Tuesday, 20 September 2011
(SUPER)GIRL OF THE MOMENT: Denyque riffs on her signature sound, beauty products, and relationships
At 21, Denyque boasts an emotional maturity that makes it easy for one to classify her as an “old soul.” But the soulful singer-songwriter and Belair High alum is carving a path to the top with stirring music that connects with listeners across age and social barriers, banking on her incredible talent, youthful zeal and a clear-eyed outlook on life. Appealing and full of confidence, Denyque seems worthy of her next-big-thing status. TALLAWAH gets to know a bonafide mogul-in-training:
Listeners are seriously drawn to the easygoing vibe of your music, known for its tender and sugary melodies. What drew you to that kind of sound?
I’ve always been like that. Music is very emotive, so I like to put a lot of emotion in my songs so that people can feel what I’m saying. I have a great team of songwriters, and we sometimes get together and write a bunch of songs, and then we decide on one. It’s great getting into a vibe like that with people who have a similar mindset.
I discovered that your surname is Dontré, which has a sort of French ring to it.
Yes, my full name is French actually. A lot of people think it’s very unique and I like that. I like to stand out; I don’t believe in conformity.
Let’s talk beauty. What’s the secret to your dewy and ever fresh-looking glow, and how can other girls get great skin like yours?
I actually don’t do anything different from regular people. Most of the products I use are Neutrogena and Aveeno. I stick to those because they make my skin really soft and radiant. Also, I love makeup, especially Mac and Milani, which are the brands I most often use. And I love bright colours.
Okay, switching back to music. So far this year you have two hot collabos vying for attention, featuring Chino (“Driving Me Insane”) and Ding Dong (“What You Like”). Be honest, with whom did you have the most natural chemistry while working on those singles?
To be honest, it was equal on both sides. When I recorded my part of “What You Like” I felt that it needed something more so I asked Ding Dong to do it, and I think he really gave the song some spunk. Chino called me and said that he was doing a song and that I’d be the perfect person for it, and we go together and made it happen. It was great working with both of them
So who is the hotter guy?
(Laughs) They are both hot.
Speaking of men, is there a husband in your future?
Definitely. I do want to get married and have a family of my own. I am a long-term relationship kind of girl. I don’t believe in doing anything half and half. But right now the focus is on my career and making a name for myself musically and business-wise.
Are you single? What’s your current relationship status?
No, I’m not single. I’m dating at the moment.
How do you want to be viewed as an artist by both your peers and the public?
I don’t want to be seen as just an entertainer. I want to be a role model in the eyes of others. I want to set a good example by standing up for myself and the rights of others. I also believe that doing things in moderation is good, but sometimes it’s also good to go all out. And I do think that education is very important, and I want to stress that to other young people especially.
BOOK: “I am a big reader so a lot of books have inspired me. I love the works of Dan Brown, and I also enjoy Harry Potter, because I love the whole fantasy thing.”
MUSIC: “For the most part, I’ve always admired Aaliyah. Also Alicia Keys. On the local scene, I admire singers like Alaine and Tessanne. I love how they write and deliver their music. Plus, I-Octane, Konshens and Busy Signal, whom I’ve always liked as an artiste.”
FILM: “A Time To Kill. That movie made me want to become a criminal lawyer.”
>>VIDEO: Denyque and Chino get thisclose in "Driving Me Insane":