Deanna Devore is delivering endless amount of inspiration on her latest effort, “Half and Half”, an EP consisting of 7 ear piercing, entrancing, dreamy tracks. Her music captivates her listeners at first listen with her unheard blend of acoustic, jazzy, rnb, downtempo electronic music.

We had the amazing opportunity to chat with the talented artist about the making of “half and half” and what she hopes her listeners will take away from listening to her music plus various other insightful topics.

SR: What is your story?

DD: I’m Deanna Devore, a songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Chicago and Toronto. 

SR: How would you describe your music style?

DD: My music blends downtempo electronic beats with organic instrumentation that spans across downtempo electronic, RnB, acoustic, jazz and orchestral territories

SR: Does being female artist motivate you to speak on everyday emotions females deal with in your songwriting?

DD: I wouldn’t say my lyrics reflect being a female or a female artist specifically, but I’m definitely all for inspiring other female musicians and producers out there. I think I deal with general everyday emotions in the songs that both females and males feel- things like relationships ending/heartbreak, etc.

SR: What was the inspiration behind “Half and Half” EP ? What were the recording session like? 

DD: I originally had planned for “half and half” to be an all-acoustic album. It wasn’t until I started writing more electronic rnb/jazz inspired songs that I then decided to do the half and half idea – half the album is electronic and half is acoustic (some songs are in between – picture a spectrum of sound). As for the recording process, 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. 

SR: What was your favorite song to write and record from the EP? Why?

DD: That’s a tough question, as I like them for different reasons. But if I had to pick one, I’d say “A Cause” because I originally wrote that one as more of an acoustic guitar based, almost folky song. Then when I took it into the studio, it morphed into a very synth driven, electronic song with no guitar in it at all. I like to have the two versions of the song, because when I go back to the acoustic version, I can almost appreciate it more as I see where it all stemmed from. 

SR: What has been the most challenging and most rewarding part of creating this new project?

DD: I think the most challenging part in creating this project was deciding the direction of the album, sonically. I kept on changing my mind. It first started off as an acoustic album, but then I decided to do the half and half idea. That would also make it the most rewarding part of making this album – I’m happy with the sonic choice I made.

SR: What do you want your listeners to take with them after listening to your music? 

DD: I would hope that the music would move them in some way emotionally, and that they could relate to the lyrical content. 

SR: What advice would you give anyone who aspires to be an artist/producer ?

DD: To not be afraid to write “outside the box”. A lot of artists these day sound very similar and in my opinion, it’s better to be unique. 

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