Los Angeles rapper, singer and songwriter DEV (aka Devin Tailes) brings her electric, dance-oriented sound to the PrideFest Bud Light Entertainment Stage on Saturday, June 27 at 8 p.m. and audiences will revel in her pop perfection. DEV has enjoyed critical acclaim with her 2011 album "The Night the Sun Came Up" and 2014 EP "Bittersweet July" and relishes the summer slate of pride performances.
 
What do you have in store for PrideFest audiences this summer?
 
A really fun high energy set mixed with some new songs, and some old songs hopefully everyone loves and remembers!
 
How does performing at pride celebrations compare to other gigs?DevPressShotSideProfileColor1
 
Performing at pride celebrations is unlike any other gig. You can really feel everyone's fun and loving energy. I always have such a good time. Pride's are my favorite shows of the year. 
 
How would you describe your sound?
 
It's a little pop mixed with electronic, mixed with a bunch of other weird vibes. I really like making sure my music is balanced with just enough sassiness as it is with vulnerability. 
 
You're a Mom now - how has that affected you as an artist?
 
My daughter has inspired me to work harder than ever. She's a total brat like me so she loves all the feisty songs I make lol. At first I didn't know how she would react to specific songs, but she just spent the whole morning singing "if you wanna get me with me, there's some things you gotta know" [Laughs.] It's awesome. 
 
Who are some of your musical influences?
 
Robyn. Lykke Li. Karen O. Freddie Mercury. Kurt Cobain. Kanye West. Katy Perry. The list could go on and on and on.
 
What's your favorite song to perform right now and why? 
 
"You Want Me" off of my EP  "Bittersweet July Pt2."
 
How would you compare "Bittersweet July" to your first studio offering?
 
I think it has moments that are just as fun and just as sad. I think it's just from a different point of view because I'm in a different place in my life. I wanted the sound to graduate a little bit, but still stay true to myself.
 
What's your first PrideFest/LGBT Pride memory?
 
I performed with Robyn at a pride show before and that was awesome! She's insanely talented. 
 
When did you first become aware of LGBT issues?
 
I would probably say in high school. Growing up, my parents raised me to never even think once about gender, or race, so in my mind as a child there were no issues. It wasn't until I was about 13 or14 and had close gay friends who would obviously tell me their stories. I like to think every Pride show I play or attend I'm participating in the change of these issues and the stories  I remember my friends telling me. I'm very passionate about the LGBT community. I want my friends, family, and even my daughter to grow up in a world where she can express herself and love whoever she wants. 
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Have you been following what's been going on in the fight for marriage equality and the anti-LGBT legislation being introduced? Thoughts?
 
I have. I think there has been awesome strides made. I think there is still a long way to go, but I'm hopeful and proud to see what progress has been made.
 
What's next for DEV - anything new you can share with us?
 
I'm going on a little mini tour run and getting back into the studio to hopefully release some new music again very soon!
 
You'll be headlining St. Louis PrideFest this year. What does PRIDE mean to DEV?
 
It means freedom. It means love. It's a time we all can come together and celebrate each other as people regardless of anything. It's a very authentic celebration complete with good music and good drinks! My favorite! 
 

 
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