Download New Music: L Devine & INDIIA – Naked Alone
L Devine & INDIIA dishes out a brand new smashing hot and dope single track entitled “Naked Alone“. n the past 12 months, there’s been a well-documented and exciting rise in the visibility of queer people within the world of entertainment, particularly in the music industry.
While this new wave of representation has largely been attributed to big new releases from trailblazing artists including Janelle Monáe, Troye Sivan, Sam Smith and Hayley Kiyoko, which has paved the way for a surge of talented new acts who identify as LGBTQ+.
Among these rising stars is 21-year-old singer L Devine, who released her sophomore EP Peer Pressure in November 2018, and tells HuffPost UK about how she feels proud to have a platform to represent queer women, and how her special relationship with young fans influences her work. Liv – who took on L Devine as her stage name after discovering a porn actress was already using her actual name – has never tried to hide her sexuality, but on Peer Pressure, she addresses queer themes and her experiences as a young LGBTQ+ person, in a way she’d not done before.
At the heart of the EP is Daughter, unquestionably one of L Devine’s most personal songs to date, sung from the perspective of a young woman whose girlfriend’s mother is unhappy with her daughter being in a same-sex relationship.
“It goes against everything you taught her,” Liv sings on the chorus. “But I’m sorry, miss, I’m in love with your daughter.”
“It’s something that actually happened to me,” she recalls, when asked about the meaning of the song. “A few years ago I was in my first relationship and, you know, everything was beautiful. It was unbelievable, it was my first love, the first time I’d ever been with a girl, and I’d never felt more myself.
“And then all of a sudden… well, we told her mum, and it was kind of like all a sudden our whole world plummeted. And it was a scary time.”
It’s an experience a lot of people from the LGBTQ+ community – and anyone in other types of relationship that stray from what’s perceived as “traditional” – can relate to, but not one that is often tackled within pop music. Liv says that wasn’t something she’d considered until after the song was complete, explaining: “I got to the studio and poured the whole thing out in 20 minutes. I wasn’t thinking about anything, other than writing about an experience I’d been through.
“And then afterwards, I was kind of like, ‘woah, you know, no one’s ever really written from this perspective’, and if they have, they’ve kind of written about it in this defiant way, like, ‘you can’t tell us what to do’.
“The song is about that, and it isn’t about that. I definitely made the conscious decision to show sympathy towards the mother. Because I know she’s hurting through this too.”
“Obviously I don’t really agree with the things she was saying,” she adds quickly, with a laugh. “But in the song, there is this sort of sympathy to the mum and her hurt throughout it all.”
Understandably with a song that touches on such a personal experience, it’s already resonated with a lot of listeners, which Liv found “heartwarming” and “totally overwhelming”.
“I love it when anyone messages me about any song and say they connect with the message of it,” she says. “But you know, this one especially goes a bit deeper for me.
“So I get all these messages about people struggling to come to terms with who they are, and heartbreaking, but at the same time it’s amazing that people feel brave enough to come to me and tell their stories like that.
“It’s overwhelming that they think I’m someone they can trust and feel comfortable to tell me who they are. It’s amazing. This is the kind of song(s) you wouldn’t want to miss on your playlist.
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