INTERVIEW – Elle Deva

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
As a duo, both knew at an early age that music was who they were. Michele initially started playing the piano at an early age and learn’t by mimicking what he heard on the radio, then went on to playing in church and from there went on to doing much more. Lauren however, grew up with her father who also is a singer/songwriter/composer. Singing the words he wrote to create demos, her father therefore acted as fuel to the fire of her passion for music. Both were always surrounded by music.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Elle Deva as a duo basically grew up listening to everything from Chaka Khan, Creed and The Cranberries to Tupac and Coldplay. The list is endless. ANd we feel it impacts us in every aspect of the creative process, we are able to pinpoint in a specific project which sounds we desire, the mood we want people to feel and things they should experience lyrically.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
For Michele playing the guitar would be about 15 years. For Lauren, writing starting around the age of 10, where as singing was something she surrounded herself with 24/7, thanks to her household.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Before the EP we decided to come to a halt with the gigs in Italy so we could completely immerse ourselves in creating a fresh project and focus more on our own music, as gigging can take up a lot of your time, time sent studying, rearranging a song etc. For the up and coming gigs we have not booked anything yet, and have not been playing around in Italy as our aim is elsewhere.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
When we used our own music to raise funds, it opened our eyes as to the limitless amount of ways we can help people. Which will always be a priority as Elle Deva and as individuals.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Find us at www.elledeva.com. Type in Elle Deva on Youtube. @weareelldeva on instagram, and of course to feel more involved with the liberty of commenting and sharing your thoughts find us on Facebook and Twitter. On soundcloud listeners can also hear some raw material of ours.
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