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Fast Five: Devin Tuel

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When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I have been making music, in one form or another, since I was a very young child. Music has always been a part of my upbringing, and I knew I wanted to incorporate it throughout my life. For a while I dabbled in theatre- considering being an actor/singer, then a poet, and also a journalist, but my heart just couldn’t part from the music. Ultimately, I ended up writing a selection of songs about two years ago that changed my life, and helped me self actualize becoming a musician full-time. I started playing out more and really connecting with audiences and that’s when I had the feeling I assume anyone would have when they feel they are meant to do something… like I was making a difference, this is my way of leaving my mark.

How would you describe your music?

I would say it is of the Folk/Rock sound. Joni Mitchell meets Johnny Cash, meets Bonnie Raitt.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

Over the last year I’ve been playing shows all over the East Coast and traveling to Nashville where I recorded and organized the Kickstarter that raised the funds to record my debut EP, Heavy Soul. We’ve been recording at Sine Studios in Philadelphia since November and are putting the finishing touches on the EP now, hoping to have the release this spring followed by a tour.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

There are so many! But I’d have to say it would be an honor to duet with Neil Young. His music has been such a great influence on my musical style and tastes. I have always been so moved by his poignant lyrics, shaky voice, and distinct musical style. He’s from a generation of musicians I really respect, and I feel that to stand next to him on stage would be the pinnacle for many musicians, myself included.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

I’d have to choose Neko Case’s, “Blacklisted”. She’s a brilliant woman and I never get sick of those songs, there’s so much to hear!

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