Lisa and I had the pleasure of seeing the very talented Devonté “Dev” Hynes of Blood Orange last night. I was honored to have him sign my CDs and to see him live, practically in my backyard (considering he doesn’t do live shows all that often!)
Devonté “Dev” Hynes (born 23 December 1985), also known as Blood Orange and formerly Lightspeed Champion, is a British singer, composer, songwriter, producer and author. He has written for artists such asFlorence and the Machine, Diana Vickers and The Chemical Brothers on their 2007 Grammy award winning album We Are The Night. He is currently signed to Domino Records.
Hynes was born and raised in Ilford, East London. He was educated at the Chadwell Heath Foundation School, now known as Chadwell Heath Academy. He has resided in New York since 2007. The name ‘Lightspeed Champion’ comes from a series of comic strips Hynes drew as a teenager in his school mathematics books. Hynes was voted the 49th ‘coolest person in rock’ in NME’s 2007 Cool List, jumping to position 20 in the following year’s list. From their formation in 2004 until their break-up in 2006, Hynes was a member of the band Test Icicles, playing guitar, synth, and occasionally performing vocals. They released only one full-length album (For Screening Purposes Only) in 2005.
Hynes released his fourth studio album in November 2013 under his ‘Blood Orange’ moniker entitled Cupid Deluxe. Currently Hynes has been working with Mutya Keisha Siobhan on their forthcoming album.