Some have already spent years in the shadows, waiting for the right moment - others have barely left their bedroom studios. Some aim for headlining festival stages, others aim for nothing in particular – but all of them have developed a sound with the potential to turn a lot of heads. With this feature we shine a light on some of the most interesting emerging new talents our tiny country has to offer.
Sometimes, it doesn’t take much more than one catchy track to draw our attention. While Lyne Nsongo may be finishing her studies in London, she’s been working hard in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to share her work. Blessed with a voice smooth like butter, and a knack for soul and hip hop, LYNE has the potential to make it in the big leagues. Before we get to that point, we stole 10 minutes of her time to get to know this talent a little better.
What’s good these days?
"I'm good! I’m currently back home in Belgium with friends and family for the holidays – and I used the opportunity to do some live performances on BRUZZ Radio and TARMAC, promoting my new material."
Judging from your socials, you have been singing a while already - but this ‘Own Intuition’ track seems like the start of a new chapter. Are we correct?
"Totally! ‘Own Intuition’ is the first track I have actually put up on my own channels. It’s a very personal track to me and it marks a new beginning. At the moment, I am working with my brother D.E.W.I., who produces my tracks. He will drop an EP this year with a vocal of mine on every tune. Together with ‘Own Intuition’, the second single, ‘Isha’, came out already."
What’s the kind of artist you want to become? And where do you draw your inspiration from?
"I want to become someone that inspires people to leave their comfort zone and follow the good things in life. The lyrics I write are a direct result of my daily habits, emotions and my religion. Being respected and appreciated for what I create musically is an amazing feeling."
When did you realize this is what you wanted to do?
"I have been making music for a long time, starting with piano lessons from a very young age, followed by vocals lessons later on. But things only really fell into place when I started making music with my brother in his home studio. He would have a beat and I would sing some melodies over it – although my lyrics were definitely not yet on point at the time."
Who are your favourite producers and vocalists at the moment? Why do you value them?
"At the moment, I really like Wolfie, Dvsn, Kehlani, 6lack and Chris Brown - and Damso of course! In terms of producers, I like J Cole, Ryan Leslie, Russ, Timbaland - but I value each of them for their different qualities: writing, creating, producing, performing or the message they want to bring."
You’re currently living in London. Why did you decide to go there? And how much difference is life there compared to Belgium?
"First, I decided to move to the UK to study at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford to improve my English and work on music at the same time. After that, I started my Event Management studies at the University of Greenwich, where I am currently doing my last year. I moved there with my brother, and together we found a productive routine. Living and working here feels good, as people tend to be a bit more open-minded and creative than elsewhere. Obviously, the great nightlife scene here is a huge plus as well."
Where do you see yourself in, say, 5 years?
"In five years I see myself collaborating, writing for artists I love and doing album tours. I want to be an influence in the music industry, alongside my brother and my bestie Marie, who has the fashion game on lock."
What’s in the pipelines for you right now?
"2018 is looking good, the D.E.W.I. EP release is getting very close now. This will be completed with music videos, gigs, and a few radio appearances."
Stay tuned for that EP - and more - by following this talented individual's Facebook page.