Beginning to assert a fastening hold on the British urban scene, emphatic female MC, Deyah is back with her brand-new confessional Care City EP. With new music out and a desire to perform live, The Fountain caught up with Deyah to discuss the music in more depth.
TF: How would you sum yourself up in one sentence?
I’m a big kid, pretty much.
TF: What drove you to first start making hip hop music?
I grew up in a household where music was played literally 24/7, especially hip hop. Any records I made or wrote were naturally hip hop influenced.
TF: How has your sound developed over the years?
My sound has developed quite a lot. I started making clear cut 90s hip hop when I was about 15; I’ve kept that influence in my material but I feel now my music would be categorised as alternative hip hop/ RnB/ Neo-soul/ Urban.
TF: You’re new EP Care City was out on April 10th. What were your motives for writing it?
I didn’t intend to write Care City. It just happened in a way. I was going through one of the darkest seasons I’ve ever had to endure; Care City is just the documentation of that. I listened back to a list of songs I had written and recorded and thought, yeah this needs to be a project.
TF: Which artists do you look up to and why?
There are a whole load of artists I look up to but my top five would be Michael Jackson, Fela Kuti, Lupe Fiasco, Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. I feel like the uniqueness and creativity of these artists is untouched, as well as their creative methods in conveying clear progressive messages.
TF: Which festivals/venues do you dream of one day performing at?
Coachella and Afro-nation are the top two festivals I would love to perform at. In terms of venues, I’d say the Royal Albert Hall.. that would be cool.
TF: Have you got any other plans lined up for the remainder of 2020?
I’m looking to release another project at the end of the year, as well as more visuals.