Posted On 15 Jan 2019
Get to know the rising pop star Victoria Dennis! Her latest single is “Fire Kind.”
Check it out here- https://soundcloud.com/victoria-dennis-5/firekind-m3/s-cR7K1
Before her 16th birthday, Victoria’s already racked up stage credits at the Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden, B.B. Kings and starred in series/projects for Nickelodeon, Nikon and more. She is QUADRUPLE threat actress/model/vocalist/dancer and it’s earned her attention from America’s Got Talent and American Idol, as well. Born and bred New Yorker, she’s a descendant of Jojo, Beyonce, TLC and other of pop and R&B’s reigning queens.
Connect with Victoria here- http://www.victoriadennismusic.com
Learn more about Victoria Dennis in the following All Access interview:
Now that we are on the back end of the year, how do you think 2018 has treated you and your career? What has been one goal that you have had this year and how close are you to reaching it? Or did you already reach it?
2018 was definitely a year of work for me. Lots of studio sessions. Lots of performances. Lots of meeting new people and collaborating on music. A year i will never forget for sure! One goal of mine was to improve on my writing skills when it comes to writing my original songs. For most of my first original songs i always co-wrote them, which i still do, but i definitely feel more independent now. I’ve written about 25 original songs this year and more than half i’ve written on my own which is something I’m very proud of 🙂 !!
Growing up, how important was music to you? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
Growing up music was always very important to me. I remember being young and always singing and dancing around the house. I still look at tapes from when I was younger too. When i was 7 i knew that singing would be my passion forever. It was after a school talent show. I stepped off staged and the feeling of performing in front of people and singing my heart out made me so happy that the next thing i wanted was voice lessons. So that’s exactly what I told my mom. It was a very easy choice for me but unfortunately there were retributions that followed my decision regarding kids at school not “accepting” it/me.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
The biggest surprise to me so far is how many people genuinely support you and how many just say they do. During the earlier stages of my career (elementary school) kids would bully me because i was “different”. I was the “odd one out”. From such a young age it was hard to determine who my true supporters were but as I’m growing up, the picture is beginning to be more clear. I’m the type of person that will support whatever decision you think is best for you. I’ve learned that not all people are like me in the sense that no matter how close you are with someone, even if you don’t know them at all, someone happiness will still be hated on. This is such a cruel way of looking at things but its so true and it’s what the world thinks is “okay”. This in itself has definitely been a challenge because I’ve had to accept letting go of some friendships due to unbalanced support. At the same time, It is also a welcoming challenge because as cheesy as it is, the saying i like to follow is “haters are my motivators”.
Generally how do you go about writing all of your music? Do you follow the same process for all of your songs?
Usually when writing songs the producer in which I’m working with and i will first choose a beat that we both are feeling that day. The concept of which the song is going to be about is either pre-determined depending on if i have any notes regarding what i want my next to be about or we will come up with a story line for the sing together depending on the vibe of the beat and day. I have changed this method up a few times where i come up with a melody first and then try to put a beat with it which is more complex.
What was the inspiration for your newest single, “Fire Kind”? How does it compare to anything else that you have put out?
The song “Fire Kind” is about two people who have an un-explainable bond/connection with each other. What inspired me to write this song was just from being a teenager who fantasizes about love; we all do it. The song describes and questions the feelings all teenagers go through when catching feelings for someone. It captures the exact feelings I personally go through as well which makes this song more personal, but also relatable. I feel that as a teenager and as you grow up you learn more and more about what the meaning behind love really is. I use the phrase “Fire Kind” to describe the connections I feel between me and “significant others”. It’s basically a fun, revamped way of saying we are meant to be! This is different than anything else I’ve put out because i feel that it’s the most relatable because we all do this and vocally, my sound is definitely maturing as shown in this song.
When do you hope to put out more new music and a full album of new songs?
As soon as i can! I have a few options as to what i would put out next and it could kind of go either way; singles or EP/album. As i mentioned earlier, I’ve been in the studio a lot this whole year so i do have lots of music waiting to be released. Just a matter of time.
I understand that you act, model and of course sing so which one do you find that you prefer right now at this point in your life? How would you say they all balance you out?
Out of all 3 i prefer singing a lot more. My passion for modeling and acting was found when i was younger and that’s actually how i started in this industry. When i was younger i was signed to an agency and I’d go on auditions all the time for TV/commercial and modeling jobs as well. My passion for singing though over rode the acting/modeling and took over me like no other. They all balance out in a way that i know i have the ability to act and model so if i ever needed to, i could just ¨switch hats¨.
Since the beginning of music, people have turned to it for support and as an escape from their realities. How do you want your music received and appreciated?
Music to me is a universal language. No matter who you are or where you’re from music will always be an ¨escape¨ from the real world. Although i am only a teenager i don’t necessarily believe in reaching only a select group of people with my music;. As an emerging artists i want my music to reach people of all ages. I try to be relatable when writing my own music so that i can accomplish this. I want people to listen to my music and appreciate it and connect with it personally due to it relating to their own life somehow. That experience to me makes a song so much more special when listening to it.
What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all? What would you say is your favorite way to connect with your fans now?
Due to growing up in the 21st century, i have a also been growing up with the advancements of social media and what it has to offer. Navigating all media platforms is very easy but keeping up with it on a daily basis is sometimes tricky. Sometimes I’ll have to be reminded to post and keep my followers updated because I’m caught up on other things such as schoolwork but for the most part I try to stay on top of it to broaden my accounts. My favorite platform would have to be Instagram. DM is the best way to reach me if you ever wanted to talk to me because I check them constantly and always answer! I also love the layout and all the features it offers from stories, highlights etc…
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely still love to work with in the future?
I have a very long list of artists out today that inspire me and my music some of them include Post Malone, Ariana Grande and 6LACK. I would love to work with all of them one day but for some reason Post Malone is definitely my favorite. I feel that his genre of music is very unique and the fact that you can’t categorize him as an artist in just one genre shows that he is very diverse which to me is something important in this industry.
If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island forever, what musical item would you take with you and why?
If i were stranded i would probably take a piano with me… chordless of course. The piano is an instrument i picked up very easily and is one that i enjoy playing. Ive been told i have perfect pitch so i play by ear a lot which would be nice because then i could write songs about being on a deserted island (hehe).
If your music was going to be featured on any TV show that is currently on right now, which would you love it to be on? Or if you prefer, what is a movie that you love that you wish your music was featured in?
One movie I wish my newest single Fire Kind was featured on would definitely be “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” which is a Netflix original that stars my favorite actor at the moment Noah Centineo.
Do you have any tour dates you would like to tell our readers about? How will you be spending your winter?
I don’t necessarily have tour dates coming up anytime soon but I will definitely be in the studio writing and recording more originals to hopefully put out at the top of the new year.
At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music? I’d like to know more about how you want your music to be timeless?
As mentioned earlier I try to make my music as relatable as possible so that my music doesn’t only reach a select group of people, but all people so I hope that everybody can relate to at least one of my songs and if you do I hope it becomes your favorite song forever!
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
My newest single Fire Kind is available on all music platforms along with the music video YouTube. Make sure you watch it to put the visuals to the song so it all makes sense!!