You know those concerts, where the venue is wall to wall and the crowd is dancing almost in sync? That’s what you get when you go see Operators. The new dance pop band was started by Dan Boeckner (of Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) with Sam Brown (of New Bomb Turks, Divine Fits) on drums and one smoking hot babe, Devojka, at the helm of the synthesizer. We had the chance to get a look behind the scenes of their cross-country tour and catch up with Devojka about life, style, music and everything in between. After talking with her, we love them even more. #girlcrush
TELL US ABOUT OPERATORS. DAN BOECKNER IS KIND OF A PRO AT STARTING BANDS. HOW DID YOU GUYS MEET? I met Dan years ago when I opened for Handsome Furs in Eastern Europe which is where I was living at the time. We didn’t really hang out until a year or so after, when we both realized we lived in the same state. At the time, I was working on solo stuff and he was working on what would become the foundation of Operators and we’d sort of shoot ideas off of each other and play on each other’s stuff for fun. I’ve always been a big fan of Dan’s and he is the nicest guy, so I was happy to help with writing and arrangement when and where I could. I didn’t necessarily want to be in the band so when Dan asked me to join I wasn’t really sure, initially. But once he told me Sam Brown had signed on, it kind of became a no-brainer. It really was just was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
WAS MUSIC ALWAYS IT FOR YOU? OR DO YOU HAVE A PAST LIFE? I don’t know about always, but once it clicked for me I knew I’d always be drawn to music as a creative expression. It took me a while to get to a place where I could consider it as a viable career. I grew up in an environment that stressed success on very conventional terms: be a doctor, be a lawyer, be a diplomat, be an accountant, or be a real estate agent. Art is a Hobby, Only a Hobby and Nothing More than a Hobby, Forever and Ever, Amen. When I was young, I really wanted to be an actress or a ballerina but it was hard to further myself in those areas on my own. When I got a guitar, it was a revelation. I didn’t need much in the way of outside resources and support to be able to play music. It was very liberating and gratifying. But again, I didn’t know how to consider it as more than a hobby. I definitely tried to waltz the waltz of someone who had their shit together: I graduated in political science (but still know nothing about politics), and after college I got a full-time job in retail management and barely got out alive. I half-heartedly tried to live up to the expectations of others, thinking that there was some sort of cap on what was wanted of me. But there is no cut-off point when you try to tailor your life for others; it’s a slippery slope of unsuccessful, clumsy, chameleonic attempts. I realized that once you graduate college, people want you to go to post-graduate school. Once you get a full-time job, people want you to get another, better full-time job. So yeah, I had to shut that down. [laughs] Folks at home, just remember: it’s probably better to ruin your life on your terms than on someone else’s. In any case, I’m grateful for my past life; it definitely makes me appreciate what it means to finally be in a place where I can play music full time.