Saturday, January 28, 2023

“KALI MA” EP by Lauren Dejey – Review & Interview

Our love for singer/songwriter/producer Lauren Dejey was sparked in August of this year after we heard the first single off her upcoming EP “KALI MA.” “Just Because You Said You’re Sorry Doesn’t Mean You Are” was incredible, contagious, and built a strong foundation of interest in our writers for the upcoming EP, so we patiently stood to watch for it to drop.

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After two months of waiting, the project was released in October and proved well worth the wait!

“KALI MA” EP The Review

Produced by Lauren Dejey herself, “Kali Ma” stands as a solid collection of tracks that takes the listener on a mysterious journey of dark bass-heavy beats mixed with upbeat pop sounds that make for an enjoyable listen all the way through.

Lauren holds onto the listener’s attention throughout the EP with unexpected change-ups in her music accompanied by her amazing vocals. The song “Yours” is a testament to that statement as Lauren serenades her listeners with sultry vocals and then cements their love for her music with an excellent repetitive hook that’s performed naturally instead of chopped up.

Its unexpected musical touches like those throughout this project that stands out to our writers/listeners and truly showcase this young, up-and-coming artist’s talent!

All in all, we’d have to say this project is a certified hit. The EP is cohesive, well-thought-out, and feels complete. The tracks are refreshing, and Laurens vocals are out of this world, making for an unforgettable project when all is said and done!

Lauren Dejey x Rage Robot – The Interview

RR: For our readers who have yet to experience your music, who is Lauren Dejey?

LD: I’m a 24-year-old Alternative-Pop artist from South East London. I’m a Scorpio, I play The Sims, and Halloween is my favourite.

RR: What was the most exciting/memorable part about creating Kali Ma?

LD: I think realizing it was going to be an EP was huge for me. I never set out to write one but when each song made sense together it that was super exciting. Also when I knew I was going to release it but hadn’t announced it yet, that feeling is so magical because it’s like you have this secret no one can know just yet but you’re working on this project non-stop. I did consider just dropping it on SoundCloud without saying anything just to reduce the anticipation I had on release day.

RR: “Just Because You Said You’re Sorry Doesn’t Mean You Are” Is one of our favorite songs on the project. Tell us more about this song. What was your writing process like?

LD: Thank you! It was so quick and easy, it just flowed. I wrote the whole EP in lockdown while trying to learn production so really I was just playing around to see what worked. I started off with the main synth rhythm and built it up from there. Jamming melodies, saying random gibberish, then eventually I found a topic and lyrics that really connected to the thoughts I was having at the time. About friends that treated me a certain way and made me feel small, and how apologies are nice but I don’t have to forgive them just because they feel bad. It’s petty but it’s how I felt.

RR: What can fans expect from you in the future?

LD: I’m working on new music at the moment but in 2022 I’d love to create a music video and do more live shows. I just played my first headline gig and it was one of the best nights of my life for sure! I’m just really excited to meet new people, collaborate more and enjoy every step. It’s so easy for me to become overwhelmed and stress myself out about things that could be enjoyable, so no matter what I do next I want to make sure I’m maintaining my joy while doing it!

RR: If you could have lunch with anyone dead or alive who would it be?

LD: Mona Lisa. Pretty niche but it’s the first person that came to mind. Who is she? What did she do? Was she smiling? I need to know

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