Deb Fan // Gemini Moon ep

Hong Kong native and LA resident, Deb Fan, brings a new energy to traditional r&b. With sultry vocals and killer outfits, Deb focuses on showcasing her undeniable artistry.

As an accomplished singer, producer, and instrumentalist, Deb plays music that reflects her childhood and life journey. With her experience in piano and trumpet, along with 70s blues rock, Deb worked to create an ep that incorporated similar elements.

Deb delivers an EP of easy-flow music that creates the same experience from song to song. Using stand-out synths, Deb blends the natural flow of music with euphoric explosions of sound.


I was able to catch up with Deb to discuss the ep and the interesting nature of “Gemini Moon”.

Laura:

How have you been? How are you preparing for the release of your ep?

Deb:

I’ve been preparing the release of my EP for the past few months. From directing everything about the project – the music, the visuals, etc. – I’ve been planning this theme for my EP for the past few months.

Laura:

Since your new ep is named Gemini Moon, are you a Gemini Moon?

Deb:

Gemini Moon represents the duality of my life and how that has shaped my mindset in my day to day. Coming from Hong Kong living in America alone and being an artist whilst working for corporate, my life is a huge contradiction. I just find it hilarious how my moon, being the center of my vulnerability, is in Gemini which accurately reflects the life that I live as an immigrant in America.

Laura:

Does astrology play a strong role in your life?

Deb:

Astrology is a part of my life in a sense where it helps understand who I am rather than it making up what I am. I feel like most people’s perception on astrology is that it’s a superstition that predates science, but it’s more of a belief and an understanding to ones’ self. As a woman, I refer to astrology to address my own emotions and inner turmoil which most men, who dislike astrology, fear as part of their internalized misogyny. This is why I love astrology, is because it’s been hated or discredited by people who simply can’t understand.

Laura:

What is your favorite track on the ep?

Deb:

I love the entire EP, but Thru & Thru was mostly written alone in my own bedroom. It’s the start of the EP for a reason and the track has always been the artsy fartsy song that I wanted to release.

Laura:

When creating the ep, did you pick from a lot of tracks, or did you craft singles for the ep?

Deb:

I made Run My Mind with my friend, Jondren Hwang, before knowing I wanted to make an EP. I booked a bunch of sessions dedicated to making this EP following a traumatic breakup and made multiple unfinished/finished songs. I then picked the unfinished songs I liked and finished them while also making “Thru & Thru” and “Three Nights” on the side to finish the rest of the EP.

Laura:

Was music a large part of your life growing up? When learning production and engineering in school, was your classical experience beneficial?

Deb:

Music was a huge part of my life growing up. I was raised learning classical piano and opera and was also playing trumpet for symphonic orchestra throughout high school and parts of college. Having a huge understanding of theory prior to music production & engineering helped me in a way where I understood time, rhythm, notes, melody, and feel, but did very little to my competence in production and engineering.

Laura:

Did you start creating music during school?

Deb:

I dropped the first few songs I made on SoundCloud late 2018/early 2019, but I really started making music and doing it for a purpose in 2021. The first single I dropped as a rebrand was in 2022.

Laura:

In what way did you become interested in learning the piano and trumpet?

Deb:

I was forced to learn piano at the age of 4. I was forced to learn the trumpet for grade school at the age of 10. I was about to quit, but my high school band director inspired me to continue. I fell in love with music for the first time playing the trumpet and seeing how it made my director feel made me enjoy that I was practicing.

Laura:

When growing up, who were some of your musical inspirations?

Deb:

My parents only listened to meditative, atmospheric music, so I discovered a lot of 70s blues rock and soul music through the internet. Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, etc. were my inspirations at the time. Going to Berklee opened me up to genres I’ve never heard before pop radio. Neo soul was the driving genre for me at the time – I was emulating SZA, Hiatus Kaiyote, The Internet, Moonchild, etc. Although, coming out to LA has been the biggest life changing moment for me in terms of musical inspiration. I was watching, in real time, how genres were blended into pop, dance, EDM which pretty much helped me understand the potential possibilities and how music shouldn’t be categorized in that way.

Laura:

Did you take any influences of Hong Kong culture to use in your writing?

Deb:

Culture to me is within someone and is reflected on the lifestyle and upbringing that they were raised in. I’ve been told by many people that they’ve never heard music like this before since I’ve derived influences from my past experiences which is a cross-section between Asian art and American influences as well. In a sense, yes – I did derive influences from Hong Kong unintentionally because because I grew up there.

Laura:

Who were some of your American r&b classics when you first moved?

Deb:

I love Erykah Badu she has had a huge influence on my music today. D’angelo, Lauryn Hill, Sade, TLC, etc. are also great listens.

Laura:

Overall, what does your first ep mean to you?

Deb:

My first EP means a lot to me. Most EPs are singles put together in one whole project, but this is a cohesive project to me and was made very intentionally. I’m still working a 9-5 corporate job, so it feels surreal to me that I’m about to put out my biggest project outside of my “normal” self. Hopefully, I can view it as a project for my normal self and not outside of it soon.

Hong Kong native and LA resident, Deb Fan, brings a new energy to traditional r&b. With sultry vocals and killer outfits, Deb focuses on showcasing her undeniable artistry.

The multi-talented singer, producer, and instrumentalist Deb concentrate on music that reflects how she grew up. With her experience in piano and trumpet, along with 70s blues rock, Deb worked to create an ep that incorporated similar elements.

Focusing on the production, Deb creates an ep of easy-flow music that creates a similar experience from song to song. With stand-out synths, Deb mixes the natural flow with gripping explosions of sound.


If you are looking for a new artist to check out, Deb’s ep is truly one not to miss.

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