Bluff City Vibes: Memphis Soul Singer D’Monet Previews New Song

"If you give some people an inch, they take a mile then run you down."

“They’ll suck you ’til you’re dry”

With just a keyboard and the power of song, D’Monet, a Memphis singer/songwriter, reflects on the aftermath of focusing on the happiness of others over self in her new song, Dry.

The song’s topic holds deep roots in D’Monet’s personal struggle with knowing when to jump to someone’s aid and when to just say, no.

We sat down with the soul artist at Slim House Collaborative where she previewed her song and gave us more insight on her creative journey for the fourth installment of Bluff City Vibes.

An Interview with solo artist, D’Monet

Would you mind telling us what your new song is all about?

The song dry came from how I was as a person. I was kind of naive, I lived with rose colored glasses, I thought everybody was good. If you do good by everybody then everybody was going to return that back to you.

I found out that, that wasn’t the case all of the time. I found myself being extended and exhausted after helping other people.

Thinking that it would—not necessarily that it would be something in return—but that they wouldn’t just use me to death.

 It came to a point where I had a hard time saying, no…I didn’t want to disappoint.

You want to make everybody happy. But it got to a point where I was like, ‘I’m not happy.’ And so I just started saying, “no” to some things, and boundaries. That’s where the song came from.

 

Where did you get your start in music?

I come from a musical family. My mom, she was a singer, rest her soul. She was a great, phenomenal singer. A lot of my family– they sing and play.

I started learning how to play the keyboard at the age of 7, and I played by ear.

The first song I learned how to play was, Lean On Me.

 

How did you refine your voice and sound?

When I went to college I majored in Vocal Music—that’s what I got my bachelors degree in, Vocal Music Performance. We were exposed to different types of genes.

I started off in college as being classically trained. I was studying opera! Got heavy training there. We had the opportunity to go to Pisa, Italy and studied opera there.

 

When did playing, singing and song writing really start to take shape during your creative journey?

 

Which major artists influenced you the most?

There are so many. If I could narrow it down, my top 3 as far as vocally are Anita baker, Rochelle Forelle, and Layla Hathaway.

 

Where can I get more D’Monet?

If you’re looking to add the soulful sounds of D’Monet to your playlist, follow her on Instagram and Facebook!

Be on the look out for the release of Dry in February 2019.

 

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