We had the good fortune of connecting with Devin Riggins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Devin, what inspires you?
First I want to say thanks again for having me on VoyageDenver. I loved our previous interview and they always get me thinking deeply about my goals and the objectives behind my work. My electronic music project is heavily inspired by nature and many of the stories I portray through the songs, associated art, or videos, is nature centered. I’m super passionate about anthropogenic climate change and sustainability and I like to speak to that a bit in my music. For example, I recently put out my most recent song Currents (feat. Jaime Deraz). This song is the first of my forthcoming EP, Open Waters. The visuals of Open Waters EP often show someone stranded out at sea. If you dive deeper (no pun intended) into the lyrics and music, the imagery and lyrics are always metaphorical and center around this visual. Many of the messages to be extracted there, for me at least, are about solidarity, vulnerability, loss, and natural wonder. Over the past year during the pandemic, these are feelings that I believe I and many others experienced in one way or another. It’s this double-meaning and subjective interpretation of music that I’m most captivated by. My objective is always to tell a story and so when I think about what I want to get out of any particular music endeavor I set out on, It always boils down to “how can I tell that story in a way that hits the listener in the heart and resonates with them individually?” The most impactful music to my life has always had a story I can self-identify with and that resonates with me emotionally. It’s my goal to do that for others.
What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way?
Don’t second guess your work. Be less critical. Work harder. Improve yourself everyday.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hesitant to give this spot out because I love to escape here with there being little foot traffic. That said, my favorite hiking trails are in Nederland, Colorado. The one I most frequent is called ‘Lost Lake’ on the Hessie Trailhead. It’s a gorgeous hike with a large waterfall and alpine lake. The views are unfathomable.
What books or authors have helped you along the way?
Wow, so many books.
1. Mans Search for Meaning by neurologist Viktor Frankl touches on his experience in holocaust concentration camps and his self-created psychotherapy. To date, this has been one of my most impactful reads.
2. Principles by Ray Dalio
3. The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang