Singer Dev: A woman of two worlds
This weekend won’t be Dev’s first trip to Tahoe. In fact, fellow artists the Cataracs considered the area as a recording locale not long ago.
“Cataracs and I were up there last year, we did a club show. When we were there, the Cataracs were like, ‘let’s record our next album in Tahoe.’ They were talking about renting a cabin,” Dev told Lake Tahoe Action via phone Tuesday.
This electropop sensation is now on tour around the United States, and will perform Saturday night in MontBleu Theatre at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.
Born Devin Star Tailes, the Tracy, Calif., native was first discovered after indie hip-hop artists the Cataracs found a recording of her that her friend had posted online.
“It was like, summer of 2008, they found me on MySpace and we started working together. It was really good energy, it was never awkward. I could tell it was going to be great working with them.” Dev said. “Fast forward to 2009, we all moved to L.A. and started taking our music a lot more seriously. We all moved into a loft together. Then fast forward to 2010, when we made G-6.”
Dev’s song “Booty Bounce” was featured as the chorus sample in Far East Movement’s 2010 hit “Like a G-6.” Written and produced by the Cataracs, “Like a G-6” spent three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and hit the top spot on music charts in countries around the world.
Building on that success, Dev made a music video for “Booty Bounce” in 2010, also releasing her first official single “Bass Down Low” that year.
Her debut solo album, “The Night the Sun Came Up,” was released by Universal Republic Records in September. Produced and co-written by the Cataracs, the album was recorded in Costa Rica.
“I think I really wanted to have a cool vibe on the album.” She said. “If you listen to the record there are some cool ocean sounds, stuff like that. I thought it would bring out a really cool flavor, and it did.”
The young artist has been pleased with the album’s reception to date.
“It’s been awesome. I was really nervous for that album to come out,” She said. “Everything I do with the Cataracs is so weird that I never know how people are going to react. But Rolling Stone gave it an awesome review, which is nice.”
She has also been devoting her time to new daughter, Emilia, born to Dev and her fiance in December.
“It’s been amazing, she is wonderful.” Dev said. “I think I’ve matured a lot and it’s been a great experience. She’s been on tour with me. I go onstage and do my thing and then go back and hang out with her. I took her to my kickoff show in Los Angeles. She was in the crowd with little soundproof headphones. She slept through the whole performance, she’s like, ‘Mom, you’re wack.'”
A television special about the artist’s life entitled “Dev’s World” is scheduled to appear on MTV at 11 p.m. on May 23.
“It kind of shows me having her (Emilia) and both worlds,” the new mother said. “I hope everyone is able to see it, and see that I work really hard for my fans and my family.”
Dev shows no signs of slowing at the moment, planning to return to the studio to work on her sophomore album in July and August, she said.
For now however, she’s definitely amped for Saturday’s show.
“It’s going to be really high energy. There’s going to be new records and some stuff that people already know,” She said. “I haven’t been there in awhile, I hope everyone’s excited to see me.”