South African-born, Brooklyn-based artist Sulene shares her take on the Destiny’s Child classic “Say My Name”. A staple cover in her live set, Sulene brings a different energy to the track with a more electronic, chilled-out approach while still keeping the same emotional feeling of the original. The song follows her five-song EP, he•don•ic, which was released March 5th on Trash Casual. You can watch the visualizer of “Say My Name” below or find the song on streaming services here.
On recording the cover, Sulene stated:
“I grew up listening to Destiny’s Child and always loved their music so much. About two years ago I decided to do a Destiny’s Child cover in my live show and this was the version I performed. I wanted to see if I could flip the energy on its head and make it really slow and slushy. When live shows went away, I decided to record my cover and release it.”
For Sulene, writing he•don•ic was a painful and difficult process, but also one that allowed her to experiment with music in a new way. Exploring a darker side of her character and production, Sulene wrote, recorded, and produced the entire EP out of her apartment in Brooklyn, NY. She also delved into filming and editing her own music videos and artwork, giving a full 360-degree view of her newest art. With the release of the he•don•ic EP out now on Trash Casual, Sulene has broken new ground as an artist, bringing an experimental and refreshing take on pop music. You can stream he•don•ic here now and purchase the EP on vinyl here.
Growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, Sulene moved to the US at nineteen years old with dreams of starting a career in music. Fast forward a few years and the multi-faceted, Brooklyn-based artist is living out that dream creating her own music, as well as writing scores for film and television, and even finds time to be a touring guitarist. Since 2015, she’s toured stages worldwide as the guitarist for Nate Ruess’ (of fun.) live band, appearing everywhere from Jimmy Kimmel Live! to the East Room of the White House, performing for President Obama. As a multi-instrumentalist, she has written original music and performed on the scores for several TV shows, films, and commercials such as Ray Donovan and The Affair, as well as spots for Nike, Microsoft, Dior, and many more. Though her experience is vast, her newest work speaks the loudest in terms of her unique voice.