Dev Hynes is easily one of the most interesting musicians around today. He’s worked with Mariah Carey, Carly Rae Jepsen, A$AP Rocky, Kylie Minogue and many others as a producer and/or writer. He’s also the man behind Solange’s breakout hit Losing You.
Dev’s been making music of his own for over ten years now, as well. First under the name Lightspeed Champion and then, starting in 2011 as Blood Orange. His sound is unique. Ethereal. Gritty. Melancholy. Every track seems to reinvent the wheel. Prince, Brian Eno, and Sade provide sonic inspiration. His breakthrough album, 2016’s Freetown Sound, made a bunch of year end lists. So did his followup – last year’s Negro Swan.
His latest release is a mixtape called Angel’s Pulse.
Dev joins Bullseye to talk about his childhood in Essex and finding an escape from school bullying by playing soccer.
He discusses his creative process and how he creates from his imagery and moods. Dev talks to us about learning to shred on guitar to get as good as those talented Heart sisters. Plus, what’s it like to wake up to 4 missed calls from Diddy.
Check out Blood Orange on tour this year.
This interview originally aired in October of 2018.
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