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DebWattes Debra Wattes

Winton Southland   New Zealand
Member since May 23, 2016

Collaborations: 9   Joined: 15   Tracks: 138


   

Bio

I have done 2.5 years of a 3 year Bachelor of Contemporary Music, majoring in Vocals and Education, with a Jazz elective. I will finish the last semester in 2018. Music has always been in my life. There have been many times I haven't paid attention to it, but it has always remained in the background. I have sung for as long as I can remember, my parents used to put me on tables to dance and sing at weekend neighbours parties. I got my voice from my grandfather who had a band in New Plymouth, New Zealand in the 1940's to 60's. My voice really came into its own when I was around 14 years old and that's when my mother purchased me a learn by numbers keyboard. I tinkered with it, but it was my voice that was dominant. I've always been told that I have a beautiful voice, so it's always been a part of me that I fell back on when I felt bad, because it made me feel good again. It has been in the last four years that music has become everything to me. I think because I now have something to say to the world around me, I've lived a life worthy of connecting with others that have had similar experiences. For me, music keeps us human; it allows us to connect at a level of communication that we would otherwise be embarrassed sharing. I believe I have been given the task of helping us communicate with the world, for which I am humbled. I feel incredibly blessed that I get to write music for others to connect and maybe find out something about them that without music would have been difficult to confront.

My inspiration comes from so many places; a phrase on T.V, a conversation in a coffee shop or a poem, for me there is inspiration everywhere. When I'm falling asleep at night, I get phrases or a melody from the universe, or I wake up at 3 am with one. I have my iPod, phone with pen and paper beside the bed so I can jot it down or hum it, because I know come morning I won't remember it. When I'm involved with writing a song, I go to sleep with it in my head and I wake with it in my head and during the day its whirling its way in the background. Lyrics and musical phrases evolve much like writing a book. When it stops evolving, you know you have it where it needs to be.

I live in a small rural township in Southland, New Zealand. I am blessed to have had two sets of parents, adopted and birth and I've learned much about relationships because of them.

I use sibelius notation software and DAW ProTools, alongside GarageBand and Band in a Box.

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This is about the depth of loss one feels when they lose someone special.
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+27Vocals-Female
+17Songwriting
+16Songwriting-Lyrics
+14Songwriting-Arrangement

Latest Collaborations Created See All

Together Again

Pop/Rock
3 Files, 1yr+9mo ago
DebWattes DebWattes
 

Be One with You

Trad Jazz
37 Files, 1yr+9mo ago
DebWattes DebWattes, viktordrummer, Teek + 2 more
 

So Lonely

Trad Jazz
34 Files, 1yr+9mo ago
DebWattes DebWattes, viktordrummer, sloppy
 

Lies that lie between us

Acoustic Blues
13 Files, 1yr+9mo ago
DebWattes DebWattes, Teek, viktordrummer
 

Collaborations Joined See All

Spring Jazz (temporary title)

Jazz
8 Files, 1yr+5mo ago
sloppy sloppy, DebWattes
 

Your Love

Latin Jazz
15 Files, 1yr+9mo ago
sloppy sloppy, DebWattes
 

I Cant Call You Friend Right Now

Pop/Rock
4 Files, 1yr+4mo ago
Elaynious Elaynious, DebWattes
 

The Web We Weave

Prog-Rock/Art Rock
9 Files, 1yr+6mo ago
Teek Teek, peterrand, njd3 + 1 more
 

Latest Activity See All
DebWattes posted a discussion Lyrics in collaboration Project 2
5mo+19dy ago
DebWattes added a comment to the discussion Lyrics etc
5mo+19dy ago
DebWattes uploaded a WAV file (v2) of type Vocals-Female to the collaboration A Whisper
7mo+25dy ago
DebWattes added a comment to the Engineering-Mastering Mix in the collaboration Final Judgement / Grand Finale
7mo+25dy ago
DebWattes uploaded a WAV file (v1) of type Engineering-Scratch Demo to the collaboration Final Judgement / Grand Finale
7mo+25dy ago
DebWattes uploaded a WAV file (v1) of type Vocals-Female to the collaboration Final Judgement / Grand Finale
7mo+25dy ago
DebWattes added a comment to the Engineering-Mastering Mix in the collaboration A Whisper
7mo+26dy ago
DebWattes added a comment to the Engineering-Mastering Mix in the collaboration A Whisper
7mo+26dy ago
DebWattes added a comment to the Engineering-Scratch Demo Mix in the collaboration A Whisper
7mo+26dy ago
DebWattes added a comment to the Engineering-Mastering Mix in the collaboration The Visitor
7mo+26dy ago