The Real Deal

The De Fam girls hook up with Bran­don Beal for the sum­mer.

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#teamCLEO gets in be­tween De Fam’s and Bran­don Beal’s sum­mer fling ...

What hap­pens when you put the group be­hind the Malaysian hit sin­gle “Su­per­girls” with the guy re­spon­si­ble for “Twerk It Like Mi­ley”? You get an in­fec­tious, fun-filled, sum­mer-time jam burst­ing with pop, hip-hop and mid tempo dance tones. #teamCLEO sat down with Bran­don Beal and the De Fam girls – Fya, Azira and Mang­gis – to chat about how their song “With You” came to life.

Q How did this col­lab­o­ra­tion come about?

BRAN­DON: We were in­tro­duced by our la­bels, and af­ter lis­ten­ing to their sound and putting it next to what’s go­ing on with my mu­sic in Malaysia, it just made sense to bring ev­ery­thing to­gether.

Q What’s the in­spired the track?

BRAN­DON: Well, it’s a feel-good record that makes you feel like putting the [car] top down while you’ve got your sun­glasses on.

It’s kind of based on the idea of be­ing with this per­son that you al­ways want to ex­pe­ri­ence all the dif­fer­ent walks of life with.

DE FAM: The song is ac­tu­ally open for in­di­vid­ual in­ter­pre­ta­tion. For us, it’s about life with each other and our jour­ney as De Fam as we work to­gether with our crew, friends, fam­ily and even our fans.

Q How was it like work­ing on this pro­ject?

DE FAM: We were es­pe­cially ex­cited about the mu­sic video shoot be­cause at the time, we didn’t know what was go­ing to hap­pen. We weren’t given any clues as to what the set would look like and we hadn’t even seen the sto­ry­board, so we just went into it pre­par­ing to be sur­prised. It was awe­some.

Q What do you hope to take away from this time to­gether?

BRAN­DON: I think this col­lab­o­ra­tion could eas­ily lead into some­thing else, maybe even a tour. Our mu­sic is pretty sim­i­lar since we’re both a mix of hiphop, pop and R&B. It just fits.

Q Are you say­ing you’ll tour to­gether in the fu­ture?

BRAN­DON: Any­thing is pos­si­ble; it’s just all about the day-to-day process of mak­ing it hap­pen.

Q Did you ever ex­pect to be where you are to­day?

DE FAM: Truth­fully, no. We never saw our­selves be­ing singers be­cause our pas­sion lies in danc­ing. Prior to this, we were backup dancers so we’re fa­mil­iar with be­ing on­stage, but be­ing at the front and cen­tre of at­ten­tion is a lot dif­fer­ent. We still get stage fright some­times, but we love what we do, no mat­ter how chal­leng­ing.

Q And how has the jour­ney been so far?

DE FAM: It’s been a roller-coaster ride – it all hap­pened so quickly. Our sched­ule is crazy tir­ing, but we’re not com­plain­ing – what we’re do­ing is re­ally fun, we wouldn’t change a sin­gle thing.

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