Beat is powered by Vocal creators. You support Dezirae Schalice Maffit by reading, sharing and tipping stories... more

Beat is powered by Vocal.
Vocal is a platform that provides storytelling tools and engaged communities for writers, musicians, filmmakers, podcasters, and other creators to get discovered and fund their creativity.

How does Vocal work?
Creators share their stories on Vocal’s communities. In return, creators earn money when they are tipped and when their stories are read.

How do I join Vocal?
Vocal welcomes creators of all shapes and sizes. Join for free and start creating.

To learn more about Vocal, visit our resources.

Show less

"Beautiful People"

Behind the Song

My name is Dezirae Schalice. I just released my very first original song on December 25, 2018 (yes, Christmas Day. That wasn't the plan, it just happened, I swear hahaha)! 

So a little bit about the song: I wrote the lyrics and melody for "Beautiful People" while on the train from Chicago to Naperville in the summer of 2017. For a little back story, I was 22-years-old, fresh out of college, bartending a few days a week and partying every night of the week. My best friend at the time was this kick-ass black woman named Hope. Whenever we weren't working, we were doing just about everything together—doing our hair and nails, bar-hopping, making food, drinking rosé in kimonos—that last one never happened, but it 100 percent could have and should have... 

Anyway, I loved her dearly (and still do), but there was one thing I remembered her saying to me and some of our other friends while we were on the beach one day: "Only hot bitches in my crew!" It was comical, we laughed, but of course it was rooted in a very deep truth. We valued each other more because we were all hot, enjoyed drinking, meeting hot guys, etc., etc. You know, the stereotypical 20-something party lifestyle. And I remember thinking: "I don't know if I like that. We're friends—very good friends; we tell each other everything, do literally anything for one another... but I wonder if the root of our friendship mainly revolves around our looks and this strange sense of exclusivity???" 

And so, "Beautiful People" was born. I sat there on the train by myself after visiting a friend in the city and just started writing. The lyrics pretty much wrote themselves, and the melody along with them. Initially, I envisioned the song sounding something like Lorde's "Royals," Now people tell me it reminds them a lot of Alessia Cara's "Here." I consider both a compliment. I wanted the song to have this fun, playful, somewhat sexy vibe on the surface, but with a little further digging, I hope listeners will discover the underlying message of conflict one can feel if you allow yourself to slip too far into that party realm. In the year and a half since I've been out of school, I've learned the value and fulfillment of true, deep friendships that don't rely on shallow values and vices.

I hired this super cool gal named Becca Roberts to create the artwork for me. She did a phenomenal job! My idea was for the cover to reflect that very sense of loneliness the song warns about.

Sidenote: I produced it myself, which was by far the most challenging and time-consuming part of the whole song-writing process.

Thanks for reading about and (hopefully) listening to "Beautiful People"!!

Much Love!

Dezirae Schalice