Hello! Thank you! I have been great! Very excited about the new single, and speaking with you about my project!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Say No More”?
Sure! We can talk about anything you want to know about “Say No More”! It is my first official US Single! As well, it is my first official release under my stage name “Didi J”!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wouldn’t say there was any one event in particular that inspired this song. It was more like a culmination of a number of experiences I’ve had in my love life. Experiences I had while dating my husband, who is the love of my life. In particularly, the passion that we have in our love. It is strong. People have always noted how we are so much in love and infatuated with each other to the point that we can’t keep our hands off of the other. Lol! We love strong and hard! I feel our love is red hot, and Say No More is saying that we don’t need to say anything because our bodies are saying everything that needs to be said to the other! Lol!!
I’m blushing because I’m actually a very modest person. I don’t usually talk about passion and love or love-making in public, except in my songs. The love I have with my husband really brings it out of me.
Any plans to release a music video for the single?
Yes! I’m very excited!! I cannot disclose any details because we are still negotiating terms of the agreement for the video shoot, but I am very very excited!! We plan to shoot a great video with a great experienced and award-winning director. I will make sure my team lets you know when the video is done. Maybe you can do another interview about it! Lol!! 😉
What was it like to work with Shaggy and how did that relationship develop?
Shaggy is great! We actually met through a member on my team that works with promotions. He heard the original “Say No More” and thought Shaggy would work great on it. We discussed it as a team, discussed it with Shaggy’s management, and everything worked out great! The song came out amazing, and both teams are very excited about the song!!
What did he bring to the table?
Shaggy brought a different kind of “flava” and “swag” to the song. His voice resonates so strongly and added a touch of male sexiness to the song that enhanced the feel of the song. I feel like it also made the song more cross-over for the dance floor. Of course, he also is a very experienced artist, and he was able to go in the studio, write, and record in an amazingly fast amount of time. Shaggy is pretty amazing.
How was the recording and writing process?
For me, I am always nervous. I’m a perfectionist. So, I will take like a thousand vocal takes before I feel like we got the right one. Even after we finish recording, listening back, I would go back in and fix some areas I thought were just not good enough.
Shaggy, on the other hand, is so experienced and comfortable with himself as an artist, that he was able to get his parts done perfectly very quickly.
How has your upbringing influenced you as an artist?
Growing up, I listened to and loved JLo, Britney, Beyonce, Madonna, and Rihanna. Not only because they have amazing songs, but also because they have amazing personalities, talent, and fashion. In every aspect of my artistry, as an artist and fashion designer, I aspire to be as good as them.
Does Fashion play a role in your music and the other way around?
Yes! Of course! Lol! Fashion is a big part of my music, and vice versa. I cannot exist in either area without the other. I live for fashion, and I live for music. There is not a minute in my day that I am not immersed in one or both fashion and music.
Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes, my team and I have recorded and continue to record new material for my US project. We have a lot of songs. Say No More is a great song, but we have other great songs too! I am very excited about releasing my new material as my career progresses!
Any plans to hit the road?
We don’t have any tour or performance dates yet. Right now, we are focusing on primarily making sure we have the right songs, and make an impression with the songs and videos we release. We have discussed doing a couple of performances or possibly opening up for some other artists, but I will definitely keep you updated!!
What else is happening next in Didi’s world?
Next up, Say No More the official video!! And, as always, keep an eye out for new clothes from my DJ Fashion clothing line that are available on my website!!