? 

All my songs are sincerely written from the heart. They come from different avenues of inspirations – personal experiences, other’s experiences that I have witnessed, my views and perspectives about certain situations or events, or even from creations of a fictional character or event. That is the best part of songwriting. You can write about anything. I believe that if we write and sing something sincere, hopefully the emotions can be felt in the song and the story can be heard and can connect with the listeners.

Are you more of an independent artist or a team player? What are artists you would like to collaborate with in the future? 

I am an independent artist, and also a committed team player when the occasion calls for it. I have also written many songs sung by other artists which are awaiting release.  Collaborations are expected in music making as they can help expand the richness of the sound and grow the creative process.  There are also a few duets that I have sung that are also in the pipeline and I look forward to sharing these with my audience soon.

I am a fan to many artists and would love to collaborate with them in the future if that is possible.  Names such as Bruno Mars, Charlie Puth, Sia are among those I have on the list 🙂

What does your creative process look like? Do you firstly write music or lyrics? 

My creative process often starts with writing melodies. To me, humming works as a good exercise to spark creative thoughts. Once I envision the main melody and the hook, I find it easier to write all other supporting melodies to make the song whole. Once the melody structure is complete, it will navigate me clearly on how to execute the theme, emotion and vibe of the song, which subsequently will guide me to develop the elements for the arrangement composition and the story to write.  That being said, I have some stories that I would like to tell and they are floating in my mind, but I am yet to find a melody or sound to match the stories.

What are you currently working on? Can you tell us more about your upcoming projects? 

I have several singles and a brand new album in the pipeline pending release. I am currently working on the schedule to drop this new music. There is enough diversity and flavor in my upcoming music to keep me busy and to hopefully grow my audience.  I hope to introduce my listeners to a wide range of styles and sounds in my next releases, and I am so excited about my upcoming music, I just can’t wait to share it all. So stay tuned!

2020 got us all pretty though with the Covid-19 world crisis, how did it impact you and your work? 

Definitely! COVID19 has impacted us all in so many ways – from the way we work, eat, sleep, to how we love and connect with each other. At the beginning of 2020, I had big plans to travel and do live shows and meet new audiences and collaborators. But as I sing in this new release, “Travel is being postponed, many restrictions” and all plans had to be shelved or modified.  I had to postpone my travels and live shows and other activities that would require social proximity, and I had to focus on what I can achieve with the resources that are available to me at home.  So I took the chance to learn, explore and experiment with new sounds and musical styles. This is what sparked the creation and release of my D7 project in August of 2020.  D7, as you may have noticed if you listened to it, is a “reimagined” dance version of 7 selected songs from my first album “Unbreakable”.  While working on some other projects, I decided to write “Do What You Gotta Do” to both capture the essence of 2020 and to remember the events of this year in song, as well as to share a pertinent and positive message to help us all wrap up the year 2020 on a positive note.

Thank you for having me. I enjoyed the interview. I truly appreciate the support from all of you and the opportunity to speak about my new song.

Wishing you all a good wrap up of 2020, and hoping we all stay safe and healthy through this holiday season.  Love – Dejhare

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