Dutch artist CELINE RAE turns heartbreak, emotions and her personal experiences into danceable pop-tracks. As a graduated music teacher, Celine’s day-to-day passion for songwriting becomes immediately clear in her songs’ undeniably clever 90’s pop throwbacks infused with modern trap- and urban instrumentation. Similar to Norwegian artists Julie Bergan and Astrid S, the Dutch singer dances as freely as her songs celebrate freedom under catchy and uplifting pop anthems. Rae calls her music stigma-free, as she always tries to inspire her fans to be themselves unapologetically no matter what they’re going through. Her lyrics are honest and raw, and even though her genre is associated with party vibes, there is a message and meaning behind every song Celine Rae sings and writes.
"Let's dance through heartbreak together."
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?
The new year has been filled with so many great adventures. I got to release a lot of new singles, music videos and even got to film a documentary about Scandinavian pop-music in Norway.
Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
I started out singing in choirs and singing groups when I was about seven years old and picked up a guitar around the age of twelve. When I was able to play the guitar better I started writing songs and a few years later I began my own band. That’s when I really started performing in front of crowds on stages and in bars and theatres and that was a lot of fun! I started my YouTube channel in 2014 where I weekly posted covers of popular songs and released my very first single ‘He Said’ back in 2015 with a small promotour throughout the country. I have been releasing music ever since. This year, I graduated from the Academy of Music Education here in the Netherlands and am planning to drop my very first album with original songs this year!
How did you come up with your latest project?
My latest project is my docu-series ‘My Way To Norway’. I’ve been obsessed with Norway from a young age, whilst traveling there with my parents and always been really inspired by Norwegian/Scandinavian artists. I draw inspiration from artists like Julie Bergan, Dagny, Astrid S and Zara Larsson, so I really wanted to release my latest single ‘My Way’ over there and really understand what it’s like to make it in the music industry over there. Really glad I have such a creative group of friends, so we packed our bags to shoot a docu-series in December of this year, and it’s all streaming now on celinerae.com/myway.
Where are you from originally?
I’m from Uden, a small town in The Netherlands.
Where do you live now?
In Veghel with my boyfriend (who is a talented filmmaker), which is about 15 minutes away from Uden. But Holland isn’t a very big country so I’m used to traveling all the time. In a normal week I drive to Amsterdam for my music and management two days a week and that’s all good.
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
Where I live is really calm and chill, which gives me the space to create new music. I’ve build a small studio in my attic where I can record my demo’s before I take them with me to the studios in Amsterdam.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
I’ve been obsessed with music ever since I’ve been able to talk. I grew up listening to Hilary Duff and Avril Lavigne and always wanting to be doing what they were doing. I was always watching live performances or listening to their studio albums and recreating/covering what they did. Avril really inspired me to pick up a guitar and learn how to play several instruments (I play guitar, piano, bass and drums) and other artists like Hayley Williams/Florence Welch/Demi Lovato inspired me to write songs on my own throughout my teenage years. Right now I’m really into producing and I produce (or co-produce) all my tracks. I really love to be involved in so many aspects of creating a product. I’m involved in the production of the song, but also the performance and the artwork of the single and the concept of the music video, I do it all and with a lot of passion.
How do you want to shape your career?
I hope that my fanbase keeps growing so a lot of new people can get to know my music! ;) I would love to tour and see fans and be able to really connect with many people around the world.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
When it comes to creating music, I go with the flow. Creativity comes when it comes. But I also work on a tight release timeline. We are planning the release of my album right now so I’m on a tight schedule when it comes to photoshoots and doing promo and etc.
How did your latest title of your music come to be?
My latest single is ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’ and is about letting someone go that turned out to be different from who you thought they were. It’s about letting go of negativity and being your true self without fear. You can’t keep stuck in a cage forever you know, you need to break free of what’s hurting your soul.
Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
I get a lot of satisfaction from releasing singles, which are like diary-stories to me. It always feels like I can close a chapter in my book whenever we’ve done a music video and promotion for a song. And then I go on to the next chapter and I create something new. But the best part is always singing all these different chapters live on stage with my band.
Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music?
Yes of course. I write/produce/sing everything straight from the heart. All my songs are personal experiences that I lived through and music is always like therapy to me. I put my heartache or insecurities or enthusiasm into every track I produce and write so there’s naturally a huge emotional attachment to my work.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Not in one word but: dancing through heartbreak together!
Where do they go to listen NOW?
You can listen to my music on my website, which is celinerae.com or follow me on my socials ‘@celineraemusic’. All of my tracks and videos are on YouTube/Spotify/iTunes so check that out! J
What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
I’ve had people thanking me that my songs really helped them through a dark period and that is always the best reward a songwriter can receive. I’ve also had people sing my songs back at me from a crowd, which is always insane and there are a few fan accounts which I’m mega grateful for!
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
I have my debut album coming up this year, which is really exciting and a lot of more singles to top that off! Until I announce the album release date, I have a lot of exciting things happening surrounding my docu-series ‘My Way To Norway’! So check that out! Brand new episodes drop on #MyWayMonday at 7 CET on my YouTube channel!
Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
We are currently planning a promotion at radio stations to promote my singles ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’ and ‘My Way’ so check out my website CelineRae.com to stay updated on any tour dates!
Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you!
Website: https://www.celinerae.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/celineraemusic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/celineraemusic YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/celineraemusic Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4WDTqA2h3DEZ1lRlf2vyZt iTunes: https://music.apple.com/nl/artist/celine-rae/1050777487?l=en