There’s nothing like a beautiful voice these days, and it seems like almost everyone believes that they are a singer.
While everyone might have their own unique taste in music, only a special selection of individuals have a voice that can change people’s perspectives on music.
Up in Toronto, there is the lovely and determined Dee Bronte.
The female crooner is ready to give a new flavor to listener’s ears with her genre-mixed sound, which she says has “no bounds,” and has already finished up her first album.
I got the chance to hear from Dee, and learn more about her journey to the top, her influences, and working with Paradise on his recent Keys To Paradise project.
See the full interview below!
Tell me a bit about your background story, and how you got into music.
I am a theatre grad, specifically musical theatre, always had a passion for the arts and voice. Musicals were the focus for years, but slowly, that focus shifted into a different skin. I wanted to hone in on what was unique about my voice.
I never had the typical musical theatre voice, and spent a lot of year’s trying to sound a certain way. I started writing with a friend, playing cover’s, then onto being apart of a broadway rock band “Stagehands.” I learned a lot from being
apart of that family, and it was one of the best times of my life. Eventually, everyone went their separate ways, and I felt like I was right back where I started. I bought my first guitar and just started writing. And listening. And watching. And learning. I gave myself permission to explore my own sound, I found a lot freedom in that. Eventually found myself writing two awesome pop songs with producer Mark Zubek, and later, I found myself on the doorstep of producer Norm Sabourin, who I developed a bond with and who understood me and where I wanted to go next with my music.
Playful and honest. Sarcastic and vulgar. I am always exploring my relationship with various styles of music. Creating memorable tracks. People have layers. For me, writing music is about sharing creative expression. It has no bounds, that’s part of its marvellous appeal. It’s meant to be shared, enjoyed, and evoke something in us. It’s the common thread. I love collaborating with other artists, blending different sounds/energies together. There are lot of shades between blood red and white. “I don’t take myself too seriously. I love what I do, and I do what I love. I surround myself with other’s who share that and who listen. Life is a lot of things and I have a hard time keeping it all straight. I try and play in the spaces,
draw outside the lines, laugh at the wrong moments, cry for the right reason’s, and love with my whole heart”.
‘Preface’ will be my first full length album. I’ll also be coming out with an EP, The Landmark, which is a beautiful collaboration with the super talented Deion Reveire. I’m excited to put it out there. I hope people like what they hear.
Who are some of your biggest influences as a singer?
That’s a tough one. There are a lot for different reasons. Anyone with passion, who takes risks, who tries, who puts there heart on the line influences me as a singer. If I’m gonna get specific, for me, I love the way artists like Noah Gunderson, Ed Sheeran, The Weakerthans, Mumford & Sons, and Bon Iver write. Their melodies, lyrics, and all-around song structure is dynamite. Also, up-and-coming artist Donovan Woods is such a terrific songwriter.
You worked with Paradise on his recent tape “Keys To Paradise” that just dropped, featured on the song “Reservations.” How did you guys link up?
I met Paradise on Twitter, actually. The wonderful web world. He’s so lovely, very talented. I was flattered and more than happy to sing on “Reservations.”
Are you doing any more work together? What’s it been like working with him?
I’m a big fan of collaborations. I hope we do more tracks together. He’s a gracious and hard working dude. It was easy to work with him. He was respectful of my voice.
You mentioned that you just finished your first album. Can you give us any details on what the vibe of it will be like?
I’m excited to get the album out there. I wanted to write a pop-inspired album, still keeping my acoustic side and adding in that urban tip.
How was your experience working out in South Carolina on an EP?
Writing the EP was one of the most fun and random things I’ve done. Again, meeting and finding each other’s sound online, we just clicked. Deion is such a kind soul. We really got each other musically and had the same vision. It was a very worthwhile risk to go out to South Carolina and meet him. Recording it in literally 2 and half days, in a hotel room, in Myrtle Beach, was the icing on a beautiful, unconventional cake. I am very pumped about the EP.
What made you decide to direct your sound into being “acoustic?”
I taught myself how to play guitar, it’s just always been the way. The tool, i’ve used to write from. Something about it, I don’t know. It keeps me honest. Does that make sense? It was important to me not to abandon it when writing the album.
What’s an album that you find you could put on repeat, that might have influenced your taste in music the most?
Honestly, different albums go on repeat at different points in my life for different reasons. From T-swift, to The Offspring, to Schoolboy Q and a ton more in-between.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years with your music?
Playing shows, touring, gaining an audience, making a name for myself, writing for myself and for other artists.
What’s up next for Dee Bronte?
I take life day by day, persevering. To keep learning with an open heart, and walking through doors when they open.
You can follow Dee on Twitter: @DeeBronteMusic