DeeDee Loves Me is a singer songwriter, pop culture sponge and genuine West End Girl – born and raised in London. She has been writing hook-laden, unashamedly brash, gigantic pop songs for over a decade.
Fast forward to 2013, and DeeDee is ensconced in regular writing and recording sessions with producer Ian Masterson (Girls Aloud, Pet Shop Boys) – a fruitful pop partnership that has cemented DeeDee’s flair for creating huge songs, dripping in attitude. DeeDee takes her cue from her musical icons – daydreaming that she might be the lovechild of Ziggy Stardust and Natalie Wood, raised on a diet of Blondie, Prince, Madonna and Queen. Her music fills the gaps between the likes of Icona Pop, Marina and the Diamonds, Chvrches, Sky Ferreira, Ilia Darlin and Sia.
With a catalogue of almost 200 songs under her belt already, it’s about time for the world to find out why DeeDee is a force to be reckoned with.
Thanks to Diana
I’m making a video for ‘Everybody’s Out To Get Me’ in the next few days so I’m doing the prep work (i.e. thinking of what to wear, how to perform the song, etc).
Describe yourself, and your music, in your own words.
I’d describe myself as a fully-fledged song-writing addict and one of pop culture’s biggest fans. I’ve written hundreds of songs and feel very lucky creating music. I’d describe my music as spiky, lyrical pop.
If you weren’t making music right now, what would you be doing ?
I have a degree in Ancient World studies and love antiquity so I’d either go on to get an MA or work as an antique dealer.
What have you been up to most recently?
I’ve been travelling a bit. I went to Paris and Rome and lost my phone!
How long have you been working at your music and what made you decide to become a musician?
I’ve been writing poems since I was a child and ‘pop poems’ from 14 onwards but I kept them to myself like a true bedroom musician! It’s only been in the last couple of years that I’ve become openly active and put the songs out there. Without sounding cliched, love, freedom of expression and excitement were all deciding factors in becoming a musician.
Do you write all your own music or is there someone you collaborate with? Who would be a dream collaboration for you?
I write all the lyrics and melodies of my songs. I used to collaborate with a songwriter called Serge Rose and now I write with a producer I’ve known for a long time called Ian Masterson. Nile Rodgers would be a dream collaborator and I’m not just saying that because of the Daft Punk song. He’s a musical genius who’s lasted a long time in the game.
How did you first start singing and who have been your biggest influences?
I started singing in school choirs but didn’t really enjoy it. As a child I preferred singing along to Michael Jackson, Britney and Backstreet Boys like a complete and utter brat. My biggest influences are Blondie, David Bowie, Prince, Madonna, Serge Gainsbourg and No Doubt.
Are there particular people who influence your style?
Ziggy Stardust and Natalie Wood are my favourites to turn to for general inspiration. I pretend I’m their lovechild!
What have you been listening to lately? Do you usually listen to a lot of new music?
It feels like I’ve been listening to ‘Moonage Daydream’ by David Bowie throughout this entire year as it’s turned into an obsession but aside from that there’s a new artist named Ilia Darlin’ who’s caught my ear and I can’t escape the new Miley Cyrus song – it’s definitely grown on me! I listen to a healthy mixture of old and new.
Have you any tours, festivals or upcoming gigs planned in the near future?