Brooklyn based music artist/producer (former model) Laeticia De Valer aka DJ DeValer grew up between London and Ibiza before settling in Williamsburg, BK in 2003. She started her musical career as a rapper known as Misfit Dior under the late Proof of Eminem’s D12 group, and starred in VH1’s The White Rapper Show. The Shoot Me Up EP is an explosion of meticulously written lyrics, gritty production and graphic story telling. She’s teamed up with multi platinum singer songwriter producers 80 Empire. The Ep is a three song body of work that sounds more like an action movie and a fresh sound in a world where everyone and everything sounds the same.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where are you living now?
I am still living in Williamsburg Brooklyn, been here about 18 years now from London, seen the neighborhood change, crazy!
Tell us about your new release and 80 Empire:
We met on Instagram about 6 years ago, I flew to meet them in Toronto where they had their Record Label release party which was also my first ever DJ gig! After the event we spent time in the studio, and our creative connection was unreal. I wrote these on the spot, the vibe we had was so dope that lyrically and melodically everything just flowed. I love these guys so much they became like family and our creative relationship was like no one I’ve ever worked with in all my years of making music. So thru lockdown we conversed via virtual means to finalize it. The first track Shoot Me Up is about heroin as a metaphor for toxic love. Brooklyn is of course about my life growing up here and Desperado came about after Empire had the hook already written. I just wrote the verse off that, it’s dark and new. All I can say it listen to the EP and watch this space for more. CLICK HERE
How has the pandemic affected you musically this past year?
So as a DJ it’s obviously effected my work with nowhere open, so I focused on writing and doing weekly live streams. I also got Covid very badly and 6 months in I still have a long haul. The covid brain fog is the worst because I’m trying to be creative and write but it’s hard to even write a text sometimes. On a lighter note, it gave us musicians a lot of time to just experiment and be creative.
What have you learned about yourself having to cope with our new reality?
This new reality is obviously crazy for everyone and we’ve all had to adjust in a massive way. There are days when I feel depressed, fatigued and really unproductive. It’s frustrating dealing with a long case of covid, where some days it’s hard to even get out of bed but at the same time I’m grateful I’m good.
Anything new to share with us?
I’m excited we recently shot a reunion for the reality show I was on, The White Rapper Show on VH1 with MC Serch (3rd Bass). Serch said it was a lot of fun to get together with the other cast members to talk about our lives since the show. Of course I’m excited about my new EP, it’s been a while since I released new music. I love the tracks, and hoping for more projects with Empire.
I love DJing and can’t wait for things to get back to normal where I can play everywhere again. I’ve written a book and a pilot based on when I first moved here (I got into some crazy shit!). I’m looking forward to publishing that. Making more music and DJing big crowds again.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you now?
That we’ve been in a dark place for a year now but with all darkness come light. We all mourn those lost in this pandemic, but we will soon celebrate, see our families and loved ones again and in the words of Vera Lynn, we’ll meet again!