The musical universe is infinite, housed within are countless familiar and distant galaxies of sound. Deidre’s Opal resides in a seemingly familiar cluster where voice, synth, and sampler meet. What sets Opal apart however, is the delicacy with which Deidre wields each instrument and the particular way in which her angelic voice moves harmoniously in sync with each new constriction and release of sound. Watching this come together in her commanding live performance, you are ushered into the 5-D universe she has created with Opal. BITCHFORK has been obsessed with this unforgettable sound since her recent performance at the Phi Center and we asked her a few questions ahead of her album launch at La Sotterenea.
“I spend most of my time in a dream state. I can relate to myths more than reality. I wanted to build a world that is suspended in the fifth dimension. “
There seems to be a lot of mythology wrapped up in the song titles on the album. Could you explain the importance of these myths to you and to your songwriting process?
I spend most of my time in a dream state. I can relate to myths more than reality. I wanted to build a world that is suspended in the fifth dimension. Where our physical bodies mean nothing and we’re all just orbs of energy. The first track on Opal is Charon which is the name of the ferryman of Hades. I imagined befriending him while being led to the underworld after dying.
When did you begin making music?
I used to be in a choir when I was in junior high. For the most part, I was just a loner/nerdy Capricorn and spent a huge portion of my youth in my basement performing to the spirits my family conjured up during their unprotected Ouija sessions. I was in electro-acoustic courses for a year but left because it was mainly bros trying to make EDM music. Self-taught for the rest.
Is your artist name based on the myth of “Deirdre of the Sorrows”?
No…I chose Deidre because I’ve always wanted to have a daughter and give her that name, but because I’m very unsure about Earth’s future I decided to use it for myself.
Could you explain a bit the process of making Opal?
The tracks were all written within a year. It was the beginning of my transition. Estrogen was fresh in my veins. I was dealing with a lot of repressed emotions and also trying to be responsible with my mental health. I found so much peace in writing Opal because it was all about reflection and feeling abundant and powerful but also delicate and sensitive. I have some more that I’ll be releasing in the near future from that collection.
Are there any collaborators on the album?
For “Feel” I collaborated with Danji Moore. I wanted him to give me something thicccc and thumpy. Super happy with how it turned out. I admire his knowledge of frequencies.
What is the theme of the album?
The theme is that Karma is real so you better treat people with respect. Not in the sense that you’ll be punished for being an asshole, (cause being an asshole is miserable enough) but more so about taking care of each other and giving without expectations and loving without conditions. If those aren’t your intentions then I have no time for you. Release personality traits that block you from seeing that we’re all in this together. Release boring gender binaries. Release competition. Release patriarchy. Bye.
” Release personality traits that block you from seeing that we’re all in this together. Release boring gender binaries. Release competition. Release patriarchy. Bye.”
Are there other projects you are working on?
You have an incredible stage presence. I was wondering, how do you approach each performance? do you have a ritual before each show?
I’m pretty moody so it just depends on how I’m feeling that day. If I’m tense before a show I’ll just masturbate and that calms me down. If I can’t get that done then I meditate or chat with my mom.
I’ve noticed a lot of beautiful pics and a lot of beautiful butts on your Instagram. Who do you think has the best butt?
For someone who loves so many kinds of butts, I think that’s the hardest question I’ve ever been asked in life. I think my butt’s the best ’cause it offers me great pleasure and great release.