If you’ve turned on the radio in the past year—or gone to a club, or bar, or store, or walked outside—you’ve heard Far East Movement’s 2011 ubiquitous smash “Like A G6.” In fact, there’s a good chance you’ve sung the catchy-as-hell chorus in the shower and that part, specifically, comes courtesy of Dev. The newcomer’s album has been pushed back over and over again (she’s given birth in the meantime), but with a SXSW gig lined up next week, her album debut on March 27th, and a national tour kicking off soon after, she’s about to be known for a lot more than a catchy chorus. The Night the Sun Came Up is stuffed with feisty, dance pop bangers and dreamy electro ballads. We Skyped with a raspy-voiced Dev from her hotel room in Dallas, where, in true rock star form, she donned massive sunglasses and dished on her booty-bouncing tour and her obsession with reality television.
ELLE: Your album was actually released in the UK ages ago…
Dev: It was supposed to come out [in America] literally a week later, but it got pushed back like five months so everyone pretty much already has the album, which is all good. I just haven’t toured for the album yet, so I’m excited.
ELLE: What can we expect from the tour?
Dev: It’s going to be really cool. We’ve been putting a lot of hard work into it lately. Obviously I didn’t get to tour much the last couple months because I was having a baby. I wanted to come full-force. I’m gonna have two girls on stage with me who are gonna be doing back-up vocals and if I need them to bounce their booties, I think they’re gonna do that too. It should be hot. It’s going to be an hour long set of pretty much everything on the album.
ELLE: You’ve got a duet with Enrique Iglesias! How did that come together?
Dev: That song was at first originally just me, and then we decided it’d be really cool if we added a male vocal. We wanted something a bit more sexy and mature. He’s so caliente! We tried it out and it sounded so pretty, so we kept running with it. He was on tour, so he kind of did me this massive favor of getting on the record. I was like 8 1/2 months pregnant so we didn’t record it in the studio together at the same time, but I guess that’s the beauty of music in 2012. Like, “Click, send, okay, cool! I like the record!”
ELLE: Has motherhood affected your performing?
Dev: I think if anything, it made me more confident which is weird because when I was pregnant, I didn’t think that would happen. I thought I wouldn’t want to talk about certain things, I wouldn’t want to dress a certain way once the baby came out and dur, dur dur! But I actually feel sexier now, which is kind of strange and really cool.
ELLE: Let’s talk about those Ke$ha comparisons…
Dev: I think people are going to compare and that’s all good. I kind of just take it and roll with it, because they don’t know me yet personally. I think that once they get to know me, they’ll realize how much Ke$ha’s her own artist and I’m my own artist. But I can’t really complain, because she’s very successful.
ELLE: As expected, there’s lots of electro bangers on the album, but you’re also revealing a softer side on songs like “Dancing Shoes”…
Dev: This is my introduction. This is like, “Hi I’m Dev” to the entire world. I want to give listeners a record [on which] they can really hear me as a whole. I want to do these club tracks that I’m really good at making and they’re really fun to perform, but I also want to show people that I have a heart and a soul and stories and I’ve lived a life. I’m not just literally drunk all the time. I think that was needed. Hopefully after people hear it, people will be able to tell I’m really a breathing, human being.
ELLE: Tell us about your banging on-stage style. Where do you shop?
Dev: I work a lot with this women’s brand called Hells Bells. They’re kind of like a street wear-meets-high fashion sort of a thing. That’s kind of what I rock with at all times. On stage, I just like to be super comfortable. Sometimes I’ll even be in sneaker or sometimes I’ll be in massive heels. It just really depends on the place and how comfortable I am, but it’s nothing as extravagant as Gaga or anything like that. She holds it down in that world.
ELLE: What pop records are you addicted to at the moment?
Dev: I love all of Drake, obviously. I love Rihanna’s Cake record—I think it’s great. A little interesting that she did the remix with Chris Brown. But at the end of the day, the record stands on its own.
ELLE: And TV?
Dev: I love all reality television. I’m addicted to all of the Housewives. I talk about them like I know them personally. I used to love when Bethenny was on New York. I like the Jersey Housewives though; I think they’re all absolutely insane. And with the Atlanta one, I love Phaedra. But you wanna know who the real star is? I’m gonna tell ya: The real star is Big Ang from Mob Wives. She is definitely the real superstar of all reality television.