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Meet Devin Kennedy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Devin Kennedy.

Devin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m from Los Angeles, born and raised. I grew up in a musical family. My dad worked in the film and tv music space for a while, and my grandfather was a gifted classically trained pianist. With encouragement and support from family, I taught myself drums, bass, guitar and piano before high school. I was obsessed. I’m still obsessed.

In middle school I started jamming with friends, starting “bands,” and getting more into the pop/rock/Warped Tour scene. I wanted to be in All Time Low so bad, haha. I started a pop-punk band that I played in for all four years of high school. We did little tours on our school breaks and had a ton of fun. At the time I didn’t realize how crucial those years were for my musical development.

Through those years, with some incredible mentors, I learned to be a better collaborator, establish myself as a real songwriter, and how to be creatively self-sufficient in a business where so many artists aren’t. These years of development lead to me applying and attending Berklee College of Music starting in 2015.

I loved college so much I didn’t take any summers off and finished it in three years, I was learning so much, and it flew by. My time at Berklee taught me many things, but over anything else, the school empowered me to trust my gut creatively and to have an open mind about this crazy, ever-changing business. While pursuing my degree, I worked multiple retail jobs, while also scheduling writing sessions (sometimes 2) every day off.

Those writing sessions, among other connections, led to opportunities to work with artists like James Maslow (ex-Big Time Rush), Stone Temple Pilots, Mr. Big and more all before I finished school. As college ended, I decided it was time to launch my artist career, something I was always planning but had on the back burner for a couple of years.

In 2018, I released five independent singles that were streamed over 650k times, I sold out my first Los Angeles headline show ever at the Peppermint Club, and I was named Hollywood Music In Media’s “Best New Emerging Artist” 2018.

Has it been a smooth road?
A few weeks ago someone asked me what’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done and I said “pass high school chemistry,” which is partly true. It was clear at a young age that I suffered from ADD, and it affected my schoolwork all the way through 12th grade.

I was lucky enough to scrape by and get accepted to my top school for college, and at this point have learned to live with any attention issues I may still have. In fact, as I’ve grown older and worked in a creative industry, I would say it’s done nothing but fueled my creative approach.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
In addition to releasing consistent music for my solo project, I also write and produce for other artists, labels, and managers. I’m still in the early stages of my career, but over anything, I want to be known for the quality of the music I create, and the passion I bring to the table while creating it.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The industry is ever-evolving. As streaming grows, we are heading towards a very important couple of years. We must strive to find a model that is sustainable for all facets of the business.

I think the artist development that is still happening with agencies, management companies, label services companies… etc. is part of the future as so many artists choose to stay independent these days. Beyond the business side, as Arjan at Apple Music says, “the state of pop is strong.”

We are still in a growing industry, with more music consumption happening than ever before. It’s easier than it ever has been to write, produce and release an album, the challenge for new artists and producers these days is: how do you break through the noise? How are you different?

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Keith Cullen, Sydney Prather, Alexander Bemis

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