INTERVIEW: DEVORA unleashes cutting and confident hit “Not Dead Yet”
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Painting a detailed picture of a wild western world, DEVORA’s latest electrifying offering “Not Dead Yet” is an unruly and entertaining tune.

The track highlights gravelly guitars, determined vocals and booming basslines, all coming together to create the ultimate boisterous banger. Singing, “I’m living in a ghost town, ghost town. I’m doing things my way, my way” listeners can feel that lively rebellious spirit come through. Daring dark pop artist DEVORA’s music definitely gives you a thrill.

Raised in the Arizona desert, DEVORA’s roots are a huge part of her musical inspiration. Witnessing the sinister setting of such a vast, lawless land, the singer has a mischievous side that is present in her riveting releases. Growing up writing short stories and poetry, she drew from her life’s bizarre encounters and eventually she turned to songwriting as an outlet as well.

From hanging out in graveyards to traveling to strange places, she is a unique soul that goes her own way. COLLiDE spoke with DEVORA about her new single, lyrical imagery and more. Read below:

 

Your confident, hard-hitting single “Not Dead Yet” is a tale of a fast-paced life with a thrilling journey ahead. Is your real life as wild as the one you portray in the single?

Why yes. I’m definitely all over the place and constantly roaming on this untamed journey of mine. The last few years have been some wild ones to say the least.

I love the thrill and comfort I feel when exploring new territory, and being on the road gives me such peace. I thrive off of channeling this fast-paced crazy life as well as all the experiences, strange characters and travels that go with it into song. I embrace the darkness and obscurity head on. I’ve made hell a paradise.

You mention in the track about “riding off into a pitch-black sunset” which creates such a vivid image in the listener’s mind. What inspired the edgy lyrics for the tune?

I love playing with stark contrast and juxtaposition in stories and lyrics.

As a lover of all things dark, I embrace those parts of me. I’ve always been drawn to the darker side of things— which most people might interpret as “negative” or “bad,” however, I celebrate it. I accept and encourage that side of me, which in turn inspired me to depict riding off into the dark in my lyrics.

“Riding to a pitch black sunset” for me is exactly where I wanna be. It’s my happy ending.

Your raspy vocals underscored by a hint of country twang, have a very striking quality. How did you develop your exquisite sound? 

Thank you. Lots of moonshine.

Nah, I’ve pretty much had the same sound since I was a kid. The twang has really always been in there naturally more or less no matter what kind of music I sing.

You have coined the phrase “outlaw pop” to describe your unique style of music. Can you tell us more about what “outlaw pop” means to you?

Outlaw pop is a term I coined to describe the distinctive imagery and visual narrative for the music I write. I like to weave visual soundscapes from my dark western world.

The road is my home and this is my journey; these are my stories, encounters and experiences I’ve had along the way. This is living life in the fast lane. This is answering to no one; lawless, reckless. This is outlaw pop.

I understand that you were raised in the Arizona desert and it is clear that has a big impact on your music. What was life like growing up in that environment?  

Arizona was a strange place to grow up—lots of bizarre and unusual things happening out there at all times—but I loved it all. I grew up in a small town just north of Scottsdale called Cave Creek. Growing up in AZ you meet lots of peculiar people from all walks of life, from every place. The stories and the wild experiences—man, I could fill novels.

Growing up in Cave Creek there wasn’t much to do so I always immersed myself deep into music and song. I have always loved the desert—I’ve always been drawn to its mystery, wildlife and insurmountable darkness. I consider it my home.

On this single, you worked with the famed producer Tony Hoffer (Phoenix, M83). What have you learned from collaborating with such a prominent figure in the industry?

For this single I worked with two producer/songwriters: Alex Aldi & Cass Dillon. They are exceptionally talented and encouraged me from day one to be exactly who I am. They celebrated it all. Working with these mega-talents was incredibly inspiring and the sessions were nothing but pure fun.

Lastly, who are some artists or musicians you have been listening to recently that really inspire you?

I’ve been listening to a lot of Tyler Childers lately… he’s a newer country artist who really has a dark spin on things, and he does it in such a mesmerizing way. His lyrics are haunting and his voice sounds like Kurt Cobain. I’m a huge Nirvana fan so this feels like Nirvana’s take on country…

 

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