Who is Ricardo Fester?
Ricardo Fester is an independent singer/songwriter from Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town.
What/who got you into music?
90’s R&B & a few like-minded individuals from my high school, we formed a Boys 2 Men type of group and also became close friends through our shared love for music.
Tell us more about your typical day.
I have a day job. I work as a floor Supervisor in rooms division for an established Hotel group. I work on a breath-taking Estate with awesome surrounding & a nice view of the majestic Table Mountain. Even the people are nice.
How would you describe your music?
Its R&B infused with whatever I feel like. Although I experiment with different producers & sounds out of which a lot of it comes from digital libraries from different software. I try to keep it plain & simple. I also trust the advice of the producer on board.
Tell us about the best part of your work?
I would say the end result. From the studio side of things. I just love the whole process of after having written a song, taking it to studio, do a rough version of the song, have you’re producer capture it, together decide what to chop & change, see what works and what not. Then doing the final recording having it mixed and mastered and then miraculously a song is borne.
How/where do you see you’re self/you’re work in the next three/five years?
I see myself having a company that helps establish other musicians. Not necessarily a Record label but a company that helps unsigned independent musicians educating them about the business side of music as well as how to sustain.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Having my parents around.
How can artists use music to influence positive change in the community?
By getting involved and supporting other causes. Like for instant me being a foster child. I will gladly help an orphanage (or other organization) by lending my voice if I’m needed for a fundraiser.
Who is your inspiration/role model?
My Foster Dad.
What is your least favorite thing about the music scene lately?
A lot of International (and local) Acts are not for real. I hate the fact that these superstars fly the flag for bling, sex & drugs. Mostly in their music videos brainwashing the young up & coming.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
Are you a night owl or morning person?
I’m a night owl.
What would we find in you fridge right now?
My fridge has no purpose without Ice cream in it.
How do you prepare for a performance?
I do a few warm up exercises & for some reason I’m always nervous the last few minutes before curtain call. So I try to calm myself by thinking happy thoughts about ice cream etc.
What has been you’re highlight in 2016?
Reflecting on who I was, where I’ve been, realizing who am today, taking direction & shaping the me that I wanna be.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
A few years ago I totally humiliated myself by lashing out on my Facebook about my failed relationship. Something for which I received a lot of criticism. I had other moments but this one stays in my head.
If this is our last conversation, what words of wisdom would you leave with me?
Nobody is perfect but we can always try to be better then what we are. Always have an attitude of gratitude. Take consistent daily action towards what you want to achieve in life & remember that happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy.
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