Today we’d like to introduce you to Vylette Music.
Vylette, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My grandmother would tell you I started singing at the age of 3, I don’t recall singing in front of a crowd until the age of 6 during my 1st solo in the children’s choir at church. I was placed in professional dance at the age of 7 after my mother witnessed my 1st talent show performance which was a 6 1/2 year old’s rendition of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean Motown 25 performance. Over the years I studied jazz, modern and pointe dance styles. At 8 years old I began writing poetry and jokingly changing words to the songs my brothers and sisters loved. And by 9 years old I was freestyling about bumble gum. By the age of 11 I was writing songs. One day my friend Juan Diablo heard me singing along to Beyonce’s “Rather be with you” and what was supposed to be a ride to the corner store ended up being an impromptu performance in front of 3 members of his rap group known as Bloody Bean Coalition. After that day I ended up being the only female singer in a 8 person rap group. Working with Bloody Bean Coalition really tested my writing abilities. With them I realized how much I loved Hip Hop beats. I found myself writing RnB themed songs and vibes over heavy Hip Hop beats, the type of beats the average RnB singer would stay away from. I was raised on Funk and West Coast Hip Hop so my love for heavy drums and bass were embedded in me at a young age. Since the age of 8 I have imagined myself accepting a Grammy as a singer/songwriter and to this day that dream is still there. The coolest part of it all was I never imagined i would be the type of artist I am now and I love it.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I came up with the name Vylette when I was signed to Flam-On ENT. After leaving Flam-On I went the independent route, and reintroduced myself as Vylette Music. Since going independent I have released a total of 3 projects, one being a Musical Film with a 6 song EP titled “Dark and Stormy”. As of June 2018 I released my most recent project “100”. Currently, I’m working along side my Musical Business partner Dee “DoITAll” Loopz of Stae Tru, in pioneering my own musical genre “Gritty Pop” and the Music Collective known as “Tru La Familia”. Being a woman who has faced many adversities, the message in my music is one of strength and resilience. I believe with dedication and hard work your dream can be achieved. I would like for anyone who listens to my music or see’s my visual projects, to know that it came from a raw and natural place. I am merely telling my story and the story of others who have come from places like my own, a place where promise and opportunity is far and few. To know that within the shadows, the dark and grittiest of places, there are people of integrity, beauty and gifts. I am just one of many.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I think conditions for artist today are way more hands on than they used to be. When I started off everyone wanted to get signed/ get a record deal. But now, a lot of opportunities and resources are at your fingertips and you can do it all yourself. In a way it’s both easier and harder for artist. You kind of get what you put out. I noticed once I really got on my grind, that’s when things started to bubble. As long as you stay focused, consistent and true to yourself you can definitely make it. Boston is a tough city for urban artist, and unfortunately we all know it. I think Our city needs to become more open to Hip Hop, Rnb and Soul Music. There are so many talented artist here that could give industry folks a run for their money, but the world would never know because our own city doesn’t even shine a light on that side of the music scene. There’s a huge lack of platforms for the urban music market. Boston has the potential of becoming a music city like Atlanta, New York and Cali, but in order to do so we would need to be more collaborative and less cliquey. This approach would give equal opportunities to the Urban Market like there are for the Rock and Roll market. Everyone knows Boston is a Rock city but to think it has the potential of being so much more.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My music can be found on all streaming platforms (Spotify, Google Play, Tidal, Soundcloud, etc). It can also be found on iTunes/ Apple Music and my website www.VyletteMusic.com. And don’t be shy, come out to some shows, I love having face to face conversations with fans and fellow artists.
- Website: www.VyletteMusic.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vylettemusic/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VyletteMusic/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/vylettemusic?lang=en
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