Déandrah has been making odd, out-of-step electronic music for a few years with brought-in elements of electro-esque rhythms, breakbeats and granular voices. Coming from a punk and hardcore music background but fatigued by the standard band format limitations, Déandrah’s project is into presenting their interpretation of club music. Ranging influences from sampling early 2000s video game soundtracks and homemade tape loops, churned through broken mixers and filter banks, turning waves of noise into amalgamated anxiety and anger driven music. Not fitting perfectly within the confines of a dance genre, reconciling the somewhat clinical nature of dance music with the essentially human aspects of experimentation such as error, disorder and spontaneity, pushing perceptions of how we can move our bodies to very quaint and odd places.
Hello! Where can we find you right now? How did you start your day?
Coucou! In Amsterdam. In my studio. At my desk. Chain smoking cigarettes and pulling out my hair.
Same as most days, by waking up to my neighbours fucking or cat turf wars outside.
When did the idea of launching a project like yours begin to form? Has it always been something you wanted to do?
Kind of like a dream in my teenage years, now out of necessity because I hate working for (not with) other people.
How would you define the sound of your latest work?
A friend of mine described it as “industrial braindance with elements of breakbeat” which suits me just fine.
What artists are you interested in these days?
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti for life. The rest comes and go. Too many to mention as it fluctuates consistently.
How do you manage to combine such disparate genres? How do you manage to give them unity and harmony? What do they have in common for you?
I don’t, but thank you. I can’t vouch for harmony or unity because a) I am tone deaf and b) although I am mestizo, I inherited my lack of sense of rhythm from my dad’s whiteness. The common trait I suppose is that they all come from the same person.
How would you define your sound?
Something to disappoint your grandmother with.
Can you tell us something about your current or future projects?
Of course. Releases, features and events with the platform I run Dee Dee’s Picks (@dee_dees_picks//deedeespicks.com), a couple of tracks for two different labels as part of their V.A. comp, some DJ gigs, some audio-visual performances and installations that will act like interactive mirrors made with Touch Designer and Xbox Kinect V2.