"There are two things that dictate how good a party is: 1) music and 2) how much alcohol there is. The biggest thing that I’ve seen for myself is that people stick around when there’s no alcohol left. “
That’s only the first indication that Devon Stewart (a.k.a DJ Devon James) is on to something. The film junior has been making music since he was young and most recently played lead guitar for his reggae-experimental-jam band called Native Informant.
His first year at SU, however, his parents got him a PA system. He started just as a self-proclaimed “song selector,” playing blocks of music on nice days outside Lawrinson Hall. That turned into requests for him to provide the soundtrack for student organization events and campus fashion shows. The requests came often enough that he decided to invest in some equipment and start promoting himself as Devon James Productions. This past summer it landed him gigs at local weddings and a three-day residence at Turning Stone Resort’s new nightclub, Lava.
Now Stewart is a fixture in the campus house party scene and he’s a music director with college station WERW. He’s currently working on his first original demo and has his sights set on sitting in at local nightclubs like Traffic or Trexx before expanding to upstate hubs like Ithaca and Albany. Over the holiday break Stewart had his first opportunity to take the Devon James brand back home in the Boston area.
Mixing Program: Traktor
Random Fact: Stewart recently started mixing beats for campus rapper Delerium and the two plan on collaborating.
About his remix: "I decided to take a total experimental approach. I wanted to make the sound totally sound different and I think I did that. I still wouldn't consider it quite done. I think it will develop more after I have time to step away from it."