Singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and Boston native, Devin More is quickly capturing attention with his unique take on modern R&B. The rising artist creates music that is dreamy and danceable; what he considers a scattered mix between Pop and contemporary R&B.
With early aspirations of pursuing a career in sports, More found his way to music after years building on his own creativity. It wasn’t until he relocated to the Miami area as a teenager with his Dominican mother and father, that he began experimenting and seriously pursuing music.
More’s new single “Heart On Your Sleeve” precedes his debut album, Dear Amoré – set to be released this coming Friday. The upbeat first track from the album is commendable in structure, luring in listeners with endearing and honest lines of admitting wrongdoing in a relationship. We caught up with Devin ahead of the project release to talk about the new single, and how Boston influenced his sound.
Q&A: Devin More
D’ARCC: Thanks for speaking with us and congratulations on the release of the new single! What motivated you to write “Heart On Your Sleeve” and when was it created?
Devin More: Thank you! It’s been a while. I created “Heart On Your Sleeve” back in 2017 in my house I was renting in Orlando. At the time I was getting into a lot of pop rock. I wanted something that captured that feeling. I feel like music nowadays comes and goes too quick because of the quality it lacks. My father has listened to the same records since the 70s and will never get tired of them, so I wanted it to create something like that.
D’ARCC: What’s your creative process like, and what kind of experiences influence your songwriting?
Devin More: I start with production. Then, once the beat has taken shape and given a personality I lay down the melody. Usually just gibberish that captures the emotion I want to give off. After that, the lyrics are written to it and I continue adding sounds and extra touches as I go. It’s a very experimental process and for me it’s the most organic I can be. The influence comes from day-to-day life, whether it’s going to grab a coffee with Amoré, traveling, an argument, a mistake I made, etc. The music is pure and that’s what makes it beautiful.
D’ARCC: Your sound is unique because it falls right between contemporary R&B and Pop. With this release, do you feel as though you’ve solidified your sonic identity?
Devin More: Definitely. It took me 8 years of creating music to finally feel like I found my unique spot. And the crazy part is that it’s exactly what I was going for. I wanted something that sounded classic but new. Classic influenced production with the flows and cadences of today. A lot of my inspiration comes from 1970s and 80s Pop – like Elton John, Billy Joel, Christopher Cross.
D’ARCC: Have you always known that you wanted to be a musician?
Devin More: No, before I was introduced to music I wanted to be an athlete. I always have been fond of music but I never thought I’d have a career doing it. I guess you never know what you’ll end up doing.
D’ARCC: How has Boston and your environments growing up shaped you musically?
Devin More: Growing up in Boston was great. It made me who I am today. I was able to be a child and I was able to be imaginative. Boston is a very traditional city so classic rock was big there. My father was also a big influence on me, I learned about my favourite artists because of him. So every time I go back to Boston I feel nostalgia. I would have to thank them both.
D’ARCC: What kind of impact do you aspire to have as a musician?
Devin More: I just want to inspire people. Inspire people to do what they want to do and not be afraid to take a leap of faith. I’ve always created Hip-Hop so putting out Pop/R&B music was worrying for me. At the end of the day, it’s about being you and being true to yourself.
D’ARCC: Can we look forward to hearing more music from you soon?
Devin More: My debut album. Dear Amoré. June 21.
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