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Dev contains three letters but she is already a big star! Pop singer Devin Star Talles is taking over the charts first with “In the Dark” and now teaming up with Enrique Iglesias for “Naked.” Her voice is also a part of the track “Like a G6” for Far East Movement.
Discovered by the production team The Cataracs on Myspace. Working with them launched her into the music world then finally releasing her first solo album entitled The Night the Sun Came Up.
We caught up with her during a recent appearance in our home state to check out her “Booty Bounce!”
Jerry Nunn: Hi, Dev. Where did you beautiful name from?
Dev: Oh, that’s cute. My mom named me after a model. Her name was Devin.
JN: And your middle name is Star.
Dev: My parents went to too many Grateful Dead concerts I think. My middle name is Star, my sister’s is Sol and other one is Luna so Star, Sun Moon.
JN: That is adorable. You are from California?
Dev: Yes, Northern California.
JN: The Cataracs discovered you?
Dev: Yes, on Myspace. I had these really weird songs that I made on my MacBook. They were doing their own thing but they had a song on the radio. It was cool because they were regular kids like me but they were making songs for the radio.
We decided to work together and it went from there I guess.
JN: You give them lots of shout outs in your songs.
Dev: Yes, of course. I always do it. They are like my brothers.
JN: You are paying homage to them.
JN: What was it like when “Like a G6” first came on the radio?
Dev: When “G6” blew up it was awesome. My parents called me and said, “You finally have one of those songs that is annoying on the radio, so you have made it!” It was awesome. It was also like a whirlwind because I was just a kid. I didn’t have any money and was living with my bros in a frat house. Then all of a sudden I was on the George Lopez show and Jay Leno. It was crazy but a lot of fun.
JN: “In the Dark” was on Dancing With the Stars.
DEV: It was awesome.
JN: How did “Dev is hot” get started?
DEV: It was a joke that me and one of my managers said a long time ago then turned into some of the things I still use it on things today. It is ignorant but fun. We are trying to show girls that they are hot!
JN: You use it on Twitter too.
JN: You are a big Twitter person. I have seen your posts.
DEV: I do. I like Twitter. It’s awesome.
JN: I read your album The Night the Sun Came Up was made in Costa Rica. I love that place. What area?
DEV: Santa Theresa. We spent three weeks in a beautiful beach house. We made the album in a little cardboard box in one of the other rooms. We set up camp. I think it added a really cool flare to the album. I am really happy that I got to experience all of that.
JN: It is a very hot place to do an album.
DEV: It is very warm but it definitely worked out. I had a nice tan.
JN: I loved the “Dancing Shoes” video.
DEV: Thank you.
JN: Is that a story about bullies?
DEV: It is. Actually The Cataracs, and I were joking around one day and made this storyline. It then turned into a real thing.
It definitely goes hand in hand with anti-bullying, which is so big right now. I feel very proud to have done that video.
JN: Were you picked on in school?
DEV: I wasn’t bullied too much but I definitely stood up for the kids that were bullied and my sisters do as well. I am very much against that. I think it is sad that kids are out there doing things like that. It’s terrible.
JN: It has been going on for so long but now there is more attention to it.
DEV: A hundred percent. I almost feel like it is getting worse especially with the Internet and kids have all of these outlets right at their fingertips. They feel like they can be negative towards other people. I do appreciate that people like Lady Gaga and Demi Lovato stand against it. They are figures to look up to.
JN: What do you think about Demi being a judge on X Factor?
DEV: I jut saw that last night. I was watching a thing about it on TV. I am so happy for her. I couldn’t be more happy for her. I think she is a great singer and performer, more props to her.
JN: You have become friends with her from being on her album Unbroken correct?
DEV: Yes, she is hella cool. She asked me to get on one of her songs so I definitely had to do it. It is great that she put out this womanly album. I thought it was a really cool fit.
JN: How did you wind up working with Enrique Iglesias?
DEV: Enrique is friends with me and The Cataracs through Indie-Pop and one of our managers. We were just fucking around one day and we were thinking of who would be cool to have on this song “Naked.” We wanted a male perspective on it. We wanted a male and female, back and forth kind of thing. Who better than my Latin sensation brother Enrique?
JN: Not too shabby!
DEV: He actually really liked it and did it, which was cool. We just wanted to give it a shot and who knows, maybe he will think we are completely weird. He enjoyed it.
JN: It is a huge hit. I heard it on the way here.
DEV: Thank you.
JN: I like the David Guetta song as well.
DEV: “I Just Wanna F” was with me, David, and Timbaland. That was a crazy experience. I almost ditched out of going to the studio with him because I was so nervous.
JN: So you get nervous still?
DEV: Yeah, especially when I work with legends like that I never know what to expect. He was such a sweetheart. At one point he was even filming me on his phone when I was in the booth. He told me to say hi!
JN: Maybe that is a lesson to never turn down things.
DEV: Totally. I am so happy I did that song.
JN: How do you pick your projects?
DEV: I try to get in the studio with as many people as possible especially ones that are legends tot he game because I feel I can learn a lot. The Cataracs are really the only people that I worked with for about three years. Getting in the studio with all of these other producers, artists, and writers really helped me learn a little more and build my artistry as I grow.
JN: How has having a baby changed your life?
DEV: In every way possible it has changed my life. It is a beautiful experience and I feel so fortunate to have her and be able to go through everything we have been going through together. I actually have a special coming out on MTV that goes into depth about me juggling both worlds. She is the best thing that could have ever happened to me.
JN: You are hitting the club Enclave later?
DEV: Yes, I am excited.
JN: We need to get you at the gay clubs.
DEV: I would love that.
JN: It can just be a few songs and pop in.
DEV: Mingle and see them.
JN: It would show that you are there for the gays. They love their dance music.
DEV: And I love them! That would be amazing.
JN: I will see when you are next in town for Lollapalooza and we can work it out.
DEV: Sounds good!
Things are heating up this summer with Dev when she plays Lollapalooza on Friday August 3. Visit www.lollapalooza.com or devishot.com for more information on this amazing dance artist!
Warming for up for concerts and festival on the way this summer, 103.5 KISS FM presented Fantabuloso at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Think a pop Lollapalooza complete with 12 music acts.
Doors opened at 5:00 followed by first act duo Karmin, who I recently interviewed in my column for Fusion Radio. They have a hit with “Brokenhearted” and new album entitled Hello. Channeling Nicki Minaj, the lead singer Amy kept her raps and singing light and peppy.
Havana Brown currently is played constantly on the radio with her track “We Run the Night” featuring Pitbull. She DJed the rest of her set, jumping around and keeping the audience out of their seats.
Carly Rae Jepsen brought youthful energy to her short set but with a backing track that continued when she lowered the microphone gave a new meaning to singing live. Call her…maybe.
Many fans in the crowd were there to see American Idol’s Adam Lambert. Wrapped in caution tape to highlight his new album Trespassing, his fan base seemed to be older television watchers. One song “Kickin’ In” worked particularly well but many of his lyrics were watered down and forgettable.
Pop singer Dev seemed ver relaxed with her set including “Bass Down Low” that was sampled on the song “Like a G6.” Her hit “In the Dark” had people dancing in the aisles. If only Enrique Iglesias had popped out to sing their duet “Naked” together.
He appeared directly after her with songs of his Euphoria album, which is hard to believe released two years ago. “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)” was an anthem as Enrique jumped over my head while I was photographing him. Luckily I didn’t get kicked in the head with his boot!
The Wanted has exploded in a short period of time in the United States with their mega hit “Glad You Came.” Girls were screaming their hearts out for the boys and as usual they know how to work a crowd.
Closing out the show it was Gym Class Heroes who have a current hit with singer Neon Hitch with “Ass Back Home.” Teaming up with artists like Neon and Adam Levine has made them radio friendly and ones to watch. Look for my interview with Neon on the way soon!
Rate”Naked” the hottest collaboration between two of the hottest artists on the Planet!
Dev & Enrique Eglesias
The talented Devin aka Dev has finally released her much anticipated album The Night the Sun Came Up and here is our review for you Fusionites!
With her long time collaborators The Cataracts helping Dev write and produce every song, the album is peppered with dark story lines along with some strictly fun club bangers that will make even the most shy wallflower bust a move.
The lack of pipes that Dev has is forgivable because of the way she carries herself through a song. She does not sing but sing/talks through verses that is comparable to the likes of Lily Allen and Robyn! When paired with the Cataracs beats the album can sound reminiscent of old school freestyle tracks like Debbie Debs “When I Hear Music” or “Look Out Weekend” a throwback to those daytime house parties, back when you and I were cutting class and looking for a good time! She shots out LA numerous times on the album and sings about rolling with her home girls in the song “In My Trunk”.
Once you get to tracks like “Breathe” and “Lightspeed” in which the producers go hard with the digital beats, you can almost guess when the song will slow down then start back up fast and loud again. Most of the songs on the album do this and it’s as predictable as JLO’s dance numbers halfway through every single music video she does! But you are not mad at her for doing so, just as we are not mad at JLO for showing off her dancing chops. On the contrary it mixes it up keeping the songs fresh and funky.
As a listener I did think that Dev made some odd choices when it came to the song selection on the album. Songs like “Take Her from You” Devs homage to rock n roll and an obsessive relationship, with some added whistling in between, is great and one of my favorite songs because it is different, but with songs like “Kiss My Lips” and “Shadows” it just felt that the producers were forcing these songs to fit in on the album when really…they just didn’t. This is in no way saying that the two songs above are bad, on the contrary they are fun to listen to and with Devs voice and storytelling ability, she can make you slow down and listen to the words just as she intended.
The remixes breath a spicier flava into both “In The Dark” and “Bass Down Low” with collaborations featuring rapper Flo Rida and Tinie Tempah and with the majority of the songs getting high marks in the pop and dance genre Devs work is consistent and rivals her peers like Katy Perry and Ke$ha! Dev has her own style that is sure to keep her around in the future for a long time to come. The Night the Sun Came Up has definitely left its mark on our Fusion charts so let’s hope Dev keeps doing what she is doing into her mommy years because whether she is preggers, a mom, a fiance, or a wife, this girl has the talent to put out great dance music for years to come!
Check out the latest song and music video to be released by “Dancing in the Dark” songstress Dev! Let us know what you think of it, here at Fusion!
Be on the look out for her album, The Night The Sun Came Up to FINALLY drop on March the 27th and check out my review for it to come soon!
Hey all you Fusion Heads out there, your girlfriend Gerrie AKA B-EZ is back and I’m here to tell you about DEV the amazing pop diva who’s recent single “In The Dark” has been blowing up the airwaves! To say this woman has Flavor is an understatement! Born of Portuguese and Mexican descent, she grew up in Tracy, California, and at the age of four, this girl was a part of the U.S. Olympic Development Program!
Discovered on MySpace after a friend of hers posted Dev singing a song, later called “Blonde Trick” a response to her ex-boyfriends new girlfriend, she was contacted by production team The Cataracs and was signed by the LA based label, Indie-Pop.
In April of 2010 the Cataracs produced a single for Far East Movement “Like A G6” using a verse from Devs single “Booty Bounce” as the chorus. The song made it all the way to number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart and sold over three million downloads in the U.S. alone. Signing with Universal Republic in October of 2010, Dev worked on her debut album The Night the Sun Came Up with the Cataracs in Costa Rica.
She says of her artistic development, “Typical pop music is not what I’m only good at. I have a lot of ideas, and hip-hop influence records, and electro ballads.” She has said that Eminem had influenced her at a young age. Her style has an electro sing-talk approach, and likes that her fans have embraced her “pop music with rap roots” style.
Hollywood Reporter described her “futuristic” and “Pulsing” sound to musicians of electro clash like Peaches.
In an interview with Guidetogay.com she describes how the LBGT Community has supported her career, “I’d like to think that it has grown, and that’s the only way it’s changed, which is cool. From blogs I see and kids who reply to me on Twitter and Facebook, I’d like to think the gay community really has my back and supports me, which is awesome. I really support them a lot as far as the shows I do and things. Yeah, I’d like to think we really have each others’ backs, which will only get bigger, because I think it’s a really positive thing.”
She’s been featured on albums such as David Guetta’s Nothing But the Beat on a song called “I Just Wanna F” with Timbaland and Afrojack and Demi Levato’s album Unbroken on a song called, “Who’s That Boy.”
Her singles “In the Dark” and “Bass Down Low” reached number 11 and 61 on the U.S. Pop Charts in both 2010 and 2011 while crashing into the top ten on Billboards pop radio charts. Her newest single “Naked” features Enrique Iglesias will be released January of 2012, one month after she and her fiance expect to have their first little bundle of joy, a baby girl due on Christmas Eve!
Check out her Videos “In The Dark” and my personal favorite “Bass Down Low.” Until next week Fusion Heads peace and love!
Dev is not only a mom-to-be, but she’s a busy mom-to-be! Her new album The Night The Sun Came Up is set to finally release January 10, 2012, after being bumped earlier this year. The night the sun came up is Dev’s 4th album, and with her hit single Dancing in the Dark climbing the charts I bet it’s going to be an epic hit! In other news, Dev is also currently rocking that modern A-symmetrical haircut that’s running around the music world.
“My loves. New music, more music. New release date 1-10-12 its fuckin tight!! I’m just really trying to go innnnn,” Dev tweeted yesterday. Later she added, “Its not sad news for my fans that the album is pushed back, they’re getting more music then just 12 songs. So suck it blogs!!!”
Dev, was also recently interviewed by Hip Hop Media regarding the album! Read the interview below….
Hip Hop Media Training recently spoke to Dev via phone to get the details on her debut album, “The Night The Sun Came Up,” her pregnancy, and her days of competitive swimming.
HIP HOP MEDIA TRAINING: Do you consider yourself a rapper or a singer or both?
DEV: I definitely guess I do rap on some songs, but I always feel weird calling myself a rapper. But I’m confident in what I do as a singer and rapping and performing.
Timbaland brought you in the studio to work on music for his forthcoming album. Were you nervous?
Yes. I was in the studio waiting for him to come in for a little bit. I had no idea what to expect. When he came in, his presence is a complete boss. But I tried to show him that I was comfortable and I really wasn’t tripping and I just wanted to make good music and learn from him. I think the fact that I had that vibe he felt really comfortable too. I really respect him a lot and I think he felt it too.
On your song “Take Her From You” you talk about being in a relationship with another woman? What inspired that song?
That is one of the songs that one of the Cataracs had written for himself a long time ago. When we were recording my album in Costa Rica, we brought up some of the lyrics. I was like, ‘Oh, I really like that. It could almost be a flip of me singing about myself.’ … [We considered] maybe we should change around the perspective, but I was like, ‘No. Let’s keep it like that.’
So you were a competitive swimmer for 14 years. How long can you hold your breath?
Very long. I’m really fast. They don’t believe me. I started swimming when I was like 4-years-old. Before I could read. It was my entire life. I would swim a couple hours before school and a couple hours in the afternoon after school, all summer, winter, everything.
Congratulations on your pregnancy? Have you written a song about your daughter?
I haven’t written a song about the baby yet, but I really want to. I’ve just been waiting for everything with this album to be settled and for it to come out. But, the next time I get in the studio to write …But it’s interesting that I get to celebrate a baby and an album. I feel lucky.
Source: Yahoo Music
A big congrats goes out to Dev this week who just announced that she’s Pregnant! Dev sat down with What The Hellz Blog earlier this month and talked about her glowing baby bump, her style, and her new album drop. Here’s the interview below.
You’re Dev – that super awesome singer we know to have killer style, and some of the top songs raiding the airwaves these days, but who are you beyond the music? What do you want your fans to know about you behind your stage presence?
I want my fans to know that this year has been an amazing growing experience for me. I was part of a huge song that allowed me to travel, tour, and now put out my debut album. I had to learn a lot about my self throughout all of that and I guess you could say, I became more confident then ever. I went threw a few gnarly months, but now mentally, physically, and emotionally, i feel great! My family life, love life, and friendships are really good right now. I want my fans to know I’m a 22 year old, finding myself and i think i’ve found a pretty rad woman, sister, friend, hard worker, and artist.
Since your album is dropping September 20th, what are some personal preparations you’ve been making for this monumental moment in your career?
My album is dropping. That’s sounds so rad!! I’m excited. This album has really lead me to concentrate on my personal life more than ever. I really had to dig deep in order to write and record on these records so the world can get to know me a little better then just the girl who sang ‘poppin bottles in the ice’. I’ve become much closer with indie pop and the Cataracs throughout this process, closer with my family, and I have been fortunate enough to find and fall in love with the most beautiful man in the world. Ive been appreciating all of these trials and tribulations of the past 21 years. I’m getting ready, I’m ready to be the shit.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from your albums release – what’s your next move?
I want to work on the next album already lol. In 5 years, I would like to have 5 albums. I want to tell more stories and get even closer with my fans. I want to address places in my life that I haven’t addressed yet. I want to tour around the world and back. I’m just looking forward to learning and creating more. I want to be better.
I know that ‘The night the sun came up’ is such a personal album for you – what would you say was your most intimate song from the album?
The most personal song on the album..there’s a bunch. ‘getaway’ is very personal. It’s about my feelings leaving Manteca to peruse this idea and dream of making music as a profession. ’shadows’ is very personal and is about all of my faults and imperfections I came to terms with and said goodbye to, over the years. All the lyrics to the album tell my stories, but those two are most intimate I think.
For the last couple of months, you have kept quiet about this new personal venture you’re about to take; Can you give me some insight about?
Like i said, this past year has been crazy, but I appreciate all the good and bad i went through in order to be where I am right now. I have falling in love with my best friend, Jimmy, he’s really such a beautiful human being. He’s the shit! As an extension of our love we have created a radical little baby!! Who will join us very soon. She’s the best thing in the world.
Your career has blossomed so quickly and hasn’t even hit it’s peek, what was your initial reaction when you found out about little baby Dev, and while your career is now just coming to fruition?
When I first found out my initial reaction was happiness, I smiled. I knew how much Jimmy and I loved each other and I thought we’d do amazing at loving this baby. Being so busy and wrapped up in my career, I never thought I’d fall in love or have a family. I thought I was going to be a lonely touring soul till I was 50 lol, so this is rad. I feel so blessed and empowered, like I can kick ass more then ever! It is scary though, I also thought people were going to hate and/or be sad about this beautiful thing I’m experiencing and I wouldn’t be able to celebrate. That i wouldn’t be able to put out this album. I thought my label might drop me. I thought I was going to make indie pop and The Cataracs really sad because we worked so fucking hard together and now our entire plans are going to change. Thankfully all of the boys came around, thankfully my label supports me, and I’m grateful I can put out this album. I can celebrate both my hard work, as well as my baby girl! I’m juggling the best of both worlds.. And yeah it’s difficult, but it’s also everything I could have ever wanted. I’m a lucky girl.
Rumors are a horrible thing that we must all deal with, and I’m well aware of how nasty some blogs and magazines can be when it comes to personal matters such as your new baby. What has been one rumor or particular comment you’ve heard recently that you just want to shatter completely?
I really haven’t spoke about my personal life too much to the world outside of this album. You guys are pretty much the first! I know rumors will come, and I guess I’d like to let everyone know that I’m a grown woman in a very healthy and mature relationship. This isn’t any other situation. I’m excited for these next chapters of my life. I’m excited for these new experiences. And everything else you may hear is bullshit.
What do you look forward to most with this new beautiful adventure you’re about to enter into?
I’m looking forward to starting our family.
Source: what the hellz blog
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