Bedfordshire native Zernell Fontaine has worked with RnB hitmakers such as Rodney Jerkins, Brian Michael Cox, Harmony (H-Money) Samuels, Angel and Sean Garrett. Zernell made his first steps to his professional career at 13 years old, so at 22 now, he’s got plenty of pedigree. We caught up with Zernell to chat about the music video for his latest single ‘Come Over’.
Melodies are important to me, so I try to stand out with it.
First up, tell us about yourself - what got you into music?
I’d say Michael Jackson, I used to turn the tv on and wait for one of his videos to come on when I was young because I loved watching them and Marios first debut album in 2002 is what really gave me the love for music.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
Yes most definitely, Michael Jackson is a huge inspiration to me such as RnB pioneers like Mario, Chris Brown, Omarion, Justin Timberlake, Donell Jones, Ginuwine and many more I could name…
How would you describe your musical style?
I’d say RnB with special melodies. Melodies are important to me, so I try to stand out with it.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
I would love to collab with DBE I think we could cook up something sick and Young Thug he is one of the melody kings for me. Oh and Jhene Aiko I got a song there she could fit perfectly on!
Some of your recent singles were ‘Overdue’, ‘Tropicana’ and ‘The Wave’. What response did they get?
Great reception without a major push, ‘Tropicana’ is over half a mill streams, overdue and the wave are over 100,000 streams again without a push all independently, people are listening and I’m gaining some sort of attraction which is dope.
Tell us about your single ‘Come Over’. What’s it about?
The song ‘Come Over’ is about me telling a female to come over because I enjoy their company whenever they’re around.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote this record quite a while ago I’d say last year 2018 and recorded this at home in my room with my right hand “Louis10Ten” who produced it and my close friend “Young Emz” who also participated in bringing the song to life.
How does ‘Come Over’ represent your style?
I’d say my melodies on this song gave it an R&B feel which is my style, mixed with a sound that’s popping over here right now.
What are your hopes for ‘Come Over’?
Just to continue to grow and run up those streams!
How’s 2020 shaping up?
2020 is looking very bright, I’d say I’m already prepared for it. Got an EP coming out that year at some point, shows on the way and lastly more MUSIC and VIDEOS!
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
I feel like there’s nothing like perfect timing, I’m just glad I’ve had the experiences to learn and grow from it. But one thing I would say is to do what you believe and trust what you feel remember this is your career and no one else’s, that’s my piece of advice.
Watch the video for ‘Come Over’ on YouTube below. For news and tour dates go to Zernell Fontaine’s Facebook page.