Thea Van Seijen - Just Call Me Thea Interview May 14, 2009 8:37:55 GMT -5
Post by Dark 7 Invader on May 14, 2009 8:37:55 GMT -5
The answer is yes! Yes you have probably heard her, heard of her and from her somehow, somewhere, especially if you have been following any of the projects and releases The RZA (Wu-Tang Clan) has been putting out since 2005. Thea Van Seijen, who hails from The Netherlands and resides partially in Europe and USA is the new soul/Jazz/Hip-hop sensation discovered by The RZA. RZA's gift for discovering talents is always on point and remains so to date, a chance meeting outside a studio in Lankershim Boulevard, California with RZA's cousin Daddy O began the musical expedition for Thea, who is blessed with a voice most normally compare to the likes of the renowned Billie Holliday.
Thea is easily conspicuous within the Wu family tree, apart from her charming looks and great inspirational voice; she pretty much stands out in every other way. Most of Rza’s protégés, discoveries and Wu affiliated artists have primarily been men, which is a typical trend common in hip-hop and most of these artists, soloist or groups have predominately been African Americans.
Wu has always been innovative and trend setting so it came at no surprise when RZA signed the likes of Remedy (Jewish MC from Staten Island) years before Dr. Dre signed Eminem, as well as Dom Pachino from Killarmy and later Wu Latino (Hispanic background) and even stretching outside USA to sign Cilvaringz, the first non American artist from The Netherlands in Europe. In a male dominated hip-hop scene few women have also aligned themselves within the Wu from the likes of the talented Tekitha, Blue Raspberry and Tash Mahogany to the all female group Deadly Venoms.
Thea Van Seijen (her real name), is the first female affiliated with the legendary Wu legacy that is white, not a male and not from America. Why should that matter? Hearing her golden voice tear through songs is enough to captivate any listener regardless of race, sex and geographical location. Her vocal style comes across as being strongly inspired by Jazz but fused with hip-hop instrumentalists with a deep personal and intimate approach to singing. It’s the skills and gift that Thea had that made RZA enlist her as his new found protégé, Thea was introduced to the world on the hit song “Baby Boy” in 2005 off the Unleash soundtrack and have gone on to feature on numerous projects from the Bobby Digital Digisnax to more soundtracks such as Derailed, and Afro Samurai 1 and 2. With these high profile collaborations, still not much is know about her, especially as it seems she is keen on keeping a very low profile and let the music speak for itself, or perhaps she is waiting for the right moment to come all out? Either way one thing is evident, Thea is a star in the making and only time will tell… Well that’s of course if the Wu fans let it, as Thea has been the subject of discussions on different forums on the net and our emails is still flooded with questions regarding her and her music, Wu-Tang International has managed to catch up with her for an exclusive interview to give the fans a little bit of her backgrounds and what is to come. Enjoy