Devine: Interview With Small World LA

Devine: Interview With Small World LA

  1. What inspired you to pursue a career in music, and when did you first realize you wanted to be a musician?

I started off creating music with the purpose to heal myself. I realized I wanted to be a musician because my intent evolved into wanting others to be able to heal as well.

  1. What are some of the biggest challenges you've faced as an emerging artist, and how have you overcome them?

Some of the biggest challenges I have faced as an emerging artist is being able to create and not having a plan to match. Hearing “no” is to be expected, but you deny your own access when you fail to plan. I overcome now by being more strategic and remaining a student to the game.

  1. Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and how have they shaped your sound and style?

Some of my biggest music influences include Sade, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Jill Scott, Lauren Hill, Amy Whinehouse, Andre 3000, busta rhymes, Erykah Badu & D’Angelo. They all are so unique and unapologetic about their creativity. I constantly strive to stay true to myself in every song.

  1. How do you approach the songwriting process, and where do you draw inspiration from for your lyrics and melodies?

I approach my songwriting process with conversation and raw energy. I listen to no more than 6 beats at a time and allow the beat to choose me. I know because I instantly start writing to it. My inspiration comes from the life that is around me at the time.

  1. What can listeners expect from your upcoming album or project, and how does it differ from your previous work?

Listeners can expect vulnerability, relatable content and grooves. This last album differs from the first because I didn’t overthink the process.

  1. How has your background or life experiences influenced your music and artistic vision?

My life experiences influence my artistic vision completely because things are constantly happening as I evolve.

  1. Can you talk about a particularly memorable or inspiring performance you've had, and what made it special?

One of my most memorable performances was in Leimert park, on the curb outside, with ‘Bananas’. I was so committed to serving people who needed to be inspired that I ended up having a very real moment with God. The performance itself felt exhilarating and I remember seeing how impacted the crowd was by me staying true to my self.

  1. What do you hope listeners take away from your music, and what message do you want to convey through your art?

I hope listeners take away how powerful it is to walk in their truth. Truth never needs proof and always makes way for peace of mind.

  1. How has the music industry changed since you first started, and how have you adapted to those changes as an artist?

The music industry has changed so much because everyone’s focus has shifted to technology and social media. I am constantly having to adapt because I thrive on actual interaction and real moments.

  1. What advice would you give to other emerging artists who are just starting out in the industry?

I have no advice to give anyone. In my experience, it does not benefit you to not know yourself, in any regard. Know yourself and establish a plan according to the vision God gives You. It’s okay to adapt, but once you feel yourself making moves according to someone else’s vision, that’s the ultimate L.

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