Talking to Welsh lyricist Deyah on her latest EP 'Care City', the importance of visuals and storytelling in her music and her label imprint 'High Mileage, Low Life'.
What was the main narrative of your latest project, ‘Care City’?
'Care City' was purely a documentation of the most chaotic season in my life,
where each track documents a certain period of time within that season.
What was your creative process like whilst creating the EP?
Normally, I put more thought towards creating a project but 'Care City' came
together organically. I didn’t take into consideration what the listeners wanted
to hear or the expectations they had, but more so what I felt to create. This
project felt freeing, I would listen to a wide range of beats and have the record
button on ready, so I could rap or sing straight onto the track if melodies or
bars came to mind.
Sonically, what were you hoping to convey through your production on the EP?
I’d say I hoped for the project to come across quite mellow and in alignment
with the theme of substance abuse, lack of identity, confusion, and the feeling
of being lost, etc... I wanted each beat to work with and compliment the lyrics.
"Life IS the constant pattern of falling and getting back up."
How important is it for you to tell a story with your music?
It’s vital for me to story tell in my material, as all my work is based around my
experiences, what I’ve learnt and my shortcomings. However, I try to storytell using different methods in order to reach different souls.
If you had to pick a song or a line from any track on ‘Care City’ to try and capture the tone of the project, what would it be and why?
‘I know that I have fallen, the fall is nothing new’. That bar is found in 'Liquor
Lament', the last track on the project. Life IS the constant pattern of falling and
getting back up. This fall of mine was the worst yet but falls are inevitable and
the whole project documents that.
How do you feel your sound has grown from, ‘Lover Loner’ to your most recent project?
I feel like my sound has grown a lot. Like I said previously, I created what I
wanted, not what was suggested and because of that, the project is so much
more authentic and organic. 'Care City' was constructed from a totally different
mental space to 'Lover//Loner' – a fearless, more open and developed mental
"It’s vital for me to story tell in my material, as all my work is based around my experiences, what I’ve learned and my shortcomings."
What was your inspiration for both the ‘Okoposire’ and ‘Venthouse Suite’ videos and how important are visuals to you?
Visuals are mad important to me. I wanted something simple as well as
powerful for 'Venthouse Suite' – I wanted the message to be heard and seen
through the visuals, whereas 'Okoposire' was planned slightly differently.
'Okoposire' is more of a vibe to listen to, so I thought to go deep with the visuals
and pick up on the whole ‘City’ vibe.
Which artists inspired you to get into rapping and who sets the bar for lyricism, for you?
What do you hope people take away from your music?
I hope my music provokes conversation and promotes and encourages
accountability, peace of mind, truth, honesty, an ending to shame, connection,
comfort and openness.
Can you tell us a bit about your label imprint ‘High Mileage, Low Life’?
'High Mileage, Low Life' is a reminder that no matter how many accolades, titles,
awards, followers, and achievements you have, you can still be subject to
having a low life. There is way more to life than accomplishments. In
terms of the structure to the label, there’s not a great deal to tell at the minute.
I’m still working on the fine-tuning of it but soon I hope you will see greatness
Which artists inspired you to get into music and which artists are inspiring you today?
inspiring me at the minute.
Who are five artists you would recommend to your listeners?
What have you been working on lately and what’s coming up for the rest of 2020?
I’m currently working on my next project, as well as a batch of collaborations,
new visuals and some new merch. 2020 has been full of surprises thus far so
I intend to go with the theme of surprises and surprise you...