There is a new girl group in town and they go by the name of Empress.
Four young women from the UK, have been chosen after a nationwide search, from Ultimate Music Management. These ladies clearly stood out from the crowd , against the other hopefuls that auditioned to be part of this exciting new project. Empress are an urban girl group made up of 4 talented singers & dancers. They officially became a group in may 2012. They are all 18 years-old, hungry for success, and are literally soaked in talent. The group is made up of Monica, Vee, Desthy and Elys.
In an Exclusive interview with Sataloma News, we find out just what the girls have been up to since coming together as a group, and find out a bit more about the girls themselves, and the music they are creating.
Congratulations on becoming Empress, just how excited are you about the future?
M- SO excited it’s all very new and fresh but were literally so excited for the what the future holds for us D-Yes I’m very excited! I mean, this is once in a lifetime opportunity, we have a great management team that’s supporting and helping us throughout the entire journey, its been a great start for the group, I hope this will continue and bring us a great, bright future ahead of us!
So tell us a little bit about yourselves as individuals, ?
I’ am Elyse, I am 18 and I am from Bolton, I’m Persian and a libra. I’m the sort of person who seems shy at first but can’t shut me up once you know me.
I am Monica, im 18, and grew up in Aylesbury, I am Italian & greek, and I am a Scorpio. Before Empress I was a solo singer/songwriter and club promoter.
My name is Desthy, everyone calls me Dee. I’m 18, and a Capricorn. I was born in Jakarta, in Indonesia, but now live in Milton Keynes. I started dancing when I was 6, as a ballroom dancer, but my main passion is really hip hop, I joined my first class of hip hop at 9 I haven’t stopped dancing & singing since.
Hi, I’m Veneisha but im known as Vee. I am 18 years old and I’m from London I am a Scorpio, my parents are from Barbados and Jamaica, and im a trained dancer, and studied performing arts.
You are all 18 years old, is music, what you have all, always wanted to do?
M- Yeah its something I have wanted since I was like 4, I just knew from then, that I wanted to entertain people. The spice girls started it for me. E-Music has always been a part of my life you only have to look at footage from my “family video camera” , it is full of tapes of myself, forcing my brother to hold the camera while I wore wigs and pretend to be on MTV. D-Music is like air to me, sounds a little cheesy but I literally cannot live without it. My life has always revolved around music, from old-school RnB and gospel to hip hop, those are my favourite types of music. I started singing when I was 9, I love performing. V-From the age of five , I was always entering into talent shows, I would always make up dance routines and sing in front of my family. This has been something I wanted from a very young age.
Are you all getting along well? M-We get on really well, me, Vee and Desthy hit off straight away in the first auditions, then Elyse came in and completed us. Were like sisters already! V-Yeah, me Monica and Desthy clicked throughout the audition process, then when we found Elyse it just felt right. We have four very different personalities and we couldn’t have found a better fit. It’s like a sisterhood already.
Hows music coming along? M-Its coming along really well, we have worked with different producers, and have even just started working on a garage track with a real summer vibe. E- At the moment were just playing around with sounds to create something totally unique to create Empress’s sound.
Who are your biggest musical influences? D-Michael Jackson and Beyonce M-Drake, Rihanna, J-cole, J.lo & of course Beyoncé she is just so talented! E-I have a huge mixture of influences ranging from rock such as Nirvana and Queen, Motown music like Aretha Franklin, to current artists, like Beyonce and Rihanna V- Beyonce has always been my main influence. She has inspired me in many ways as a woman and a performer. Also Rihanna, as she’s from Barbados like myself . She’s made it from a small island, to world-wide musical domination.
Can we hear these influences in the music that you are making right now? D: Our music influences are hip hop and RnB, but we will definitely make a variety of music, try all genres. I think its important to try a few different paths, to see what works. The garage track that we’re working on at the moment is very summery vibe, we tried to bring the 90’ to 2012 with it. M- We just want our music to be as relatable as possible, we’re young and we want to act as role models , but most of all keep it real.
Empress is a beautiful name, why Empress?
E-We love the name Empress because it goes with our saying “strong in mind, rich in unity” as an Empress is a strong and beautiful woman who can be just as powerful as any man (Emperor). We believe that every girl no matter how weak she may be feeling can pull her self together and be a strong Empress because we all have one inside us.
What can we expect from Empress? E- Lots of personality, good quality music, with powerful motives, catchy songs and big choreography. D- A ‘Making Empress’ reality show, which follows us on our journey and a video diary which you can find on our website and YouTube channel. Team Empress all the way!
Life is looking good for the girls of Empress, their amazing work ethic and pure talent should see them make a success of the band, and we for one can’t wait to hear their debut track. To see how the ladies secured their places in the group then watch The making of Empress at www.youtube.com/empressofficialtv and check out their official Website www.empressonline.co.uk