Devlin Discusses Newly Found Success With ‘Watchtower’
Following the release of his single ‘Watchtower’, which features input from Ed Sheeran and Labrinth, 23-year-old Devlin has been taken into the spotlight as part of the new wave of rap artists getting mainstream attention. The lyricist from Dagenham sat down with the Daily Star and spoke about how he feels about being a role model…
He said: “I suppose some kids do look up to me but I wouldn’t say I was an amazing role model. But I’ve come from nothing, worked hard and am getting rewards so I suppose they could emulate that in a good way.” Devlin also spoke of his current and potential success, saying he never imagines himself being a pop star: “Never in a million years. I started doing this as an outlet for my energy. I got called the best in the ends but had no money in my pockets. Now 'Watchtower' is Radio 1 A-list. It’s mad.”
He went on to say that the celebrity lifestyle isn’t his cup of tea: “It’s not for me, although I am grateful for my fans. I’ve always been quite a down low person. I like real life with my family, as I write about in ‘Watchtower’ … I make popular music, not cringey, funky house music. If David Guetta wanted to hook up I would say never."
Devlin also spoke of the progression of UK rap, saying: “To see the way it’s grown from when Dizzee Rascal crossed over is amazing but he kind of turned his back on grime. People like Stryder and Chipmunk paved the way for my music, even though I wouldn’t do what they do. The unity in UK urban music now is so strong and positive.”
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)