DEYO Chats With TMI About His Incredible Debut Album
Hey DEYO!! So excited to be chatting with you!! You just released your highly anticipated debut album. What does this album mean to you?
It’s been a labor of love for a few years, I wanted to make a timeless album of great songs, one where you don’t have to skip over any tracks. I feel confident that I achieved that goal.
What do you hope your supporters will think of the new music?
I hope that it sparks creativity, and provides a relief or a supplement to whatever the listener is going through.
How did the idea for this album come about?
It came about very organically, I just started making songs on my computer and soon realized that none of them would work with my current band. After amassing over 50 songs, I began to narrow them down, using the songs that felt like they would work together. Most of the songs are about the love that was developing in my life.
Can you tell us the meaning behind the name of the album?
It’s my middle name DEYO, I was blessed with a unique French-Huguenot name, so I might as well roll with it.
Any fun moments while creating the album?
Some of it was recorded up in Canada at the Banff Centre, that was a really magical experience. I had my own cabin full of recording equipment and a bunch of other great songwriters around me, it was a perfect atmosphere to make an album. Working with Jeremy Black on the mixing and some of the recording was thrilling. He has a very creative approach to music and production, so we were able to find a very harmonious way of working together.
What’s the process of writing one of your songs?
I usually start with a musical idea: a chord progression or a riff, sometimes a bassline or a vocal melody. Then I will use vowels or words that work with the phrasing. At that point usually a concept presents itself, and then the words wrap themselves around the sounds more easily. Usually I am recording this whole process and adding in sounds along the ride. I usually let the first day be just creative and then I return to it and work on making it all sound cooler.
What’s been your favorite song to write from the new album and why?
Probably “Heaven’s Needle”, it came together really easily into this cool narrative. It felt inspired.
Can you spill the name of the first single?
The first single is “Digital”, it has a really awesome music video that goes along with it.
Can you spill any details about the first single off your upcoming album?
It’s a nu-disco track about love in the modern age, sometimes it gets confusing whether you are in love with the person that you are communicating with or your phone.
Will you go on tour to promote your new music?
Yes, looking to do a lot of touring in 2020
What song are you most excited to perform from this new album?
I think “Can’t Shake You” is sounding really dope. We added a great new ending for the live show.
What does it feel like to perform your own music live in front of your supporters?
It feels like playing to a mirror that reflects vibrations instead of imagery.
Does your fanbase have a name?
Not yet, open to suggestions.
How do you want your relationship to be with your supporters?
I want it to be supportive and loving. I want the fans to feel really comfortable at the shows, able to dance however they want, wear whatever they want.
What was the craziest fan encounter you have had?
I once had a girl thank me for my songs for helping her get through a really rough patch in her life. I think that is one of the best things that you can hear as an artist.
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your supporters?
I started using Instagram with this project. It’s cool, I like the Gifs.
What’s an average day for you look like?
I usually scrape my tongue, do a coconut oil pull as I write 2 pages of morning thoughts, do some Wim-Hof breathing exercises, meditate for 10 minutes, drink hot lemon water, make a smoothie answer messages and then make music.
What goals have you set out for yourself in your career and in your personal life?
I want to put out at least one album every year, and to make music that I am really proud of. I want to get better at cooking and breathing and being present and giving love to myself and others.
How has this whole music career experience been?
It’s been an interesting and beautiful experience. It’s taught me a lot about myself and at this point there is no other job I would want.
Do you have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
I hope that you guys have a spooky, safe Halloween and a joyful holiday season. Spread the word about DEYO to your friends, family, orthodontists & acupuncturists if the spirit moves you.