INTERVIEW: Devin Wild



We invite you to experience a magical psychedelic "ACID" journey. A journey out of the normal world and into the deep forest of eternity. Available now on Scantraxx, Devin Wild's EP "ACID" takes you from start to finish, inside out, from microcosm to macrocosm. Things will never be the same again.


Devin Wild will be your companion on this wacky and mind-blowing journey through consciousness, guiding and guiding you every step of the way. He has prepared a four-step auditory curriculum that will serve you as a crash course in the art of travel.


Devin Wild's EP "ACID" is the ultimate multisensory journey. During the 22 minutes, you will hear a different sound profile influenced by other genres such as techno and drum & bass. You will be taken on a hallucinatory journey through universal consciousness, guided by the best.


The images are also neat, and each track is represented by the most mind-blowing and outlandish eye candy. It is recommended to consume the entire product at once to experience the full effects of ACID. All songs plus interludes were carefully designed in this particular order to give you the most rewarding and enjoyable journey.


We have had the pleasure of interviewing Devin Wild, and this has been the result.


Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into

music?

I grew up in a city in The Netherlands called Arnhem. Now I live in Utrecht. I got involved with this kind of music when I was around 8 years old. Back then 'jumpstyle' was very popular in The Netherlands. From there I got involved with hardstyle. Later some guy showed me how to make music on a computer. From that moment I got obsessed and now we are here haha!

How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now?

The last couple of years my style changed here and there. Since I started releasing as a 15 year old kid my music has grown with me. Nowadays, as a person but also as a musician, I have a way more clear philosophy. I am a big fan of genres like drum and bass and techno, which both inspire me alot. But I also love to bring some influences of movie scores / trailer music into my work as well.



How do you feel that your music influences or impacts your listeners?

To a lot of people my music feels fresh in some way. There are some influences from drum and bass that are not common in hardstyle, but because of that reason my music can also feel a bit 'weird' or 'complex' to some people. Let's say it’s a matter of taste :p

What projects are you working on right now? What can you tell us about your last job?

At this moment I'm working on new solo releases. Some are more experimental and some are more like people would expect from me, more melodic and thematic.

The last piece of work I recently did was my EP called ‘ACID’. This EP was something different for me. This was the first time I did an EP with mostly experimental music.

Some of the more experimental work on the EP would be a bit 'out of context' if you would drop them as single releases, so this gave me the chance to combine them and create a story which turned out pretty great in my opinion. The EP feels like a real journey — at least that’s what I wanted to create.


Where are you and what have you been doing now? Since the start of the COVID lockdowns I’ve decided to fully focus on music. I am in the studio every day making music and trying new things. Making music is the thing I most love doing. Being creative and productive in the studio gives me the feeling of freedom which also gives me a lot of positive energy.


Has that sound changed a lot in recent years? What is your musical criteria?

Like I said earlier: I started releasing when I was 16. I’ve changed quite a lot as a person since then. As music grows with me as a person, my music has also changed. My taste in music didn't really change, but the things that creatively trigger me did. I'm always trying to find the right way to express my feelings and creativity, and with this style I'm able to do that in a way in which I get satisfied.

Do you feel safe now to play a more experimental sound?

Every crowd is different, so sometimes it works better than others; it's some sort of a gamble every time. But, there’s always enough music in my sets people know and understand to keep the right vibe.

We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?

Yes, it may affect creativity, and it did in the past, but that's something I’ve tried to let go. I don't want to have any creative borders. My creative choices are what make me 'me'.

Can you tell us what your present and future projects are?

At the moment I'm working on new solo releases. Some are more melodic, some are more experimental. I would love to do more projects like the ‘ACID’ EP, so you can definitely expect more like those!


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