photo by Alexa Viscius
In the wake of a global pandemic, many creatives have had their livelihoods put on pause. For many, this has meant broken hearts, major career disruptions, and varying degrees of disintegrating mental health. Others have found peace and grounding. Chicago trio Dehd fits squarely in the second camp. After a year and some change of constant touring, hustling, and “doing the damned thing,” the forced pause has afforded them the time and ability to breathe, recharge, and thrive in their new normal. Singer and bassist Emily Kempf has been active and on the move in one band or another creative outlet for over a decade, unused to sitting still. COVID has granted her the opportunity to reconnect with herself without the distractions that come with constantly being on the move.
After pushing back the release of their latest album Flower of Devotion several months, the album is out in the world and a true gift for all of us. Kempf shares her refreshing view of making that choice and what the last seven or so months have been like for her and her bandmates. Also refreshing is her discussing the egoless approach the trio takes with songwriting and recording. This was such a fun, captivating interview, and I’m excited to finally share it. Enjoy!
Get more from Emily Kempf and Taylor Wallace by watching the full interview.