Chatterbox: Santa Monica’s DEVMO talks to us about writing, PRIDE, her favourite albums and more

What made you decide to become a rapper, when did you make this decision?

I think I always knew I wanted to be a singer since I was a kid but when I started free-styling at parties in high school and my friends thought I was good, I thought maybe I could really do it. I’ve been passionate about rapping for awhile now. The feeling of nailing a fast or unique chop, or coming up with a really clever line, is like solving an incredibly complicated math problem. It’s so satisfying. I love playing with the different sounds of my voice and becoming a different character in every song. It’s my favorite way to express emotion and tell a story.

Do you think women are underrepresented in rap? If so, why?

Hell yes they are. For many reasons, we’re raised to take care of other instead of go after our dreams like men are, so most of us don’t even have the confidence to try. The music industry accepts way more men than woman. When there is one or a few female rappers, we think that’s enough. Women don’t want to share their slice of the pie because it’s so small!!

What sort of impact do you want to leave on your listeners? What do you want them to take away from your music?

I want them to feel a strong emotion of any kind. Feel something. 

Tell us about what you’ve got in the arsenal. Any new albums coming out? Big shows?

I have an acoustic EP on the way! Touring in October, dates coming soon!

What artists are you listening to right now? Any songs you find particularly inspiring?

Lots of K Flay, Mac Miller, Noah Cyrus, Chance’s new album, Leon Bridges, and a lot of less well known artists that inspire me.

What advice would you give young girls who are thinking about becoming a rapper? What would you have wanted to hear?

You can do it, but it takes a lot of practice so start right now. Write for a few hours every single day and put songs out when you’re done, DO NOT SIT ON THEM.

What has your experience been playing for some of the largest PRIDE events in the nation? Did you have a favorite?

I’m so honored to be able to play for this beautiful community. I feel so loved from them and they get me, so that feels really nice. I just did Back Lot Bash in Chicago and that was a really awesome experience, one of my favourites so far! 

What are your desert island albums? In other words, if you could only listen to 5 albums for the rest of your life, what would they be?

All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ – Joey Bada$$, Continuum – John Mayer, Sweet, Sexy, Savage – Kehlani, Graduation – Kanye West, Pure Herione- Lorde

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