INTERVIEW: Janet Devlin
The X-Factor graveyard of so many singers with aspirations of achieving stardom – and that’s just for the winners.
The reality show created purely to generate viewing ratings for the TV company behind it and put many more thousands in the pockets of its creator. The failures have far outweighed the successes, with many falling by the wayside in a short space of time.
However one exception to the norm is Northern Ireland’s Janet Devlin who has gone on to achieve much since her appearance on the show. Poised to release her debut album Running with Scissors on the back of a single called ‘Creatures of the Night’, Mark Dean recently caught up with Janet to discuss what she had been up to musically in the last couple of years.
I’ve just been listening to your album prior to the call. Its very impressive and that’s coming from someone who usually prefers rock music.
Can you clear up something for me at the outset. I have seen it promoted as your “debut release.” I actually thought that had been the “Hide and Seek” release?
It had been a Pledge release I believe, is that correct?
The album is preceded by a single ‘Creatures of the Night’ which has a great animated video to accompany it? Did the inspiration and idea behind that come directly from your own personal interest in cartoons?
You made that video I think with the same director that you had worked on for “Wonderful” video?
Returning to the album I note that you have a few co-writers on there. Doesn’t that detract from the personal connection to the songs?
After the album is released you are embarking on the unusually named “My Delirium” tour in December. First off, where did that tour title originate from? It doesn’t directly link to any of the song titles on your album.
It follows on?
The tour includes a couple of Northern Ireland shows. Belfast and a hometown show for you in Omagh? Is this second tour a more extensive one than the last tour?
My research has indicated that you are personally more of a rock fan than a pop fan. Obviously you played a cracking version of the Guns & Roses song on the show,as well as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. You are also reported as being a huge fan of bands like Foo Fighters and Nirvana.Which do you prefer then rock or pop?
I understand you are happy and content in what you are doing right now.Your album includes a few surprises.There are collaborations and some co-writing with Newton Faulkner. How did that come about?
There is also a cover song by The Cure on the album, ‘Friday I’m in Love.’ Was that a song that was suggested to you,or one that you had grown up with?
In your short career already you have had many high points .You have played for the Dali Lama, performed at both Croke Park and Casement Park. You have also received an honorary award at a civic reception in your own hometown of Omagh. If you could pick one standout moment and highlight for you personally what would that be?
X-Factor – a blessing or a curse – obviously unlike many others you have moved on and still have a musical career. It got you into the public eye, but at the same time it destroys your privacy and also leads to people labelling you as a direct result?
I read that you have your own followers who call themselves the Devlinators – is that inspiring or actually a wee bit scary?
Is social media a tool that you will embrace and engage frequently with fans?
What next for you? You have new video, album release and then the December tour. Have you made plans further ahead, I know many artists have a schedule planned nearly a year ahead…
Janet Devlin’s new single ‘Creatures of the Night’ is released today, 22nd September 2014. Janet will play Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast on 22nd December and Strule Arts Centre, Omagh on 23rd December 2014. Tickets available now.