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An interview with Deanna Devore

Deanna Devore

Deanna Devore

Deanna Devore‘s dreamy electro-pop sound is intriguing as it is simultaneously smooth and raw. Her chillout singer-songwriter stylings have really developed into a distinct sound on X Number Of Days, her upcoming EP to be released in January. This is perhaps no better demonstrated than on “Where Went Your Heart” which harkens back to days when I’d play Kings Of Convenience records on repeat. Based out of Chicago but originally from Toronto, she’s definitely someone to look out for. We asked her some questions in anticipation of her upcoming release:

Being from Toronto originally, what is it that drew you towards making music in Chicago?

I first went out to Chicago in 2006 to record with a producer/engineer (Bjorn Thorsrud). It could have been anywhere, really. It just so happened that he lives in Chicago and so that’s where I went.

What led to that initial break working with Bjorn Thorsrud of Smashing Pumpkins fame?

I was passed along in a sense from producer to producer, trying to find the best fit. A Toronto producer first heard my music and then put me in touch with someone in LA. I went out there to talk things over with him and was then put in touch with Bjorn Thorsrud, thus resulting in me going to Chicago.

What were some of your major influences for your new album?

I’m into a lot of electronic stuff that for the most part, seems to be coming out of Europe. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Little Dragon, Miike Snow to name a few. That kind of sound definitely influenced my album.

You play multiple instruments on your recordings, how do you translate that to your live shows?

The live set-up includes a synth/keyboard player, a bassist, a drummer, a back-up singer and I play guitar and sing. I do use a loop pedal and so I loop some stuff live as well as having some of the electronic drum tracks play from my laptop.

What is it that you miss most about Toronto?

The food! And family/friends of course…but I do miss Toronto’s ethnic cuisine. Malaysian, Jamaican, Indian, etc. I feel like that kind of food is way more authentic in Toronto.

Freestyling is an important form of expression in hip hop. If you had to freestyle four lines about your new album, what would you say?

X Number Of Days.
The kind of music that sways.
Electronic beats galore.
Won’t you see what’s in store?

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