dev [AMP Exclusive] Dev Talks Collaborations, Social Networking & Touring

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It’s always exciting to encounter a musician who’s completely accessible, despite having their career just on the cusp of blowing up- and that’s exactly what you get with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dev[/lastfm].

The vocals behind some of the hottest songs of 2010, recently took the time to speak to us about her mtvU Woodie nomination, her headlining gig at The Dinah and anticipating her hot new album, which is slated for release later in the summer.

What was it like to be nominated for an mtvU Woodie award?

It’s amazing- I love it.

I feel like the Woodies are doing great things and for my generation, MTV has done a lot to break new artists and let them share their music.

So it was an honor; it’s really exciting.

Have you played The Tap Tap Revenge iPhone game for your song “Bass Down Low”?

I actually haven’t. I don’t have an iPhone and everybody in my crew has a BlackBerry, but my sister has actually played it and she got a pretty high score.

She was like, “Dev, I can beat you at your own song!”

It’s really dope, I love that game.

I’ve played it before, but I just haven’t played my own song.

Let’s talk about The Dinah in Palm Springs, Calif., which is the largest lesbian event in the world. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Katy Perry[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ke$ha[/lastfm] have all been headliners. This year you have the honor. How do you feel about it, are you ready?

Yes! I’m really excited. I’m down with all that stuff and I think it’s cool that we can support each other.

You know me and The Cataracs get to perform, so it’s going to be a good night.

You collaborated on “Back Seat” with the[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] New Boyz [/lastfm]and the Cataracs and the song’s a big hit on AMP Radio. How did the collaboration come about?

The [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]New Boyz[/lastfm] actually had a studio session lined up with The Cataracs, who do a lot of production for people out here.

The loft that we live in also has a studio and one day the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]New Boyz[/lastfm] came over and that’s how I first met them.

They needed a little bit of female flavor on that song and so I did my thing on it. We just shot the music video for it.

It was dope; they’re really cool kids and they’re definitely doing their thing and working hard.

It was cool that us little youngins all got together and did our thing.


Via Twitter you announced that you filmed the music video for “Back Seat” and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bobby Brackins[/lastfm]’ song “A1” the same day. How did that work out?

I filmed “Top of the World” with the Cataracs and as soon as we wrapped that up, Bobby and I shot the rest of the footage for “A1” the same day.

The next day we did “Back Seat,” so I was running around and filming stuff for two days, but I’m so excited for all the videos to come out.

I’m really excited for everybody to see them; I think they’re going to be really dope.

Have you been in the back seat?

NO! I’m a shot-gun Shorty! I don’t do that backseat stuff, know what I’m saying?

[pullquote quote=”I love it! Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter let me talk to all of my fans. ” credit=”Dev on using social networking to keep up with her fans”]

What are three words that describe your music?

I guess my music is fun with a little bit of swag, so I’m going to say fun, ‘swagful,’ and interesting. I can’t really explain a lot of the stuff I do.

Sometimes I want to sing on a track with a guitar and sometimes I want to rap on some real hip-hop stuff.

So, I figure if I can pull off doing both, why not?

Your album was set to be released in April, why did that change? Is there a name yet?

We pushed it to the summer. I just wanted to put a little bit more time and effort into it. We’re wrapping everything up and finalizing everything. It’s called The Night the Sun Came Up.

You’re really good at keeping your fans up to date on what’s going on with you on the personal blog featured on your website. Why is that important to you?

I love it! Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter let me talk to all of my fans.

I actually hate saying ‘fans,’ but I get to talk to the people one-on-one and it’s really personal.

I let them know what I’m wearing, what I’m doing, if I’m eating Taco Bell.

I just think it’s a cool way to update them about everything, like shows, videos, and I even posted pictures from the music videos I’m working on.

I just think it’s fun. Before I started doing this, I was on the other side and I can remember loving when artists let you in.

I used to love [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Katy Perry[/lastfm]’s blog because she does the same thing; she posts videos and lets everybody know what she’s doing and I thinks it’s a really great way for everybody to feel good and vibe with each other.

I’m always on my Twitter and people always tell me, “Dev, you didn’t answer my phone call, but you just tweeted!”

[pullquote quote=”I think we can do something really cool together, like a lady empowerment song. ” credit=”Dev on wanting to work with Nicki Minaj”]

What are three things you do before going on stage?

I usually have some champagne, but I really don’t have any rituals.

I just like to chill and it has to be good vibes back stage.

So, there aren’t three things that I do, I just have some drinks.

Do you have your own swagg?

I have an online store at Go Merch. Everything has [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dev[/lastfm] flavor.

I have some G6 stuff, “Bass Down Low” stuff, and I have a shirt with a tongue on it because I always stick my tongue out.

What artist would you like to work with?

I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nicki Minaj.[/lastfm]

I really respect what’s she’s doing for the female game.

I think we can do something really cool together, like a lady empowerment song.

I just think she’s dope and I like everything she’s doing.

[pullquote quote=”My dad’s side of the family is Mexican and my dad speaks Spanish fluently.” credit=”Dev on speaking Spanish on Twitter”]

Who were your musical influences growing up?

The first time music really began influencing me was probably [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nirvana[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Eminem[/lastfm].

I remember when my parents gave me the Nevermind and the Marshall Mathers albums, they changed my life.

I was like, 10-years-old and both were unedited. I remember thinking, “This is amazing.”

As random as that is Kurt Cobain and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Eminem[/lastfm] are.

What drink gets you slizzerd?

Goose on the rocks, Hennessy, or Bud Light.

AMP Radio follows you on Twitter and we noticed that once in a while you update in Spanish. Do you know Spanish?

Not enough, as you can tell by my tweets.

My dad’s side of the family is Mexican and my dad speaks Spanish fluently. My mom is Portuguese and she speaks Portuguese fluently.

I know all of the important stuff, like the demands to go to bed and all the bad words, but I’m not fluent in either of them.

I’ve thrown some Spanish in a couple of my songs, but I don’t know the language well- at least not yet.

Are you going on tour soon?

I’m going to be doing a tour later on in the year, but right now my months are filled up with random dates and radio shows, so that’s fun.

As of right now I can’t say there is an official tour, but I know there will be one.

I’m excited to go to Europe in April. Hopefully nobody gets sick of me because I will be all over the place.

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