What is your name?
Dominique De Beau is the shortened version of my full name. My surname is French De Beaufort – I guess around the time I started to do songwriting sessions I realized my name was a bit too long for everyone to write and remember so I took the decision to shorten it to De Beau and haven’t looked back since. It 100% stuck! I even have a small fashion line now called Miss De Beau.
What is your genre of music?
Well it’s always a struggle to put myself in one genre of music. I write all my songs about my life experiences and much of what I write is a reflection of my surroundings and mood at that time. Mostly I would say I tend to write RnB songs but of course if I am in more of a reflective state of mind I will write a more soulful even perhaps jazzy piece.
Give us a little bio about you?
Hmm well I am not that great at talking about myself but I’ll try. So I am born and raised in Liverpool. I am a level headed woman with a passion for songwriting, making music and fashion. I left Liverpool to follow my dreams and have not looked back taking every opportunity presented to me. I am hard working and driven. I have literally been involved in everything musically from a very young age I started with the school choir at aged eight and went on to join various groups and bands. I have travelled to the states and tried various solo projects. I have released one EP and have had one of my songs featured in a zombie movie. I have won a songwriting award for Best RnB single “It is what it is” which is a song from my Unforgettable EP. My second EP got lost on my producers laptop which is one of the worst things to happen to me yet…Since then I am on a roll of collabs and am spending my time writing singles. New EP coming in 2019. How was that?
What made you go into music?
Growing up my family always played music in the house a lot of Motown and The Beatles. I guess that had an impact in shaping me and inspiring me to listen to some of the greatest vocalists that ever lived. I love Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin and Etta James. To be honest I don’t know exactly when I wanted to do music, I don’t know that I ever thought I want a career in music. I probably didn’t even think of it like that as a kid I just knew that I loved to sing to anyone who would listen to me.
Are you signed?
I am working with a small UK label called Hustle and Grind Entertainment. They are super passionate about me and have done a lot to try and help me get my songs recorded and distributed. They are real RnB/Hip-Hop enthusiasts. They have a small team that offers artist and label services. They are really just a small fledging company but what I like about them is that they are driven and hardworking. If someone reaches out to them they will always get back. They take time with people and most of all have a genuine love of music.
You released your new single “Ready For Me” tell us more about it.
It’s a relationship/party song. It’s a story about a young woman who has been messed around by her boyfriend and she decides he just isn’t ready to handle her. She heads off out to enjoy herself with girlfriends at a club and when he starts calling and begging to see her at the club. She just keeps telling him she isn’t interested. Your not Ready for her. It’s basically a girl power anthem.
What was the writing process like?
Well I have worked once before with Ayo Beatz who features on the song with me. We have a good chemistry in the studio. Once we pitch up at the studio the music just seems to do the talking It’s always super fast paced and high energy. One or other of us usually has an idea for a song and we get cracking on it. Ayo is such a talent it’s great to have him to vibe off. I think we are both perfectionists so we just keep working until the song feels right to us both.
What was the recording process like?
So we usually lay the music first then work on the lyrics after. I always turn up to the studio sessions with several melodies swimming around in my head. This song Ready for me worked just that way I arrived and immediately stuck the headphones on and started singing my ideas. Lyrics followed with the main hook first. I think we did the whole song in about 4-5 Hours.
Who did you work on the Single with?
Again I mentioned him already Ayo Beatz he is one of those quadruple threats He is a producer. songwriter, rapper and dynamite performer. Just an amazing artist so make sure you check him out on his socials.
What message are you trying to get out?
In this song I am just trying to say women are powerful and in charge of their own fate. It’s good to have a network and support system from friends. Those friends can be there in times of trouble if needed. I guess in every song I write I am trying to give a positive spin on everyday life situations.
Will we see any music video’s from you soon?
Yes I have just released the video for Ready For Me and am happy to say it’s already reached 20k You Tube views. It’s had the most plays of any video I have put out to date so that’s progress which makes me happy. I have most recently filmed a new video for my next single entitled Romance in Italy. It’s currently being edited so I am more than excited to get that one back and share it with everyone.
Will we see a EP or Album this year?
Hmm no as I said I am purely working on singles just now but will begin work on a new EP in December for release in 2019.
Do you have gigs coming up?
I have some gigs planned for early next year. So keep an eye out on my socials for announcements on dates.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Nothing concrete lots of discussions so hoping to get some recording sessions in the diary soon. If any up and coming artists wanna collab hit me up on twitter I love to work with new exciting talent.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Yes I have many artists I would love to work with Sigma, Labrinth, Pharrell Williams, Diddy, Giggs. My current list also has someone known as Jidenna he’s an american rapper, singer songwriter producer I love him. I know my team also really wants a collaboration with the artist Chronixx so if his label happens to be reading this article please get in touch. Re contacting us you can reach out to the team at Hustle and Grind Entertainment here in London, UK.
What else do you have planned this year?
I have another single release planned. The song name is “Romance” it’s an RnB enthused number. The producer of the track is an American called LT Moe. LT Moe is a super producer who has worked with Ludacris, DJ Quik, The Dogg Pound & Ghostface to name a few. So I am blessed to have crossed paths with him. I actually wrote this song a good while back during some writing sessions out in Atlanta, Georgia. So it will be really satisfying to see this one drop. Otherwise the rest of the year I want to keep learning, growing and writing more honest material as I think the world needs that right now.
Do you play any instruments?
If only, I am always telling myself I will learn one day. The only thing I can play is the chords to one of my first ever solo written songs. I loved the music for it I got the producer to teach me how to play the chords and now it’s almost become my ritual. If I turn up at a studio anywhere and it has a piano or keys it’s a guarantee I will sit down and play that song. I truly hope one day to take the time to learn an instrument it’s such an amazing thing to be able to do and would be so helpful with my writing compositions.
Who are your influences?
I think I mentioned already Sam Cooke- A change is gonna come is literally one of the best songs I have ever heard. Beyond inspiring. I have also loved artists like Mary J, Faith Evans, Lauryn Hill they have all taught me so much about life growing up and sheer vocal delivery.
Which TV channel would you like one of your songs to be played on?
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Life Lessons…The highs and lows, The struggles and the wins. Personal relationships and experiences. Oh yes and not forgetting my Imagination.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Making more music, touring and writing. Working on my fashion company. I currently have a small collection of clothes I am producing. Running business or businesses perhaps? Otherwise managing my home and most importantly being a great mother to my kids. Just embracing whatever life throws my way and moving forward with a positive outlook.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Well I have kids so anyone that’s a busy mum knows that kids have more hectic social calendars than we do. So you can often find me over the park with my son whilst he is playing football or in the kitchen cooking up a knockout meal for the family. Outside of this I like to train/workout one of my jobs whilst trying to make money at music involved working as a fitness instructor. So exercise is a key part of my day to day routine.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
I have too many to mention. A few would be Sam Cooke, Alicia Keyes – Fallin’ TLC -No scrubs & Destiny’s Child – Say my name.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Just do me don’t worry about what everyone else is doing just get on with doing your own thing! Be happy.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Just to stay focused and work hard. It’s amazing to work in music lots of people would like to but simply don’t follow the dream so if you get the opportunities take them with both hands.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Don’t Take Life Too Seriously
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Aww that’s a really easy question to answer of course it has to be The Cavern Club. It’s Liverpool’s legendary live music club. Not to be missed.
You come off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? If I go home I arrive into Liverpool Lime Street on the train and get my mate Tony to collect me or the bus up the road
2/ Who do you see first? I always head straight to Deb’s house first and then around to mum’s.
3/What do you eat first? Whatever’s available….Ask anyone that knows me I just get in and raid the fridge!
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
First of all that undeniable energy created by hearing and seeing that crowd. Then when the music kicks in the shear emotion that music invokes in us all. The feelings of happiness. The volume of the music and hearing your favourite songs delivered as if for the first time. You can’t beat a live performance.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Yes I have them all. Instagram otherwise Twitter & Facebook I also have my own website, I would love to encourage everyone to subscribe so I can keep them up to speed with what’s going on with me and my music. If you head over to my website and click on free download you can subscribe with your email address and get a free download of my song All I want.