Interview with Fabiola Shyne
The guest star of Flashmag this month is a Franco-Caribbean artist who does in the genre Kompa / Zouk. Fabiola Shyne is a professional banker but nonetheless a musical treat, after the release of her first album named Love Mwen, in 2013, an installment of 13 titles, very well received by critics, Fabiola Shyne, has just hit stores again with the single Kit’em là, as a prelude to her next album. In the following lines, she told us more about herself and her art.
Flashmag: Hi Fabiola Shyne, Flashmag and its readership are happy to have you as a guest star this month our year could not start better, the time of this interview, our gallery is yours; so I'd like to know what is your background before music, what was doing Fabiola Innocent, Fabiola who became Shyne?
Fabiola Shyne: Actually one must already know that since childhood, I was lulled by the music, that was very present in my world. My parents were great music lovers ... so before meeting my manager I used to dance with my brother, who is a professional choreographer. And of course besides, like everyone I went to school, I did graduate studies in the finances sector. I am a banker by profession. Flashmag: it’s always stated that one does not become a musician, but it's the music that chooses you, how did it go for you, when did you fell the music was your way?
Fabiola Shyne: When? Well I think, it happened after my meeting with Daan, this is where it all really started seriously. We had a first meeting where he had to evaluate me vocally, and it is from there that it was decided that we could do something together. And that's when I started to focus really on music.
Flashmag: Younger did you ever think you'd be a singer?
Fabiola Shyne: sincerely no... it's true that when I watching on TV an artist perform, I sang, and I danced along, telling my mother, I too would like to be like her; but i wasn't thinking seriously, I never thought it would really happen ...
Flashmag: If you had to tell a story about your first steps on stage, which one will you choose? And how did you feel the first time you performed on stage and on what occasion was it?
Fabiola Shyne: There have been so many times, there were many moments ...
Flashmag: Yes, the first time how was it ? This small anxiety of the first steps how you managed it?
Fabiola Shyne: The first time I did a cover of one of Daan Junior titles that had worked well "Mwen santi m beni," it's called. That was before the Haitian community in France, it was great I really did not expect to have that warm welcome, with the public who repeated in chorus the refrains, it was great.
Flashmag: In the early 2010s you sign your first contract with Celine, production company, from this union will be born your first album, released in 2013 an album of 13 songs entitled Mwen Love an album made in the tradition Zouk- Kompa, how was it made that first album? its genesis?
Fabiola Shyne: I must state that it was not easy to make this album. At that time I was following my studies in banking, it took us almost two years to complete the work, I was going to school at day time, and during evenings and weekends I was in the studio. So we were in the studio my producer and I, in the composition there are texts I've written, and the others who were written by Daan, in terms of composition and musical program we did not want to use software, we had to call real musicians to play on different tracks. For example, there is the famed Haitian guitarist Thierry Delannay which contributed to this album.
Flashmag: First loves are those that remain etched in the memory, if you had to make a comment on that work what would you say?
Fabiola Shyne: I would say it was very hard, because I worked with a very demanding team, but in the end I had a good time, it was really great.
Flashmag: Daan Junior seems to be the right man in your life as an artist. If you had to give adjectives to his influence on your career what would you say?
Fabiola Shyne: in fact, he manages me, and he is the one who initiated me into the music; he directs me, gives me advices on my career, compared to his experience and what he has lived, he is also my vocal coach, it’s true even as a pro, we still need someone to direct us from time to time.
Flashmag: it’s never stated enough that being a woman can be an asset in the business of the stage. How do you feel about being a singer and a woman? And also how to be a woman, and your different life experiences influence your artistic creation? How your sentimental experiences influence your artistic creation, especially when one knows that you do in the love music genre?
Fabiola Shyne: I would say yes it helps, even though at the same time there are a lot of disadvantages there are also advantages, so I'm happy. Yes, glad to be a woman ... The influence of my femininity in my artistic creation? I would say it is strong, in fact I'm a big romantic, I like romance, I love the poetic things. You should know that I am also inspired by real events. Thus for example the stories my friends tell me, what they are living; the facts of everyday life inspire me also. I think through my songs a lot of people may find themselves, since, what I live as a woman the others also live it, or also lived it.
Flashmag: If you had to say why you make music, what would you say? It's a job that makes you live, it’s a passion that makes you vibrate, or it is a tool to use to fight a battle?
Fabiola Shyne: For me it is a passion that makes me vibrate ...
Flashmag: how do you define yourself, an engaged artist with a mission or simply an artist?
Fabiola Shyne: I would like peoples to listen to my music and relate to it, by saying it's true what she says. I wish peoples will identify themselves to it. That the words of my songs, make people react. That through my songs peoples find solutions to their relationships. So I would like to make music not just for music. I would like to see those who listen to me to find practical advices in my music.
Flashmag: You are part of the new generation of artists of the genre Afro Caribbean what is your music approach? you want to do as well as your elders like Kassav Malavoi Edith Lefel or Alan Cave, or you want to bring the genre to reach other heavens, and break with what has already been done, or if possible improve what can be improved?
Fabiola Shyne: right on it is true that when one talks about Kassav, it hits hard, we put the bar very high ...
Flashmag: we had the chance to receive Jacob Desvarieux sometime ago, one of your elders. now, would you like do as well as them, walk on their trail or go in a completely different direction?
Fabiola Shyne: I want to make something new I am from Haiti, I am much more in Kompa Zouk, which it is important, to keep the Haitian flavor while making a new generation of Kompa, I’m more in the novelty category. I want to bring a little more of freshness to the Afro Caribbean. Music.
Flashmag: As a French born Haitian, when it's true that the French Caribbean are all Creoles, what emphasis it brings to your kind to be from Haiti the first free black nation in history, as some like to state?
Fabiola Shyne: Already I am French Haitian and I sing in French and Creole, this already brings something new, that one way or another broadens horizons, allowing Haitian music to outsource. French music is everywhere, making French music and adding a touch of Creole is a plus. This allows us as well to make our music noticed on continents that it has not yet reached.
Flashmag: The year 2015 just ended whether to make your artistic balance in 2015 what would you say?
Fabiola Shyne: the balance of the year 2015… I rather would say it was a good year... That year my title Naturellement with Daan Junior really enjoyed a successful breakthrough in the audience. I had dates everywhere I traveled in Africa, I was in the Caribbean in Martinique and Guadeloupe. Overall it was a good year.
Flashmag: How did you feel about this African experience?
Fabiola Shyne: Beautiful African experience, in Africa when they love, they love, they do not pretend... they were singing along, especially in Africa they have their local languages, and to see Africans trying to sing in Creole it’s always fun.
Flashmag: Speaking precisely about 2015 since November 2015 you put in the bins a new single called Kit’em là, how was done this work?
Fabiola Shyne: yes, Kit’em là, means in English leave me here, or leave me where I am. We really focused on what has to be done it’s a title of meticulous craftsmanship. It's been six months that we are working on the prospect of the new album and Kit’em là, is a little bit a poster of announcement of what will come.
Flashmag: this single is a prelude to your next album ... If you had to make some indiscretions about the new album what will you say? what the public should expect artistically speaking?
Fabiola Shyne: I'll stay in the musical style in which I was already known, namely the Zouk / Kompa, but there will be new freshness, we worked with new peoples, in the upcoming album. I think the public will not be disappointed.
Flashmag: Have you already wedged a date for the worldwide release of this sequel?
Fabiola Shyne: we have not yet scheduled a release date.
Flashmag: while closing this interview do you have a special word to the public what is your agenda for the near future some important dates concert and others?
Fabiola Shyne: Well I invite the public, for those who do not know me yet, to go see my video clips and find out who I am. I'm fairly present on social networks and others, YouTube Facebook, they will discover that I have a universe, I sing and I dance ... I invite them not to hesitate to look at who is Fabiola Shyne. In terms of my dates, well! Next month I will be in Martinique, but the impending date is next Friday at the Empire Club in Paris.
Flashmag: Fabiola Shyne Flashmag and its readership thank you for this cordial meeting and we wish you all the best.
Fabiola Shyne: I’m the one who thank you for granting me this interview.
Video Kit’em là,
Interview by Hubert Marlin Jr. Elingui Journalist Writer