INTERVIEW: LA Alt-Pop Heartthrob Devin Kennedy

Hi Devin, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello, I’ve been great. Thanks for taking the time. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Waste of Time”?

Waste of Time is a rhythmic, hard-hitting, dark pop song with a message that so many of us can relate to. Whether romantic or platonic, many of us have had to end relationships because they became toxic and painful. The song highlights the importance of leaving somebody who doesn’t deserve to be in your life anymore, and reinforces the importance of having positive energy around you as much as possible. 

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I think the main inspiration has been watching friends, family members, classmates grow up and learn to find their own definition of love. Everyone goes through THAT relationship. You know, the one that’s impossible to leave but too rough to sustain. Most of us see the light and learn what we want and what we don’t want. Some of us don’t.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes. The video is filmed and coming very, very soon. It’s been a real pleasure art directing video and single release concepts with my creative team. When I write a song I have a really clear message in mind that I want to communicate in the most Devin-Kennedy-way possible.

The single comes off your new EP Love Language – what’s the story behind the title?

Like I said earlier, we all have our own, ever-evolving definitions of love. And love comes at us in so many different ways, and each one of us receives it and feels it in our own way. For me, Love Language is a culmination of personal growth in love, life and music. It was created over a full year where I learned a lot about myself, who I wanted to be, what message I wanted to communicate with my art, and “Love Language” felt like the best way to sum it all up. 

How was the recording and writing process?

Truly dependent on the song. When I started to write Love Language I had 35 completed demos that were meticulously crafted into 5 songs throughout 2017. When the direction, and message started to become clear it became easier and easier to write and produce the songs. Post-Love Language, Waste of Time came as a direct follow up that I wrote in January of this year. The production fell together fast and the lyrics and melody came right to me, as this is a story I’ve been wanting to tell for a while. It can be hard, a lot of the time I’m writing and producing the songs myself. With the EP, I wrote, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered everything, which takes forever…and in my mind, it’s never done. Moving forward, and on “Waste of Time” I have key collaborators involved that make the process easier on me, and I can see clear results in the sonic quality.

What role does LA play in your music?

The biggest role. I feel like LA is like a little brother: such a pain sometimes, but you have to love it. I’m born and raised about 30 minutes south of LA (2.5 hours with traffic), and living here has been the biggest inspiration, I don’t think I could live anywhere else. It’s allowed me to meet like-minded, creative types who are my best friends and closest collaborators. It’s given me opportunity after opportunity to follow my passion and live a musically-enriched life. 

How did your time at Berklee influence you as an artist?

Musically, I am nothing without my Dad, Pat Regan (my production mentor since I was 13), and Berklee College of Music. Berklee taught me to have an open mind in all stages of music. Whether that’s listening, producing, writing, even releasing songs. Pre-Berklee Devin would have told you that he’d be in the sickest pop-punk band ever and that pop music “wasn’t his thing”. Post-Berklee Devin can tell you that genres are not important to a true lover of music. Passion and quality is the name of the game. 

What aspect of love did you get to explore on this record?

All aspects. We all crave different love languages. I hope the record encourages everyone to understand the way they receive love.

Any plans to hit the road?

Absolutely. It’s all happening. A little bit of touring sprinkled in through the Summer, some solo, some with a buddy James Maslow. We’ve started by teasing Los Angeles shows and building a buzz before we head out. Coming to a venue near you, soon. 

What else is happening next in Devin Kennedy’s world?

So much, it never stops. Most importantly, new music. The Summer of 2018 will be very busy, stay tuned. 

Listen: Spotify / SoundCloud / Apple Music

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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