Interview: Darkchild and wife Joy Enriquez on their new reality TV show 'HOUSE OF JOY' on NUVOtv
Grammy-award winning music producer Rodney "Dark Child" Jerkins has produced hits for some of today's hottest stars, including Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and more.
But, his greatest love - his wife - is about to become his toughest clients as they take on a new reality TV show called, HOUSE OF JOY. It's a reality series packed with love, laughs, lyrics and in-laws. Chaos ensues as the music legend sets the stage for his talented wife, Joy Enriquez, to reignite her musical dream. The show is set to premier on NUVOtv on July 18th.
How can the show relate to what people are going through in their personal lives, whether it is marriage, work, or even dealing with life working with different celebrities?
Joy: As far as being a mom because I’m a mom of 3 and I’m married. So, for people who are married and who have children, and I do have kids, and as a wife and as a mother, you sometimes tend to get into the mother mode, and even though you had a job before, you start to feel like “Oh man, do I get back into the work mode” you know because you have kids, so you have these dreams that kind of form it because you kind of, sort of get to take a little bit of a break to raise your kids, to spend time with them, some moms go back to work. And in my situation, this is what our show is about. Our show is called House of Joy and its my 3 kids, myself, my husband, as well as my dad, my brother, my sister. We all kind of live together, work together, spend time together and it kind of help each other get to that next level, and having 3 kids from myself. I’m a singer and I started as a singer and that’s how I met my husband, and we met in 1999, and got married in 2004, had children in 2008. I’m trying to get back into the music. I need lots of help if I want to get back into doing music, knowing that my children are gonna be around family and loving family, and that’s what we want to get to people like “Listen, like hey if you’re a mom and you wanna get back out there, you can” and for us it takes an army to raise to a family. It really does and we have children all under the age of 5 (5, 3, and 8 months). So that’s not on family and family trying to get back out there. We need each other and that’s what we want to tell people like “pull together, come together, and work together” and that’s what we’re doing.
Rodney: I totally agree with you and another thing I wanna add is balance and having balance. There’s far more working fathers out there or working men out there and you have to create that balance no matter how hard you’re working. You have to keep the balance, do activities with the kids, have the family around and support one another and I think that’s what it’s all about, showing how to have a successful marriage with the successful family and it’s all in the communication. So, if you allow that, with a lot of humor as well. We keep it light and funny and the kids keep us on our toes all the time and keep us laughing and I think people will really enjoy the show.
Joy: And as far as celebrities go, Rodney has worked with the best of the best. He’s worked at home and with artists, and I think that’s what a lot of and for years, Rodney and I have been married for 9 years. Rodney says 9 ½ years, I say 9. But, that’s always been my thing with Rodney like “Do you love my voice more than Whitney?” “Do you love my voice more than Michael Jackson?” since he’s worked with the best, so sometimes it’s hard when you’re married to a producer that’s worked with the best artist that has ever ever existed, that exist, and when you’re a wife or if you were a makeup artist and it’s like if your husband was a makeup artist like “Am I as pretty as she” or “When you do her makeup” it kind of becomes that like “Rodney you worked with Whitney or you worked with Brandy or you worked with Beyonce.” So, that’s an interesting tug and pull on our relationship.
Do you feel being a husband and wife duo, that you are able to be more honest with each other musically? Compared to working with someone that you don't have a personal relationship with.
Joy: I think we’re too honest sometimes and that’s the thing we’re too honest, as far as music goes. Rodney can explain that.
Rodney: I don’t think that we are too honest. I think it is because we love each other, we can take the truth. So, if you can take constructive criticism from a record company exec and the record company says “I don’t like that song,” you just say “Okay I’ll move on to another take it to another client or another artist” and they’ll sell it. But, when your wife says “I don’t like that song,” it kind of cuts like “Oh, oh that hurts” because you want your wife to always love everything you do and I think it is personal with her because if you say “You didn’t sound your best today, you could’ve did better.” If it was someone else they would say “Okay, I’ll get better” but when it’s a team, it hurts a little. So, we enjoy that time well because we know that we have to make up and that’s the great thing about being married to one another like you don’t hold grudges, you fix things, you make up, and that’s really what we do, and we love it.
Joy: And I would say it is hard at times when Rodney tells me “You need to fix that, you need to do better in that area, you need to sing the line better,” you think as an artist like “Oh I wonder if he likes that voice better or someone else’s” because he’s worked with so many different voices. So, we have many moments where its insecurities and I’m just like anybody else. It just so happens that I’m working with my husband and its music and we have the same feelings as everybody else has, but Harrison was like “You were just working with Mariah Carey the other day. Did you write that song for her?” or “Would you think that she would sound better than me?” So we have moments like that, which might be a little different for other families, but they’re fun moments.
Joy, what was the hardest part about not only working with your husband, but working within the music industry?
Joy: Getting back into the music, I have to say that I did have some time off because my oldest is 5 years old, he just turned 5 and I have a 3 year old and an 8 month. So, when Rodney and I got married in 2004, we met each other in 1999 when he worked on my first album when he was supposed to give me a hit back then and I was sent by LA Reid face to face, they said “Rodney, here is our artist. She is a Latin artist, please give her a hit like you gave Jennifer Lopez’s ‘If You Had My Love’,” he decided not to give me a hit, and decided to take me on a date and take me to a movie while I was in New Jersey for 2 weeks while you were supposed to create a smash, which you call a hit in the music industry, and he did. He took me to his parent’s house, he took me to cookouts, and he took me to everything but a studio and give me the song I wanted. In 2003, we sat again at Michael Jackson’s house, we were married by 2004, we hung out spent time together, we made music for a couple of years, and then we decided to have children and I took a step back and I just enjoyed my life, being with Rodney, loved and still love it. But no matter what, there’s kind of like a dream that lives within you and I think every mother can agree that there is always something that lies forming inside inside of us, which is that something, that gifts that we have, and I think it’s just ready to resurface and come out again and I told Rodney “my children are now 5, 3, and 8 months and that whatever we have to do. Do they get on the road?” because they are down for it. Rodney is down for it, like “Do we have to get on the bus together? Let’s do it. Let’s all do this as a family.” So we’re working together as a family and we’re working together. Whatever we do, we do it together. We travel together, work together, live together, pray together, eat together. It’s just something we all do together. So, if we do it together, we are happy doing it and he’s one of the most amazing producers out there. He produces wherever he is. He produces in his sleep; he produces in his dreams, he produces at home, he able to work from anywhere, so it’s all kind of an “all for one, one for all.”
Rondey, please speak to us about a producer by the name of Harmony Samuels (H-Money).. In a past interview, you mentioned that he was going to single-handedly bring back R&B..
Rodney: I still believe that Harmony is amazing and I told him I still believe that. It was a moment in time when I was a young guy and I was in my teenage years, I was working under Teddy Riley, and he gave me the things I needed to succeed, and I feel it’s that moment with Harmony. I feel like he can be the best and going to be the best because number one he has someone like myself mentoring and his gift. The gift that God gave him is so amazing, he’s a real producer and we don’t have too many. We don’t have too many throwback producers out here right now. He can sit at the piano, pick up a bass, he can play drums, he can do all of that and I think he is that guy that is going to take the industry by storm.
What ever happened to The Writers Vol. I. I don’t know if you remember that, I think back in 2008 or 2006?
Rodney: Oh yeah and this was a project that I started and we started having children and I kind of got out of The Writer’s Vol I. (featured Lashawn Daniels, James Fauntleroy, Julian Bunetta, Rock City, Kaleena, Sean Garrett, Adonis, Makeba Riddick) That project is still something I want to do because it’s something that’s never been done before and I’m trying to create a platform to do that project because when you do a project like that, you can’t just do it and then put it out. You have to have some type of platform to make it significant, so I’m trying to create, whether it would be a TV platform or a show to go with it, just some type of platform and make it significant. But, I have 7 albums and 13 songs to go with it completed on that project, so it’s a matter now of getting back to it, getting a platform, and then getting it out.