Rock singer and songwriter, Chantelle du Toit doesn’t do rhyming. However, she does do honestly and frustration – and can can channel those feelings into one hell of a rock song.
“I try to stay away from rhyming – my songwriting is quite specific,” she begins, speaking to Headliner from her London home. “I don't want any cliché things in my songs. I feel like people think it's more interesting when songs rhyme.
"When I was at uni and I was performing my songs, a lot of people said what I was doing didn’t really fit because there was no rhyming – everyone else’s songs had rhymes. I'm like, ‘no, I'm good. I don't like rhyming’. My songs are quite direct – there aren’t any metaphors or any weird stuff in them.”
Moving to London from South Africa when she was 19, Chantelle arrived in London ready to study music and immerse herself in the life she had been dreaming about for years:
“All of my favourite bands are from London, like Queen and The Rolling Stones, so I wanted to live where they live,” she explains.
Headstrong, honest and determined from the get-go, Chantelle knew that music was all she wanted to do, but her father asked her to wait until she finished school before making any rash decisions:
“I wanted to go to music school when I was in high school back in South Africa, but my dad said there's no way I'm doing that, because everyone that young that goes to music school turns out really weird,” she laughs. “He said after high school I can do whatever I want and I can go wherever I want.”