Her sound could be described as electro-pop and has aroused many a booty dance from crowds all over the globe. Devin Star Tailes, known as Dev, dropped her first single Booty Bounce in August 2010. A little later Far East Movement sampled a part of Booty Bounce in their mega hit Like a G6 – yeah, you know the one – it was on the radio 24/7. Drawing inspiration from hip hop among other genres, Dev is fully confident in her musical prowess (as she should be) and her debut album is scheduled to be released in April 2011. We can’t wait to hear it!
Take a look at what turns this star on (and what doesn’t).
Devi shares on her big break and inspirations.
M.I.S.S. What woman, besides your mom or grandmother, do you find inspirational?
Blondie. Michelle. my two little sisters Sierra and Maezee
M.I.S.S. How did you get your start in music?
The Cataracs found me on Myspace LOL. I randomly put up a song I recorded on my Macbook and they loved my sound. We then started working together in the Bay and clicked really, really well. Now they’re my best friends and producers for all my projects.
M.I.S.S. Do you have any pre-performance rituals? What are they?
Nah lol I generally just like to chill before my shows. I’ll have a few drinks and make sure the vibes are good. I’m big on good vibes.
M.I.S.S. What’s your style inspiration?
I get style inspiration from a lot of different stuff, just like I do with music. Anything from different cities, to people, blogs, and music. I stay wearing HELLZ BELLZ tho, thats my shit.
M.I.S.S. What’s your favorite project that you’ve worked on?
Honestly, everything on this journey so far has been amazing, I don’t think I have ONE favorite lol. Aside from The Cataracs being my producers, they’re my favorite artists, so every time we work it’s good haha.
M.I.S.S. How did you get together with Far East Movement on Like A G6? Who do you want to work with on future projects?
Through the Cataracs. They had a studio session lined up and while they were creating G6, they all decided my bridge from ‘BOOTYBOUNCE’ would be dope as the G6 hook and that’s how I came into play with that situation. As far as future projects go, I’d like to work with Nikki.
M.I.S.S. We’re big fans of Lanie’s work at Hellz and word on the street is that back in the day you interned for Hellz…do you have any interest in working in fashion too?
Haha I sure did. That’s my fam fam right there! And yes I actually am interested in working in fashion. I’ve always wanted to play around with that side of the arts. As of right now, 100% of me and my time is into my music and becoming successful with that. In the future I’d love to fuck around with fashion for sure.
M.I.S.S. What part of being a musician is the most challenging and do you dislike the most?
It’s all absolutely insane lol. I mean, three years ago I had two 9-5’s and never ever imagined this industry to be as crazy and as beautiful as it is. I can’t really say I dislike anything about my work tho, I’d be hella outapocket to complain. I’m doing my thing and figuring out more and more about myself everyday. I’m lucky enough to have a job i actually like, not too many people get to experience that.
M.I.S.S. Any advice for ladies who are just starting out in a career as a musician?
Keep it moving. Seriously, grinding is important. And keep it real. This industry can be ugly, don’t everrrr be afraid to hold it down. and on YOUR terms <3
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