Interview with singer, songwriter and producer Mo’ Spence
Today on What On What’s Good with Jovin Tardif, my guest is singer, songwriter, and producer Monique Spence aka Mo’ Spence. Fun fact: Mo’ started as a singer at age 11. In our interview, we discuss her latest song “Butterflies”.
1. Can you tell us about your passion for music?
My mom was a poet and my dad was a reggae DJ. Music was imprinted in me from birth. We always had house parties and I would love singing and dance along to the music in my room. I started falling in love with r&b music at a very young age. I would buy a lot of CDs, listen religiously to the songs, sing-along, and even write out the lyrics by pausing and playing, pausing, and playing, pausing, and playing. That’s what helped me to become a songwriter.
2. How would you describe your musical style? Do you have any musical influences?
I consider myself to be a different type of artist but I definitely got that old school R&B and soul with a pinch of a reggae and hip hop feel. My biggest influences as singers are Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Kelly Price, and Keyshia Cole. My biggest influences as producers are Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Babyface, Teddy Riley, and Jermaine Dupree to name a few. They helped me to become the producer I am today!
3. Do you have any advice on the process of producing, writing, and singing music?
Don’t let anyone tell you how you should sound or create your craft. Do whatever comes from your heart, mind, and soul and it will be authentic. Just make sure to keep it sounding professional and easy on the ears.
4. You performed LIVE on multiple occasions including a performance on CBC. How do you typically prepare to perform?
I rehearse with my band at least 3 times before a performance, I try not to talk all day on the day of my performance, and I make sure to drink a lot of water and warm up my vocals right before our set.
5. What can you tell us about “Butterflies”?
“Butterflies” is a true story. It’s about my now fiance who always makes me feel loved and appreciated. I just wanted to show him that I also love him and that I also appreciate everything he does for me so I decided to make a hit song about it.