DJ Charlotte Devaney: ‘How I went from dancer to making music with Snoop Dogg’

Artist, actress, producer, dancer, model and now all star DJ. There are not many who can claim so many accolades, and fewer still who’ve done it in such a short space of time.

London-born Charlotte Devaney, 27, first hit the big time when she acted in Simon Pegg’s 2008 blockbuster ‘How To Lose Friends and Alienate People‘.

She began to DJ on the club circuit in 2007, and has played to packed out crowds the world over ever since. Now she’s released her debut single with rap mogul Snoop Dogg, and is only looking up.

We caught up with the music star to find out how she managed it.

1. How did you know you wanted to be a DJ?

I started my career in the music business as a dancer. I’ve always loved music and from a young age I was around several well known DJs. I wanted to be a DJ from very early on, even while I was still dancing. I guess passion for music just made me want to do it, along with a love of performing.

2. How did you get started?

I started out on the radio. I had my own show on an internet radio station and then started playing in clubs a couple of years after that to build up my confidence.

I practiced hard for months learning to mix and it took me a long time to really feel comfortable behind the decks. My first live club gig was actually in Athens, Greece.

3. What’s been the most important moment in your career so far?
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4. Talk us through your day…

Usually on a daily basis I go to the gym, walk my three dogs and download new music. I’m always writing and thinking of ideas for new tracks and some days I also go to the studio.

5. What are the best and worst things about your job?

The best things about doing what I do is getting paid for a job I love, being able to make people happy as a result of my music and constantly being creative.

The worst things are probably the travelling, lack of sleep and late nights!

6. What do you think people don’t realise about your job?

What I think people don’t realise about the music business in general is that it doesn’t happen overnight! As an artist it takes years to get noticed. Hard work and persistence is key.

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7. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Always be an individual, always stick to your guns and have your own style and don’t follow the crowd! Which I believe I always do!

8. What advice would you give someone looking to work in the same field?

I’d say be patient, learn your craft and know that it’s not easy, but the rewards can be amazing.

9. What are your career goals?

To be a worldwide selling artist and have people globally loving the music.

10. What would you say to your 15-year-old self?

I’d say work harder at school and stop going to so many raves!

Download Charlotte’s new track ‘Flip It’ (Ft. Snoop Dogg) from iTunes now

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