The Industry

Divine Inspiration

14th December 2016

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Divinity Roxx is bass player and live musical director for Beyoncé. She has played for President Barrack Obama at the White House and appeared on The Grammys, the MTV Music Awards and Saturday Night Live. Recently, however, her career reached a new high when she flew 5,000 miles to appear as the guest speaker at BIMM Brighton’s Freshers’ Induction event. Tatjana Harrington-Steward managed to blag a private audience.

Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Divinity Roxx and I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. I’m a bass player, an MC, producer, songwriter and performer.

Do you have any music rituals or routines you practice before your performances?

When I’m on tour I generally try to stretch a lot, but my routines are kind of boring. I do vocal warm-ups before I leave the hotel, and I stretch because I’m usually really physical onstage, but that’s about it. I always get with the band and make sure we’re all together at least 30 minutes before the show so we can just connect, say a prayer and then hit the stage.

What advice would you give to aspiring artists and musicians?

Just really hone your craft, study those who came before you and find your own voice. It’s so important to find your own voice.

How can aspiring artists and musicians contribute to the music industry as it is today?

It’s definitely changed, and it’s still changing and I think that’s because of the contributions of aspiring artists and musicians. The cool thing about artists is that they’re creative so they’re always finding new ways to share their music and to share their message. The messages are always changing, creative content is always evolving, and I think that’s what we need. We need to keep evolving this music industry. For me it’s all about the message and the music so keep evolving that.

What can we anticipate from you in 2017?

More Divinity Roxx all over the world. World domination! That’s the dream, right? Waking up in the morning and seeing the beach from the hotel window with a glass of Champagne… no I’m just kidding. I’m just going to be out there performing more, and teaching more – which I think is interesting for me because it’s something I’ve never really been into or even thought would be a path for me, but I enjoy it. I enjoy connecting with young minds and sharing my passion and my craft and trying to get other people to think about this whole thing from a different perspective. So, you’re just gonna see me out there.

Follow me on Twitter – @diviroxx, Instagram – @diviroxx, Facebook, all that stuff!

Author

Tatjana Harrington-Steward