Interview with our ReverbNation Winner, North Carolina’s CHYNA VONNE

1.Who are you as an artist? What is your story?

As an artist who has struggled with my Identity, I am proud to say that I am simply Chyna Vonne. I have learned to let myself be free. Starting off, I battled myself trying to be the kind of artist that I thought I was supposed to be, rather than just being myself. I come from a “book-worthy” kind of life, and was forced to grow up quite fast. This gave me experience and content; and all of my music is a reflection of that. My stories are written in every song.  

2.Who are some of your favorite artists and music influences?

Believe it or not, I did not grow up listening to Hip Hop. I really didn’t get into rap until my teenage years. Once I got into rap though, Lil Wayne was one of the rappers I always admired and respected as an artist. In fact, he is literally the reason I started rapping. Other than him, some of my favorite artists include: Bob Marley, Beyoncé, Bone Thugs N Harmony, La India, Trey Songz, Eve, Drake, Frank Ocean, Devin The Dude, Tarrus Riley, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Prince, Lauryn Hill, Jah Cure, and the list goes on!

3.What is makes your music worth it? To the world? To your fans?

What makes my music “worth it” is the raw truth behind all of it. In addition, I grew up listening to multiple genres of music including R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Reggaetón, Country, Latin, and more. Because of my cultured musical taste, I try to incorporate that into my music. I make music for everyone, not just a specific culture, race or background. My fans get a little bit of everything with me from all sides of the spectrum and they appreciate the versatility. I make all kinds of music including fun dance songs, breakup songs, songs about struggling, motivational songs and songs that discuss what’s going on in the world. Who can’t relate to any of that?

4. What is the future of music and the industry?

This is the digital age. Technology is growing so fast and music is one of the things that’s evolving with it. Everything is at the tips of our fingers. For instance, I can find almost any song on iTunes and other digital media outlets. Most CD stores like FYE are disappearing slowly and becoming a thing of the past. Social media is also a huge influencer on the industry now as well. The indie movement has grown immensely because social media outlets allow for artists to connect directly with fans. In addition, the economic influence social media has also makes it possible for artists to make money and gain fans. So the industry, I would say, is becoming less controlled as indie artists continue to make their own way.

5. What surprises you the most about the music industry?

I think that what surprises me most about the industry is, the diminishing need for labels. Granted, labels are still a huge piece of the pie but information is so accessible nowadays that anyone can do it. I remember coming up the term “indie” wasn’t as common as it is today.  Now with a budget, fanbase, knowledge and backing support, any artist can make it without a label.

6. What’s your Poison?

Well, She’s green and her first name is Mary. 

7. How is your Art “your religion”?

My art is my religion because I believe in it more than anything else. I live through my music and it has become ritualistic. Everyday it’s music. Whether I’m being wife, mom, employee etc. Music always has a place.

8. What are you truly creating with your music that changes the world, changes society?

The music I create is my testimony and if it does nothing else, I hope that it reaches into someone’s heart. I am the person that people lean on and vent to and my music speaks that. I take on the role of a friend, sister, mother, and more in my music and I know that someone somewhere may need that.

9. What is the message of your music?

The message in my music changes with the songs. As stated previously, I make all kinds of music. I do not box myself into a specific category. So some messages may be to empower women, others may be to keep pushing or believe in something bigger than you. It really depends.

10. Have you been “lucky” or “gifted” in the music industry so far? Tell us more:

No, I wouldn’t say I was lucky or anything. I work very hard. Anything I accomplish, I earned it!

11. What do you really think it takes to make it in the music industry? Tell us 3 keys.

·         Be different (Don’t do whatever else is doing, standout)

·         Be consistent (Do not stop, keep pushing no matter what)

·         Be patient (Just because you may be older, or things are moving slow, that doesn’t mean it will never happen)

12. What is your main inspirational philosophy in life? Favorite quote?

“Be Yourself!”- Chyna Vonne

13. What do you regret the most in your music and would have done differently?

I regret trying to be someone I wasn’t. The moment I started being myself and expressing that through my music, things started moving up for me! I wish I would’ve also took it more serious ahead of time.

14. Where do you see your career going in five years? 10 years? Next year?

After this year, I believe I am going to make it big as an indie artist. (the power of words, speak it into existence)

15. Legacy: At the end of the day, how do you want your fans to remember you and your music?

I want to be remembered for not only being honest and open in my music, but for all the work, time, money and effort that I put into this. Being an indie artist is difficult and I work so hard at what I do. I just want people to remember the GRIND.