Meet London Based R&B Vocalist: Bassette. “Itโ€™s scary releasing something youโ€™ve created…”

In today’s interview, I get the chance to speak with Bermudian vocalist, Bassette. The singer, currently based in London, has been around for about three years and after a small hiatus, is preparing for a major comeback early next year. In this interview, we discuss the struggles of debuting, the journey of finding her voice, and what’s inspired her from the start.
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Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: My name is Bassette, Iโ€™m 24 years old. Iโ€™m originally from Bermuda but, Iโ€™m based in London. I sing, write songs, laugh a lot and procrastinate too much!

Q: How would you describe your sound for those who have yet to hear your music?

A: Dreamy, bassy, lazy Sunday vibes…

Q: Your songs are generally about love & the complexity of it – why do you think you gravitate towards this topic? Where do you usually grab inspiration for these songs?

A: Everyone and anyone around me. Iโ€™m a good listener so my inspiration comes from friends, stories or situations mainly and also growing watching too many Jerry Springer episodes, observing trash relationships. (lol)


Q: Your latest song “Bermuda” – which you’ve described as a “celebration of wholehearted love” has received praises being called “infectious” and “tranquil”. As someone involved in 100% of your music, what is it like to hear praises like that?


A: It feels great to be honest! Itโ€™s scary releasing something youโ€™ve created or taken part in creating, you donโ€™t know how itโ€™s going to be received. Just because you like it, others may not and thatโ€™s OK but itโ€™s a long process from the creation of the song to actually releasing it so when it’s received well and given itโ€™s praises it makes the whole process worth it.


Q: For a period of time, London did not have any major artists producing R&B music, which is the category you tend to work around. I’m curious as to who some of your musical influences were growing up.

A: Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Destinyโ€™s Child and later on The Weeknd & Frank Ocean plus lots more!



Q: You’ve stated that you only started pursuing music while in university. Was music always a “what if” type of career (dream career) in your mind, or was there a specific moment that you realized you wanted to do it professionally? Did your family support this decision?

A: Iโ€™ve grown up knowing I was going to be a singer, I just didnโ€™t know how or whether it was realistic. My family wanted me to go down the route of school: university, get a job but I wasnโ€™t feeling that so I thought London is the best place to be to pursue music.

My parents wanted me to go to university so, for them I went to university, for me I chose universities in London so I could start to focus on my music. Here is where I found my first manager, started going studio & writing writing writing.

About 2 years into my move to London, I just didnโ€™t want to be at university anymore, I was there for the wrong reasons so I left and decided to focus wholeheartedly on the music. My family are my biggest fans now!


Q: The first time we heard music from you was in 2015, with the song “Cool Waters” which received buzz from indie music platforms (such as this) – what was the experience of writing and releasingย your first song like? – were you nervous?

A: Wow! Cool Water is still one of my faves actually but Iโ€™ve removed it from online.

With my first releases, I would just write in my room, so I have notebooks and notebooks filled with lyrics and ideas. I would take my lyric and melody ideas to a producer and theyโ€™d work their magic and make it into a song.

With my first EP (which is not available online anymore) I was still finding my sound and who I was as an artist so I feel it was incomplete and wasnโ€™t synchronised or the best I could do, so I removed it. One song from my first EP is still online though.

Yes! Iโ€™m always nervous when it comes to releases and everything else.. Iโ€™m just a nervous person lol



Q: You followed that up with the release of your debut project Midnight Sounds. How did that project come about?

A: Yes, Cool Water was part of the Midnight Sound EP, which was released late 2015. I just wanted to release a body of work to be honest but again, I didnโ€™t really understand my sound or where I was at musically so felt it was a bit rushed! Iโ€™ve removed it now!


Q: Around this time, London had been experiencing a new wave of artists, specifically in R&B, did you ever feel pressured into “fitting” the sound or did it influence you even more to get your music out there?

A: It definitely influenced me more to get out there.


Q: You followed up the project with a string of collaborations: “Playing for You” with producer Joe Hertz, “Boys with Guitars” ft. IshDARR & “Boys with Guitars” (Version 2) featuring Ms. Banks. Do you enjoy collaborating? Are there any artists you currently want to collab with?


A: Yes, I love collaborating. You can give two artists the same beat and the end results will sound completely different because each person adds their own personality and flavour so I love working with other people and hearing their ideas.

I would love to work with Beyoncรฉ of course. Even just observing how she works, her creative process and learning her work ethic!


Q: Speaking of “Boys with Guitars” – what inspired you to release two versions? Did you specifically reach out to these artists for a collaboration?

A:ย Yes, we reached out to both and loved what both of them did on the track so release both versions.



Q: After “Boys with Guitars”, we were hit with “Bermuda” which we spoke about earlier.

If I’m correct, this is the first visual you’ve released to accompany your music. What was the process of recording a music video like?


A: It was fun! I whole different world to what Iโ€™m used to! Iโ€™m grateful to Bossy Ldn who curated the video, we based the video off of theirย mood board so it was really cool to see their mood board some to life at the shoot.

Jack A Bowden directed the video with his team, so it was just fun vibes and positive attitudes all around. Ash Halliburton was the creative direction and built the set as we went along so all scenes were shot in one studio and built on the day! Itโ€™s pretty amazing now that I look back on it.


Q: As someone who’s been active for around 3 years now, I’m curious to know what part about being an artist is the most gratifying?

A: I love when people cover my songs! Like wow, you liked it enough to learn the lyrics and make a cover video! I always love watching them and I love seeing dance choreography to my songs as well.

Also, I love hearing the final product. When ideas youโ€™ve had in your head have come alive!


Q: What are some things you’ve learned since getting in this position? Are there any words of wisdom you can give aspiring musicians when it comes to patience, work ethic, etc.?

A: Accept help from others, teamwork makes things happen. Remember that you see the finished product, artists donโ€™t expose the hard work, time & effort that goes into a release


Q: You’ve remained relatively quiet for 2018 but is there anything we should be excited for within the year – early next year?

A: Yes! I have a whole project coming out during the early parts of next year! itโ€™s actually done, we just need to sprinkle some extra sauce on each track. Weโ€™ll have our next single out early next year!


Q: Is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?

A: Thereโ€™s lots of new music coming, bangin!

If you enjoyed the interview and would like to hear some of the music featured:

Make sure to stay updated with Bassette: Instagram, Twitter, SoundCloud

Meet NYC Alternative Pop Artist: Chloe Lilac. “I wouldโ€™ve never thought it would reach that many people…”

Coming off of a brief hiatus, Arcane is happy to present: Chloe Lilac. Raised in New York City, this Brooklyn native has become one of the most sought out alternative acts we’ve seen in a while. It seems the stripped down and laid back vibes Lilac offers in her music is just what we’ve needed in the industry.

Although she’s only been around for a year, her transparent lyrics and intimate performances has attracted a cult following (whom she calls “Flowers”).

Whether this is your first time hearing about Ms. Lilac, or you’re a self-proclaimed “Flower”, I think you will enjoy this insightful interview talking about everything from her influencers and street performing in New York City, to the release of her first song and being on tour!

Enjoy the interview!

Q: Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourself?

A:ย Hey! My nameโ€™s Chloe Lilac, Iโ€™m a singer/songwriter/producer from Brooklyn, New York.


Q: Your music is generally Pop (specifically Alternative & Bedroom Pop (Lo-fi)) – I’m curious as to who you listened to growing up? Who are some current artists you’ve been listening to?

A:ย Oh man, I listen to all types of stuff.

Growing up I mainly listened to Frank Zappa and The Talking Heads, ironically enough I wasnโ€™t really allowed to listen to pop music. Now, I listen to a lot of A Tribe Called Quest, Samm Henshaw, Mac Ayres, Mac Miller, Mac Demarco (many Macs), Lana Del Rey, Childish Gambino, Tyler, the Creator, Ski Mask, Car Seat Headrest and Hiatus Kaiyote.


Q: Did you always know that you would take on music professionally, or was there a specific moment that it all just … clicked?

A:ย Thatโ€™s a great question! Itโ€™s been the only thing Iโ€™ve ever wanted to do, and ever since I can remember Iโ€™ve been writing songs. Iโ€™ve always had an insatiable drive to do music. I donโ€™t think Iโ€™d be able to do anything else.


Q: Once you decided to become an artist, how did you go about it? (Did you begin by songwriting/producing/performing/etc?)

A:ย Iโ€™ve been writing songs my entire life, and performing in bands ever since I was 8 years old. I began by producing my own songs when I was 10 on Garageband. Then when I was 13, a friend told me to check out this website, SoundCloud, itโ€™s been history ever since.


Q: I know for a short time you busked (performing outside) , was it ever intimidating – especially living somewhere like New York City? Where did you get the confidence to do that?

A:ย Again, I was desperate to succeed in music and I had no idea how to infiltrate the music scene. I have the outrageous privilege of growing up/living in New York City, so my impulsive 13 year old brain concluded that the best way to go about getting exposure was to busk. I was never scared, I was honestly just so desperate for success that nothing mattered.


Q: After a short time busking, you were introduced to a producer named Bobby Yewah – how was it meeting for the first time? How has he helped you musically?

A:ย I LOVE BOBBY!! Thatโ€™s the MAN. He took me under his wing and taught me so much about myself, confidence, and music. Iโ€™d come in with a song written, play it for him on the piano, heโ€™d produce it out in like 2 hours (so talented) and then weโ€™d watch Netflix and eat Wendyโ€™s. He taught me how to be a recording artist. Not every take has to be perfect. Having fun in the studio and talking about real shit is important. Music is about connection. He also taught me that working with a producer is a collaboration. The song is both of yours.

Chloe Lilac, Recklass

Q: Early last year, you released your first song “Reckless”, what was that experience like?

A:ย I was at a really interesting time in my life. I was being really reckless (hence the name) at the time and was really finding myself as a young woman. I wanted to write about how much of a mess I was. Being a kid in New York, you grow up faster than a lot of other places. It was the first song I had ever professionally recorded, and I was so nervous the whole time. Bobby calmed me down and was super patient.


Q: Once the recording process was completed, how did you feel listening to it as a whole? Were you nervous about releasing it?

A:ย I cried when I first listened to it. I couldnโ€™t believe it was me. I honestly wasnโ€™t that nervous, I was excited to see the reaction online.


Q: Do you ever get nervous when you release new material?

A:ย OH YEAH. Definitely, especially when itโ€™s a song about a specific person.


Q: What type of advice could you give aspiring artists (specifically musicians) when it comes to debuting?

A:ย Just put it out there, take a deep breath and let it rock. Donโ€™t try to control the outcome. Surrender to the process and everything will follow.


Q: Almost a year to your debut, you released your fourth song, “Your Worst” which has accumulated over 10,000 plays (on Soundcloud alone). Can you briefly explain what the song is about?

A:ย It was about this guy that I really liked, that Iโ€™d on and off talked to for a pretty long time. We always ended up hating each other, then half a year to a year later weโ€™d always end up back where we started. It had been a vicious cycle for a while. We were at the not talking phase and I missed him, so this was how I coped with it.


Q: What (or who) exactly influences you to write and how do you maintain creativity?

A:ย All my songs are about real shit. Thatโ€™s why I get nervous about releasing them. Childish Gambino is my biggest inspiration, as well as Lana Del Rey.


Q: Shortly after Your Worst, you released, what can be called your signature song, “Stolen Liquor” – which was praised by sources like Nylon Magazine. Did you ever expect this song to catch on so quickly and reach as many people as it did?

A:ย Oh my gosh no – I screamed when I saw Nylon picked it up! That was crazy, Nylon is such an iconic magazine. Shook canโ€™t even begin to describe how I felt. I wouldโ€™ve never thought it would reach that many people in such a short time. It was really really cool.

Q: When you perform, does it ever overwhelm/encourage you to see just how many people enjoy your music? Where do you think you would be most shocked to learn you had fans? … Do you happen have a name (or any ideas) for your supporters yet?

A:ย I always get surprised when people like my music. Iโ€™m so in my head about it that when people tell me they like it, it takes me off guard (in the best way). Iโ€™m honestly always shocked to hear I have fans. It brings me so much joy. I have no idea what Iโ€™d call them, maybe flowers?


Chloe Lilac, Live 2.JPG
Photo by Olivia Kearney

Q14: Speaking of performances, you are about to head on tour with alternative pop/rock singer Sasha Sloan for a few shows, are you excited? How did you guys even connect?

A:ย Iโ€™M SO EXCITED!!! I opened for Rejjie Snow recently, and then she reached out to my manager about me opening for her. Iโ€™m so grateful for the opportunity.




Q: Should the crowd be prepared to sing along to your latest hit single “Summer” while you’re on stage? What can we expect from your set?

A:ย Just good vibes and fun. I want people to feel comfortable dancing and feel at home! When Iโ€™m performing it should be a safe space for expression, I want everyone to leave with a smile on their faces knowing they had a good time.


Q: After the tour, should we be waiting for a Chloe Lilac project, and maybe even a tour/mini tour of your own by 2019? Are there any places/events you would like to perform in the future?

A:ย I just finished my EP, so hopefully itโ€™ll come out soon! Camp Flog Gnaw is a festival Iโ€™ve always wanted to perform at. The Bowery Ballroom is a dream of mine to sell out and play. Also Madison Square Garden, but thatโ€™s a little more long term! Iโ€™d also love to go to London and Paris and do a couple shows there.

Chloe Lilac

Q: For a new artist, you have accomplished quite a bit, from countless stellar performances to acknowledgement from established sources in the industry – I’m curious as to what some of your goals (whether work related or personal) for the rest of the year are?

A:ย Thank you! I want to make good music, help out other artists and connect with as many people as possible, as well as build up my fan base and start my album. Also, perform a LOT. In terms of my personal life, try to be the best person I can be and the best friend I can be.



Q: Because you are such a consistent artist, and seem very hard-working, how do you spend your free time? What advice can you give other creatives about balancing a work and personal life?

A:ย Iโ€™m still figuring out the balance, honestly. I have an amazing group of friends that I love so much. My advice is: try to find like minded, supportive, creative people. Personally, Iโ€™ve found being sober or if not keeping it in strict moderation has helped me a lot with keeping my work life/priorities on track and keeping my drive up.


Q: Lastly, is there anything you would like to say to your supporters?

A:ย Thank you all so much! Really, Iโ€™m incredibly grateful. Donโ€™t hesitate to reach out! Big love to all of you and new music is on the way!


If you enjoyed this interview and would like to hear the songs featured throughout the interview you can choose from the selection below:


Lastly, stay updated by following her on: Soundcloud, Instagram, and Twitter!

Meet South Korean R&B Artist: jeebanoff. “If people in the US are open-minded when listening to Korean songs, anyone can find Korean artists who match well with their personal taste.” (Eng. Ver)

If you’ve been checking on Arcane, then you are already aware that this week has been dedicated towards artists coming out of Asia โ€” specifically, South Korea. As I mentioned in the letter I released on Monday, I’ve been a fan of music coming out of the country for almost a decade so having the opportunity to speak to artist from there has been a blessing.

Today’s interview will be with South Korean R&B singer jeebanoff. His original interview was posted on Monday but in order for international readers (in this case, us) to learn more about him, he offered to release an English version as well.

Hopefully after reading this interview you will check out his music and even take his advice when it comes to discovering music coming out of Korea!

Read below for full interview:

Click here for original interview.


Q: Hello, is this your first time having an American interview? Are you excited?

A: Yes; this is my first interview with American media. Iโ€™m looking forward to seeing what kind of questions you have about jeebanoff as an artist.



Q: Would like to introduce yourself?

A: I am jeebanoff, a singer-songwriter based in South Korea. Since my debut, I have continuously made songs based off of genres within the electronic music scene. I enjoy putting R&B and soul vocals on tracks from various genres so I’ve been sharing that blend of R&B vocals and various styles with my audience.




Q: I know you debuted around 2 years ago. How long have you been interested in music?

A: I really started listening and being interested in music around my first year of high school. I spent a lot of my time digging through a bunch of different genres to find a sound that I like – it took a long time but ultimately I ended up focusing on and studying R&B and soul.




Q: Did you always want to be a musician?

A: Well, at least once I began doing music, I never thought about doing any other job.



Q: Did your family support your decision to make music? Or did you have to persuade them?

A: I spent about three years persuading them. But ever since they allowed me start doing music in my first year of high school, ย it has been nothing but support – theyโ€™ve believed in me ever since.


JeebanoffQ: What advice would you give someone without a support system?

A: When I started out, I had nothing, and like anyone else, I had to go to distributors but ended up getting rejected by the larger companies every time. One distributor told me that in order to draw the attention of distribution companies, typically artists have to start out with a single and follow it up with regular releases to show some kind of momentum. But I wasn’t feeling it.

In today’s market where you need exposure in order to get your music heard, I felt like singles released that way would end up becoming just another song in an overwhelming deluge of releases. I decided to just make a project that showed my true colors – whether I got a lot of exposure or not. ย I wanted to make a project that didn’t necessarily get a lot of attention from the start with a large-scale promotion, but instead one that spread through word-of-mouth like a favorite hole-in-the-wall diner.

So, promotion was not given at all – I just created a regular EP. As I expected, I didn’t get any attention in the first month. But after a few months I often found myself waking up to news that my album was featured in some of my favorite media outlets. They usually would describe it as a well-developed album by an independent with rich content.

I’m saying this because there may be someone reading this who is just starting out and thinks that if you want to make money off of a song and become successful that you absolutely need a well-established support system. But I’m starting to wonder if we really need that kind of support system if we simply enjoy music and want to create our own art. I think that as long as you do a good job telling a story within your work in a way that makes sense, people will be willing to listen to it.



Q: How has this experience (starting your career – now) been so far?

A: Iโ€™m not exactly sure how to answer this question. But if youโ€™re asking whether things have worked out the way I hoped, I guess I can say that they have. Iโ€™ve released an album, got a better reaction that I had expected, received an award, and I’ve personally felt that more and more people listen to my content with each album.



Q: Since your debut, you have been extremely consistent. Have you always had this kind of work ethic?

A: ย I do think it will change eventually. People going through changes is normal. But for now I just want to work on the kind of music that I want to make and write the kind of lyrics that I want to write. Of course there will come a time when I might make music that is more commercially accepted and enjoyed by a larger audience. For the time being, I want to keep sharing what I want to share. Even if I do get more fans in the future, I want them to become my fans through the music that I enjoy and not necessarily through commercialized music.



Q: Because you are so consistent, is it hard to stay creative (inspired)?

A: Hmmโ€ฆ I don’t think it has much to do with consistency. Solely, because the values of music are what they are, the inspiration for creativity is comes in its own separate situation.



Q: I know that you are part of the music collective House on Mars. Since every artist in this collective is extremely talented – ย do you guys tend to feed off off each other’s creativity?

A: House on Mars is a group of artists that I brought together. I only included artists that I liked and those that have the best chemistry musically. Although we all listen to similar music and weโ€™re able to empathize with each other, all the music we produce individually is different in it’s own special way. I think that’s the most attractive thing we have going for us. I always wonder how we could listen to the same thing and come up with so many different ideas. They are great friends of mine who help open up different perspectives for me.




Q: How do you usually find inspiration for the songs you make?

A: I usually get inspiration from my experiences, especially those that happen while Iโ€™m making the album. It can be love, my life, friends, or another person’s story that I found interesting.




Q: Out of all the songs you’ve released: what was the hardest to write? Easiest?

A: The hardest one would probably be โ€œSoftโ€. A lot went in to that song. From the tempo, to the key, chords, transition points and overall mood it was hard to explain everything that I had in my head to the producer LNNN. I would spend nights going over the rhythm with my mouth to get the idea of what kind of sound sources and rhythm I wanted for the song.

I think the easiest one was โ€œThen Weโ€. I remember the lyrics took 10 minutes to write and the beat was already made, so it was one of the faster projects out of my favorite songs. I remember it was pretty much the only up-tempo and exciting song on the album. Although, of course, the lyrics aren’t necessarily depicting a good situation.



Q: The first song I heard from you was “Polaroid” in 2016 off your debut project So Fed Up. As of 2018, the project has accumulated over 230,000 plays in total. Are you surprised by all the feedback?

A: Well, it’s hard to understand just how much 230,000 really is, but I really appreciate the feedback for the So Fed Up EP. Iโ€™m so proud and forever thankful.



Q: From the very beginning of your career, you seemed to be open to features. How do you decide who to work with?

A: It’s not really so much a decision of whether or not to work with someone. I pretty much decide to do a project if the music is good. Sometimes people ask me for a featuring fee before they even play music. I hardly ever work with them. I guess itโ€™s just if the music fits with me.



Q: I know one artist you like is Jay Park. If you got the chance to work with him, would you?

A: Yes, I would. It feels like he’s making all of his dreams come true. I’ve never had a chance to talk to him, but if I did, I’d really like to work with him.



Q: I’ve been listening to K-Pop for about 10 years. Right now, in America – I can definitely say there is a new wave of interest in the genre. (thanks BTS). ย Are there any musicians you would like to see get more recognition in the western world?

A: There are many respected artists in Korea. The most disappointing part is the language barrier. I think that just as Koreans listen to American pop, if people in the US are open-minded when listening to Korean songs, anyone can find Korean artists who match well with their personal taste.




Q: Would you ever travel here to promote your music in the future?

A: I would be honored. It is a country I have never been to before, and I wonder what kind of music Americans actually enjoy listening to, singing and making. When I get the chance to share my music with people there, I am curious to see what their reaction is.



Q: Before I forget; Congratulations on winning Best R&B & Soul Song at the Korean Music Awards! Did you expect that win?

A: Thank you. And no, I never imagined it, so my acceptance speech probably sounded really dumb. After that I decided that if I ever get another chance, I’m going to have to be really prepared.



Q: What are some of your hopes for 2018?

A: I think the only goal would be to complete my studio album. I certainly hope I can do it.



Q: Last, but not least. Is there anything you want to say to your supporters?

A: I think I’ll be able to continue to share music that I like with you as I’ve been doing. I really appreciate that you all show interest in whatever kind of music I bring to the table.


Make sure to follow jeebanoff on social media: SoundCloud, Instagram

To listen to his latest project Karma, click here.


Meet South Korean R&B Singer: Henmi. (Kor. Ver)

๋งŒ๋‚˜ Henmi.

์ด ์„œ์šธ ๊ฐ€์ˆ˜ ์ž ์‹œ ๋™์•ˆ ์ง€๊ธˆ ์Œ์•…์„ ๋งŒ๋“ค์–ด์™”๋‹ค. ์˜ค๋žœ ์ค‘๋‹จ ๋์— ๊ทธ๋…€๋Š” 2016 ๋…„์— “Deep Shadow”ํ”„๋กœ์ ํŠธ๋กœ ์Œ์•…์œผ๋กœ ๋Œ์•„ ์™”์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ด ํ”„๋กœ์ ํŠธ๋Š” I Know์™€ “Back in the Day“์™€ ๊ฐ™์€ ๋…ธ๋ž˜๋ฅผ ํ†ตํ•ด ์„ฑ๊ณต์„ ๊ฑฐ๋‘์—ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ €๋Š” ์Œ์•…, ๊ทธ๋…€์˜ ์œก์„ฑ, ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ํ›จ์”ฌ ๋”์— ๋Œ€ํ•ด ๊ทธ๋…€์™€ ์–˜๊ธฐ ํ•  ์ˆ˜์žˆ๋Š” ๊ธฐํšŒ๋ฅผ ์–ป์—ˆ๋‹ค. โค

์ธํ„ฐ๋ทฐ๋ฅผ ์ฆ๊ธฐ์‹ญ์‹œ์˜ค.

English Ver. will be released 3/21


Q: ์šฐ๋ฆฌ ๋…์ž๋“ค์€ ์ฒ˜์Œ์œผ๋กœ ๋‹น์‹ ์— ๊ด€ํ•ด ๋“ฃ๊ณ  ์žˆ์„์ง€๋„ ๋ชจ๋ฆ…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ž์‹ ์„ ์†Œ๊ฐœ ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๊นŒ?

A: ์•ˆ๋…•ํ•˜์„ธ์š” ์ €๋Š” ํ•œ๊ตญ์—์„œ ์•Œ์•ค๋น„ ์Œ์•…์„ ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ๋Š” Henmi๋ผ๊ณ  ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค



Q: ๋‹น์‹ ์˜ ์Œ์•…์„ ์–ด๋–ป๊ฒŒ ํ‘œํ˜„ ํ•˜์‹œ๊ฒ ์Šต๋‹ˆ๊นŒ?

A: ๋‚ด๊ฐ€ ํ•˜๊ณ ์‹ถ์€ ์–˜๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ์ œ์ผ ์†”์งํ•˜๊ฒŒ ํ‘œํ˜„ํ• ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š” ๋ฐฉ๋ฒ•์ด์—์š” . ์‚ฌ๋ž‘์–˜๊ธฐ๊ฐ€ ๋ ์ˆ˜๋„ ์žˆ๊ณ  ์–„๋ฏธ์šด์นœ๊ตฌ ์–˜๊ธฐ,๊ฐ€์กฑ,์ข‹์•„ํ•˜๋Š” ์Œ์‹์–˜๊ธฐ ๋“ฑ๋“ฑ ํ• ์ˆ˜์žˆ๋Š”์–˜๊ธฐ๊ฐ€ ์ฐธ ๋งŽ์ฃ  ใ…Žใ…Ž



Q: ๊ฐ€์กฑ ์ค‘์— ์Œ์•…์ ์œผ๋กœ ๊ด€์‹ฌ์ด์žˆ๋Š” ์‚ฌ๋žŒ์ด ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๊นŒ?

A: ์–ธ๋‹ˆ๋„ ์–ด๋ ธ์„๋•Œ ๊ฐ™์ด ์Œ์•…์„ ํ–ˆ์—ˆ์–ด์š”. ย ๋…ธ๋ž˜๋„ ๋ถ€๋ฅด๊ณ  ํ”ผ์•„๋…ธ๋„ ์น˜๊ณ  ์ž‘๊ณก๋„ ํ–ˆ์—ˆ์–ด์š”. ย ์ง€๊ธˆ์€ ๋‹ค๋ฅธ์ผ์„ ํ•˜๊ณ ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค ^_^





Q: ๋‹น์‹ ์ด ์ „๋ฌธ์ ์œผ๋กœ์ด ์ž‘์—…์„ ์ˆ˜ํ–‰ํ•˜๊ธฐ๋กœ ๊ฒฐ์ •ํ–ˆ์„ ๋•Œ, ๋‹น์‹ ์€ ๋‹น์‹ ์˜ ๊ฐ€์กฑ์˜ ์ง€์›์ด ์žˆ์—ˆ๋‚˜์š”?

A: ๊ฐ€์กฑ์˜ ์ง€์›์€ ์—†์—ˆ์–ด์š” . ๋ถ€๋ชจ๋‹˜ ๋ชจ๋‘๊ฐ€ ๋ฐ˜๋Œ€ํ–ˆ๋˜ ์ผ์ด๋ผ. ย ์Œ์•…์— ๋Œ€ํ•ด์„œ ์„ค๋ช…ํ•˜๋ ค๋ฉด ํ• ์ˆ˜๋ก
๋ฐ˜๋Œ€๊ฐ€ ์‹ฌํ•ด์ง€์…จ์–ด์š” ย ๊ฒฐ๊ณผ๋กœ ๋ณด์—ฌ์ฃผ๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด์„œ. ย ๊ณผ์ •์€ ๊ตณ์ด ์–˜๊ธฐํ•˜์ง€ ์•Š์•˜์–ด์š”. ํ‹ฐ๋„ ๋‚ด์ง€ ์•Š์•˜๊ตฌ์š”.





Q: ๋‹น์‹ ์˜ ์Œ์•…์€ ์ผ๋ฐ˜์ ์œผ๋กœ R & B์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ท€ํ•˜์˜ ์˜ํ–ฅ ์ค‘ ์ผ๋ถ€๋Š” ๋ˆ„๊ตฌ์ธ๊ฐ€?

A: ์–ด๋ ธ์„๋•Œ ๋“ฃ๋˜ ์Œ์•…๋“ค์ด ํฌ๋ฆฌ์Šค๋ธŒ๋ผ์šด, ์•จ๋ฆฌ์ƒคํ‚ค์Šค ์˜ ์Œ์•…๋“ค์ด๋ผ ์˜ํ–ฅ์ด ์ปท๋˜๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•„์š”



Q: ๋‹น์‹ ์ด ์ถœ์‹œ ๋œ ์ฒซ ๋ฒˆ์งธ ๋…ธ๋ž˜๋Š” 5 ๋…„ ์ „ ์ฃผ์œ„์— ๋‚˜์™”๋‹ค. ๋‹น์‹ ์€ ๊ธด์žฅ ์žˆ์—ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๊นŒ?

A: ๋ถ€๋ชจ๋‹˜๊ป˜ ๋ณด์—ฌ์ฃผ๋Š” ์ฒซ๋ฒˆ์งธ ๊ฒฐ๊ณผ๋ฌผ์ด์—ฌ์„œ. ๋งŽ์ด ๊ธด์žฅํ–ˆ์—ˆ์–ด์š” . ย ๋‹คํ–‰ํžˆ ์ข‹์€๋ฐ˜์‘์ด์—ฌ์„œ ์ง€๊ธˆ๊นŒ์ง€ ์Œ์•…์„ ํ• ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š”๊ฑฐ๊ฐ™์•„์š”



Q: ์Œ์•…์„ ๊ณต๊ฐœํ•˜๊ธธ ์›ํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ๊ธด์žฅํ•œ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ์—๊ฒŒ ์–ด๋–ค ์กฐ์–ธ์„ ๋“œ๋ฆฝ๋‹ˆ๊นŒ?

A: ๊ฐ์ถ”๊ณ  ์žˆ์œผ๋ฉด ์•„๋ฌด๋„ ์•Œ์•„์ฃผ์ง€ ์•Š์•„์š”. ย ย ์ด์„ธ์ƒ์— ์Œ์•…ํ•˜๋Š” ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค์€ ๋„ˆ๋ฌด๋„ ๋งŽ๊ณ  ์ƒ‰๊น”๋„ ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ๋งŽ์ฃ 
๊ทธ์ค‘์— ๋‹น์‹ ์˜ ์Œ์•…์„ ์ข‹์•„ํ•˜๋Š” ์‚ฌ๋žŒ์ด ๋‹จ ํ•œ์‚ฌ๋žŒ์ด๋ผ๋„. ย ์žˆ๋‹ค๋ฉด ์Œ์•…์„ ํ•˜๋Š” ์ด์œ ๋Š” ์ถฉ๋ถ„ํ•˜๋‹ค๊ณ  ์ƒ๊ฐํ•ด์š” ใ…Ž



Q: 2016 ๋…„ ๋‹น์‹ ์€ ๋‹น์‹ ์˜ ๋ฐ๋ท” ์•จ๋ฒ”, ๊นŠ์€ ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์ž๋ฅผ ๋ฐœํ‘œํ–ˆ๋‹ค. ๋‹น์‹ ์€ ๊ฐ„๋‹จํžˆ ๋Œ€ํ•ด ๋ฌด์—‡์ธ์ง€ ์„ค๋ช… ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๊นŒ?

A: ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ•  ๋•Œ ๊ฐ๊ฐ์  ์ธ ๊ฐ์ •์„ ๋ชจ๋‘ ํ‘œํ˜„ํ•œ๋‹ค.


Track 1 – โ€œMiss Youโ€ (๋Š” ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ์›€)
Track 2 – โ€œI Knowโ€ (๋Š” ์•ˆํƒ€๊นŒ์›€? ์•ˆ์“ฐ๋Ÿฌ์›€?)
Track 3 – โ€œWhite Girlโ€ (์€ ๋ณต์ˆ˜์‹ฌ)
Track 4 – โ€œBack in the Dayโ€ (ํ›„ํšŒ์Šค๋Ÿฌ์›€)
Track 5 – โ€œCrisisโ€ (๋ถˆ์•ˆ๊ฐ)
Track 6 – โ€œNightmareโ€ (์Šฌํ””)
Track 7 – โ€œThis Trueโ€ (์•„๋ฌด๊ฐ์ •์ด ์—†๋Š” /๋”์ด์ƒ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ•˜์ง€์•Š๋Š”)
Track 8 – โ€œWho Are Youโ€ (์ƒ์‹ค๊ฐ)



Q: ์™œ ์˜ˆ์ˆ ๊ฐ€์ด์ž ์ฒซ ๋ฒˆ์งธ ํ”„๋กœ์ ํŠธ์˜ ์ถœ์‹œ๋กœ ๋ฐ๋ท” ์‚ฌ์ด์˜ ์‹œ๊ฐ„ ๋“ฑ ๋งŽ์€ ์–‘์˜๊ฐ€ ์žˆ์—ˆ๋‹ค ์ƒ๊ฐํ•˜์‹ญ๋‹ˆ๊นŒ? ํ˜น์‹œ ํ”„๋กœ์ ํŠธ๋ฅผ ๋งŒ๋“ค ๋•Œ ์–ด๋ ค์›€์— ์ง๋ฉด ํ–ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๊นŒ?

A: ์„ฑ๋Œ€์˜ ๋ฌธ์ œ๊ฐ€ ์žˆ์–ด์„œ ๋…ธ๋ž˜๋ถ€๋ฅด๋Š” ๋ฐฉ๋ฒ•์„. ย ๋ฐ”๊พธ๋Š๋ผ ์‹œ๊ฐ„์ด ์ข€ ์˜ค๋ž˜๊ฑธ๋ ธ์–ด์š” ใ…Ž



Q: ๋ˆ„๊ตฐ๊ฐ€๊ฐ€ ๋‹น์‹ ์˜ ์Œ์•…์— ๋Œ€ํ•ด ๋‚˜์—๊ฒŒ ๋ฌป๋Š”๋‹ค๋ฉด, ์–ด๋–ค ๋…ธ๋ž˜ ๋‹น์‹ ์ด ๋‚  ๊ทธ๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ์ถ”์ฒœํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ์€ ๊ฒƒ?

A: Nightmare, Back in the Day



Q: ์ฐฝ์กฐ์  ์ธ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค์€ ์™„๋ฒฝ ์ฃผ์˜์ž๋ผ๋Š” ๋ฏฟ์Œ์ด ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ด ์ง„์ˆ ์— ๋™์˜ํ•˜์‹ญ๋‹ˆ๊นŒ? ๊ฐœ์ธ์ ์œผ๋กœ ๋‹น์‹  ์ž์‹ ์„ ์™„๋ฒฝ ์ฃผ์˜์ž๋กœ ๋ณด์‹ญ๋‹ˆ๊นŒ?

A: ๊ทธ๋ŸฐํŽธ์ธ๊ฑฐ๊ฐ™์•„์š” ํ•ญ์ƒ ์˜ˆ๋ฏผํ•˜๊ณ  ๊ณ ๋ฏผํ•˜์ฃ 



Q: ๋ฏธ๋ž˜์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ๊ณ„ํš์€ ๋ฌด์—‡์ž…๋‹ˆ๊นŒ?

A: ๋””์ง€ํ„ธ์‹ฑ๊ธ€์„ ๊ณ„์† ์ž์ฃผ ๋‚ผ๊ฒƒ์ด๊ณ  . ๋˜ ๋‹ค๋ฅธ ep์•จ๋ฒ” ํ›„์˜ ์ •๊ทœ์•จ๋ฒ”์„ ๋‚ผ์ƒ๊ฐ์ด์—์š”


Q: ๋งˆ์ง€๋ง‰์œผ๋กœํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ. ๋‹น์‹ ์€ ํŒฌ์„ ๋งํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ์€ ์ผ์ด ์žˆ๋‚˜์š”?

A: ๋‚ด๊ฐ€ ํ•˜๋Š” ์–˜๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๊ฐ™์ด ๊ณต๊ฐํ•˜๊ณ  ์ข‹์•„ํ•ด์ค˜์„œ ๊ณ ๋งˆ์›Œ์š”


๊ทธ๋…€์˜ ํ”„๋กœ์ ํŠธ “Deep Shadow“๋ฅผ ๋“ค์œผ๋ ค๋ฉด ์—ฌ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ํด๋ฆญํ•˜์‹ญ์‹œ์˜ค.

์ตœ์‹  ์ •๋ณด๋ฅผ ์–ป์œผ๋ ค๋ฉด ์†Œ์…œ ๋ฏธ๋””์–ด๋ฅผ ๋”ฐ๋ผ๊ฐ€์„ธ์š”: Instagram, SoundCloud

DaVionne. โ€œ. . . There is something about releasing your music, Itโ€™s like sharing a piece of your soul to the world. . . โ€

In today’s interview, I had the pleasure of speaking with upcoming singer/songwriter Davionne. At only 18 years old, it’s not only enjoyable, but admirable to witness the amount of talent and growth she has showcased since her debut in 2015. It seems she can only go up from here and we (Arcane that is . . . ) will be here to support her along the way. I got the chance to speak with her about her journey from the beginning until now, her creative process, and much more.

Read Below for full interview:


Q: Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourself to the readers?

A: Yes! My name is DaVionne, and Iโ€™m an 18 year old creative from Augusta, Georgia. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity, I hope you and the readers learn a bit more about me and my craft!ย 


Q: How would you describe your โ€œsoundโ€ for those who have yet to hear your music?

A: I would describe my sound as extremely unique in every sense of the word! If I could describe it, Iโ€™d say Iโ€™m R&B mixed with some folk undertones. Although I donโ€™t listen to folk, I do play the guitar and it heavily influences my music at times! I try to mesh Guitar and R&B/Hip-Hop to create a brand new sound.

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Q: Youโ€™re still very young, did you always have dreams to become an entertainer?

A: Iโ€™ve been singing for the majority of my life, but I didnโ€™t get serious about music until late last year. Because Iโ€™m a senior in highschool, Iโ€™m constantly surrounded by talks of college and people mapping out their future. I didnโ€™t know what I wanted to do and I didnโ€™t want to go to college with no plan and waste money but more importantly, I didnโ€™t want to waste time. Time is extremely precious, and you only have a set amount, so I just decided to spend my time doing something Iโ€™m good at and love!



Q: Is this a career choice your family supported or did it take a little persuasion to get them on board?

A: I have an extremely supportive family, they love music and they love me! I just want to make them proud and make their life a little easier.



Q: How has your journey (from debut until now) been thus far? (Exciting / Nerve-wracking)

A: From the beginning, Iโ€™ve always known that this music is my calling. But there is something about releasing your music, Itโ€™s like sharing a piece of your soul to the world, so thatโ€™s always nerve-wracking! But I have amazing supporters and Iโ€™ve grown tremendously! I look forward to a promising future as well!



Q: Your โ€œjourneyโ€ started a little over three years ago when you released the song โ€œHeโ€™s Got Meโ€. Do you remember the feeling you got once you released it for the world to hear?

A: That song was a huge step for me at that level, because I had never release any official music before so I was super nervous! I remember checking my amount of streams every 20 minutes! Iโ€™ve grown a lot since then.



Q: Are there any words of encouragement you could give to artists who may want to start their career, but are afraid of how theyโ€™ll be received?

A: Iโ€™d say to go for it! As I mentioned earlier, time is an extremely important factor because we only have a limited amount! It would be terrible to be at the end of your life looking back, and seeing all the opportunities you missed because you were fearful. Thereโ€™s this quote that I love and it says โ€œYou miss 100% of the shots you donโ€™t takeโ€. Iโ€™d also say that the music you make should be first for yourself, donโ€™t ever let the opinions of others sway your confidence!



Q: After this, you continued releasing songs such as โ€œCount On Youโ€, โ€œMy Everythingโ€, and โ€œHold Me Downโ€ – what has helped you stay consistent throughout your career?

A: I believe my will to succeed plays a huge role in my consistency. Also, I believe the more you create, the better you get! My fanbase also keeps me motivated.



Q: With every song youโ€™ve created thus far does it get a little hard to remain creative?

A: Nope! Of course I have my moments of creative drought, but for the most part, I get better with each song!



Q: Do you write all of your music yourself? Are there any songwriting tips you could lend out?

A: Yes! I write all of my music. I often imagine myself in different situations and think about how I would react or carry myself in that moment. I would say to anyone writing their own music that itโ€™s okay to draw from other peopleโ€™s experiences and create the perfect song. Itโ€™s also okay and normal to experience โ€œWriterโ€™s Blockโ€. The last thing you want to do is force a song and end up with a song that is not your best. When you experience a creative drought, surround yourself with creativity and lots of inspiration!



Q: Your songs are generally about love / relationships – do you some (if not all) of your inspiration from personal experiences?

A: Most of my lyrics stem from personal experiences. I do, however, write about situations that I havenโ€™t been through. I understand the importance of connecting with my audience, so sometimes I write about life situations in general.



Q: Are there any artists who give you inspiration / influence your music?

A: I donโ€™t listen to the type of music that I sing, I listen to a lot of African music and Rap, both of which I donโ€™t make. I try to stay true my voice and follow my own path when it comes to my sound! I take pride in originality and I think that plays a part in my music choice as well.



Q: Are there any artists you want to work with in the future?

A: Yes!! I have a whole list! But a few are: J.I.D, Jhene Aiko, Young Thug, and Ty Dolla $ign.


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Q: Your latest song โ€œILYโ€ was released mid-February, can you briefly explain what the song is about? What is the inspiration behind the song?

A: Yes, this song was a complete freestyle, so it truly came from my heart. I was basically talking about my love for someone and how they should appreciate me. It was honestly sooo fun to record. It was produced by Lelynd Darkes, an amazing producer based in DC. When he sent it to me I KNEW we had a hit! Itโ€™s also my first song released on all major platforms so that exciting as well!



Q: Out of all the music youโ€™ve released thus far, which 2-3 songs would you recommend someone to fully grasp who you are as an artist?

A: Iโ€™d recommend โ€œHold Me Downโ€ and โ€œILYโ€ because they expose two completely different sides of me and the way I make music !



Q: Should we expect to hear more music from you throughout the year?

A: Yes! I am set to release my first EP in April of this year! You can always check my soundcloud for cover and unofficial releases though!


Q: Is there anywhere you hope your music reaches / you get a fan-base by the end of 2018?

A: I would hope to get my music overseas. But honestly, before the year is over, Iโ€™d hope to be well known throughout the US!



Q: Is there anywhere you want to be able to travel and promote your music?

A: Yes! Iโ€™d love to visit the United Kingdom, Cali, and New York!



Q: What are some of your goals for 2018?

A: Before the end of the year, I hope to open for a major artist and see my EPโ€™s success exceed my expectations!



Q: Lastly, is there anything you would like to say to your supporters?
A: Iโ€™d like to say thank you. I know itโ€™s cliche, but Itโ€™s my supporters that are the fuel that keep me going! I promise to keep on growing and improving! And also thank you to you, for having me! Love and blessings!

To stay updated with Davionne be sure to follow her on: Instagram, SoundCloud, Twitter

Make sure to listen to her latest release “ILY” which can be found on Soundcloud, Spotify, and Apple Music.