Artist Highlight: Devin James

It is my joy to introduce Devin. When he first started showing up at our meetings, he was ZOOMing in from Guatemala, doing music full-time. The way his songwriting has evolved over this past year illuminates how dedicated he is.

What do you do during the day?

I’ve recently relocated back to the US after living abroad for some years. So right now, songwriting and music is what I’m continuing to work on while looking towards what and where the next step is.

Do you have any guilty pleasures in music?

Nope.

What does your songwriting habit look like?

It depends where in the process I am. Sometimes I’m just looking to make a habit and log 5 minutes of an activity. Sometimes I’m hammering away on a song lyrically or melodically. That turns into spending more time recording than writing so I can hear it back and continue to make adjustments. Although at this point in time, I think I’m somewhere in between all of it.

Who are your influences? How have they shaped you?

The list is endless, really. Musically, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Robert Johnson, Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Louis Armstrong, Fleet Foxes, Andrew Bird, Jeff Buckley, etc. As for writers, John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut, Somerset Maugham... They just wrap you right up into their world and I can’t get enough of their stories. But really, I find that anyone and anything could come along at any time, so long as your antennae is up and tuned in.


What challenge are you facing with songwriting?

Finishing them. It always seems to be a long, arduous process for me to get them into working order and not just snippets of ideas in need of developing.

What Day of 100 is your piece from?

72

Listen to his song here:

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Check out Devin's work here:

https://soundcloud.com/devinjamesmusic


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