Why the name Dey? What does it mean?
The name Dey doesn’t have a specific meaning. We cycled through a number of titles before settling on the name Dey a few years ago, and it was the one that immediately felt the most natural. The initial appeal was maybe its closeness to “they” — a simple way to address two people — but distorted enough to remain ambiguous. Our approach to self-presentation has always straddled the line of accessibility and inaccessibility — our music and performances invite people into our world, which is very intimate and personal, but we haven’t released a lot of music and don’t necessarily feel the need to explain to people exactly what it is we’re doing. Unfortunately, there’s another Dey on Spotify and that’s been ambiently annoying in distributing our music.
What can we expect from your performance as part of the Annie O Music Series?
Our live shows shift between pretty moody r&b, more house-inflected sounds, and denser sonic experimentation; our set on Thursday is pretty much a survey of everything we’ve been up to.
How did you two meet? When did you start making music together?
We met while attending high school in Hoboken, NJ back in 2003. It was a super, super small school so we knew each other but didn’t really become friends until a few years later. At some point we bonded over 90s trip hop and whatever clubbier sounds were around in NYC/on the internet at the time. We first musically linked up through these silly concerts the school held for its newspaper that Stephen would get way too precious about making high production and bringing all these live electronics into. Eventually we started recording shit together in the school’s kitchen during free periods and going out to shows in Brooklyn and now here we are!