Ten years in the Hindi film industry and Suzie Q is still vying for the long standing due that she truly deserves. Her body of work is as intriguing as her name. A playback singer, Suzie started off as a background vocalist and has also penned a few lyrics.
The striking voice behind chartbusters like Signal (Bhagam Bhag), Paisa Paisa (Apna Sapna Money Money [ Images ]) and Mahiya (Awarapan), Suzie has also contributed to the catchy soundtrack of David Dhawan's [ Images ] Partner.
Swati R Chaudhary catches the 20-something at her candid best.
Is Suzie Q your real name? What does 'Q' stand for?
My real name is Suzanne D'Mello. It's only now that I have adopted such a commercial name. Suzanne is a very English name. It doesn't always register. That explains Suzie Q, which also arouses curiosity.
I want people to ask who Suzie Q is (grins). Q is quintessentially Suzanne, Q is quite extraordinary. I wanted the name to stick in the head.
Are you more of a background vocalist?
I do everything from playback singing to vocal arrangements. I write lyrics and compose as well. The stuff that I do usually becomes the hook line of many songs, be it a remix or even if I am backing someone else. I started out as a background vocalist but of late, I'm getting into playback. My style of singing is essentially western, R&B, soul and a lot of pop as well.
Tell us about the work you've done.
I have worked with music directors like Pritam [ Images ], Sajid-Wajid, Harry Anand, Jatin-Lalit and Salim-Suleman. Pritam always believed in me; he was the one who gave me my first break as a playback singer in Vivek Agnihotri's Chocolate where I sang a duet (Khalish Si) with Kunal Ganjawala.
Later, I did Jhoom (Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena) and it gradually took off from there. A few others include Shake It (Naksha), Signal (Bhagam Bhag) and Pyaar Ke Side Effects.
I've also done Paisa Paisa (Apna Sapna Money Money), which is more of a Hinglish number. I have penned most of the lead vocals and lyrics for certain sections.