Born in London to American parents and raised in Berkshire, Deva St. John’s sound is a bridge between the soundscapes of British and American pop culture. A peerless vocalist and authentic lyricist, her boozy lo-fi alt-rock production and gnarly vocals reveal an artist who channels her sensitivities into songs that peer under the veneer of modern life to express something fundamentally timeless, a yearning dissatisfaction; rock n’ roll in its purest form. Deva spoke with The Fountain about the new single and plans for 2021.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Reckless?
It’s been really positive! It’s attracted a lot of new people from all over the place. It’s very cool looking at my analytics and seeing listeners in Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, Africa… Spotify have been really kind to it actually, and it’s gotten a lot of love in my hometown! That’s made me very happy.
TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?
Reckless is about throwing caution to the wind, ironically, for the sake of self-preservation.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
After Reckless, I’m hoping to get back out onto the circuit and into the studio. This year, I want to play live as often as I can. When they finally let us out! I’m setting up a headline show to celebrate the next single, due for release in the Spring. I’d also like to do a video for it. Other than that, I’m currently shooting a new drama with Apple TV, and I’m booked to work with a major AAA developer next month.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
Currently, my favourite venue is a local one! Purple Turtle in Reading. There’s always a great crowd with an enthusiastic and cool vibe. Later this year, I’m really gassed to play the main stage at Readipop. I’m performing as an official BBC Introducing artist, and I’m SO excited.