Biography

Devonte "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 as Florence 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.

Dev Hynes was born in Houston Texas, 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.

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Lightspeed Champion works with Van Dyke Parks on Beach Boys-covering EP

Lightspeed Champion works with Van Dyke Parks on Beach Boys-covering EP

Dev Hynes lines up four-track release for December

  • Oct 19, 2010

Lightspeed Champion has emergency surgery to beat throat infection

'It's been a truly strange, strange week,' Dev Hynes admits

  • Apr 1, 2010

Lightspeed Champion announces new single, UK tour and ticket details

Dev Hynes to hit the road and release new single 'Madame Van Damme' in May

  • Feb 20, 2010

Lightspeed Champion marks Elvis Presley's 75th birthday with free song – video

Release is first in new series of free songs from Dev Hynes

  • Jan 8, 2010

Lightspeed Champion releases free bootleg album online

'House-Sitting Songs' is the first of at least 50 he plans to release

  • Dec 11, 2009

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10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week - Lightspeed Champion, Chickenhawk, Robyn

10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week - Lightspeed Champion, Chickenhawk, Robyn

Lightspeed Champion, Chickenhawk, Robyn

  • Nov 1, 2010

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Galaxy Of The Lost

  • May 2, 2008

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Tell Me What It’s Worth

  • Jan 31, 2008

Lightspeed Champion: Falling Off The Lavender bridge

'This planet is dull. It’s all traffic lights and trousers, sunburn and interest rates...'

  • Jan 28, 2008

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Midnight Surprise

  • Oct 15, 2007

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