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Five minutes with Deerful: ‘People use ixi lang to make techno or EDM but I wanted to write songs in it’

Following our feature of her new track, Sunset Drive, we catch up with Deerful to learn more about her writing process, upcoming shows and how she used coding language ixi lang to create an entire album…

Hey Deerful! Congrats on the release of your new album Tell Me I Can Fix This On My Own. As I understand it, you wrote it in a pretty unique way. Can you tell me more?

Tell Me I Can Fix This On My Own was made with code, in a program called ixi lang. It lets you program melodies and percussive parts and then change them in real time so you can perform with them. Lots of people use it to make interesting techno and EDM but I thought I’d see if I could write songs in it.

How do you perform the songs live? Last time I saw you, you were doing some cool things with Game Boys…

I’ve been performing them live with ixi lang on my laptop, using a projector or a second screen, so people can see me evaluating the lines of code in real-time and hear what it does to the sound. I’m definitely not giving up on the Game Boy, but this is a fun addition for me.

Where do you find inspiration for your songs?

Everywhere. I have a lot of feelings and I’m not always very good at identifying them in absolute terms. I like figuring out how to filter them through concrete metaphors from the outside world.

Photo: Ed Sprake

What’s coming up next for you?

I should be working on my thesis!

Music-wise, I’m trying to take the new album out to more live shows – I have one at the Old Blue Last in London on October 6 supporting Flirting – and am continuing to write in ixi lang because I find it so inspiring.

If you had to recommend one album to our readers, what would it be?

Baths’ Romaplasm remains one of the most inspiring records I’ve ever heard and, nearly a year after its release, I still listen to it all the time.

Tell Me I Can Fix This on My Own’s code has been made open-source for experimentation and remixing.

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