About

Photo by Ed Sprake.

Deerful is Emma Winston, a musician based in London, UK. She writes electropop about feelings on synthesisers small enough to use on the bus and in tiny live-coding environments, and exists in a perpetual state of being far too excited about making things.

Her most recent record, Tell Me I Can Fix This On My Own, examines friendship, personal transformation and loss through songs lovingly coded in the music programming language ixi lang.

Her musical influences include the Postal Service, The Magnetic Fields, Kero Kero Bonito, Emmy the Great, CHVRCHES, Owen Pallett, Grimes, and the DuckTales for Game Boy soundtrack.

Her performance credits include work with Darren Hayman (both on the Thankful Villages project and as experimentalist duo Brute Love), Owl & Mouse, Papernut Cambridge, and Enderby’s Room. She also occasionally performs collaboratively alongside Twitter bots, both on record and live.

Press Quotes

“(‘Peach’ is) a…blissful, bleepy wonder that nonetheless feels like the most human record of the year.”The Guardian

“A fascinating new songwriting voice… (‘Subjects Of Our Love’) matches wistful vocals against deft lyrical complexity.”Clash Music

“An electropop forcefield…a warm thrill of a record, tracks like ‘Down’ and ‘Peach Rose Tea’ fizz and rumble and crackle with life.” — Electronic Sound Magazine, issue 30

“There’s heady bittersweet magic in her songwriting that I don’t think she’s spotted herself yet. Raises her far above the crowd of quirky synth-pop singers.” — Chris T-T for M Magazine

“Deerful’s ‘Peach’ LP is a skewed but absorbing patchwork of sound and colour; a collection of songs that juxtaposes wild electronic flourishes with a more subtle and refrained vocal that lends the whole thing a somewhat unexpected touch of decadence.” — GoldFlakePaint

“Like a computer dreaming of a sunrise, Princess Peach from Mario re-imagined as a kick-arse, feminist superhero, or a pixelated Joanna Newsom. This is electronic music, yes, but at its core is humanity.” — For The Rabbits, EPs Of The Year 2016

“A classic painting on the inside of a crocus bouquet growing from an old computer.” — Very Small Album Reviews

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Other Work

Emma is also an AHRC-funded doctoral candidate in the Music department of Goldsmiths University of London. Her research focuses on identity and expression amongst ukulele players, and in ukulele groups, but her interests extend to music subcultures of all kinds, both online and off (the smaller and more niche the better). Her first published paper, ‘Nightcore and the Virtues of Virtuality’, appeared in the open-access journal CHASE Brief Encounters in 2017.

She makes occasional games and Twitter bots, and received Stanford University’s Women In Computer Music scholarship in 2016. She also co-hosts the podcast Too Much Not Enough.