#1 2 Watch| Singer Luci Monet

Singer/Songwriter Lucianne – better known by her stage name Luci Monét – is a proud East Londoner, born and raised in Hackney to Nigerian parents.

Luci learned to sing in church which ignited her passion for music and her steadfast religious beliefs. At 18, she decided she was ready to show the world her skills, entering ITV’s X Factor.  Unfortunately, she didn’t make it through to the finals which were eventually won by Leona Lewis, but the competition did increase Luci’s musical ambitions and from there she set her sights on becoming a world class recording artist and has finally followed her passion by releasing the new singles ‘Balloons’ and ‘Testify’.

Which is the better creative outlet, singing or song-writing?

This is a tough one, I’d probably say singing. I love to write songs but even when I have a cold I hate not being able to sing and express myself properly. (Laughs)

Tell us about your creative process, how do you begin writing a song and what lets you know that it’s finally finished?

I usually have to be in the right zone to really write good material. I prefer to have a beat there already that I can just vibe to and get a feeling of the track, then I’ll grab my voice recorder and start playing around with melodies and lyrics.

I know when I’m onto something because it’s like a penny drops half way through with the beat and then I’m off. it’s literally like the lyrics and melody start flowing out, like I’ve opened some kind of mental door and the words start pouring out. What let’s me know the song is finished is when I sing it to myself prior to recording it in the studio and I start giggling. I know it sounds weird but when I finish writing a song that I feel is a hit and I sing it back to myself I get this giddy giggly feeling and that’s when I know it’s finished and ready to record.

You are deeply religious, how does your faith affect your song writing and song choices?

I try to acknowledge God in everything I do, it’s not always easy but I always try. So for example there are some songs that I won’t listen to because what it promotes is contrary to the word of God. There are times when I have been writing a song and I just don’t feel right within myself about the content of what I am writing so I have to find an alternative angle to write it or choose a different topic altogether. I think it’s important to stay true to your morals and beliefs; especially in this industry.

Does your religion ever affect your fashion or beauty choices or your stage performances?

Yes, I know that the female body is very sensual and can be easily lusted after and some items of clothing are worn for the purpose of drawing attention to sensual parts of the body. I try to stay away from things like that. But it’s not like I have to go out of my way to not wear certain outfits, it’s just that I don’t have a desire to dress in that way. I’m more comfortable in a pair of jeans and a crop top so that’s what I would prefer to wear. I don’t really wear much make up either to be honest. I love eye make up, but I’m not really a contour queen.  I adopt the natural look with a bit of lippy and eye liner. Sometimes less is more. I guess maybe my religion does play a part in me wanting to be modest with beauty and make up and may have affected my own personal taste. With performances, my religion doesn’t affect it at all, I love performing and it’s a talent that I’ve been blessed with so when I perform I’m using my talent and it’s also showing God’s glory by showcasing what he has blessed me with.

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Tell us about your experience on X Factor…

X Factor was an interesting experience. I was part of a 3-piece girl group back then. The first 2 auditions were with the producers of the show, we passed those and then got to audition for the judges. These were the auditions in the room with just you and the judges and the big X on the ground. We had planned a singing entrance, we walked in to our audition singing and performing a routine, it was actually sick. The judges loved it, especially Simon, then we performed our audition song. That’s when Simon told me to go solo. It was like a lump in my throat, probably my biggest fear back then, I did not know what to do and he could tell. The other members of the group were my best friends and I felt like even if I wanted to say yes I just couldn’t. So I said “no”, luckily Simon gave us a second chance, because I said “no” he gave us twenty minutes to go away and think of another song so that’s exactly what we did. We felt like this was it, like this was our shot and this set back was all just part of adding to the success story. We went back and performed and got through.  We got through the first stage of boot camp but we did not get through to the judges houses. It was an amazing experience, but would I do it again? No!

If you got to the final 3 who would you have liked to collaborate with?

Probably Drake, Kano or Swedish House Mafia.

What are your professional goals?  No. 1 single?  World tour?  International stardom?

I want to be internationally successful and I will be. I will also have many number 1 singles and be a regular Top Ten artist. For now, my main focus is building my Fan Base.

Who are your favourite UK artists?

I don’t have a favourite but I’ve always liked Kano, Lady Leshurr, I’m liking what Stormy is doing at the moment as well. Also Shakka is a fantastic outfit.

What’s on your playlist right now?

On my playlist now is Krept and Konan “The Long Way Home” and my debut album coming out this year “Alive”

 

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W| By Marianne Miles                                          @MissMMiles                        Via @InspireLSMusic        

 

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#12Watch| Dean Perretta Meets Tevyn J

In music he found comfort, love and himself. 23-year-old Stonebridge-born artist, Tevyn J, has no doubt come of age in exceedingly going from strength to strength since arriving onto the competitive independent British music scene in 2011. His inspirational story is without question one of tragedy and triumph, sacrifice and soul-bearing truth, and overriding hope in this exclusively in-depth edition of ‘Dean Perretta Meets Tevyn J’. Tevyn J firmly goes on the record and pulls no punches in this openly direct interview.

The hungry North West London musician strictly started our alluring conversation in stressing the very importance of debut EP entitled ‘Building Blocks’ (tentatively subject for a November/December 2014 release) with current heartfelt hip-hop single ‘Snapple’ circulating with major appreciation throughout social media and notable websites throughout the United Kingdom (see: The Grime Report). Tevyn J added how organically therapeutic and how deeply sane inside it made him truly feel during the creative stages of ‘Building Blocks’ given the saddening fact that the revered retail franchise he worked six years for decided to unceremoniously part ways with him in the midst of creating his upcoming EP. Tevyn J was momentarily down, but most certainly not out for the count.

It was ultimately a culmination of a never-ending talespin come to full fruition that had seen his loving father suffer a debilitating stroke, whilst subsequently being arrested. Being both young and Black – like many minority males of his generation – often makes the talented Tevyn an unwarranted target from the uncomprimisingly heartless and no-nonsense BritishMetropolitan Police; with a preposterous racial profiling scheme running rampant in the law infrastructure like never before. Welcome to another day in the London that outsiders and tourists will never fathom. This is reality.

Tevyn J illuminated how growing up in Stonebridge helped forge the individual he is today based on many life-altering accounts; Stonebridge is a homely, Caribbean-populated entity not equipped with chic malls and art deco designed buildings like that of its counterparts in more affluent boroughs. This is the unofficial home of the hard-knocks. He cleverly spoke of how he was greatly fortunate to not grow up in public housing, and indicated in how Stonebridge received disdainful animosity from surrounding areas in what was personally described by the artist as ‘gang related’ friction, after public housing malefactors in the town went on a savage rampage of underworld activity.

The singer initially performed in a community choir during his formative years, and later gained a burning desire for 1990’s golden generation R&B (particularly Joe Thomas) growing up, alongside holding influential gratitude to Usher, Jadakiss and Fabolous; which has ushered Tevyn J to form the sincerely street smart sound he has formed today.

Snapple

During High School, journalism and media appeared to be ambitious vocations that deeply sparked interest of the positive-minded musician on the basis of writing being a creative escape and soothing outlet to wholeheartedly express himself and become his true voice. A self-confessed introvert who strives to perfect each lyric and production occassionally risen days where he would be admittedly sequestered in the recording studio, or at home fighting the world by himself in the name of his professional salvation – music. This is passion, not egotism.

Photography – is and was – another avenue that Tevyn J hasn’t ruled out either largely due to aspirations and adeptness in this skilled field. The product of parents of Kittitian descent spoken on how the rich tough-love overprotection and profound guidance from his mother and father serves as somewhat of a double-edged sword despite being an adult. Be that as it may, humility, discipline and respect are three virtues instilled in him growing up that have served Tevyn J into succeeding in adulthood and in a smarmy music industry. Tevyn J has learned from naive missteps, and insinuates that like Jessie J once said- ‘Nobody’s Perfect’.

Tevyn J on the surface appeared very grateful of the support endless received particularly from The Grime Report (the singer contributes to the publication as a writer also) and elaborated on how he essentially manages his ever-growing career in distributing a heavy volume of business-related emails daily, whilst undertaking digital marketing on social media to create a deserved niche and core base to rightfully enable growth in a career that is just scratching the surface in relation to finding out his forte.

Despite unmistakably authentic modesty exuded, Tevyn J proceeded to beautifully sing a live acapella during our conversation, which highlighted confidence as a performer, even if perceived as passively shy on the exterior. Performing a greater volume of live shows in 2015 was something the positive Londoner superbly touched on, as he aims to apply this very uber-confidence and momentum into interacting with crowds at shows around the United Kingdom.

Witty, perceptive and a gifted young man who almost views the world in a shade of gray has kept Tevyn J on the correct path – for better or worse – opposed to regressing into a lifestyle or vocation less inspiring. You garner the feeling like you personally know him, even if you truly don’t when engaging with the rising singer-songwriter. However, there was no enigma or elusiveness associated with Prince. Resolutely touching on the shady politics of the business and insincere associates whom he disassociated with on his hard-fought journey show resolve and little inhabition on his makings of invariably living up to his full potential; Tevyn J, make no mistake about it, speaks from his soul, and is no media-trained robot designed to spew corporate spiel. He is very opinionated yet not boldly confrontational, thankful for his success yet not conceited for the very gifts he has indeed been blessed with in the form of musicality.

As our enlightening conversation wore on, there was a finer connection and admiration acquired based on not being afraid to show the world who Tevyn J truly is. In a world where everybody pretentiously acts larger-than-life, here was a man, an artist and a son who classily conveyed a courageous tale that will show even the greatest pessimist that anything is possible with true talent, perfect timing and overwhelming self-belief.

Listen to Tevyn J’s single SNAPPLE HERE 

W| By Dean Perretta                                          @DeanPerretta 

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