Get To Know: L Devine
Meet the new pop star whose sure to take over.
L Devine is the up and coming pop star you need to be listening to.
Entering the music scene in 2017 with the release of her EP ‘Growing Pains’, the singing/guitar-playing/songwriter collaborated with Emil Nava, famous for working with the likes of Rihanna and Selena Gomez, on a visual short film to go along with the coming of age, feel-good, youthful EP. It set the scene for the type of artist L Devine is, and why we need her music now more than ever.
After the release of her ‘Peer Pressure’ EP last year, she has since gone to be nominated for YouTube’s and Amazon’s One To Watch for 2019, as well as Charli XCX crediting her as an artist who’s ‘going to be a really big deal’, and, if the queen of pop has spoken, need we say more?
Not only has L Devine performed at festivals such as BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, The Great Escape, and already headlining her own shows, but she’s also releasing singles in between the madness. Her most recent release ‘Naked Alone’, is a pop, funk-infused bop that bends and twists the rules of modern music, in that it’s as freeing as it is captivating. Oh, and makes you want to jump on your bed and scream along.
Creating a catalogue of original music in only two years that sets her out as an artist whose ability to craft and mould fresh, exciting, and aesthetic tunes is a talent that comes naturally - she’s set for great things.
Get to know all about the rising pop star before she takes over below...
1) For those who don’t know about you and your music, tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…
I’m L Devine, a singer-songwriter from a small seaside town called Whitley Bay in the North East of England, on a mission to bend the boundaries of pop music!
2) Describe your sound in three words…
Free, intimate and slick.
3) Who inspired you to start a career in music?
My interest in music sparked from copying everything my childhood best friend Niall did. He started playing guitar and getting into bands so I had to take it a step further. But when it came to seriously pursuing music, honestly probably some career advisor in sixth form trying to get me to write a personal statement. I, of course, was having none of it, so I thought, ‘ah, I’ll just say I’m going to be a musician instead’.
4) Who are your biggest musical influences?
I love Christine and the Queens, Robyn, Janelle Monae, Tierra Whack and Lorde at the minute. Everything around their music, whether it’s visuals or performances, are always so creatively driven and exciting. Artists like that are definitely the benchmark for me.
5) Tell us about the writing and recording process for your new single/album…
‘Naked Alone’ was one of those 20-minute songs that you immediately forget how that even came out of your brain after you’ve finished writing it. I had recently moved to London and didn’t really know anyone at all, so it was a pretty lonely time. But I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and turn those feelings into a super tongue in cheek pop anthem for loners instead!
6) What can we expect from your live shows?
I want my live shows to be a place where everyone can be completely free and themselves, including me. I’m just up on stage with my two mates partying to all my songs, and I want the crowd to feel in on that.
7) What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
Probably my first live show in Newcastle that I just did. I was honestly just expecting a few of my dad’s mates spread out through the room but I walked out on stage and it was packed full of fans singing along to every word. I couldn’t even hear myself sing. I was so gobsmacked. I’ll never forget that feeling!
8) Have you met anyone and been totally starstruck?
Not really. I’ve found that whenever I’ve met someone famous they’re just really sound, normal people.
Although, I went to the BRITs for the first time this year and saw Gemma Collins from afar and I was a bit shook.
9) What’s on your iPod/playlists that people wouldn’t expect?
This one’s actually proper weird but the Sid Vicious version of ‘My Way’.
10) When can we see you live?
I’m playing my second headline show ever at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton on the 12th of June! Come!