5 questions with ... RRE
RECORDING ARTISTE Renee Reid, known as Rre, though not as popular as some other females in the industry, has been making steady moves in her career. These moves that have allowed her to reap some level of success, and she is acknowledged by many as one to look out for. She is known for songs such as Rev Out Di RR, a collaboration with Grammy-nominated artiste Devin Di Dakta, and Husband Machine. So here’s to learning a little bit more about Rre.
1 WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
“One – that I’m extremely hard on myself. Two – I went through a phase where I had a cancer scare, but, with God’s will, everything worked out the way it ought to. Three – I always want to do more, even when I don’t have the time or the resources.”
2 WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO PURSUE A CAREER IN MUSIC? IF YOU WEREN’T DOING MUSIC, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?
“I have been in the performing arts for 25 years now. I do everything from dance to drama to music. I use to travel with local and international acts as a backup dancer. I know I was born to be a star and a performer. I couldn’t not do it. I always wanted to be a musician but never had the courage or the resources to follow my dream until I became independent. If I wasn’t doing music, I would probably be doing what I’m currently doing – working in corporate as a account manager. So maybe that’s where I would be solely.
3 ARE THERE ANY ARTISTES ON YOUR RADAR WHO YOU WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH IN THE FUTURE?
“I have some huge collabs already, but I would love to collaborate with Mr Genna himself, Aidonia, as a local male artiste. And as for female local artistes, Ms Kingdom and Shenseea together on a reggae project. Internationally, Junior Gong and Khelani.”
4 IT IS OFTEN SAID THAT WOMEN ARE GIVEN A HARDER FIGHT IN THE INDUSTRY THAN MEN. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN WHO WANT TO PURSUE MUSIC BUT ARE HESITANT BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY’VE HEARD ABOUT THE INDUSTRY?
“Music is the art of expression and the engine for making your voice heard. I was timid about entering the industry, but one has to be thick-skinned and self-motivated to survive. Music is music. No man, woman can claim the melody and voice for the masses. My only advice for upcoming artistes and seasoned artistes alike is to stay motivated and true to yourself. No one can believe and respect your vision more than you. Once you believe, you won’t fail. Success, for me, requires commitment, drive and power.”
5 WHAT LESSON DO YOU HOPE TO LEAVE WITH PEOPLE BY THE TIME YOU RETIRE FROM MUSIC?
“There is no retirement for those who love the music.
Music evolves and can never fade. I only pray that during the journey from the start, my fans and those who hear my music pay attention to the message and the growth with every project released. I have a far way to go, and [I am] still learning along the way.”