Fleetwood DeVille was born Nicholas Allan Lampkin on December 29, 1988, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Since learning songs by ear on his grandparents’ piano, singing tenor in his church’s youth choir, and playing drums during praise service, Fleetwood has held an unshakeable bond with music. Between those early exposures, and the encouragement of his older cousins throughout the 2000s in St. Louis, Fleetwood developed a curiosity which blossomed into a passion for hip hop.
After years of developing his skill and style, a chance run-in with veteran St. Louis and Los Angeles producer Mr. Skip-a-Beat at a 2008 Royce 5’9″ show, who connected the two with DJ Reminise, sparked work on an EP. While the project was never released, Fleetwood credits the meticulousness and intensity that his then-production team instilled, as a crucial and continual fuel for his creativity.
Fleetwood moved to D.C. in 2009 and it was another chance encounter, this time with the Philly native Right Mind (215), which would shift his course indelibly. Introductions to the Ill Street Grooves crew at DC WPFW 89.3 FM helped birth the emcee collective known as FAR Exp (Flex Mathews, Fleetwood DeVille, Ardamus, RNL, and Redhead). The outfit released three projects, including the 2014 album Vol. 3 The Expansion; performed at esteemed DMV venues such as The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Rock & Roll Hotel, U Street Music Hall, Kennedy Center, twice at Chris Carr’s Brooklyn Wildlife Festival in New York City, and served as hosts and headliners on the Belmont Bandstage at DC’s 2013 Adams Morgan Day.
As for Fleetwood DeVille individually, his first EP of original material While I Was Asleep was released in July 2013. He has two albums slated for 2016 release: Evidence of Life, a collaboration with DC area producer and songwriter P. Script, and D’Elegance: Alive and Living, his first live album. He is currently crafting the Grub Related Blendtape & his second studio LP, Fleetwood Is A Helluva Drug.
Since 2013, Fleetwood DeVille has been curator and host of The Dojo Expansion, a DC based cross-genre music showcase that has held more than 20 shows in just over than two years. In November 2015, he was backed by Romane and Lettuce at a feature on WPFW DC’s Live at 5. The following month, Fleetwood went on the 5-city DSGA December tour, which touched Albuquerque, NM; Lost Lake in Denver, CO; St. Louis, MO; Springfield, IL at the award-winning Torch Tuesday Concert Series; The Depot in Baltimore, MD.
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