DEVORA Talks About Her New EP 'God Is Dead' and Her Brand of Outlaw Pop | Hype | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

DEVORA Talks About Her New EP ‘God Is Dead’ and Her Brand of Outlaw Pop

DEVORA Talks About Her New EP 'God Is Dead' and Her Brand of Outlaw Pop | Hype | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS
Interviewed By:
Dario Hunt
Interview date:
February 2023

Congrats on the release of your new EP God Is Dead! How has the response been?

The response has been amazing so far. Super grateful for all the fans who have been so incredibly supportive and the new ones we’re making as well. 

How did you first get into music?

I’ve been singing / writing / playing since I was a small kid – It’s always been engrained in me. I’ve never wanted to do anything else, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to live out my dream! 

What artists have influenced you the most?

Nine Inch Nails, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Taylor swift, and Marilyn Manson – just to name a few.  

How did growing up in AZ influence you musically? What’s the music scene like there?

There’s a really big country music scene in Arizona as well as a heavy industrial / goth / punk scene, which I guess explains my passion for combining the two genres. I grew up in the dark music scene and went to as many hardcore shows in the valley as I could! 

How would you describe your sound?

I would describe it as a combination of Outlaw Dark Pop, blended with Country Melodies to weave stories of my experiences together. There are varying riffs that sometimes get heavy, along with a darker infusion of style in my songwriting. 

What’s your creative process like? 

I write stories, first and foremost. I love writing songs as if they’re a movie, I want people to really visualize what I’m writing about.  Usually the song starts with a story, and I expand on that. I love big themes, big titles. I want to make the listener feel like they’re right in the middle of the scene I’m describing. 

You call your brand of music “Outlaw Pop,” what exactly does that mean?

For me it means anarchy, rebellion, and choosing the road less traveled. It’s about standing out by going against the grain… Stand up for what you believe in by not conforming to societal norms. To me, that’s Outlaw Pop. 

Pop is so varied and expansive these days, with so new sub-genres seemingly popping up every day. What do you think is driving that?

I love how extensive and niche music can be. I think TikTok is widely to thank for that. There is so much music to discover and it’s so easy to discover it with these new platforms – which in turn lends itself to more of a variety of sub genres. 

Your sound straddles multiples genres, how has the response from those different audiences been so far?

I’ve gotten love from rock fans, pop fans, country fans— I love that it’s coming from a bunch of different audiences! That’s exactly what I set out to do: Bend and join different genres and paint them with a shade of dark. 

God is Dead is a very strong title. What’s the meaning behind it? And how did you come to choosing it?

‘God is Dead’ is about the existential questioning we’ve all felt at least one time in our life. No matter your denomination or beliefs, it’s normal to question whether or not there’s a higher power. ‘God is Dead’ is about a post-apocalyptic world where all of God’s rejects rejoice and make the most of what we’ve got. It celebrates it. 

What do you want listeners to take from the project? Any specific themes?

I want them to close their eyes and enjoy this crazy adventure through the Wild West with me. Take a ride on a dark desert highway.

Do you have a favorite song off the project? If so, why?

My favorite song is “Bonesaw.” It’s one of the first songs I wrote for this project and it encapsulates everything I wanted to express as a thought-provoking track. It’s a very personal kind of dark story and I love telling it. 

You’ve released 2 EPs now – is the next step a full album?

Yes, a full length album is the goal. I’ve been writing a ton and can’t wait to show the world what’s next. Some of my best work is coming out of my recent sessions in Nashville, and I’m really excited for people to hear them. 

What can people expect from you in the future? You have some Shows coming up soon – any other tour plans for this year?

Yes! I’ve been out with Bush and it’s been great so far. We’re in the process of working on some tours and festival dates… I’m looking to get back out on the road later this spring  and into the summer! 

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