Raver Mag: You have been nominated for three American Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and many other awards throughout your career. How did this musical journey start for you? More importantly, what advice do you have for those who look up to you as a person and as an artist? Crystal Waters: I come from a musical family. My aunt, Ethel Waters, was a very famous singer and movie star in the 1940’s. My father was a musician who had a hit song in the 1960’s. I used to write poems all the time. One day a friend of mine asked if I wanted to do some background vocals for his cousin’s studio. Once I got into the studio, I knew this was it. I found a keyboard player to write with. We were shopping a demo when I met the Basement Boys and the rest is history, as they say. I advise staying true to yourself. You want to be relevant, but it’s best to be unique. Remain in love with the music. The business side can beat you down, but remember why you are making music. Oh, and get a good attorney! Raver Mag: I have to ask, what was it like working with Carl Cox? He is such an amazing person and a remarkable talent, as are you. From the outside looking in, the chemistry between you two appeared to be magic. Taking the #1 spot on the Billboard charts proved that it was. Crystal Waters: Hmmm, I never worked with Carl Cox [laughs]...I think you mean Chris Cox? Chris is a great guy and a very talented producer. It’s always fun to be #1 on Billboard! Raver Mag: Talk to us about your new track “Believe.” What was the inspiration behind the breathtaking melodies and heartfelt positive vibes that resonate throughout the dance music community? Crystal Waters: When I got the track [from Sted-E & Hybrid Heights], I loved it. It’s exactly what dance music is all about. It’s positive
and uplifting. The producers, Sted-E & Hybrid Heights didn’t even realize that it sounded very much like the song “I’m Gonna Get You.” I kept hearing the long note on the word “believe,” so I got a melody to work with that. When I got to the hook, I figured, if I’m going to have to get this cleared, I may as well use part of the hook. It worked out so great! Then I wrote a B-hook to make it a modern sound. Raver Mag: There are so many genres that fall under the EDM/dance music umbrella. Why do you feel that the House music vibe with Sted-E & Hybrid Heights blended in so well with “Believe”? Crystal Waters: It’s all dance music and I think EDM falls under that. I’m a House music artist and while I love EDM, we started this game a long time ago when it was just called dance music. Now that there are so many genres, I like to be more specific of what kind of music I do, which is House. As we like to say, “House music is a feeling.” This music is positive and uplifting and it makes you want to dance! “Believe” is the perfect combination of those feelings. Raver Mag: “Believe,” will be hard to top. Then again that’s what was said in the press about “I’m Gonna Get You,” “Destination Calabria,” “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless),” and so many of the other songs that you have created, all of which are masterful. What’s next or in store for Crystal Waters? How can you keep overcoming perfection? Crystal Waters: You flatter me! I’m finishing up an album very soon called #IAMHOUSE coming out in early 2017. “Believe” is the first single off the album. Trust me, I have more great songs coming. I’m so excited! I’m in love with every track on the album. Can’t wait for everyone to hear it. You’ll definitely be dancing. • For more information, visit www.IamCrystalWaters.com
Published on Nov 21, 2016
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