Ocean Bleu And
Pink Dewberries

 

'Thicky Style' is evidence of a bold new movement in music; a warfront developing between those that promulgate understanding and acceptance - and those who despise and betray its ideals.
 

The internet age has brought a new awareness of our individual differences to people who were once surrounded by self-similar populations - in personality and physique. This has been a jarring experience for many, and the result has been a gradual strengthening of the social instincts to both tolerance and hate. From the news it would seem that hate has the edge for the moment, but here are two gorgeous, unapologetically voluptuous women come to liberate legions of outliers to normality from the chains of self-loathing. Their new single 'Thicky Style' is outrageously sensual yet potently philosophical in one effort, and the women behind it are making a whole new cultural movement out of its humanist notions. Independent reporter Blake Wright caught up with Ocean Bleu and Pink Dewberries to talk about the energy behind their music, the team that backs them, and things in store in the near future.

BLAKE: When did you first get that feeling that your music career was gaining momentum?
OCEAN BLEU & PINK DEWBERRIES: We performed music from the Bleu & Pink CD at a show in Orange County. When we did the first few bars of our song, ‘About Me,’ the audience went nuts. The audience was comprised of people of all races, ages and backgrounds. That’s when we knew our music was touching people and that it made people stop and listen.

BLAKE: Your song 'Thicky Style' is receiving a positive listener response on radio. What was your initial reaction when you first heard your song playing on radio?
OCEAN BLEU & PINK DEWBERRIES: We were really excited by the overwhelming positive response to our single 'Thicky Style.' We were also geeked that folks got the meaning behind the lyrics. We are especially happy that radio outlets across the world are asking to spin it on their shows.

BLAKE: What was the inspiration behind your debut radio single?
OCEAN BLEU & PINK DEWBERRIES: ‘Thicky Style’ was inspired by the drive to affirm and celebrate diversity. We also wanted to teach women and men that what is inside of a person is just as important as what is on the outside.

BLAKE: It is often said that great art arises from difficult experience. Is there something in your life experience thus far that you would describe as the ‘catalyst’ or ‘fuel’ for your desire to create music?
OCEAN BLEU & PINK DEWBERRIES: The fuel for our music is making people happy, seeing them dance and release stress, as well as expressing our feelings about discrimination based on cultural and racial intolerance. Both of us are activists who have been involved in various movements for equal rights. The struggles and the victories in this work inspire a lot of our music.

BLAKE: How would you characterize yourself as an artist/musician? (Ex. Down-to-earth, serious, fun-loving, complicated…)
OCEAN BLEU & PINK DEWBERRIES: Both of us are bold, unique, down-to-earth, and determined individuals. Ocean Bleu is very spiritual, naturally intuitive and an exceptional songwriter. Pink Dewberries is all about love, healing women and sharing her art and music with the world.

 

BLAKE: What has your experience been like working with the other people on your team?
OCEAN BLEU & PINK DEWBERRIES: We have a great team behind us, one that understands our brand and believes in our product. Our record label’s values mirror ours so it makes it a great marriage, creatively speaking. As artists, we really enjoy working together. We appreciate each other’s strong work ethic and incredible artistry. When we hear music, the songs just pour out of us at the same time. We work very, very well together.

BLAKE: Did you come from a musical background? Are there other musicians in your family?
OCEAN BLEU & PINK DEWBERRIES: Ocean Bleu’s uncle on her dad’s side was a jazz musician. Her aunt sang and acted. Her mother wrote poetry and spoken word. Pink’s mother was an operatic singer, poet and African dancer. While both were born into family’s who loved music, both artists have been involved in the music business from a very young age all the way into adulthood.

BLAKE: What do you find most rewarding about being an artist? What do you find most challenging?
OCEAN BLEU & PINK DEWBERRIES: Rewarding qualities of this industry are the fans that encourage us and support our music. Also seeing people get the message behind our lyrics and bounce their head to our beats. The challenges are people’s perceptions and expectations of us as women to look and perform a certain way. We love being the sexy, spiritual, earthy women artists we are but the business wants you to fit the stereotype of female emcees and singers. We will continue to model freedom, self love and self respect with our music.

BLAKE: Who are your role models in music?
OCEAN BLEU & PINK DEWBERRIES: While our style is different than hers, we love Nicki Minaj’s originality and unique creative expression. We also love and adore artists like Jill Scott, India Arie, Erykah Badu and OG’s like Queen Latifah.

BLAKE: Describe your best or most memorable performance.
OCEAN BLEU & PINK DEWBERRIES: We recently performed at the We Are One Conference in North Carolina before a group of powerful women who waited all night to see us. Their love and support of our music continues to motivate us to keep pushing forward.

BLAKE: What advice would you give to young, aspiring artists out there who are unsure and need guidance?
OCEAN BLEU & PINK DEWBERRIES: Learn the business aspect of music too so that you won’t be taken advantage of. Also, don’t try to fit into a cookie cutter mold, create your own trends and most of all, have fun.

BLAKE: What's next for you as an artist? Is there a new single in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it?
OCEAN BLEU & PINK DEWBERRIES: There may be a TV show in the making, and yes, we are in the studio working on new tracks. This song is a love song with a tight beat that will have listeners bouncing that head and singing along. Soon, very soon!

BLAKE: Thank you so much for taking the time to share your musical journey with us. The coming months should bring much good news!

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