What’s your name: Chanelle Hoorne
Where do you come from? Vryburg, North West Province
How long have you been composing? 21 years
What is your creative process? How do you start creating a beat? / How do you start writing lyrics to a beat?
I generally record any idea, melody, rhyme, etc. that comes to mind. This happens a lot so when I do write I always reference recordings done prior on my phone. I write on experiences, feelings and people that has had a huge impact in my life. Regardless good or bad. This helps me move forward and sustain a sense of content throughout life.
What made you chose a career in this field?
I come from a very musical background and have been influenced from a young age when I started playing piano at the age of 7. It has always been my escape from whatever I experienced growing up. Music has always been a huge part of my life. I live it in everything that I do. The singing only came at a later stage but realized back then already that the ability to apply skill to a God given talent is a really special gift that simply have to be persuaded.
Did you do any courses for your career field?
I studied through Unisa since I was 7. Finished my final grade (grade 8) in piano practicals and theory (grade 6) before I matriculated. I have travelled and engaged with other musicians and have learned tremendous amounts of useful information that I can now apply to my own craft.
What advice can you give to aspiring composers?
Use everything around you as inspiration. Constantly step out of the current situation and conclude how it affects others and yourself. This will give u an approach towards people that will allow warmth and depth to surface. It’s important to write about anything that everyone can relate to. People need to trust you and believe the music you make. In that way, whatever purpose your music has in your life, will be fulfilled.
Which other composer’s or artists have you worked with?
Ishmael, Revolution, DJ Terence, DJ Whiskey, Nadia Nakai, Jozi, Fly Chix, Mix Masterz International, Reme Hoorne.
What has been the highlight of your career?
The transition between trying to pursue and actually planning on making it happen has been very rewarding. I am learning so much about the industry and discovering new strengths about myself that has been rewarding in so many ways. The most exciting part is my EP that is due mid November 2016. This consists of a variety of sounds that appeals to a global sense of taste. I’m excited about my band “The Pine Apple’ and just adding a different perspective to the South African music scene.