Christina ‘Chrissy D’ Dottin is a twenty-three-year-old singer, songwriter, actress, dancer and graphic designer. She sat down with Bajan Vibes’ La Shawna Griffith to discuss who she is as an artiste and her new releases for Crop Over 2018.
Q: Who is Chrissy D?
A: Christina Dottin, also known as Chrissy D, is a multi-talented, twenty-three-year-old. She’s a singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, graphic designer and the list goes on. Chrissy D has been on the soca scene from the year 2011 when she was introduced to Barbados by Anderson Blood Armstrong with her first song Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.
Q: If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?
A: Hilarious, talented and awesome.
Q: What is one thing that the general public would not know about Chrissy D?
A: I am afraid of the dark. The cat is out of the bag.
Q: How did you become involved in music?
A: One fateful day in 2011, I wondered into Sheraton Mall. I was not sure what I was going for but as I stepped into the food mall, there was Anderson Blood Armstrong. He was just about to leave the food court so I ran behind him yelling, “Blood, Blood, Blood.” He stopped; I explained the reason why I was running behind him yelling so loudly. We exchanged information and the next year I was on the Soca scene under my former stage name Livia. [Her decision to switch to her given name came in 2015 when she worked as a radio announcer on 104.1 FM.]
Q: What does Crop Over mean to you?
A: Crop Over means unity. It feels as though there’s always something wrong going on in the world, but for some reason, it just feels like Crop Over and Christmas [put] a pause to all the mess. It is the time when everyone comes together and celebrates [in a] special [way].
Q: How was Crop Over 2017 for you as an artiste?
A: Crop Over 2017 was actually a good year for me. I released one track called Double Tap on The Badness Riddum produced by Blood. The crazy thing about the situation is, I had made a decision not to sing for 2017, but I was contacted by another artiste to do some writing. While working on her song, I ended up free-styling a bit of Double Tap and decided last minute, “Okay, fine I will sing.”
Q: Are you excited for Crop Over 2018?
A: I am extremely excited for Crop Over 2018. I have learned so much along the way and I was determined to show my growth this year. So far, two out of the three tracks I have released are getting constant airplay. My goal for this year is to give all I have got, whatever happens, happens. Once I give my everything, I will be happy with the outcome.
Q: Tell Bajan Vibes about your songs for 2018?
A: The three songs that I have released thus far are Islander, One Wine and Rum & Bass. Islander talks about the issue we are currently facing with our culture; the fact that a lot of the people in the Caribbean are so willing to abandon their island roots to copy the ways of [the] USA, for example. However, when meeting people from bigger countries they always get so excited and intrigued by our accent and the way in which we behave. So, I wanted to do a song encouraging people to embrace their roots and what we have.
One Wine’s concept is way different from Islander. In a nutshell, the girl does not want to date anyone right now. She has been there before, been through enough heartbreak and she really just wants one wine. No girlfriend title, no extra anything, just one wine.
Rum & Bass was inspired by the Reddhead Family; these guys don’t require a lot to have a blast. No matter where or when, it is always vibes. That’s the concept of Rum & Bass – a song dedicated to the people who are always ready to fete.
Q: How was the experience working with Nomadic Visuals for the video that accompanies the song?
A: The experience working with [them] on my lyric video was amazing! They are my new sponsors for Crop Over 2018 along with Nails by Summa and Gio Romere. Alexei and Tabitha from Nomadic Visuals are very supportive, patient, creative and they are young. I always wanted a young team, so we can grow together and help each other achieve our goals.
Q: Will you be entering any soca competitions this year?
A: I will be entering the Sweet Soca and Party Monarch competitions. I strongly believe I have some really great material this year so I am throwing in my hat. What is the worst that could happen?
Q: What is one soca event that is the go-to for all socaholics this year?
A: There is one soca event called ALL! That is what we go to every single year, every single one!
Q: Outside of being an entertainer, what does Chrissy D do for fun?
A: I usually am home playing video games. Didn’t see that one coming huh?
Q: Does any regional or international artiste inspire you? If so who and why?
A: Right now, I keep a close eye on three artistes – Patrice Roberts, Fay-Ann Lyons and Blood, for different reasons. Patrice and Fay-Ann because their music style merged, in my opinion, a reflection of the future Chrissy D. When it comes to performing live on stage, that is where Blood’s inspiration comes in. I always watch him closely, making a mental note of the way he interacts with the audience and how he handles himself on stage. The man is a true performer.
Q: You tend to be into fashion, were you always involved in this? If so, when did you decide to become involved in it?
A: I was not always into fashion, to be honest, it is something that I recently developed. That is the exciting thing about life though; it is always fun to see the journey of our personal evolution. I am now building my wardrobe to suit my new taste, so by 2019, there will definitely be a serious transformation style-wise, especially as it relates to footwear. I am seriously obsessed with sneakers now.
Q: Where can persons follow you on social media?
A: Everyone can follow me on instagram @CrssyD or like my facebook page www.facebook.com/ChrissyD246 (LG)