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What's The Play? With Anthony 'Play' Douglas

LA TO LONDON: Love & Hip Hop LA's LaBritney with Mr Play

IT’S GEMINI season, and more importantly it was my birthday so I decided to take a well deserved week off! Shout out to all my fellow Geminis!

I’m back to work mode now, although I’ve been conveniently distracted by the opening of the 2018 World Cup! Now ladies, a word of advice, give us guys a little leeway...our attention span and availability for the new few weeks will be non-existent.

Like most, I’m not placing any major bets on England although the “high” odds for them to win would be quite attractive, I’m sure! So even though many West African countries didn’t qualify, I’m sure my fellow West Africans feel me when I say: “Come on Nigeria”. There’s still hope boys!

What a match between Portugal and Spain! Kudos to Ronaldo’s hat-trick; adding further accolades to his stack of achievements.

Enough about football, and back to the music scene. I had the chance to catch up with LaBritney from the show Love & Hip Hop L.A. She was over in London filming for the show and we spoke about her new single Actin funny feat. Kashdoll and her own branded clothing line.

Another artist I caught up with is the lovely Danéx. This is what she had to say in her Q&A with Mr Play.

Pictured: Dutch singer Danéx

Mr Play: When did you start singing?
Danéx: I started singing at the age of 16, but got into music by the age of 19.

MP: Who are you influenced by?
D: I used to be obsessed with Aaliyah, Destiny's Child and Lauryn Hill – that’s where most of my influence comes from.

MP: Who would you like to collaborate with in the UK?
D: I would love to work with lots of females in the UK. Working with Ms Banks or Ray Blk would be dope.

MP: How would you describe your music?
D: I call it urban pop. It's mainly RnB with catchy top lines and relatable lyrics.

MP: What’s the difference between the UK and the Dutch scene?
D: The Dutch music has some amazingly talented people but it is more catered to just the Dutch artist. Breaking in Holland with the music that I do is not as easy. So I took it a step further to challenge myself and moved to London. The UK supports the music that I do a but more than my own Dutchies do, but that will come in time.

MP: Tell us about your new single Cheap Talk
D: Cheap Talk is mainly about a situation I was in where the guy is promising a lot of things but not keeping his word; a girl's anthem to know your worth and be confident in who you are and what you stand for. It's okay to be different.

MP: What else do you have planned?
D: The video for Cheap Talk is coming out this Friday. I have got a couple singles coming very soon and I am working on a project that will hopefully be out soon.

MP: We thought your name was pronounced Dane-x, but we were told it’s pronounced Dah-nay. Do people make this mistake a lot?
D: [Laughs] I hear that from time to time, but is silent inspired by the French pronounced Dah-nay.

MP How would you describe your musical journey so far?
D: It has been amazing, ever since I moved to London I have had a song reach over a million streams on Spotify, done a decent number of shows and am super excited about what’s to come. Cheap Talk is the start of a new chapter. It's go time.

MP: Where can we find Danéx?
D: @danexmusic everywhere on all socials.

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