TALENTED: Deni Hines and her challenges with race, celebrity and her 'cringe worthy' hit song.
TALENTED: Deni Hines and her challenges with race, celebrity and her 'cringe worthy' hit song. Daniel Moses

PODCAST: Chart topper's thoughts on the music industry

WHEN Marcia Hines is your mother some would say it is no surprise you would go on to have a successful singing career.

But Marcia had no idea Deni Hines could sing. She was literally singing in the kitchen when she was discovered and catapulted into the entertainment industry.

An industry that Deni Hines has mixed feelings about. In their chat, Deni shares with Matt her remarkable musical journey. Including her challenges with race, her thoughts on celebrity and her hit song that makes her cringe.

 

LISTEN: Get the full chat with Deni Hines here:

 

Matt Collins:

You live in Bangkok, why did you move there from Australia?

 

Deni Hines:

I've been here two years on September. As humans, we sometimes stress about working and living. My husband came up to me one day and asked what I thought about moving to Thailand and I said, hell yeah.

 

MC:

You have to enjoy your life don't you.

 

DH:

There comes a time in your life when you have to stop working to live and just live. Before you know it you'll be old and you don't want to have nay regrets.

 

MC:

Your mum needs no introduction. Marcia Hines. Were you ever going to have any other career other than music and theatre given who your mum is?

 

DH:

When I was growing up I wanted to work in hospitals with dead people.

 

MC:

Wow, is that true?

 

DH:

Yeah, totally. People say they worry about the dead. I say worry about the living. They are the ones who can get all up in your face. When was the last time a dead person actually gave you any trouble?

 

MC:

At what sort of age was that?

 

DH:

16 or 17. I did work experience in the hospital. I saw things most teenagers will never see.

 

MC:

You saw dead bodies during that work experience?

 

DH:

Yeah, I saw dead bodies. It didn't bother me because it's like going to a butcher. I don't eat meat, but when you buy meat you don't know the background of that cow. When I saw the cadaver, I didn't know the background of the person so there was that disassociation.

 

MC:

One of my favourite song of yours that you performed with The Rockmelons is That word, L.O.V.E, I may be showing both our ages there. Do you perform a song like that and know it is going to be a hit straight away?

 

DH:

I was so young then. I've got to tell you, when I first heard that song I didn't like it.

 

MC:

Why? Why don't you like it?

 

DH:

It's funny, because it's probably the biggest hit I had with The Rockys (The Rockmelons) and people love it, but I hate it. I don't think it has that much to say. If I have three minutes and 28 seconds to say something I want to say something more.

 

MC:

I am going to respectfully disagree with you Deni. As a fan and as a listener, that song means something else to me. And I am sure the hundreds of thousands of other fans as well. Each one of us takes that song in a different light right?

 

DH:

I know, I know. And that's what keeps me going. When I look out to the crowd, it takes them back to a time in their life where they might have had their first kiss or their first day at school. I sing it because of them.

 

MC:

If Deni Hines was starting off again today, what would you do differently?

 

DH:

I can tell you what I wouldn't be doing and that's music. The world of music today is all celebrity and I don't like that word. I actually have a talent. Today, for people to have a career you have to go on those shows and be judged by people who shouldn't be there.

 

MC:

Do you get a lot of advice from your mum?

 

DH:

No, it's funny. See I'm 48 these days. I'm nearly 50.

 

MC:

You look about 28 can I say.

 

DH:

I know, you know what they say. Black don't crack.

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