Young singer sets sights on 2016

2016-02-16 06:00
Local musician Lesley Dicxon will launch her singing career and second single on Thursday.

Local musician Lesley Dicxon will launch her singing career and second single on Thursday.

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She hasn’t even got started yet and her music has already made its way to New York.

Local musician Lesley Dicxon will be officially launching her career with a media presentation on Thursday, but she’s already promoting her debut single internationally.

“Dream”, which was released in December, was mixed and mastered by the Cutting Room Studios in New York, along with four other tracks – a sign for her that’s she’s on the right path.

Lesley was just six when she made up her mind that she wanted to become a performer. She had seen a video of Michael Jackson performing “Billy Jean” and she was sold.

What followed was a school career filled with cultural activities: from poetry and dancing to drama and singing. But she couldn’t get enough and soon joined a music academy as well.

After matriculating she was off to study sound engineering at Cape Audio College to learn more about studios and what she wanted from the music industry.

She used her time while studying to network and learn the ins and outs of the local scene. Soon after graduating, she got cracking on the production of her future EP.

Her biggest focus in the beginning was songwriting, until she went into studio with family friend Benedict de Maar.

“I could only get into studios as night,” she says, adding that it was often just the two of them working on the tracks.

The driving force behind Lesley’s decision to take on music full time is her father, and her face lights up as she recalls: “My sister resigned from work and all he said to her was: ‘Don’t work for someone else, make your own business,’ Because that’s what he believes in.”

Lesley describes “Dream” as a combination of rap, pop and reggae with inspirational lyrics. Her second single, also to be released on Thursday, is a full-on reggae song.

The song is for family members who get left at home when someone in the family goes out drinking.

Lesley takes her inspiration for songs from everyday life: things she’s experienced or seen. “My [first] single is just about my dreams and insecurities.”

It also turned out to act as an assertive introduction. “2016 is the year for me.”

Taking her songs to the studio in New York was a way for Lesley to test herself and see if her music is good enough to get accepted.

“The moment I heard that they didn’t put auto tune on my voice I knew: I can probably sing.”

Now, with the added approval, her next step is “getting her name out there”.

Her music is available on iTunes and Amazon and she plans to perform as much as possible after Thursday’s launch.

In the meantime, listeners can keep an eye on Lesley’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts or listen to her interview on Hashtag Radio (hashtagradio.co.za) on Thursday at 14:20 to stay up to date with what she’s busy with. VFor more information about Lesley, and to hear a snippet of “Dream”, visit lesleydicxon.com.

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