Twenty Questions with Sishii

Who is Sishii?
I am a songwriter and performer who is in the business of making good music and I use as many of my personal resources (talents) as possible to create a story on stage or in studio.

What/Who got you into music?
My influences got me into music. Namely, performers who touched the world and sparked my ambition to reach others, artists, kin and my beliefs.

How would you describe your sound?
Very experimental. I’ve never been able to answer the “What is your genre?” question.

Please tell us about the Concrete Beach project.
Concrete Beach is about Durban, but for driving anywhere during the sunset in Summer. The project was made with that intention and for my personal reminiscence of Durban, my beautiful hometown. What contributed the most was the fact that Simphiwe (BKRM Studios producer and close friend) understood the vision for the song as he’s also a Durban native. Funny enough, it nearly didn’t make it on the EP.

Is your stage name trademarked?
No. It’s just my surname with an extra “I” at the end so I never thought that far.

How has your surroundings or upbringing affected your music and what you write about?
At this stage, I’ve only written about my surroundings and things that happen in my life, so they’ve contributed significantly.

How, in your opinion, can artists use music to influence positive change within the community?
An artist shouldn’t be expected to create change unless that’s what they aspire to do. And if it is what they aspire for, then they should continue being and writing about whatever matters will influence that change.

Who is your inspiration/role model?
My inspiration is currently Black Coffee who has shown every African that there is no geographical limit to what we can achieve.

Who handles your daily business activities? (Bookings, promotions etc.)
My friend Nolita Mvunelo assists me greatly with promoting myself and branding, but I handle everything in terms of agency and PR. My peers have contributed immensely to my marketing though.

How do you think the Cape Town music scene differs from Durban?
Cape Town has a very vast underground scene and I’ve found it’s easier to get gigs.

When you’re not working on music, what keeps you busy?
I recently completed my 2nd year of University so my side hustle involves being an aspiring Economist.

What was the last gift you received?
A t-shirt.

If you could work with any producer, who would it be?
It would have to be Lido.

What do you think of talent competitions like SA Idol, The Voice, SA’s got talent etc.?
I think they’re very entertaining.

Which is the one song you would like to shoot a video for and why?
Concrete Beach; because it has the most commercial appeal.

What would we find in your fridge right now?
So much still water that I have put some on top of the fridge.

How do you prepare for a performance?
Chamomile, honey, ginger and lemon!

Which artist would you most like to work with?
To get in studio with Black Coffee would be a humbling experience.

What is your most embarrassing moment?
In 2012, I performed Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” in front of a 400+ audience and tried to do the falsetto in full voice but it was too high and I hadn’t warmed up. I wore a full tuxedo and shades, but it went south and people walked out during my performance. I was the laughing stock for about a year.
At least I danced well though.

What advice would you give to a new artist that’s hoping to make it out here?
Reaching an audience beyond your peers is something you need to work on as much as making your craft!

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Gemini EP is available on all streaming platforms
(Tidal, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer, SoundCloud)

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