Spotlight Sunday: Devisions

January 19, 2014 -

Ryan Farber

In the realm of music today, we have witnessed an amazing thing. As we have always known, music is an art form, perceived subjectively and differently by each person that hears it. What makes today so interesting is that with the availability of so much technology and audio production literally at your fingertips, anyone that has a passion for the music can create it and find their own niche in one of the genres, or choose to span over all of them.

Allow me to introduce Devisions. Student of production, master of the vibe. In the literal sense. The first thing that I immediately appreciated about this producer was his utilization of the empty space. Ambience is his favorite weapon, and you find yourself being sucked into the journey of his songs.

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One of his newest tracks, Black Lotus (see above), is a ten-minute adventure through some of the most haunting feels I will say that I have experienced. Taking you in slowly, a subtle piano progression begins to unravel its story. I found myself lost in my own thoughts as it led me along, then suddenly snapped into a opposing reaction as aggressive electro synths began to take shape. When I first heard this track, Grant (Devisions) explained to me that he was more interested in creating something that followed a plotline. A song with a rise and fall, very much like any good movie or book that we enjoy. I had to admit that sometimes music does lose its true beauty (Beatport Top 10? Just sayin'). But when you come across certain tracks that dig into you and make you truly feel something, that artist has succeeded. All the feels.

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Devisions may be new to the scene of the electronic world, but I can comfortably say that there is now way but up for this guy. He doesn't follow boundaries in his composition, and hits you in the core with the tracks that he drops on you. Just check out his Soundcloud. There are vibes that I can relate to Pretty Lights (such groove, yo). Other tracks get you lost in yourself and make you think, not unlike one of my favorite producers, Deadmau5. Oh, and one of the other awesome things? Grant performs all of his own sound design from scratch. That's right, no presets. No Nexus big room synths. Just a slow but steady process of fine-tuning that perfect sound, with some analog influence.

So I will leave you with that. What I like about writing this series is I get the time to really hone in on someone in particular and really get to know them. In the instance of Devisions, you'll want to get to know him too. There's a lot that goes on in the world, and his music really helps you process it. 'Til next time, friends.


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