How did you get your initial start in music?
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.
What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
For any artist, the amount of ultimate aims are almost endless, as we all desire to make so many changes and add value to what is in the market at that time or in music in general. For Elle Deva at the moment the aim is all of the above as well prove to ourselves that sticking firmly to who you are both in music and in our personal lives is key. And that it can make a difference in how people view us and our music. Authenticity is the ultimate aim.
How long have you been writing your own music?
Well for Michele (guitarist/producer) it was the minute he started playing the guitar which would be about 15 years ago and as for Lauren (singer/songwriter) words came at an early age as keeping a journal and writing poetry always made for the best material.
Who are your top three influences and why?
John Mayer is an influence because of his insane ability with the guitar. Always giving so much emotions in depth in what he brings across. One of the most influential things about him would be just how much he is capable of musically speaking, yet manages to simplify what he does for every kind of listener. He is a sensitive creator of music.
Lauryn Hill, well she’s an influence to so many artists, for us she plays the biggest role in terms of her writing, she is fearless, to the point and gets her message across, with class. Lauryn Hill has never needed to become anyone else to make her music what it is and that makes her special.
Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
The single “Take it all” which is the first single for the up and coming EP “Familiar Ground” is definitely a special project, as we desired to do an acoustic project such as this for quite sometime. Making use of a complete live band has always been a goal we wanted to achieve. Allowing this release to come to life brought many challenges, as Familiar Ground was written in under 2 weeks, arrangement with musicians in London with only 2 sessions. However, the positive outweighs the tiresome challenges by far, such as going to London for the first time was amazing, meeting outstanding musicians and being able to share such intense experiences with people who understand your passion, was an absolute blessing. “Familiar Ground” is not just a special project but an accomplishment.
Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
At the moment we are based in Italy. Regarding our local scene, there’s not much for us to tell because we do not conform to what the market is looking for on this side. We do not write or perform in Italian and therefore our gig has been based mostly on doing covers in various bars etc.
Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
Continual Drift. They are an Italian rock band, the singer/songwriter sings in English and we feel that they are going to do big things. If we could suggest any awesome musicians, definitely check out Manuel Prota. Another Level!!!
Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
People can also keep up with Elle Deva by going to our website http://www.elledeva.com, as well as if they feel the need to comment, share or just feel more involved they can catch us on Facebook as well as Twitter and of course to view our daily lives, Instagram will keep them posted @weareelledeva.