Devin Oliver has his personal story to inform with digital challenge shYbeast


Devin Oliver Shybeast
[Photo by: Tarina Doolittle]

I See Stars frontman Devin Oliver returns with a brand new digital challenge known as shYbeast after two years of life transformations, a critical medical subject and a transplant transfer to Los Angeles from his dwelling state of Michigan. The enduring blond Legolas-like locks that’s been his signature search for years have been swapped out for a ruby-red hue as proven in new pictures by fellow Mittener Tarina Doolittle.

I See Stars had been one of many first bands inside the scene to push boundaries into digital rock culminating with their hit “Calm Snow” from their final document, Treehouse, launched in 2016. Oliver debuts shYbeast on DJ and digital dance producer Crankdat’s new single “Do You Thoughts,” which launched Friday on all platforms with extra music solely beneath his personal challenge to be launched this yr. In the meantime, he says I See Stars followers shouldn’t freak out within the meantime. “The band have large plans,” Oliver says, “so in case you’ve been ready please be affected person as a result of it’s coming.”

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We’ve been following you on socials, and also you’ve clearly been busy with plenty of issues. However what is that this new challenge you’re launching? How did it develop? 

DEVIN OLIVER: I undoubtedly love staying busy. [Laughs.] I’m all the time writing. Whether or not I’m producing music for the band or simply writing down lyrics, it’s a endless a part of my life. With shYbeast, issues developed naturally. Over time a variety of music I used to be writing began to take a distinct form. It looks like a complete separate facet of me fueled by various inspirations. I’ve been via some shit the previous couple of years. There was a second once I realized I’ve my very own story to inform, so I would like to begin telling it now. My story has many colours, and as an artist, I needed to permit myself to precise [that] totally with none guidelines, with none opinions, with none ceilings. That’s precisely what this challenge is about.  

EDM and electronica are sometimes confused as simply being one kind of music with one kind of fanbase, however that’s not true. Speak concerning the particular sound or subgenre that you just’re performing in now with this new challenge. What had been your inspirations as you created the music for this launch?

Being from Detroit, you couldn’t ignore the dance group even in case you tried, even earlier than it grew to become industrial. As a member of an electronic-rock band, I used to be extra inclined to concentrate as a result of we’ve been infusing digital components in our music since day one. I’ve been going to Motion Pageant for over a decade. It’s actually laborious not to be impressed by the artists in that world. They constantly break guidelines and reinvent new methods to precise themselves, and it jogs my memory a variety of the early rock world I grew up in. To go down each avenue of subgenre would take some time—the digital renaissance has taken the entire world for a trip, and there have been many inspirations alongside the best way.

I believe a turning level for me was listening to this alt-dance group RÃœFÃœS DU SOL. They’ve a means with melodies and lyrics that makes it laborious to not faucet into my emo roots, however they carry this dwell electronic-rock mix to the stage that makes it unimaginable to not dance your ass off. Once I listened to their album Bloom again in 2016, I actually fell in love, and on the time I began noticing digital artists bringing guitar and drums onstage—you may have rock ’n’ roll-inspired components being reintroduced. It’s been unimaginable to see a few of my pals doing nice issues of their dwell present and studio realm, [resembling Kayzo, Sullivan King, Yultron, Crankdat, Krewella, and many others.].

It’s laborious to essentially evaluate shYbeast to something proper now as a result of I imagine the challenge will dwell in its personal lane. I plan on singing on most tracks, however I’ve additionally been inviting different vocalists on songs I’ve written. This primary launch is extra of a “gentle launch” that includes shYbeast on a Crankdat track. My first official shYbeast observe drops shortly after.

Is that this a one-and-done challenge for you, or is that this one thing that’s going to be long run? You talked about that you just had been seeking to launch music frequently with this new challenge?

I don’t imagine in one-and-done. If I launch one thing, it’s as a result of I’ve put critical time and thought behind it. I see a brand new street with this challenge that I plan to stroll down totally dedicated. Like I stated, it’s my story. shYbeast might be a challenge that molds with me, grows with me. 

Devin Oliver Shybeast
[Photo by: Tarina Doolittle]
Studying the trades and searching on the charts, hip-hop (and electronica, it might be argued) is reigning large over rock. There’s a little bit of a backwards and forwards occurring within the trade amongst those that say rock is eclipsed and gained’t be again on prime for some time versus those that say rock is on the verge of constructing a comeback. What are your ideas?

I imagine rock will all the time have a really robust pulse. The factor that each hip-hop and digital tradition are doing is constantly innovating and embracing the communities of music round them. Hip-hop and dance tradition are fueling their fires collectively. Rock hasn’t made a lot of an effort to contain the hip-hop and digital group, however once they do, it explodes. Have a look at twenty one pilots and Deliver Me The Horizon—simply two of essentially the most influential bands proper now. 

What are the long run plans for I See Stars? There’s a portion of “the scene” that say it’s lifeless and that artists who as soon as carried out music on this style ought to adapt and transfer on to broader sounds. Others say this style isn’t going away, and it’s simply recharging with new sounds and new artists. How do ISS navigate the scene going ahead? 

I See Stars will all the time be a prime precedence of mine. These guys are my brothers actually and figuratively. I really like writing music with them. I’ve all the time been the kind of artist who loves collaboration. It makes me a stronger author and opens doorways in my mind that in all probability would have stayed closed in any other case, and this new challenge permits me to take action at my very own leisure. Generally you end a track and find it irresistible simply the best way it’s, and though individuals’s opinions are all the time appreciated, I felt I wanted an avenue to go rogue for as soon as. The band and I imagine the journey for ISS has simply begun—Treehouse was a giant document for us, our highest-streaming album with a route we solely plan to develop on. The band have large plans, so in case you’ve been ready please be affected person as a result of it’s coming.

For the previous 5 years or so, a variety of musicians bought up and moved to Nashville. That was the place to be in case you needed to essentially get your profession shifting ahead on a critical stage. Now, it seems that everyone seems to be saying Nashville is just too crowded and to maneuver to Los Angeles. You and the fellows moved to L.A. two years in the past—how has the transfer modified your profession alternatives and  private life? Why ought to fellow musicians transfer to Los Angeles?

I moved to L.A. in 2017 and have been backwards and forwards from Detroit ever since. There’s a variety of blended opinions on this—I imagine in case you’re proficient sufficient, it doesn’t actually matter the place you reside. I began in a basement at age 11 in Detroit and launched 5 albums earlier than shifting to L.A. Quite the opposite, I’ve realized lots about being an artist in L.A. I’ve been capable of watch different artists within the studio. As an alternative of going out on the weekends and killing time, my pals right here in L.A. go to the studio for enjoyable and make music, so I’ve been writing much more. I see artists producing music in progressive methods and dealing on their initiatives in each avenue from style to visible artwork. There’s a variety of camaraderie in the neighborhood as a result of we’re all within the mindset of making 24/7.

shYbeast and Crankdat 2019
shYbeast and Crankdat [Photo by: Matt Stanley]
What have you ever found about your self, professionally or personally, since shifting to Los Angeles? Have you ever modified or developed as an individual?

Though being in L.A. acted because the catalyst at instances, I wouldn’t give credit score to my location for the adjustments I’ve skilled in the previous couple of years of my life. Eighteen months in the past, I used to be identified with a neurological dysfunction known as intracranial hypertension. Briefly, my physique isn’t draining the spinal fluid in my head quick sufficient, so for a complete yr I skilled what I might describe because the worst fucking headache I may ever think about. I couldn’t deal with daylight. I couldn’t think about something. I toured with Dance Gavin Dance in summer season 2018, and I’d be in my bunk all day till we carried out; then I’d get offstage, vomit and head again to mattress. I’m indefinitely on a diuretic that retains the stress at bay, so I’m pain-free for now, however I’ve come away studying the fact of “life is brief”—what we do with our time issues. shYbeast serves a extremely essential objective for me. You hear it on a regular basis how music saves lives, however once I was within the hospital I really understood that as a result of writing lyrics gave me objective. Making music retains me going via the nice and dangerous. This challenge is my means of claiming I’ve a platform and no excuse to not all the time categorical myself artistically.

I See Stars had been a Warped Tour common for a few years. What are you guys going to do with all of this free time now within the summers?

This summer season might be something however a trip. Now that I’ve two initiatives I’ll most certainly be spending most of my free time within the studio. But when I do discover myself with time to kill I’ll be spending it with my household and pals. My clothes line DXD has some fairly cool releases coming this summer season as properly. Heaps on the agenda, and I truthfully can’t wait.

Lastly, what did you do to your hair?

[Laughs.] I hold telling individuals I went from Targaryen to Hearth God. If I’m being trustworthy, it is a new chapter, and alter felt proper. My hairstylist by chance dyed it pink at first, so I’m simply completely satisfied I didn’t find yourself shaving [my] head—which was plan B!

“Do You Thoughts” is the third and remaining single from Crankdat’s debut EP GEARWORLD VOL. I, which is being launched through Kayzo’s imprint Welcome Information.

You possibly can sustain with shYbeast on Instagram, Twitter and SoundCloud. and Crankdat right here. Try the brand new observe beneath.


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