LATEST NEWS FROM SASKIA (September 2017)
Saskia Vese (pronounced “Veese”) is a recording artist from Doncaster, Yorkshire, UK.
Her first original single “Say Hello” was her first venture into country music. It was promoted on the May 2017 promotional Hotdisc #221 and made a debut at No.37 on the Hotdisc Top 40 (chart dated May 14, 2017) climbing to No.27 and #9 on British & Irish Hotdisc (chart dated June 4, 2017)
Her current single is “Good Girl” and was her Hotdisc follow up promoted on the August 2017 promotional Hotdisc #224 and made a bow at No.40 on the Hotdisc Top 40 (chart dated August 20, 2017) and peaked at No.36 (chart dated September 3, 2017).
Saskia snagged Artist of the Week from 30th of July (DJ Jockey in America, Graphic, Social Stars WW Indiana, USA)
The day after the release of Good Girl it received airplay on “BBC Introducing” BBC Radio Sheffield covering all the North Barnsley Rotherham.
Her producer in Castleford has set her the task of achieving 500 downloads from the first 3 singles. If that is accomplished then work can begin on an album with the assistance from her record label and the possibility of a music video for the most popular downloaded track.
Saskia has worked as a model, and a Shania Twain tribute before turning her talents to creating her own music.
Exclusive Country Routes Q & A with Saskia Vese!
Hi Saskia, thanks for talking to Country Routes
For DJs and our readers seeing your name for the first time may immediately conclude you are from Eastern Europe.
Can you explain where you were born, where you live and what your names derive from?
I’m English with French blood from my great grandparents x4 generations back. Born in England – Doncaster, UK. My name Saskia means Saxon woman – Woman of the world. It can be seen as spelling Saxia from the Saxon. It is said to be a Russian name. Latvian.
Vese is a French name. And also been proved there is some Irish blood from one of my great grandfathers who was a tinker , way way back. He moved to England in the olden days starting a life here in the UK.
My grandfather (my Mums father) lived in Durham, in Newcastle. He fell in love with my Grandma (my mums mum ) and then moved to Doncaster. My grandparents both spoke a little geordie and used to call me a “wee bern” when I was little . You could always hear their accent in their voice, even though they moved to Doncaster in their early 20s.
What were your hopes and expectations for your debut Hotdisc single “Say Hello”?
Saskia: With Say Hello being my first single, I decided to break it down quite a lot, like I used to my dance routines as an aerobics instructor. I thought to myself ‘ I don’t know how to record an original song, in a studio.
However, if I use my skills in breaking it down with the beats of the music, like in my dance classes I would be able to work out all the intricate bits, and the beats. I have always been very good with timing naturally, due to my background in fitness classes. As I used to teach a lot of moves into one record lol. My piers would ask me to uncomplicated it. I would say ‘ no! Please concentrate harder :). And get on with it! So, I felt my experience helped me work it out how I was going to attack it. I tried to perfect Say Hello in every way I could. As recording original materiel was new to me and I wanted to give it my all.
Did you feel both excited and a little nervous about how your Say Hello single would be received by the 700+ DJs and media across the UK, Europe and worldwide?
Saskia: I don’t expect miracles from the Hotdisc. I like being a part of something and taking part.
As “Say Hello” was your first original song and single. What was the experience like and biggest challenge recording the song in a studio?
Saskia: With Say Hello being my first single, I decided to break it down quite a lot, like I used to my dance routines as an aerobics instructor. I thought to myself ‘ I don’t know how to record an original song, in a studio. However, if I use my skills in breaking it down with the beats of the music, like in my dance classes I would be able to work out all the intricate bits, and the beats.
I have always been very good with timing naturally, due to my background in fitness classes. As I used to teach a lot of moves into one record lol. My piers would ask me to uncomplicated it. I would say ‘ no! Please concentrate harder :). And get on with it! So, I felt my experience helped me work it out how I was going to attack it.
I tried to perfect Say Hello in every way I could. As recording original material was new to me and I wanted to give it my all.
The biggest challenge for me was recording it in the studio making it into my own song with feelings of my own to add to the song without messing it up and not disappoint my producer.
The experience of recording Say Hello on the studio was exciting and it felt like home. It made me focus and concentrate very hard. I didn’t know I had a recording voice at all until recently.
Did you go through a lot of songs in the selection process for “Say Hello” as a new single?
Saskia: Yes, went through a lot at least 10. I had to record the verse and chorus of them in the studio! My producer and I listened to them one by one. We then chose together. It was between Say Hello and two others. One of the others is now my single out now Good Girl. Which chose the name
You received airplay for “Say Hello” by high profile British Country Music Association committee members and radio presenters to positive comments. How did it make you feel?
Saskia: Humble excited and honoured to have people so high up commenting on my song Say Hello. Felt very accomplished indeed
“Brilliant” – Peter Englefield Phoenix Country Radio (“Englefield Country Routes”)
“Some great music now..she’s a good singer” – Lee Williams President of the British Country Music Association Awards and CEO of CMR NASHVILLE “Europe’s #1 Country Music Radio Station”
“Good song and I love the hook in it. Really bounced and swung along…a great great song” Jim Duncan, Chairman of British Country Music Association and presenter on 101.8 WCR FM
“A brand new entry at #10 for Saskia Vese and “Say Hello”, and Saskia indeed does say hello to everybody involved in contributing to the Hotdisc British & Irish Chart, she says a very big thank you from me to all those DJs and radio stations who have voted Say Hello into the Hotdisc Chart. I’m so pleased to have made the chart with my very first single release. Everyone has been so kind to me with their comments too, so congratulations to Saskia Vese getting straight in there at #10 on the Hotdisc British and Irish Chart this week” – Allan Watkiss CEO UKCountryRadio.com
“Very catchy single” – Roger Peck CMR Nashville (British Country Show Music). “Great show and interview with Saskia Vese” – Roger Peck (British Country Music Show Presenter | Tweet)
“Brilliant track fascinating character, really good track ” – Dean Jackson (The Beat Introducing) BBC Introducing East Midlands BBC Page (May 6, 2017)
“Say Hello” Opening the Hotdisc Top 30 show on as the lone top 30 Entrant at #29″ – Stuart Cameron, Hotdisc CEO
“I think Saskia’s track is a real grower; I like it the more I hear it, and I am sure we will see it in the Top 40 soon” – Stuart Cameron, CEO Hotdisc
“Say Hello to Saskia Vese” – Stewart Fenwick Celtic Music Radio (celt95fm) “I think it’s really good, very very catchy, its’ kinda poppy but definitely some authentic moments in there” – Dave Watkins Phoenix Country Radio (“The Country Mile”)
“Great Song” – Graham Barnes (Belter Radio; “Country Belles”)
“Well worth a listen, hoping to hear a lot more from Saskia in the future” – Joe Singleton Phoenix Country Radio (“Red Rose Country”)
“A great track there” – Joe Singleton Red Rose Country Show (July 23, 2017 show: Red Rose Country )
Music, Fashion, Modelling, Photography and Dance are all forms of art and professional skills that you possess. Do you find those skills cross over with role play, presenting a live music show and do they give you a certain confidence?
Saskia: Indeed, all my skills help with my confidence on stage and when I’m under pressure in the recording studio.
When I’m recording a new song my record label is very strict, and we will take as long as it takes to get the sound right for every single line of every verse and chorus.
In my gymnastics background I was a country quad competitive gymnast. So this is where my balance and focus came from .
I then applied it to my biology studies and college x4 A levels. Which I trained for to become an international aerobics fitness instructor. I passed all practical and theory tests with the constant push from my parents.
Family Background, Influences and what inspires you with your music and writing??
Saskia: My dad also wouldn’t let me talk to my friends on the phone as it would put me off my studies.
From there I went onto doing more than 20 qualifications with Reebok. Where I taught in Germany and UK.
Reebok power step was my ultimate favourite as there were strong moves which had sounds to them ! Like oooo and ugh very loud.
So, I like the expression of the sounds the moves and the powerful delivery. Along with the dance which was incorporated in the routines.
Fitness and dance routines was my life. I trained most days. After work. My full-time job was personal trainer – aerobics and dance instructor.
I think the performance and focus side all starts from my parents. Dad was second seed in table tennis in the UK.
So, I trained with him a lot. And he even gave up some of his training to train me in gymnastics. As he believed I would make it.
My dad now is a golf professional. He plays golf every day in Spain and competes for trophies at 71 years old. He looks like James Bond Sean Connery with he’s trimmed beard. Very handsome.
My mum was in arts and crafts with children and she was in charge of a golf club where she managed all the place usually 7 days a week. Mum is the reason I stick to my passion. She beloved in me from the day I was born.
My aerobics dance classes used to have 40-50 people in every week for years. So I was used to performing on a stage. This has now been all good. As I’m natural when I’m singing on stage and feel like it’s my home
My mum mainly inspires me. And sometimes the loss of people I love.
What music are you currently listening to?
Saskia: I’m listening to The Shires, Ward Thomas, Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, Olivia Newton John, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, sash dance Music: David Guetto, Kelly Rowland & Beyoncé.
Who would be a dream male duet partner?
Saskia: My duo partner would be Kenny Rogers
Saskia: Fav colour is pale pink
Favourite TV Show?
Saskia: Wonder Woman and Smallville are my fav TV shows WIKI
Mum says as a toddle I loved puppet shows a lot and the cartoons which had narrators to tell the silly antics of the cartoon characters.
Saskia: Grease is my fav film
Favourite clothes, make-up?
Saskia: Favourite clothes are my jumpsuits. And ball gowns. Fav makeup is MAC
Oh, fab fashion as well is ponchos. And love Diamonte shoes that are high. I also love large fashion statement hats.
I did a Wonderbra model campaign billboard photoshoot and it went international – In 20 newspapers. I got that myself and I’m still a representative of Wonderbra. I receive invites to help them with promotions. I was also a bra model for Marks and Spencer and a shoe model for Next. As I have a perfect size 4.
Favourite Time of Year?
Saskia: Christmas is my favourite time of year. I have Christmas films on now! I start early. And wear red great and white all the time lol
Favourite Country to visit?
Saskia: France and Spain are my favourite two countries to visit
How Do You Like To Relax?
Saskia: I relax by sleeping and having a mental switch off holiday. Also I go to the spa and love to relax with my parents watching Christmas films any time of year!
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