Cece Vee is a singer and multi-instrumentalist with powerfully emotive music that features a unique blend of confessional lyrics underpinned by a refreshing modern pop style.
Cece has fast been making her mark in the music industry, with her first few releases landing Cece a coveted position on the cover of JOOX’s New Pop Hits playlist(“Dysfunctional” and“Wild Hearts”), local and international blog coverage, radio airplay and chart success as well as on-air interviews on some of South Africa’s biggest radio stations including 5FM and JacarandaFM among others.
A recent career highlight was the use of her single, “Wild Hearts”, in an episode of the US TV series Good Trouble. Oscillating between playful and heart-breaking, the music is upbeat, the lyrics captivating, and the combination thereof easy to get lost in. It’s personal, but it still manages to make you want to move – a type of ecstatic escapism that these times call for.
With her newly released debut EP“Past Midnight” already racking up massive support including editorial placements on Spotify’s New Music South Africa and SAlt playlists, and receiving the playlist cover placement on the latter, Cece Vee is ready to take on the world with her fresh voice, novel sound and alternative pop prowess.
Q & A with CeCe Vee:
Congrats on the release of your new single “Self Doubt”, please tell us a little bit about what it’s about:
Self-Doubt is about overthinking and doubting yourself to the point where it keeps you up at night. I overthink a lot, both in my artistic career and in my personal life. In my experience this usually consists of negative self-talk, imposter syndrome, replaying conversations in my head, or lying awake at night worrying about all sorts of things.
Ultimately, the song is about overcoming these feelings, realizing that these thoughts do not hold true, and not allowing yourself to become your own worst enemy. Ultimately, don’t be too hard on yourself. You are probably doing way better than you think.
What are some of the musical inspirations behind “Self Doubt”?
It’s got influences from both modern pop and alternative music, also with a bit of a retro 80s feel.
What is your favourite thing about being a woman?
People often underestimate women on many fronts, and I love that we are able to prove them wrong and stand strong in the face of adversity.
If you could give advice to any female artist wanting to “make it” in the music industry, what would it be?
Learn as much about the industry as possible, knowledge is power. Great music goes hand in hand with great marketing, so I would really encourage artists to learn how to use social media effectively as a marketing tool. I would also say don’t let anyone put you into a box. Conformity is the enemy of creativity. Always stay true to yourself and be bold and steadfast in your vision.
What is your favourite thing about what you do?
Definitely the recording process and making music videos. It’s very exciting and nothing beats the feeling of seeing new art come to life.
I especially love making music videos because I also love film and acting, and I get to be really creative with bringing the music to life visually.
As an independent artist, I don’t have a huge budget, so it’s a fun challenge to see how far we can push it working with what we have, and I feel like that adds a very unique element of creativity and passion to the music videos that my videographer and I create. And of course, I love performing. That is also an experience that nothing else can really match.
What is your best career highlight so far?
I was recently nominated for a SAMA (South African Music Award) for the first time in my career, and it was for ‘Artist of the Year’. That’s always been a massive goal of mine so it’s definitely a dream come true and a huge highlight. Something else that was really exciting was that one of my songs, “Wild Hearts”, was used in an episode of the US TV series, “Good Trouble” in 2021.
What is your favourite thing about Africa?
I love how diverse and unique Africa is both in terms of the people and the land. We have such beautiful landscapes, for instance, in Cape Town you get a bit of everything, mountains, beaches, farms and city all within reach of one another. And South Africa is incredibly diverse and rich in different cultures, it’s really beautiful. I believe diversity adds so much richness and spice to life.
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