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WAALM - School of Cultural Diplomacy

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6Qs With Krystle Dos Santos

Interviews Posted on Sun, May 11, 2014 21:12:38

An interview with Award Winning Jazz Rising Star, Krystle Do Santos

With a performing arts certificate and a classical and musical theater background Dos Santos is able to create a unique and fresh performance style. Dos Santos’ uses a full band, and mixes genres, musical styles and her larger than life personality to put on a dynamic, interactive and unforgettable live show. She has the versatility ranging from intimate jazz clubs to outdoor summer festivals, with performance venues ranging from The Whistler International Film Festival to the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, the Epcor Center for the performing arts 25th anniversary gala and the TEDx Edmonton conference.

DJ: Ms. Dos Santos welcome to 6Qs

KD: thanks 🙂

1. For those readers who are just getting to know you, please tell us about yourself and that what made you to enter the world of music?

KD: I began singing out of high school and it is snowballed from that point. I fell in love with music; attended performing arts college, traveled and came back really wanting to pursue it as a career – and here I am today.

2. You have such a distinguished voice and your execution has unique qualities and techniques; as an award winning vocalist, how you train yourself and how you maintain your vocal qualities?

KD: First of all, thank you!! I wish I could say I was more disciplined and did more training but unfortunately it’s all experimentation and me having fun with what I was born with. Now I’ve realized that to reach a higher level of achievement I will have to continue to train my voice regularly to condition it to a place where I know it’s going to be better than ever.

3. In our organisational view you are a rising star and very talented in Jazz and R&B. Where the interest in Jazz came from? When was your first encounter with Jazz?

KD: My first exposure to Jazz began when I was very young from my dad’s influence; he would be playing everything on records, tapes, the radio, in the house, in the car and everywhere you could imagine. He is the biggest influence of jazz/blues/soul/r&b for me and I’ve just grown to love it, being exposed to it my whole life.

4. What are your artistic goals for the next couple of years? Which direction Krystle Dos is heading to?

KD: I’ve never actually recorded a proper jazz album, so that’s a big goal for me. I’d like to do it with a big band with lots of musicians and make it very theatrical like they used to do in the days of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday or Sarah Vaughan etc. I would love to take that type of music and turn it into a stage show and transport people back to that magical era.

5. We learnt that soon there will some collaborations between you, our holding organisation and our associated artists and authors. In you view, how important is having international collaborations for independent artists?

KD: The opportunity for an international collaboration is invaluable. It is allowing for reaching borders that an independent artist would never have the ability to do on their own. Also, expanding the scope of musical tastes and bringing them together truly exemplifies that music is universal.

6. For those who wish to follow your activities, please tells us about your forthcoming projects and that how they can stay connected.

KD: I will be releasing a few singles this summer that are more blues and rock/soul influenced. I would be so grateful if you’d like to follow along with me on that journey. The singles are entitled “Treading Water” and “I Cry”. I’ll be releasing a video for Treading Water shortly as well. To find out when all that action is happening, you can follow me on my Facebook fan page, twitter (@musickrystle), Instagram(musickrystle) or on my website

DJ: Ms. Dos Santos , thank you for attending this, we wish you all the best in your artistic career.

KD: Thank you! I really appreciate any help with my career, any interest in what I’m doing, and any opportunity for a collaboration. So, thank you and I wish you guys all the best as well. Blessings.


New single, Treading Water, drops June 3, 2014 – Available on iTunes

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6Qs With FugiRoc

Interviews Posted on Thu, November 28, 2013 23:31:30

DJ: Mr FugiRoc, welcome to our Journal.

FR: Thanks so much, Its a pleasure to be interviewed by you.

1- For our readers who might get to know you for the first time, please tell us about yourself and what took you to the musical arena.

FR: Hi there. I go by the name of Fugi Roc, Born in Leicester England.

I have always loved music from a very young age. My father was a Pastor of a Church and my mother was the Choir leader; therefore, I was always dragged along to choir practice every Friday night, that’s where I learnt about harmonies such things.

From Church, I was spotted playing the bass guitar for a group. The MD for UK artist Lucy Slivas, called me and asked me if I would consider playing for her and the rest is history.

2 – You are a multitalented artist, a singer/songwriter/producer and a label owner. Where this sense of entrepreneurship came from that you go from A-Z? What drives you?

FR: The thought of me being the best drives me. I know that there is a lot inside of me that is waiting to come out. Furthermore, the love for my mum. She is the most amazing person in the world to me . I have to make her proud.

3 – You have worked with a number of super stars such as Maria Carey, Kylie Minogue, P. Diddy, Pixie Lott, as well as several raising stars, including S.E.L (Soulful Emma Louis), how did you two meet and how was your experience working with S.E.L thus far?

FR: We meet on the soul2soul gig. As soon as we meet we became best friends. I just love her spirit, her drive her determination. She reminds me of myself in many ways, plus her beautiful voice is AMAZING. I had to get her on a track. It is amazing working with her, I have enjoyed it very much.

4 – From the theme of your songs and productions, we came to this conclusion that there is a sense of ‘responsibility’, ‘care’, and ‘positive attitude’ in your art. What made you to transfer those feelings? Do you feel as an artist and producer that you have a particular responsibility to communicate?

FR: I think that communication is the most important part of us. When we are writing a song, it is important for the meaning of that to be at the forefront. If people don’t understand what we are writing about we have failed in the art of writing a good song. It is therefore our responsibility to write songs that evoke.

5 – As a producer and label owner, how do you assess the current music industry world-wide? Do you encourage artists to collaborate internationally and unit their forces?

FR: I think that collaborations are very important in this day and age. It is another way of sharing your gift with the world. I believe in helping each other to get to our final destination. There are not enough people in my opinion who are willing to help each other get to their goals. I will work with as many people as possible, that’s just how I am.

6- You recently got engaged in an international music production of “Magnificent Love”, a duet with S.E.L, based in London, England, composed by Loghman Adhami based in USA, arranged by late Arconte Eric in France and Lyrics by Dr. Dorbayani from Canada, which is facilitated by our organisation, WAALM. How was your feeling and experience on this multinational collaboration?

FR: I just think that it is amazing that music can bring all together . Also, it makes me proud to be part of such an multinational song.

For those who wish to follow your activities, please tell us about your forthcoming projects and that how they can follow you.

FR: Myself and S.E.L soul on now on a mission. We are going to take our music to every inch of the world! We are just about to finish her album, and she is helping me with my album, also we are doing all of her live shows together, with myself as musical director, which we will keep you informed about. And fans can follow me on Twitter:

DJ: FugiRoc, thank you for attending this interview and we wish your the best on your artistic career.

FR: thank you so much.


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