Far from the serenading vocals of the previously released ballad “Screaming out Loud”, R&B songstress Danielle Lyndsay introduces “Lie to Me”, taunting the listener with lyrics of desperation & longing. Accompanied by a haunting bass line, dark melodic drums and an electronic pulse, Danielle Lyndsay & DMV producer “ShoCase” fully pull her listeners down to the depths of the “Ashes”. “Lie To Me” was released on all major music platforms on May 16, 2016, with the forthcoming EP “From the Ashes: Act 1” being released Summer 2016.
VMG Had a moment to sit down with the D.C. native to see what’s new.
1) What keeps you motivate when it comes to your music?
I think music is my motivation to live. There’s not a day that goes by where I’m not writing, singing, creating new melodies. The music I write is my form of storytelling, my form of therapy for the trials I face in my growth as a woman, trials my friends go through. I know in my heart that this is what I’m supposed to be doing, so from there I let fate take the wheel and the music motivate me.
2) When you think of “Vintage Media Group”, what comes to mind?
When I think of VMG I think “quality”. You know you’re going to get dope music by dope artists that have something to say. I love the fact that VMG still shows a lot of love to the “vintage” sounds of Hip-Hop & R&B with a dedicated page. I think a lot of newer blogs forget to show homage to the roots and I appreciate that VMG does.
3) Being that you are from Washington, D.C., what is the state of Hip-Hop there? How would you titled your style of music?
I truly don’t know what to say about the state of Hip-Hop in DC. It saddens me in a way because the artists that are coming out of my city are coming out sounding like everyone else. Growing up in the DMV, all I’ve known is that we pride ourselves on being original, having our own swag, our own sound. So when I hear the artists that are coming out it’s like “what happened to our sound?, where’s our originality?”. Don’t get me wrong, I love my city, I love the DMV, I just wish we took more pride in our original creativity rather than attempting to imitate everyone else.
If I had to title my music, I fall into R&B. Who I am as artist however is far more versatile. You’re going to hear influences Hip-Hop and old school R&B for sure but you’re also going to hear influences of rock, classical music, electronic, alternative pop, country. I don’t ever want to deliberately classify myself as one type of R&B artist because I don’t want to get stuck in a box. My audience is unique. They’re like me, fans of all music, so they’re free to title my music however they’d like.
4) With your most recent music single “Lie to Me” is Crazy NICE, I Really Like It… can you give us some details on how you came up with that song?
Thank you! “Lie to Me” is actually my favorite song from my upcoming EP “From the Ashes: Act I”. When I wrote “Lie to Me” I was in a really emotionally toxic relationship. We had gotten to a point where we knew we hurting each other and for some reason we only wanted to acknowledge the good in our relationship and it became a huge lie between us. I came up with the pre-hook from a conversation we had “Would that be too much, to just feed my ego? Tell me all the good things so I won’t let you go”, and from that point the lyrics just kept flowing. My producer “ShoCase” was just playing around with sounds in the studio and he only had maybe 8 bars of a beat but I heard it and immediately knew it was “Lie to Me”. The rest is musical history.
5) Where can your fans & supporters find you online? Via Twitter, Facebook, etc.?
6) Who are some of your influences?
There are so many! Top 6: Whitney, Mariah, Michael, Janet, Prince, Freddie Mercury. But I love so many artists of so many genres. I love the sounds of Mozart and Beethoven, just as much as Tupac all the way to Future.
7) Any Last Remarks?
I want to thank my fans a.k.a my “Wings” for sticking by me & spreading my message which is “inspire.dream.believe”.