Celine is a 23-year-old South African singer, songwriter, musician and actress who discovered her passion for music at a very young age.
She officially made her debut In the South African music scene in 2017 and released her full-length debut album “Blue” in 2018.
Celine is thoughtful in her song writing and approaches her music with care ane meaning.
Celine has just released her latest single, Call Me.
Do you remember the first moment you knew that music was your calling?
“I think I was 10 or 11 years old. I had just started listening to pop/rock musicians like Avril Lavigne, Ashleigh Simpson,… I was at a friend’s birthday and we were singing karaoke, and I sang and I felt this high from singing and performing, and I realised that I really liked this and wanted to do it. I started singing lessons and then decided that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.”
“I started vocal coaching at the age of 11. I then started singing in school shows. I only really started writing songs when I was about 16 or 17 years old. I always knew that I wanted to write original music. Then I started getting an idea of what sound I really wanted. All my influences also came together from there and influenced me.”
What inspires you the most in your writing and what are you trying to do with your music?
“The ideas I get are from my own life experiences; relationships, friendships… I also like using my writing as a platform for social commentary. I have one song that talks about female empowerment; how women get objectified. I have one about materialism in life and how you can’t allow material things to make you happy, as it doesn’t really. I have written about break ups, toxic friendships… it is a way for me to really express myself. I have written a variety of observations I have made about society, where I can comment on that.”
Tell me about the title of your album ‘Blue’?
“When I had to come up with a title for the album, I didn’t feel like any of my songs summed up the whole album. I know some people usually take one of their song titles and use that as their album name. Overall I came up with idea of blue because for me there is a lot of symbolism behind the actual colour blue, more so than most other colours. Different shades of blue mean different things; dark blue is more somber or depressing, light blue is more peaceful, sharp – electric blue is more dynamic and electric. So when I looked at all my songs and the meanings behind the different songs put together, they covered all those different meanings that are attached to all those blues, and it really fit well. By chance, in my logo I have a blue rose, which has been there since the beginning and so for me, it is a symbol of individuality and uniqueness and so it ties into that as well.”
Is there an overall theme for the album?
“I wrote it over a period of 3 years so there are different topics covered, so it is difficult to pin it down to one overall theme. That is why I liked how blue tied it together.”
Then what was your intention behind the album – this being the first taste people have of your music?
“If I think about how the songs are laid out on the album; how it starts and how it ends – it starts with one of the first songs I wrote called ‘Black Jack’ – I have used Black Jack as a metaphor; when you play Black Jack, you have to get 21 to win. It’s about finding your way to success, being comfortable with yourself. There are also other songs on the album that branch out a bit and with different topics. The last song is called ‘Heaven’, which is about finding happiness with yourself, so it comes full circle at the end. Ultimately the big thing is for me to encourage people to be themselves; be confident in your individuality. There are the break up songs in between, how people deal with each and relationships as well.”
You are releasing Call Me – tell me about it?
“This songs lyrics are as follows ‘you only call me when you want something, you only call me when you’re out of options’ – often you are in a relationship or friendship where the other person doesn’t value you and the whole relationship is very one sided. The song is about taking your power back and about not putting up with toxic behaviour. It was important to release something like this, because my big goal for myself for 2020, is to be more assertive and more confident and to take my power back from people who have hurt me in the past.
It is often difficult to recognize that someone is not good for you when you are in that situation and when you finally do see it, you realize that you are better off without that person.”
Besides Call Me, do you have a favourite song of yours?
“’I Don’t Miss You’. I wrote it about toxic friendships. It is such a fun song to play and people really enjoy it when I perform it, as is has quite a catchy hook as well. It is a fun one. When I wrote it, it just felt right.
I originally wrote it in a different tune and I didn’t like it and I left it for a while. Then I came up with a whole new idea for it and it worked – I really loved, it and am so proud of it.”
Is there a moment that stands out for you at all in your career?
“I performed at a big festival last year; it was the biggest stage I had performed on. It was quite intimidating but the adrenaline was going and I was so excited. I performed with my full band. We played Call Me – it was the third time I had actually performed it live and by the second chorus, the audience were already singing along to it and that was insane. It was really cool. Playing on such a big stage for the first time was also a moment where I thought that this is exactly where I want to be and aim for, so that it happens again.”
If you were trapped on a desert island and could only take one album with you, what would it be and why?
“I would have to say, the first one that comes to mind is a band called Pvris – they are a cool, alternative, rock, pop band with an album called ‘All we know of Heaven, all we need of Hell’ – I really love their sound. I never get tired of them.”
Listen to Call Me HERE: https://smarturl.it/listencallme
Celine also recently filmed a music video to accompany Call Me, which will be released on April 3rd.
She is aiming to release at least two more singles in 2020 and is currently working towards writing, recording and releasing either an EP or her second full-length album in the near future. Plans are in the works for a tour abroad soon as well, so watch this space.
Upcoming Celine shows:
• 1 March – Quay Four (V&A Waterfront)
• 2 March – Barleycorn Music Club (Claremont)
• 3 April – Gecko (Hermanus)
• 3 May – Boschendal Werf Picnics
• 5 June – Girl-Connect (Cape Town)
• 28 June – Quay Four (opening for Majozi)