Bringin’ It Backwards: Interview with The Deep West

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Together with American Songwriter, we had the pleasure of interviewing The Deep West over Zoom video! 

Los Angeles’ soulful, pop/indie duo The Deep West released their debut EP California Flowers on February 5th, 2021. Composed of brothers Adam and Joey Chavez, The Deep West capture moments that speak to the times we live in. Their lyrics, melodies and the visual representations of their art convey messages of love, self-discovery and acceptance with vocals that ascend to grand and soothing choruses that remind us what it is to be human. Their first two releases,“Giving Up”and “Dominoes” are genuine works of artistic expression that explore the human condition.

The EP leads with the powerful single, “Giving Up.” “Music almost broke us,” Adam and Joey said. “[Giving Up] is about the moment we chose to keep it together and keep going, even though nobody really cared if we did or didn’t.” Adam and Joey didn’t lose sight of the music that moved them. As they continued to chase their dream and press on in the face of adversity, they birthed a track filled with messages of hope, self-discovery and happiness found. 

The second track and forthcoming single & video “Otherside” is a song about that nagging voice inside us all that is never satisfied. “Some people would say this is the voice of achievement and discovery, and maybe it is that, but at the end of the day you’ll be left wanting more…” The song is undoubtedly upbeat with a wandering storyline, “This is how we see the ‘protagonist’ of the song,” say Adam and Joey, “… blown by the wind–never settled.”

The third track “Biggest Mistake” is about the dark feelings and thoughts toward someone you once loved at the end of a relationship. “The more you love someone the more fuel there is to hate them after it’s gone to pieces. This song is about making a lemonade out of regrets [and] taking ownership of your own mistakes…”  

On the fourth track the EP takes a turn towards love and joy. “Prayer” is the proposal of Joey Chavez to the love of his life before they lived happily ever after.

Rounding out the EP is “Wildfire” – a song about sex when you’re deeply in love, as opposed to bored or promiscuous sex. “[It’s about] the synchronization that hovers many levels above the act itself.  Finding one entire person fully intoxicating and captivating all of the hours in between each intimate encounter.” 

The EP concludes with “Dominoes,” the Bill Withers inspired track of hope, love and understanding. “We wanted to write a song that spoke truth to power–hopefully without camp or pretense… to create a song that starts to tear down expectations between people, in hopes that it creates a chain reaction that contributes to the betterment of the world.”

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