Interview

Deep Dive with dev soter [Q&A]

Audrey Brandes

dev soter is a guy you’re going to want to know. On the heels of his dreamy, vulnerable single, “Tulsa,” we had dev answer 10 questions for Sheesh on music, inspiration, and more.

Where were you when you were struck with the inspiration behind “Tulsa?”

I was in my bedroom. I was coming off of a bad experience with this label actually. A lot of broken promises and mistrust can really effect you and that’s exactly what happened. As a new artist, having a big label reach out to you and schedule dozens of meetings with huge artists and executives seems surreal. That shit's fools gold. So that’s where the inspiration stemmed from.

Describe your track “Tulsa” in three words.

Honest, vengeful, meditative I guess. I wrote it while I was feeling the current emotions of the incident. I never usually do that, but it was something new and thought it deserved to be heard.

You’re from Massachusetts, I'm sure have been to Boston many times — what’s one hidden gem in the city few people know about?

So I’m from Salem, MA but lived above TD Garden for a while. The heart of Boston. I’d have to say Bovas bakery is my favorite gem in that city. Best food ever.

If your songwriting process could be described in an emoji, what would it be?

⏰, it’s takes me forever to write, it’s probably what I struggle with the most. I could easily half ass a song and drop it, but I’m super specific with my writing and wouldn’t allow myself to do that.

What’s your favorite memory from the past year?

Probably something recent, it’s difficult to say cause I haven’t really had a bad day in years. Maybe finally getting out of the house when the lockdown became less strict and seeing my hometown friends. We all just get together and chill by a fire. It’s always good to be around those guys.

If you could meet any musical artist—alive or dead—who would it be?

This answer changes everyday, but today I’d probably say Julian Casablancas. That guy has amazing solo work, and plays a part in 2 of my favorite bands of all time, The Strokes and The Voidz.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

My old baseball coach, Mike Cain, used to tell me to “keep your head down and shut up." He probably doesn’t know this but he’s probably one of my biggest inspirations. He taught me so much about life.

Ideal vacation spot?

Munich, Germany. I’ve been lucky enough to travel around the world and, if given the chance, I would move there without hesitation. One of the most beautiful cities i’ve been to.

What’s one thing not many people know about you that would surprise them?

I can solve a Rubik’s cube in under a minute haha. I don’t know man, I do a lot of stuff. I used to be a photographer and got to shoot for Vince Staples smile you’re on camera tour. A big one recently has been League of Legends. I hate that game but it’s so damn addicting. Yeah, I gotta lot of weird hobbies past and present.

What song of yours holds the most personal meaning?

I mean the song with the most person meaning that’s currently out would definitely be “Too Fast” on my last project. But now I’m sitting on this one song that means a lot to me. I still don’t have a name for it but we’re getting there haha.

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