SKRT Magazine catches up with artist Courtnaé Paul on our mellow #SKRTview segment.
Courtnaé Paul is an Artist, Dj & Choreographer from Durban, South Africa. She talks her style, inspirations, released and forthcoming projects; a debut 3 track EP featuring some of SA’s top talent such as Moozlie, Holly Rey, Gigi Lamayne, Manu World Star, Boskasie and Benny Afroe, her latest single titled No Other Way ft. Rowlene and Manu World Star, her creative process, relationships & more exclusive to www.skrtdaily.com
- Tell us about yourself
I am a multifaceted female of colour originally from Durban, South Africa now based in Johannesburg. I am an absolute lover of life, and I am a B-Girl, Choreographer and Dj by profession.
- What influences the art/music you create?
I find influence in everything around me as well as the sounds that I feel most connected to. All things Hip Hop, Afro and Funk speak to me because I’ve grown up listening and dancing to so many variations of these sounds, so I try to create whatever feels natural to me.
- What genre or style are you sticking to ?
First and foremost I am a Hip Hop Dj, but no set of mine comes without some old school, Afro and Reggaeton as well.
- What sparked your interest in making music?
Music has been a love of mine for as long as I can remember. It plays a massive role in my every day life and the move to making music felt like a natural progression.
- What projects have you released or planning to release?
August 2020 saw me release my debut 3 track EP featuring some of SA’s top talent such as Moozlie, Holly Rey, Gigi Lamayne, Manu World Star, Boskasie and Benny Afroe. I’ve just released a new single titled No Other Way ft. Rowlene and Manu World Star – and there is another on the way!
- What keeps you motivated, what is your creative process ?
Creativity needs to constantly be refilled, there are some days when I just don’t have it in me. I stay motivated by knowing when to give myself a break and when to push- I listen to my body. When your job is your passion, it tends to come back quicker in my experience.
My creative process is different depending on what I’m working on, but from dance to radio, it always starts with the music.
- What more to expect from your brand in the future?
I always try to be as authentic as I can and bring people a different experience than the industry norm. But in simple terms: More music, more dancing, and fingers crossed some unexpected power moves.
- Who are you eager to collaborate with?
My top collabs would be Shekhinah, Kizz Daniel, Ty Dolla Sign, Koffee and J Balvin to name a FEW.
- What is your fashion sense saying?
I have no idea *Laughs*
- Poison of choice?
Hmmm, if we’re talking liquor I’m a simple vodka and mixers kinda girl.
- Describe your social & romantic relationship status?
My social life is quite mixed in with my work life and consists of a small circle of friends, games nights and Kizomba dance parties. My relationship status is basically married.
- First Date Ideas?
I’m a Durban girl so I would say the beach and some lunch. Chilled vibes.
- Favorite whip/car?
- Vacay country/countries of choice ?
I’ve done about 20 countries and loved them all, my favs would be the safety in Europe and the Sun in Indonesia.
- Soda or Water?
Water with a side of soda *laughs*.
- Workout routine?
Sometimes twice a day. Boxing training in the morning, dance training in the evening.
- How do you uplift your self spiritually and mentally?
I find myself needing to do this more lately and I do it by removing myself from the noise or things that stress me out. I stay unplug, stay in bed, watch a movie, go out for a dance. Whatever I absolutely love, and leave no room for further deflation. I try to find that quiet time for stretching, breathing or listening to a podcast. All these things play a role in my healing.
- What impact do you plan to leave on society?
The biggest impact I want to leave is that there is more than enough room in the world for people who aren’t like you. I want to leave this world knowing I’ve opened eyes, I made the world a little lighter for the lone rangers, and that I lived the way I wanted to – and not how society dictated.
- Who is/are your mentor(s)?
I don’t have any mentors but I try to pay close attention and ask as many questions as I can.
- Give a quote(s) you want to be remembered by?
As the tattoo on my arm says “Faith is the down payment for your dreams”
Life is too short to not go for everything you ever dreamed of.
Thanks for pulling up, Looking forward to seeing you at the next SKRTFest event.