Meet singer-songwriter Deb Never, whose unique sound blends different styles of hip-hop
Growing up, Deb Never was an introvert who was afraid to be herself. But now the singer-songwriter is breaking out of her shell and producing powerful music that mixes different styles of hip hop. Her latest album, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” is full of daringly creative songs that capture Deb’s unique style.
These days, Deb (@debnever) loves to perform her music and share it with an audience. But it has not always been so. As a child, Deb was so shy that she sometimes hid from people. âI couldn’t even watch anyone,â she says in âMaking It,â a co-production between In The Know and Complex. “My mom actually told me and I vaguely remember it, but every time someone looked at me, and I was probably 5 years old or something, or I was hiding behind [something] or I would cry because it terrified me.
Deb remembers listening to other artists and feeling jealous that she could speak so confidently. âI would look at other artists, and they would be so free,â she explains. âI was like, ‘Shit! I know I could be, âand it just sucked that I felt so trapped in my own body.
Even very young, Deb was drawn to music. And, ultimately, it was the music that allowed him to begin to express himself. She remembers: âIt’s funny because my mother told me that when I was younger, like in diapers, before I could walk, if the music played, I would try to find a table against which to stand. hoist up and start dancing. In making music, I feel like I’m able to channel that side of me, where I feel like I can make loud music or say whatever I want.
Making music hasn’t always been easy for Deb. She tells In The Know that her early attempts at creating music weren’t particularly impressive. âThe first song I wrote was called ‘Anonymous’. It was not good, âshe explains. âThe very first song I performed on stage, I skipped halfway through the song. I don’t know what I was thinking. I think I forgot the lyrics halfway because I had just done the song and was so embarrassed that I stopped and walked away.
Fortunately, Deb has finally found her rhythm. Nowadays, she still feels nervous when playing sometimes, but she also finds it exhilarating. âIt’s like an outing,â she tells In The Know.
Deb also feels a lot of gratitude to her fans. She remembers that growing up, she didn’t have many Asian American models to admire. When fans approach her and tell her how much it means for them to see her, as an American of Korean descent, make great music, she finds it empowering.
âGrowing up I look at all my influences and there weren’t even any Asian American women or men,â she told In The Know. “A lot of people come [to me] like, ‘Oh! Korean American! I am also Korean American! It’s so disgusting to see you do your own thing and represent, âand to me it’s so powerful. I like this. It’s something that I can provide and on top of that they love my music, yeah that’s cool.
For Deb, making music is a way of life. She tells In The Know that even now her mother considers her music a hobby. But Deb wants her mother and the world to know that she is here to stay. âI never told my mom that I wanted to make music. If she had known, she would have panicked, âshe told In The Know. âI think she still thinks it’s a phase. Mom, if you watch this, it’s not a phase. I do it.”
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