Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Deanna Devore, a songwriter/multi-
instrumentalist and producer based in Chicago and Toronto.
How would you describe your musical style?
I blend downtempo electronic beats with organic instrumentation. It spans across downtempo electronic, RnB, acoustic, jazz and orchestral territories.
You recently released a new EP called Half and Half. What can audiences expect from this set of songs?
The album is half electronic and half acoustic (some songs are in between – picture a spectrum of sound)
The lead single off of Half and Half is called A Cause. Tell us a bit about that song
“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.
You self-produced Half and Half and played all of the instruments yourself. How important was it to put your own personal stamp on every aspect of this EP?
I really enjoy song arrangements and playing different instruments, so it is a pretty important aspect for me. I find I also do a lot of my writing during this process.
What did you learn from your experiences opening for artists like Jamie Cullum, Bonobo, and SG Lewis?
I learned a lot from watching how these artists do their live shows. Particular Bonobo and SG Lewis, since they are more electronic. I was curious how they reproduced their electronic sounds live, and what equipment they used etc.
What is the experience at one of your live shows like?
I would say the live experience is like listening to the album with the addition of a live, jazzy feel. I’m pretty happy about the fact that the live versions of the songs sound like the album versions, and then there’s a live energy brought to the table.
What’s next for your career?
I just got back from tour, so next will be back in the studio. I have a new single I’d like to record and release in the new year.
Who would you like to work with that you haven’t gotten to work with already and why?
I love Tom Misch, so it would be a dream to do a track with him. I think he’s just fantastic.
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
To not be afraid to be different. A lot of artists sound the same these days, and I’d encourage people to not be afraid to write music outside of the box.
What’s your life like outside of the studio?
I’m a teacher at a music school, so I teach a lot of guitar and songwriting classes when I’m not doing my own music.
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