DEVIN WORLD is the stage name of Vincent Medina, a brain sciences student with a strong passion for music, who is carrying on his solo project. Devin is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who wants to give voice to his pop musical dream: today we tell you about him! Devin has just released his new EP titled “My Heaven”, three dark pop songs with meaningful lyrics, vivid imagery, and instrumentals you can dance to. These songs are primarily inspired by The Cure, New Order, and Black Marble, with dark and introverted sounds. Dark and goth-pop with a mixture of apathy is mixed in Devin’s songs. Songs with deep lyrics, sometimes sad, that deal with unhappiness, questions that each of us asks in the deep and finally love for someone you love that you can no longer see. In Devin’s texts, there is all this and much more… He also said: “I am Filipino (and a bit of Chinese). This is important because there is nearly zero representation of this in the indie-pop realm. One of the reasons I push forward with music other than artistic reasons is the possibility that I might inspire other Filipino creatives who could really use more representation in this role.“
YMX: Can you tell us about yourself as an artist? Where are you now, how you started, and what are your goals
DEVIN WORLD: I am Vincent Medina and my stage name is Devin World. My growth as an artist has been attached to my academic journey of my bachelor’s to master to current doctoral program, which has taken me across a number of cities and states these past couple years. Throughout, writing for bands has been my consistent hobby and I have played shows in Orlando, Tampa, Philly, and Brooklyn. Lots of great memories. Where I am now is that I am focusing on moody pop as Devin World. I never have hard goals with music because it is secondary to science for me. Music is simply a thoughtful outlet that I like to have a good time with. A few pals have shared with me how much my solo songs mean to them ever since early on (shoutout to Cass and Neon especially) so the closest thing to a “goal” with Devin World is to keep bringing nostalgic emotions to others.
YMX: Some of our readers might not be familiar with you yet, how would you describe your sound?
DEVIN WORLD: Pop for edgy gays.
YMX: Who have been your biggest influences so far?
DEVIN WORLD: The Cure is forever my biggest influence. Black Marble, New Order, soju, and Sing Street (2016) have also been playing a role lately.
YMX: You just released “My Heaven”. Could you tell us how the project came about?
DEVIN WORLD: In September, I released the My Heaven EP. It came about as a step out of my comfort zone by attempting a darker and dancier style. I’m happy with how it turned out and how it has been received, so I’m continuing in this direction.
YMX: 2020 has been a hard year for everybody, especially for musicians such as yourselves with the absence of performing live. How have you been coping this year?
DEVIN WORLD: Writing music has not really helped with coping in 2020. If anything, quarantine has really challenged my ability to be creative. I refuse to write songs about coronavirus and quarantine, please. Corniest thing ever.
YMX: What does playing live represent for you? a way to make yourself known or a way to express yourself?
DEVIN WORLD: Playing live represents a way to express my private feelings and imagination (as a number of my songs are not based in reality). I am a closed book and an introvert, so music is my one reliable form of expression and performing my art feels more satisfying personally.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? in terms of releases, live streams, gigs?
DEVIN WORLD: The live setup for Devin World is me and Steven Flores. He’s great. We just played our first gig outdoors at the LSU Museum of Art. In the future, I will be recording an album, and we will be playing at twitch.tv/devinworld and at venues whenever that’s safe.
Thanks for having me! (Thanks to you, Devin!!)