He’s 17, and tells us he’s been rapping for two and a half years. Devarn can also draw and is extremely funny (see his IG), so we’re fans all round. His latest tracks show tonnes of potential, and the charm’s there already. Our favourite line is on a track called Double X: “She fell in love with Devarn/that’s me!”
HOW DID YOU START MAKNG MUSIC?
D: I used to be a dancer most of my life until about I was 14 in grade 9, I started listening to lots of Kanye and Joey Bada$$’s 1999 mixtape and got into rapping and all.
WHAT ROLE DID BEING IN AUSTRALIA PLAY IN CHOOSING TO DO MUSIC?
D: It played a part in providing resources and knowledge. These are the things that come with Western society. If I was somewhere that’s not better than here I wouldn’t have a proper home studio and know the things I know for this career.
WHAT MUSIC INFLUENCED YOU GROWING UP?
D: I don’t really have a specific sound I really identify myself with yet but I’m building that as of now to get to that point. I’ve been producing lately so that’s going to speed up my process a lot.
The people that influenced this current sound most are: Travis Scott, Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, Divine Council and Mick Jenkins.
Devarn is softly spoken, consistently moving lowkey, but recognised at home and abroad as one of the most polished creatives this country has to offer. Possibly better known for his iconic artwork and illustrations shared by the likes of Chris Brown and the late XXXtentacion, Devarn made serious waves in 2017 with “The Grind” which caught attention of local labels as well as international artist Mann (watch below) but has remained out of sight ever since. Out of Melbourne’s Westside, he’s been influential in the background as collaborators including TITAN DEBIRIOUN and RASTAFARAI have taken the spotlight more recently, but we trust in the visionary’s long game and hope to be eating early in 2020. – AUD’$