"V" Talks "Poison" and More
Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:15:25
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"Everything comes from my heart and represents who I am," "V" says of her music.
That's crystal clear on her debut single "Poison". Springing from the bones of Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison", the track swirls around hip hop, R&B, and pop into an intoxicating and irresistible concoction of its own. Her voice resounds with immediate power on the hook, while pure panache pulsates through the verses. It's breathtaking, brilliant, and one of the best tracks of 2012.
It's also the perfect introduction to this undeniable and unique new presence…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, "V" opens up about "Poison", talks her forthcoming EP, inspiration, and so much more.
What's the story behind "Poison"?
Well, originally for the EP, which is called The Visitor's Collection, I was going to have a whole array of '90s covers, and I was going to flip them. During the process, I only had mid-tempo or slower songs though. Cee-Lo Green was giving me advice along the way, and he said, "You need a fast song that they could play in the club and people could dance to". I was like, "Okay". I was going to do "Poison", but I didn't have rapping or anything like that in mind. So, I decided to rap it and have fun even though I can't rap [Laughs]. I wanted to talk about things that matter, but I didn't want to be corny. We had fun with it.
The song segues seamlessly from fast rapping to that big hook. You really keep listeners on their toes.
Exactly! I feel like music should be fun. It doesn't have to be so serious all the time. This is a creative outlet for artists to be able to express themselves. I want to keep the focus of this project and what I'm about. This is a great introduction to my movement and for potential fans and people who don't know me to get to know me and see what I'm all about.
You're hearkening back to something real musically in the lyrics.
It's about being authentic and being able to be yourself and not have things influence your own personal outlook. I refuse to be put in a box or have my music watered down to be something that it's not just because the majority has a certain way it thinks music should be. That's boring [Laughs]. Artists like Miguel, Estelle, or Cee-Lo keep it interesting. Everything doesn't have to be so diluted with what saturates the radio constantly.
What's your vision for the EP as a whole?
Basically, I'm visiting different genres of music. It's soul, hip hop, and rock. I'm paying homage to different icons. I'm basically letting listeners know what makes me up as an artist. When it's time for my album to come out this year, I'm going to bridge that over and you'll get where I'm coming from. I want people to understand the pieces of me, and this EP is a great way for me to introduce myself. Everything is so cohesive, and it speaks for itself.
What influences you outside of music?
Current events influence me a whole lot. Fashion, my friendships, and my daily interactions with my friends and family are in there. I communicate a lot with my friends, and we talk about so many different things outside of love and the common things everybody talks about in music [Laughs]. That influences me a lot with my music. I try to surround myself with extraordinary people, and that's always inspiring.
What artists shaped you?
My biggest influence is gospel. I grew up in the Baptist church, and I definitely have that gospel influence. Then, outside of gospel, my biggest influence is Whitney Houston. God, rest her soul. I love Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and Tina Turner. All of these artists had texture. They had a je ne sais quos that made them the stars they are. That's what influences me. Grace Jones was also an icon. She was a trend-setter. She moved on her own vibration.
What's your live show going to be like?
There's going to be a lot of energy in my live show. Then, I can dim it down with my ballads. It's going to be well-rounded. I have another song called "Bad" which has that '60s flare to it. It gets the crowd and people going.
What inspired "Freebird"?
Of course, it's a Lynyrd Skynyrd remake. I loved the song and had to do it. They had such a tragic story, but I loved the message of the song. It turned into this whole vision with a video we're going to do. The message is to be free from racism and those stereotypes people place on others in society and freeing yourself from all of that. It's a strong statement. I hope the video has a positive impact and makes people think.
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