My space

My space

V needs some time to herself

Photos by Varuth Hirunyatheb and courtesy of Universal Music Thailand
Photos by Varuth Hirunyatheb and courtesy of Universal Music Thailand

Since appearing on The Voice Thailand Season 2, the Thai-Belgian performer Violette Wautier (V) has received public and critical praise for her singing and acting abilities.

These days, it’s not enough for a Thai star to be good at just one thing. They are expected to be able to both act and sing really well. Not everybody can pull this off, but Violette Wautier (V) is certainly one of the few who can. Since appearing on The Voice Thailand Season 2, the Thai-Belgian performer has received public and critical praise for her singing and acting abilities.

V made such a big impression on The Voice that all four judges wanted her on their teams. After that, she featured on various TV soundtracks and musical collaborations. When she moved into acting, she won an award for her performance in the 2015 film, Heart Attack, before impressing again in O-Negative: the TV Series last year. Now V has returned to her musical roots with the single “Gor Kae Mai Me Chan (Just Without Me).” The song is written from the point of view of somebody who needs to be given more personal space in a relationship.

S Weekly met up with the 23-year-old singer at the Universal Music Thailand office where she told us about her new song, being a DJ and growing cactuses.

How did you come up with the music to “Just Without Me”?

V: I just wanted to use certain sounds in my song. I don’t know what words to use to describe the music. I guess it’s pop.

Why did you choose a mixed-race model to be in the video?

V: I wanted it so that you can’t tell if he’s Asian or European. I think that makes the video easier for everybody to relate to.

Do you think it’s annoying if your boyfriend keeps calling to check up on you?

V: It’s okay to check on me, but there’s a limit. He shouldn’t be too controlling and do it all the time. Everybody should be allowed to have secrets.  We don’t have to tell each other every single thing. I don’t like it if somebody keeps nagging me. 

How much space should people give each other in a relationship?

V: If you trust and respect somebody, there’s no need to keep checking up on them. I don’t like anybody looking on my phone — I’d never look on my boyfriend’s phone. If you do that kind of thing too often, you’ll go crazy. Even if there is nothing wrong, people can let their imaginations run wild.

Is it true that you're working on some English songs?

V: Yes. There are four songs which will be released next year. I wrote the lyrics and melodies myself. We’re gradually working on the music. I don’t think it’ll be as difficult as “Just Without Me.” I know what direction I want to go in.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

V: I can’t stop listening to Angus & Julia Stone’s “Snow” and I love the new stuff from Imagine Dragons. One Thai band I really like at the moment is The Toys. I listen to lots of different kinds of music so when I make my own songs, I can mix them together.

You recently started working as a DJ on Cat Radio. How’s that going?

V: The first time, I didn’t enjoy it at all because I’m not very good at public speaking. I was by myself and I had no idea who I was speaking to. Afterwards, I said that I didn’t want to do the show alone, so they got DJ JuneJune Patcha to work with me. Now, I’m beginning to enjoy it.
We hear that you like to grow cactuses. Why is that?

V: I started growing them because I was stressed. They help me to relax because I can focus on them instead of myself. Once, when a cactus died, I even wrote a song about it.

What kind of role would you like to play in the future?

V: If there’s a sitcom like Friends, I’d love to be in it. It’s my favourite TV series.

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  • annoying: making you feel slightly angry or impatient - น่ารำคาญ
  • cactus (noun): a plant that grows in hot dry regions, especially one with thick stems covered in spines but without leaves - ต้นกระบองเพชร, แคคตัส
  • collaboration: working together with someone else - การร่วมมือ
  • critical (adj): according to the judgement of critics of art, music, literature, etc. - เกี่ยวกับการวิจารณ์
  • direction: the general way in which a person or thing develops - ทิศทาง, การชี้ทาง
  • favourite (adj): something/someone you like the best of all similar things - ที่ชอบมากที่สุด, ที่โปรดปราน, ของโปรด
  • focus: to give attention, effort, etc. to one particular subject, situation or person rather than another - เพ่งความสนใจ
  • gradually: slowly and in small stages or amounts - อย่างทีละน้อย
  • imagination: the ability to form pictures in the mind - จินตนาการ
  • impress: to cause someone to admire or respect someone/something - ทำให้ประทับใจ
  • impression: an opinion or feeling that you have about someone or something you have seen but do not know very well - ความรู้สึก
  • judge (noun): a person who helps make the decision about who wins a competition such as a talent show or beauty pageant - ผู้ตัดสิน, กรรมการผู้ตัดสิน
  • limit: the greatest or smallest amount of something that is allowed - ขีดจำกัด
  • lyrics: the words of a song - เนื้อเพลง
  • melody: a tune, especially the main tune in a piece of music written for several instruments or voices, the arrangement of musical notes in a tune - ทำนองเพลง
  • nag (verb): to keep complaining to somebody about their behaviour or keep asking them to do something - ถากถาง,จู้จี้,ค่อนแคะ,หาเรื่องจับผิด
  • performer: a person who performs for an audience in a show, concert, etc - นักแสดง, ผู้แสดง
  • praise: an expression of strong approval or admiration - การยกย่อง, การชื่นชม
  • pull off: to succeed in doing something difficult - ทำได้สำเร็จ
  • relate to (verb): to be able to understand somebody/something; to have sympathy with somebody/something - สัมพันธ์กับ
  • relationship: a sexual or romantic connection between two people - ความสัมพันธ์
  • release: the act of making something available to the public - การนำออกแสดง, การออกวางจำหน่าย
  • respect: to accept the importance of someone's rights or customs - เคารพ
  • role: an actor's part in a film or play - บทละคร
  • roots: the feelings or connections that you have with a place because you have lived there or your family came from there - รากเหง้า, ต้นกำเนิด, บรรพบุรุษ
  • run wild (idiom): our of control; to grow or develop freely without any control - วุ่นวาย, ปั่นป่วน, ควบคุมไม่ได้
  • sitcom (noun): an amusing TV or radio shows in which the same characters appear in each program in a different story - ซิทคอม
  • soundtrack: all the music, speech and sounds that are recorded for a film/movie - เสียงในฟิล์ม
  • stressed: affected by pressure, worry, etc. - วิตกกังวล
  • trust: to believe someone is honest, fair, and reliable - เชื่อใจ, ไว้วางใจ
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