We had the good fortune of connecting with Devin Bing and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Devin, why did you pursue a creative career?
First and foremost, and any professional musician will agree, you don’t choose music, music chooses you. When I realized at a young age that I had a degree of talent and an insatiable passion for learning my instrument, there really was no other path for me. I grew up in Long Island NY under a house of thespians, so my environment certainly impacted my choices. I knew I wanted to be doing music in some capacity for the rest of my life, I just didn’t know exactly what that was. Because my parents were both performers, I was told that if I wanted to make a living in music I needed to be on stage. So with that in mind, I channeled my passion for both singing and jazz piano, put a quartet together at 15 years old and started playing around NYC. I ultimately decided to go to school at the University of Miami Frost School of Music because I wanted to both broaden and sharpen my skill set beyond performing. There I studied performance, music theory, how to write and arrange for horns, strings, record in the studio and compose my own music. After college, I moved back to New York and spent the next decade developing my career as a performer. I started at the smallest clubs in the village, really any club that would let me play. Through those years I saw my career grow as I would move up to bigger clubs continuously selling them out. After years of climbing, I finally made it to my pinnacle club which was Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center. As I saw myself performing to sold out shows at one of the most iconic venues in New York I had affirmed to myself that I was actually making a career in music. Thereafter I had publishing offers to develop as a producer and songwriter creating records for other artists. That side of the business led me to Los Angeles. Since moving to LA, I’ve further developed my career as a full time producer and composer writing and creating music for artists, film and television.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
There’s no right or easy path when you are developing your career as a creative. You have plenty of hurdles to jump over throughout the process. Most important is to continue to persevere through the hardest of times. Staying committed and consistent is the only way to break through to the next level. If I think of it in those terms, it allows me to stay more present in my focus and allow for things to unfold organically. I was once a performer who built a successful brand as an independent artist in NY. Today I’m a full time producer and composer. You never know where the road leads, you just have to flow with it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Luckily I recently moved out to LA and all my friends on the east coast have been visiting so I know this answer. If it’s their first time you have to hit up the outdoor activities and hikes like Runyon and Topanga Canyon. While I’m out on the coast I love an El Matador beach hang. When we are at my home base in Hollywood I always bring them to El Coyote for some great Mexican food and ambience. On Tuesday’s I play keys for the Roast Battle Band at the Comedy Store so that’s always a stellar time as well.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are two shoutouts I’d like to highlight. Firstly, the support of my parents who created the foundation to nurture my passion. From piano and voice lessons to help promoting my first shows, they were there every step of the way. And in times when the journey became incredibly tough, they were there pushing me to persevere. Which segues into my second shoutout which is “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. This book changed my life. There was a point when I wasn’t sure I could continue pursuing music and that book taught me how to embrace destiny and the journey. After finishing it, I never looked back.