Hot Artist Dev Performing Tomorrow Night: Interview

the artist DEV photographed by Rose Cefalu

Hot artist Devin Star Tailes, known by fans as Dev, is coming to the Valley this Friday, January 17 at 9 p.m. at the Maya Day and Night Club.  Dev is an American rapper, singer and songwriter with an electropop and dance sound.  Dev was discovered by the Cataracts who found her videos she posted on Myspace.  Since then, Dev has recorded singles with the likes of Timbaland, Afrojack and Enrique Iglesias.  Dev has had several hits such as “Like a G6” and “Bass Down Low”, with millions of views on YouTube.  Dev is only going to become more popular, so don’t miss out on the chance to see her perform at the Maya Day and Night Club.  This raging night is simply a must do!

Interview With Dev:

AFM-What made you decide to go by Dev instead of your full name, Devin Star Tailes?

Dev- When I first started working with the Cataracts, my myspace said Dev.  They just started calling me Dev!

AFM-What inspired you to get into the music business?

Dev- I always studied music in school growing up. I was in band and choir…But I think when I met the Cataracts was when I became inspired enough to pursue it professionally.

AFM-Have you always wanted to perform?

Dev- Oh yeah, definitely. Performing is what I’ve always wanted to do.  I love it, and I’ve always loved it ever since I was a kid.

AFM-Are you looking forward to your upcoming concert?

Dev- Of course.  I feel like it’s been too long since I’ve been back.  I love Arizona!  My sister’s fiance actually lives there.

AFM-Do you get to write your own songs?

Dev- I write my songs. Somtimes I like working with other writers.  The vibe of bringing an outside story into the picture just helps me to broaden my horizons.

AFM-Out of all your hit songs, what was your favorite song to produce and why?

Dev- I really liked “Shadows” that was on my album “The Night the Sun Came Up.”  I liked the emotions behind it and the intensity of it a lot.  I loved “In the Dark”, and I loved performing “In the Dark”.  It was really fun for me. I don’t know.  That’s a little hard! I have an emotional attachment to all the records that I make, even if they’re silly or lighthearted, I still have a connection with that song!

AFM-What’s it like working with artists like Timbaland, Afrojack, and Enrique Iglesies?

Dev- Um, it was amazing! I always get kind of nervous going in and working with other artists that are really well known… just being vulnerable with them in the studio and kind of let your guard down.  But, everyone that I’ve worked with I can say I took a piece of something from them with me and learned something from them.

AFM-For those who aren’t familiar with your music, how would you describe it?

Dev- Fun and sassy and feisty. Also vulnerable…  I definitely like to keep the balance between sweet and fiesty.

AFM-Which song on your EP “Bittersweet July” are you most excited to share with fans and why?

Dev- I have a new record out on iTunes right now called “Kiss It” that I really love, which is super sassy and fun.  There is another record I have called “Feel It”, which I think showcases a little more of me.. I like them all for different reasons.  Some are really bitchy and some are pretty! I ‘m excited for them to hear everything.

AFM-What’s your plan for the future?

Dev- I have a lot.  I think, just continuing to grow as a performer, a writer and a singer.  I always want to stay true to who I am.  A grammy nomination would be cool in the future as well.  And touring!  I want to tour my ass off!  I want to bring music that people can relate and enjoy to.  I would like to leep writing and singing for all that I can.

AFM-What do you have to say to your Arizona fans?

Dev- I would like to tell them thank you for all the support. And that I love Arizona and can’t wait to see everyone out there!

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Featured below is the music video for Dev’s hit song Bass Down Low:

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the artist DEV photographed by Rose Cefalu

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