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Meet DeVan Hooker of D1

Today we’d like to introduce you to DeVan Hooker.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started playing drums at the age of 11. I learned most of my musical ability playing in church at North Gayton Baptist Church in Short Pump, VA. I transitioned from acoustic music to computer-based production in 2008 after returning from my tour in Iraq. Been producing and engineering ever since.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Nowhere near a smooth road. Moving to LA was hard. I didn’t know anyone when I first moved here. I heard on a hope and a prayer. I was really broke and literally had to figure out everything. Luckily I have a supportive family. That stuff really matters.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with D1 – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I’m a producer and audio engineer. I’m more known for my audio engineering.

I currently work for Atlantic Records as a tracking engineer where I get to work with a lot of amazing artists. I just produced a record for an amazing artist named Minzy. She was the K-Pop group 2NE1. Also produced a record for Joe Moses on his album SUWOP.

One of the albums I’m really proud of is working with an artist named Kajad. We just dropped an album where I produced 6 of the seven songs. He’s such an amazing artist, and I’m glad to be working with him.

I’m so grateful to be working with great artist and there’s a lot more stuff coming out soon. Stay tuned!!!

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Go check out Kajad. The album is called Zaire. I’m also working with some crazy dope artist like EBlue which is about to put out some great music I’ve worked on. Also look out for some new Habit Blck music. It’s gonna be a great year.

Contact Info:

  • Email: devanhooker1@gmail.com
  • Instagram: d1hooker
  • Other: @d1hooker

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4 Comments

  1. Tracie Hooker

    February 7, 2019 at 13:14

    Very talented and a hard worker for his music!!!

  2. Joanne

    February 8, 2019 at 00:18

    Devan I’m so excited for you and your journey. Remember to always keep God first in all things. Continue doing great things. I’m so excited for you.

    Love ❤️ Jojo

  3. Raye Smith

    February 8, 2019 at 17:28

    So happy for you hard work pays off keep up the amazing work. It’s great seeing you since i haven’t seen you since you were little and i was playing bass for Larry and the Volunteer Choir God is good keep it going

  4. Kevin Cho

    February 8, 2019 at 18:02

    Yeaaaaaah! My brudda

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