Meet Cait Devin: The Guitar Community’s Most Charitable New Player | Guitar.com
At just 20 years old, Cait Devin is already climbing the industry ladder. Although she is a passionate singer-songwriter in her own right, the shredded collaborations she hosts through YouTube have not just been fundraisers for charity, but impressive mini-concerts where she has performed. been joined by some of social media’s most notable players and musicians, from Michael Angelo Batio to Lexi Rose, and more.
We tell her about the use of music to relieve health problems, her latest Shred collaboration, Jams For Benefits, and her recent single, jokes about you.
How long have you been playing guitar?
“I bought my first acoustic guitar when I was 14 and started playing acoustic concerts regularly when I was 15. When I was around 17, I started playing solo guitar and formed a hard rock band, and that’s where I got a lot of experience. After that, I decided to contact my favorite players, hoping to work with them. But lead has always been my second voice.
Since then you have organized numerous charity shred collaborations. Why haven’t you pursued a more linear solo career?
“Experiencing an illness like trigeminal neuralgia has really opened my eyes to what other health issues can really be struggling with. So, it really inspired me to do some charity work so that my projects can also benefit those in need. I have a main solo career alongside my guitar work – I’ve been a singer-songwriter since the very beginning of my career. I would consider the shred collaborations and things as a side project, but a very, very worthy project that I’m proud of.
What can you tell us about your future collaborations and projects?
“I’ve organized three mega shredding collaborations and a few more, including Vinnie Moore and Andy James. This next event will be called Jams for Benefits and it will be a multi-week concert series. I’ve partnered up with a new artist streaming platform called The Avenue, artists like Rikki Lee and Sarah Longfield have already made their own streams there. It’s a great place to build an audience.
“The event will open with a series of independent and underground artists and headliners, including Bill Hudson of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Michael Angelo Batio, Lexi Rose and many more. Each feed will have a tip jar attached and the proceeds will go to the Facial Pain Association – a link will be shareable for viewers to tune in – and they essentially provide resources for patients like me with trigeminal neuralgia. If you don’t know what it is, it is a severe chronic nerve pain that affects the trigeminal nerve that carries sensation from the face to the brain. More details and the full lineup will be announced later in October. “
What do you learn by collaborating with confirmed guitarists? Have you ever felt the pressure of being a rising and rising woman?
“Honestly, I don’t feel any pressure. I’m just happy to be here! I take tabs for a few solos from different people, and just go over exactly what they’re playing, so I’m definitely picking up a few guitar hits again. The more melodies in my brain, the better!
Who influences your sound as a guitarist?
“I have explored many genres. My recent single, jokes about you, has a very alternative pop touch with elements of hip hop and rock, I think that’s where I’m headed. I feel like I’ve found a sound in which I can express myself freely and be the most authentic. I was in the rock business for a long time – and I still consider myself given that I host all of these genre-based projects – but I’m open to artists of all kinds and try to think outside the box. I love songwriters like Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, but I’m also a huge fan of Doja Cat, The Weeknd, and Grimes. When it comes to my game, I have so many people that I admire who have influenced me, some that I can now call my friends including Sophie Burrell, Nita Strauss, Angel Vivaldi and many more!
Do you see future projects following a similar theme or going in a different direction?
“Alternative pop is definitely where my heart is – often accompanied by a few guitar riffs. I’m a lover of all styles and because of who I am as an artist I try my best not to label. But I’m really happy with where I am.
What are your goals as a guitarist and composer?
“I want to continue to fundraise for good causes – making music just for myself alone is sort of in vain. It is one of my goals for the future to eventually be signed and join a great team. And that doesn’t mean I can’t be a freelance artist forever – it’s definitely more than doable and fun – but being part of that “family” vibe would be cool. Of course, I have to tackle my illness a little more, but I am confident that I will get better and come back to life!
Cait Devin’s new single, jokes about you, is now available. Visit caitdevin.com for more information on its Jams For Benefits.