Infectious Magazine chats with VOLENTÉ about musical memories, shaping the music community and the multi-pound deal she turned down.
Infectious Magazine: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. How are you?
VOLENTÉ: You’re welcome and thanks for making the time for me. I am really good thanks!
Infectious Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your music.
VOLENTÉ: I suppose music is in my blood. From very early on there was always music in the home. I was very drawn to the radio and regularly found myself singing along to everything and anything on the radio regardless of the genre. I have also been a member of choirs since an early age. Singing in bands and then making my own music was a natural progression, as I wrote my first song when I was six years old. I am primarily a singer-songwriter and when writing, I don’t usually consider any particular genre, as I tend to write in the moment. If I had to pigeon-hole myself, I suppose my music could be described as alternative experimental acoustic trip-hop trance possibly?
Infectious Magazine: You’ve been compared to artists like Bjork and Kate Bush. Whoever your influences may be, what do you want others to think of/feel when listening to your tracks?
VOLENTÉ: Hopefully they might find something in the song that they can relate to and mostly that they enjoy what they are hearing. Music is such a universal language and I can only hope to inspire the listener.
Infectious Magazine: What is your first musical memory growing up?
VOLENTÉ: Well, I was in grade three and had to perform in front of my entire school, which was slightly nerve-wracking but I made it through!
Infectious Magazine: You turned down a multi-million pound label deal, correct? What inspired you to make that decision, and have you ever looked back?
VOLENTÉ: I turned down the deal, as it would have involved singing Euro-pop, which is probably the only genre that I am not a fan of. Although it could have changed my life financially in quite a big way, I felt that it was pointless to even consider doing it, as I felt that I would not have enjoyed the process and felt that I would have been selling my soul. I have never looked back, as I tend to live each day as a new day, with endless possibilities ahead.
Infectious Magazine: What have been some moments (music related or not) that you believe have built you to be a stronger musician/person?
VOLENTÉ: My family makes me stronger, as they are the most important thing to me. It is also wonderful that my husband is a musician, we have the record label together, two beautiful children and we always support each other in whatever we do.
Infectious Magazine: Thank you for taking the time to speak to me. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
VOLENTÉ: I would like to see the government doing more to support young people by providing free and accessible musical and/or artistic facilities in every community, as there are probably so many talented people out there who do not have the platform or means of support necessary to get the artists talents developed. Thank you for making the time for me and thank you to everyone who has supported me on my journey thus far, I appreciate you all!
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