Dev initially trained as an actor at the Anna Scher theatre in Islington from the age of 9. With regular parts in television and theatre productions, including the Royal Shakespeare company, Dev thought he had found his craft. That was until a friend taught him about new tunes and how to mix. From then on pretty much nothing else mattered but music.
He started DJing at 13 with some decks he bought with is his paper round money, and then spent every spare penny on vinyl from dingy basement record shops. Later at the age of 16 he earned a regular Thursday night slot on an infamous pirate radio station in North London whilst also Dj’ing at clubs up and down the country. After leaving school he DJ’d for a summer in Ayia Napa at the peak of the garage phenomena; DJing to huge crowds and warming up for some of his favourite DJs like DJ EZ. It was safe to say music was now firmly in his heart forever.
Later that year Dev piloted with a childhood friend for a new kids TV show and was soon on BBC2 every Sunday morning masquerading as a presenter come DJ to millions of young people. His popularity was undeniable and shortly led to new BBC digital music station 1xtra knocking on his door. After a few pilots he had his own Saturday show on the station, enabling him to fuse his passion for music with his new love, radio.
For a while Dev juggled his radio show with DJing, whilst managing to film a sitcom and help write another CBBC show called “The Crust” with school friend Reggie Yates. However Dev realised 1xtra was a big break so made the tough decision to step away from TV work to concentrate on his radio show. The decision soon paid off and after a short stint hosting early Breakfast on the station the powers that be moved him over to BBC juggernaut station Radio 1. Dev began on weekend early breakfast and then, after gaining significant momentum, he started on weekday early breakfast, firstly before the then host Chris Moyles and then Nick Grimshaw. Dev now hosts the weekend breakfast show from 6am - 10am.
At the same time as doing early breakfast on Radio 1 Dev completed a music degree and also began running a recording studio in North London. He now produces and remixes for lots of different bands and artists as well as doing his own stuff which has been played on several national radio stations including Radio 1 and 1xtra under the name iNSOMNiAC SHACK.
DJing is still one of Dev’s passions, always playing a mix of electronic and high-octane party records. He has played at most Radio 1 Big Weekends, Ibiza, pretty much every holiday resort you can name, as well as clubs and student unions up and down the UK. Anyone that has ever seen him play knows that he really gets into the set leaving the booth with a sweaty fro and the dancefloor wanting more!
In addition to all this Dev still finds time to present regularly for BBC iplayer doing docs such as “Batman vs Superman” and “The truth behind Star Wars” as well as live streams for BBC3 / BBC Sport covering “League of Legends”
- BBC Radio 1 (Weekend breakfast show)
- BBC Radio 3
- BBC Radio 1xtra
- BBC iPlayer - Batman Vs Superman documentary
- BBC iPlayer - The Truth Behind Star Wars documentary
- Bargain Hunt, Children In Need Special - BBC1
- Celebrity Mastermind - BBC1
- Wild Things - Sky 1
- BBC iPlayer - BabyMetal documentary
- League of Legends Live Stream, BBC3 / BBC Sport
- The Live Lounge Uncovered, BBC iplayer
- Pointless Celebrities, BBC1
- BBC Children in need
- Radio 1 and 1xtra Stories “So you think you can lift”
- BBC Learning / BBC Two “Devs Music Tech”
- BBC Learning / BBC Two “Adapting Carmen: Re-imagining a Classic”
- Comic Relief
- CBBC / BBC 2 ‘smile’ & ‘the crust’
- BBC Learning / BBC Two ‘music technology’
- BBC Switch
- Royal Shakespeare company
- National youth music theatre
- BBC 2 ‘Crucial Films’