Artist Interview: 1-on-1 with Serge Devant

Artist Interview: 1-on-1 with Serge DevantThis guy is tearing up the electronic dance scene right now. He is getting a ton of success right now from his latest single 3AM Eternal and is also still relishing in on some success of On Your Own featuring Coyle Girelli. This guy also looks like a model, so seeing him spin is not only a blessing for your ears, but provides some eye candy for the ladies in the audience. I can’t get enough of his stuff, and I have been listening to his podcast for quite some time too. He’s currently on the road and will be playing at the Spy Bar in Chicago this January. I hope to make it to the Windy City to see him perform. I am stoked to have him with me here today, and it is my pleasure to introduce you to Serge Devant.

I don’t even know where to start. there are so many things that I want to ask you. Let’s just start at the beginning. What originally got you into the electronic dance music?

After moving to New York I dove head first into the club scene that was blooming in the mid 90’s. There were tons of mega clubs and many choices. There were almost too many DJs to see. It was very inspiring.

Some call you trance. others considering you progressive. What do you call it? How would you define your genre?

It’s house music.

Where are you originally from?

I am from St. Petersburg, Russia.

There is a new list of the top 100 DJs. I am not that happy with the list this year. What are your thoughts on the new list.

I don’t really pay too much attention to it. I saw the new list briefly… don’t really understand it. There are a lot of guys on the list I have never heard of.

Tell me a little bit more about your relationship with the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

I created a song for the campaign that Coca-Cola used arranging for 2008 games called Peace On Earth. In return they made me my own bottle of Coke with the theme design “Peace On Earth”.

You are killing the social networks. You are on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. How do you find time to update all of these social media sites?

I have program that updates them all at once. Plus I have some help managing the content as well.

You have a pretty impressive tour lined up for this winter. You will be in Russia, the Ukraine, New York City, and Chicago. I might come see you in Chicago! Do you ever get tired of being on the road?

There are times where I just want to stay home for a bit. Yes, of course I get tired. I’m only human.

It seems like everyone has a podcast these days. I listen to several; love yours by the way. Anyway, do you find there is a lot of competition for listeners, or does all of your fans tune in?

I’m not really sure to be honest. I just upload mine and not worry about it anymore! (laughs)

What is 3AM Eternal?

It’s the name of a track by a group called K.L.F which I re-made over the summer.

So I have a friend who LOVES your single Addicted. She also liked the entire album, but that track stuck out to her. Her name is Ambular. She just wanted to say hello!

Hi Ambular!!!

You are performing all the time, but I bet you still like to see a concert here and there. What’s the best concert you have ever been to?

The last time I saw Depeche Mode… I’m really due for another concert; it’s been a while.

You are currently living in New York City, and you were on the Electric Zoo lineup this year. What was that like, playing in the Big Apple with 85,000 screaming fans?

It was amazing… any show in hometown is special.

You are getting ready for another artist album. What can fans look forward to with the new release? Is it better than the first? Is it different than the first?

I’m not sure if it’s better than the first. It’s hard to judge who has heard the first one and second one to say the second is better. I think first is better. Maybe I just heard too much of the second because I have been working on it for two years. It’s hard for me to judge. Sometimes you have to step away from the record so you can get a fresh perspective again.

You have done residencies over the years. Do you prefer a residency or would you rather play a new city every night? What advantages does a residency offer a DJ?

That’s a tough question. Residencies are fun because you really get to build and establish your crowd; you get familiar with the room and the people and with every gig it feels more and more like home.  You see the same faces and so on… but playing new ciites is very exciting as well. Everything is new and new faces at a new club… a new experience. It’s hard to pick one; I love both.

Who are you listening to these days? What’s on your iPod?

AZARI & III and some new Vision Quest stuff… Empire of the Sun and my new album (checking making sure it’s all good).

I feel like I could ask you questions all day man. Thank you so much for taking the time to sit down with me. That being said, in all of the interviews that I do I always give the artist the last word. Go.

Thank you!

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