Levin Deger was born on March 21, 1985 in Männedorf, Germany and raised in Switzerland. Musically, Levin lay between two worlds.
"This is due to my parents, who have a sizeable record collection. Ever since I can remember, there was lots of music playing at home. I heard music upstairs and downstairs; tapes and records from the Beatles, Cat Stevens and beyond. And there was another world of music away from the pop staples; Italian Classics and Turkish folklore. My Mother's parent's are from Italy, my Father has Turkish roots. (My Father is also a Greek and Spanish music enthusiast).
I tracked these Mediterranean roots in my album Divan (CMD-records 2008). I wrote those compositions whilst traveling in Istanbul and in Italy, and coupled those influences with my passion for flamenco.
In 2010 I longed for a break from guitar lessons, performances and study. To have more time for myself and to broaden my horizons. San Francisco seemed an obvious destination and the desire grew in me to follow my passion for folk music. So, I got a U.S. visa for six months ... which I then extended for another three months. I started in San Francisco, and after a month I moved down to Los Angeles. Over the next few months I traveled between those cities where I found excellent teachers. I took regular singing lessons and every now and then an instrumental lesson in guitar, piano, drums and bass guitar. I had plenty of room to compose, to play guitar and practice drums. I bought a small car, drove down to South Pasadena and the revelry explored on the journey south from L.A. inspired new song ideas for the album Between the Lights."