New Earth: Are there any musicians you’d like to mention that have had an influence on your music?
Deuter: For Indian music, the first one who taught me something about the sitar was Nikhil Banerjee, who is unfortunately dead by now, he was a famous Indian Sitar player, who has an incredible sweetness in his music. Also Al Gromer Khan, whom I met in India. My favorite music in the Western genre is Baroque music; I just love Baroque music. A big influence in Western music is definitely Bach– I think he is one of the greatest composers; also Mozart and Beethoven. All of the Italian composers make such incredible music; from Monteverdi to Vivaldi and also the Germans: Handel, Bach, Mozart… this is music which I am inspired by; I am not replicating, I am moreso emulating the spirit of the music, the feeling of the music, and the level of consciousness which is expressed there.
New Earth: Do you listen to your own music?
Deuter: People ask me often, “Do you listen to your own music?”, of course; I listen to a piece of music maybe 1000 times while it is still in the creative process; afterwards they go out into the world on their own; they do their own thing. And unless I get a massage somewhere, and they play my music, I don’t listen to my own music anymore.
New Earth: Did you ever have a sense on how popular your music would become?
Deuter: Well for me it was never—there was never a vision of being famous. I mean, I’ve met musicians, worked with musicians, but the focus was different [from being popular]. For me, it was just about the incredible love I have for making music.
New Earth: Are there any people you would like to acknowledge or thank?
Deuter: Of course there’s a long list of people, a very long list. I was very grateful that I had a grandfather who loved music up to a degree. He played in the mandolin orchestra and when American bombs destroyed his mandolin, he bought himself a little banjo. I found the banjo in his house and started to play on it. That banjo actually disappeared much, much later; I took it to India and somehow it disappeared there.
My music teachers and people who have supported my music– there have been individuals, I cannot mention their names here, but people who gave support. When you start with something in the art world, you’re usually very insecure about it, in the beginning. You don’t know if it is anything really worth doing, if it’s a waste of time. But when somebody comes and says that he or she likes what you create, that’s great support in the beginning.
My first music publisher was ready to publish my material after only listening for a few minutes– that was a grateful moment there. And also right now, working with a record company in Boulder, CO where we all have become friends and incredible support since… [aside: how many years have we doing this together? Ten, fifteen, twelve… twenty?] Twenty years we have been working together; I have received a lot of support and a lot of love over these twenty years, and that of course brought the music out. I mean, I can make a lot of music by myself, but there has to be a door where it channels out into the world. To make this happen, there have to be people who are willing to help, willing to do the work, so I am very grateful for that, too.
Then there’s another type of gratefulness [I have] towards musicians from historical Western music; as I mentioned before: Bach, and the Italian composers, and many, many more people.