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Devon Winston – Trance Life Girl 001

As many of you might not know, I’ve been friends with Devon Winston for a little over a decade. We’ve had our ups and downs, but I’m glad that I can depend on her, especially with the growth of Trance Life. I’ve decided to allow her free-reign on her updates and as such, many of them will be categorized under the category of Rave Life. As you may know, she is a 23-year-old rave babe that has a knack for designing one-of-a-kind rave bras and outfits. But there are many aspects of her life that you may be unfamiliar with, especially if you only see her updates on Instagram. On that note, here are some of the questions I saw fit to ask her as the first official Trance Life Girl.

Who is Devon Winston and what does Trance Life mean to you?

I’m just your typical indigo child trying to find her way in life. I’m an artistic soul and a living conundrum; confident but insecure, ambitious but lazy, I act like a child, yet I’m wise beyond my years. Sometimes I’m so sure of who I am, other times, I look in the mirror and don’t fully recognize myself. I like having connections with people, but I also have a need to withdraw from the world and just shut everything out to get lost in my thoughts. And that’s what the trance life means to me, Trance: ON / World: OFF.

What is your favorite genre of EDM and why? Does it fluctuate? (Don’t worry, trance doesn’t have to be your answer.)

I would actually have to say Chillstep. It’s just so moving and relaxing, I get lost in it for hours. I usually just listen to whatever I’m in the mood for. Sometimes I’ll be listening to trance for days and then I just feel like switching it up and jamming out to Dada Life. I have a pretty eclectic taste in music, ranging from progressive house to psytrance. I mostly just like music that evokes emotion and takes you on a mental journey, which is why Porter Robinson is my absolute favorite.

What do you think of the growth of EDM festivals in the past decade?

Well, there are a lot of pros and cons to the explosion and commercialization of EDM over the past few years. For one, the music has evolved and a lot of great sub-genres were born, giving people a wider range of music to listen to. The festivals have upgraded in production, creating an out of this world experience. But on the other hand, it became so mainstream that festivals became diluted with fist pumping frat bros that were just there to “rage” and party, not because they were there for the love of the music and the culture.

When were you first introduced to rave culture?

In my sophomore year of high school, I was listening to Benny Benassi on my iPod and my friend Yves noticed, so he suggested I check out Infected Mushroom and I instantly loved their music. After that I just started checking out more electronic artists like Deadmau5 and The Bloody Beetroots and it snowballed from there. Then I heard about some of these artists coming to Miami for a music festival called Ultrafest so I decided to go with some friends and I fell in love with the scene! I met so many cool people, danced in public for the first time, and felt a happiness I hadn’t felt since I was a kid. That was when EDM really started changing my life.

What inspired you to start making rave outfits?

I have always been an artistic person and I was especially drawn to fashion; I actually studied fashion at The Miami International University of Art and Design. I noticed the evolution of rave fashion at Ultra 2012, and to be honest I wasn’t too fond of it at first. I was a “rocker” (listening to heavy metal, alternative, screamo) and the rave scene mostly consisted of rockers when I first entered, so when all of these girls started showing up in bedazzaled rhinestones and flower headbands, I was a little put off because I actually thought it was kind of silly. It took me awhile to realize that the trend had started because someone had the idea to wear something as sparkly and beautiful as the music makes them feel, it was a form of self expression, and I am all for self expression. But I already owned so much cyber goth gogo ravewear that I just kept wearing it to festivals. It wasn’t until 2013 that rave outfits sparked my interest because it had reached a new level. Mermaids, unicorns, fairies and cartoon characters started popping up and I was crazy about the creativity. I had always been drawn to fantasies, goddesses, vampires, any kind of fictional creatures, so I was eager to start making some of my childhood visions come to life.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your outfits?

Other than my favorite sci-fis and animes, I draw from my personal style. Like I said, I’ve always been very into fashion and just like my taste in music, my taste in fashion is pretty wide ranging. I have so many idea for outfits that I can’t even find the time to create them all.

Photo Credit: Verbe Photography | UNICUTT | iHeartRaves

About The Author

Robert Arrow

Founder of Trance Life. I was first introduced to the rave community in 2010 at my first Ultra. I instantly fell in love with trance and its subgenres, finding solace in uplifting and vocal trance. I started Trance Life to share my love of trance with the world and to encourage others to always work on improving themselves. "If we stop growing, we regress."

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