What inspired you to pursue music?
Music has always been a huge part of my life since I was a little kid. I have a musical family. I started playing instruments and writing at a young age and always felt like I needed to do it professionally.
Can you tell us a little bit about you?
I’m Deanna Devore, a songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Chicago and Toronto.
What artists do you look up to right now?
I’ve been listening to Tom Misch and Jordan Rakei lately, and a lot of British downtempo RnB/soul.
You just released your new highly anticipated EP entitled “half and half”! Can you tell us about what this EP means to you?
It feels so great to release something you’ve been working on for a few years. It’s interesting to see how the songs transformed from when I originally wrote them on guitar, to how they sound now as the finished product.
Can you spill any details about the new EP?
“half and half” went through many transformations, because originally I was planning on recording an all acoustic album. But then I started writing new songs that had more of a downtempo RnB/jazz feel so I decided to do a mix of the two.
It’s called “half and half” because the album is half electronic and half acoustic (some songs are in between – picture a spectrum of sound)
What song are you most proud of from this EP?
I like them all for different reasons, but I would say that “Effortlessly”is one I’m pretty proud of. I had written the song after the album was already complete, and decided to hold off with the release of the album until this song was finished in the studio. I’m really glad I waited – I like what “Effortlessly” brings to the table sonically.
Any fun moments while creating the EP?
The creative process of being in the studio I would say is really fun for me. Trying different sounds, beats and experimenting with different directions.
What song are you most excited to perform from this new EP?
“Effortlessly” has been a blast playing live. It gets the audience moving.
What does it feel like to perform your own music live in front of your supporters?
It’s a great feeling to watch people connect and groove to the music when I’m playing live. You feed off this energy as a performer.
How do you want your relationship to be with your supporters?
I’d love to connect with supporters, whether that be via social media or after the shows!
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your supporters?
I probably use instagram the most. I try and post stories documenting the recording process and shows/tours.
Are there any other projects in the works you can tell us about?
I’m currently in the studio recording a new single that I’m really excited about!
Do you have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Follow me on Spotify, instagram, twitter, facebook, etc!
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with us.