101 with Devv

Devv is a young producer and DJ from Canada who's been delivering deep grooves for the past few years. He has put out a steady stream of releases on labels such as Blind Vision, Kina Music, Monocord, and House On Wax. Priding himself on not sticking to a single genre, he works tirelessly on improving and refining his sound.

The debut studio album from the blossoming producer is entitled Hypercolour and will land this October 30th only available on Bandcamp. The extended list of creations spans across a spectrum of sounds and energies, some for the dancefloor, home listening, whilst traveling, but one thing remains, a consistent deep mood and taste of euphoria. 

A pure and emotive trip through minimal sounds from an up and coming producer, who is sure to land on your radar over the next while. This is Devv and this is Hypercolour. You can grab it HERE.

What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?

I was playing an all-vinyl set once and some guy asked if I had any Fisher. I just gave him one of those “are you serious right now?” looks, and he walked away.

Can you describe your studio setup for us? 

    Nothing too crazy… MacBook Pro with Logic, Focusrite Saffie Pro 26 soundcard, and Yamaha HS7s as my core. For synths/hardware I have three things – a Maschine, a Korg Microkorg, and a Roland JP-8000. My favourite feature in my studio though… and this is probably going to sound ridiculous. About a year ago I bought electronic desk legs that allow me to change the height of my desk from sitting height to standing height. It’s completely changed how I work on music. I find myself standing up and grooving along/getting into the track a lot more now when I jam than I was before. I absolutely love it.

    Could you tell us the story about your first gig?

    My first real gig in a ‘club’ (if you can even call it that) was for a DJ competition at the school I went to. My set length was only 15 minutes, and the competition prize was an actual gig at the college’s pub night. I ended up winning the competition, but then never got called back for the gig… so I guess it ended up being a complete waste of time!

    Name three artists that currently inspire you.

    Janeret, Silat Beksi and NTFO. 

    Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.

    I opened the night for Sonny Fodera once in Toronto 4 years ago. He had played here a few times and his deep house sound was really popular here, so it was a sold-out night. He comes on at around 1 am and the crowd was really into it at this point; the energy was at its peak. For some reason, the first track he decides to play is Know Yourself by Drake. The original version too, not even a remix or anything. I guess he thought because he was in Toronto, the crowd would love it if he played some Drake. Well… it was definitely the wrong call because the boos started coming right away.

    I felt a little bad for him – no DJ should ever have to experience getting booed, especially on their opening track – but then again, we were in the most popular club in the city for underground music that night. Nobody was coming to that club wanting to hear Drake lol.

    What do you do before and after your set?

    Go out for dinner beforehand for a quick bite. Ideally get to the club early, smoke a pre-set joint, and just chill out for a bit before going on. After the set, I like to stay at the club and hang out for a while. I’ll have some drinks, chat with friends, listen to the other DJs play, and then I go home and try to fight off the urge to get drunk food.

    What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? 

      I once worked as an auto detailer and cleaned cars for winter. The job itself wasn’t horrible; it was just the hours. I would have to get up before the sunrise, and wouldn’t get home until the sun had already set. The garage I worked in was underground, too, so I didn’t really see the light of day at all that winter… god that was depressing lol.

      What are your favourite labels at the moment?

      Botanic Minds, Rowle, Joule Imprint, Berg Audio, House On Wax, All Blak Records

      Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play? 

      Feel Like Makin’ Love – D’Angelo

        Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received? 

        Make music for yourself. If you’re lucky and people end up enjoying what you do, that’s just a bonus.

        By Saša, edited on 02 November 2020