TwentyONE Q’s with PlofStof

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Firstly, who is Plofstof?
PLOFSTOF is an Emcee form OV783. Also known by the name ‘KinGDavid783’ comes from his beliefs that ‘WE ALL ARE KINGS ‘ in what we set our minds to and what we do (speaking metaphorically), so basically he is saying that he is the KING when writing his lyrics, rhymes and raps. It is in his blood, He is on top of the food chain, niks en niemand kan jou stry.
King of his Castle (mind), so KinGDavid783 is an ‘EXPLOSIVE’ emcee, that’s why his known as ‘PLOFSTOF’

Can you tell us about where you’re from?
From a small community Ocean View/Slangkop +-30 000 residents. Home and birth place to a lot of raw talent, HIP HOP has been part of this community ever since I can remember and the crew, ‘783 HIPHOP MOVEMENT & SLLANGCORP PRODUCTIONS’ has been active in the community for some time.

Describe your rap style.
My Style?
This might sound weird, but I don’t know… LOL
I don’t really focus on a specific style, I’m just free and real. I normally just DALA as the beat takes me.

How has your surroundings or upbringing affected your music and what you write about?
My upbringing has played a huge part in my involvement over the years, since laaitie tyd I used to love instruments and music. As an artist your surroundings and environment will always play a part of your art. Especially when you keep it real and relevant in what you do.

Who are your musical influences?
I listen to 90% local Hip hop, mostly Cape Town based. It will be too much typing work to name all the broese.
On the international side, at the moment I’m on a Redman and Method man buzz, Cassidy, Papoose and KRS One, that’s for some good inspiration, but kykie, above all, what influences my music the most is the day to day life we live in ghettos all over Cape Town. The people around us. That is who and what influences my music whether it’s good, bad, positive, negative. It’s what you make of it.

Do you think that an artist has any responsibility to the fans or should they just be allowed to make music and that is it?
I’m a fan and supporter myself, and it’s always a great feeling if u can connect with an artist, social etc.
From an artist’s view. I feel I’m at my best when I’m just free 2 do whatever music. So I’ll say yes you have a responsibility as an artist, but only to a certain extent.

What are your views on the current gang related violence going on in the greater Cape Town area?
Gangsterism, drugs, murders, even women and children abuse has been rising to an all-time high. While our justice system failed us, police protection is non-existent, it’s sad bra, it’s frustrating and it’s scary. All we can do is provide a positive platform for the youth. In this dark time government has disconnected itself from us as a people. In this dark time we should unite and govern our people.
Staan vir ons self en rise.

Do you think that the onus is on government or on the people within communities to act against gang violence?
If I’m correct, it should be on government, but we are the ones out here in the ghetto, we are the ones facing reality every day. Government is not “For The People” so I think the time has come for us to take it on ourselves.

Do you think that commercial radio stations make it easy for artists to get their music play-listed?
Real Hip-Hop was never meant to get airplay on radio in anyway. Too much truth and free energy, but yes they are making it easy for ‘commercial rappers’ though, and I’m cool with that. Every art has its platform.
Soe ek kykie nog vas ‘ie.

If you could start your own radio station, what would you do differently?
Playlist more underground music, playlist some unregistered artists (they would still need mastered tracks etc.) providing an easier platform for all artists.
I would focus more on local music.

Are there enough platforms where artists who are not commercial can share/showcase their music?
No there are not enough platforms, especially in Cape Town. I think that is ONE of our major problems.

When you’re not working on music, what are you busy with?
LOL
Don’t worry, I do have a social life. I have 2 children so I’m investing time there, firstly. Supersport3 is my favorite channel. I also enjoy buzzing on the PS3 because PS4 is way too expensive LOL!

What are you currently working on?
“DIE JOURNEY DEURIE KONKRETE” mixtape will be my next collaboration project. I know it’s loooong awaited, it should drop soon, but what I’m currently busy with I actually don’t wanna reveal anything about. I just started plotting on it, so I’m collecting a few beats from some duidelike producers..

I know that we’re about half way through, but what do you want to achieve before the end of 2017?
Bra’ there is so much that needs to be achieved by year end. Ek gan nie te veel praat nie, but maybe produce my own solo E.P.

Are there any artists/producers that you’d like to work with? I’ll be sure to tag them in the post.
Yoh Bra!!!
There are so many artists I still want to and need to work with, but one collab that is overdue is a Mr Rex & PlofStof track.
A producer I would love to link up with is Jeremy JK Koeries.

Who was your favourite singer/rapper that you’ve worked with so far and why?
BroederBond, they brought togetherness on another level, exactly what our hip hop culture needs right now.
My highlight feature was with Isaac Mutant in 2014 when I released my mixtape “The Scale of KingDavid” (prod. By Vlaktes). Why is it my highlight feature? The bra is “Moses of Afrikaans Rap”. Got to BIG UP that legend.
Salute En Respek.

Which do you prefer, Xbox or PlayStation? Do you have a favourite game?
Has to be PlayStation, lately everyone’s favorite game is Fifa, I guess I’m part of the Fifa fam.
The best games I’ve ever played was
#1 “The last of us”
#2 “Call of duty”

What do you think of talent competitions like SA Idol, The Voice, S.A’s got talent etc.?
S.A Got Talent and S.A Idols are good platforms for some people, but I also think that when you’re born with a talent you don’t need to compete or for judges to justify just how good you are. The best judges and audience are those out here in the streets buying, downloading and playing your music day to day.

If you could either rid the world of one thing or add one thing to the world, what would it be?
I would free us all from this government and everything that comes with it. I mean everything about government.
Then I’d give back everything that was taken from our people.

What was the happiest moment of your life?
My happiest moments were the births of my daughter & Son (Kiana & Kearon)

If you could give one piece of advice to an upcoming artist, what would it be?
Stay focused, never doubt yourself, never back track or side step.
To lose is a closer step to victory.

TwentyONE Q’s with J McCarthy

Who is Josua McCarthy?
Josua is a father, son, uncle, nephew etc. More so I am an artist who expresses his artistic view through his music, I’m a story teller, minister also I’m an open book also a very transparent person what you a see is what you get, as I’m a hip-hop artist I always tend to operate in truth.

How did you get into music and how long have you been singing?
I got into music at age 8, joining the band at church. Then with family and friends always singing. My family always asked me why I don’t join the choir and worship team so I left the band and though I played drums since age 12 I focussed on singing and rapping. My very first time on stage was at 8 doing a hip hop track called “Satisfy You” by P Diddy and R Kelly.

How would you define yourself?
I would define myself as a God fearing man trying to do right and be a light in the darkness through everything I do. should project a Love Peace and joy in everything i do.

I notice that you have a very strong, positive message in your music. Can you tell us about that?

I base my positive message in my music on my personal walk with Christ and deep love for God and his Word. I used to do battle rap on high school and if I didn’t commit to God (through Christ Jesus) my sound and music would’ve probably been different.

I know that sometimes singers prefer to write the lyrics and then work on the music afterward. Tell us about your process?
I prefer the music and production to be done first before we tackle lyrics and writing etc.

Who are you listening to right now?
Mali Music, Ty Dollar Sign, Drake, J Cole, A Reece, Common, Heather B, G easy, Lecrae, DaFaith 111.316, Tray V.

Any likes/dislikes on the Cape Town music scene?
I love Cape Town’s Music Scene. The love, support and respect I get when on stage or at an event is encouragement. I have no beef or dislikes.

Do you think that radio stations make it easy for new artists to get their music playlisted?
No

If you could start your own radio station, what would you do differently?
I would play unregistered music, interview up and comers and also allow live performances from mc’s, singers and poets. My radio station with be a business, but also a place where creativity will be cultivated.

Any artist or producer out here that you would like to join forces with?
Producer: Ganja Beatz, Nathan Williams
Artist: Adilson Manual Ndala

Who/What is your biggest inspiration right now?
My son is my biggest inspiration.

Tell us about your favourite childhood memory.
It will have to be of my grandfather and I hanging out and him telling me stories and telling me how he loves me and sharing advice and his heart with me, teaching me how to stand, sit and be a man.

What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a new sound, more acoustic, more fusion. Still rap, but blending other elements to take my message to a larger audience. I am also releasing a track end of July, it’s going to be a banger.

What role do you think an artist has in society?
Since nobody listen to pastors and teachers and police anymore us artists are the new teachers, parents and pastors of this generation so it’s our responsibility to feed the people with healthy food.

What’s the best advice you’re been given?
If somebody shows who they really are believe them the first time” Maya Angelou

What is your favourite or most inspirational place in Cape Town?
Sacsmere Estate, wooden park in Retreat.

Tell us about your dream project.
My dream project would be to open and fund my own dance studio and school one day. Dance is one of the many things I’m passionate about.

Who was your favourite artist/producer to work with? Why?
Adilson Manual Ndala, we work well together and we always feed off each other’s energy and vibe and always create honest and provocative music.

Professionally, what would you like to achieve before the end of 2017?
Getting signed to a record label.

Most embarrassing moment?
Trying to dance move on stage in a performance and falling on my back. LOL ai.

Any advice you’d like to give to upcoming artists?
Stay true to yourself and never compromise your sound, music or message for money or fame. Stay true to your heart, because the people aren’t stupid they know when you’re being real or not.

Reverbnation: MC Verbalist | Facebook: J McCarthy
Twitter: @MCverbalist

 

Vizzo; Living In Colour

Who is Vizzo?
To start it off, thanks for having me, it’s an honour to be live on CA. My birth given name is Vaughan. I’m born in Cape Town, raised in a place called Dennemere, Blackheath. I’m 22 years young, an aspiring entrepreneur and artist.

Where does the name come from?
The name’s a classic cliché given by my friends back in high school. We were sitting in line at assembly and started thinking out rap names for each other. My rap name at the time (2011) was “Young Kizzo” and for some reason which I never really liked but still went with it because what is a rapper without a rapper name you know. I just could never find something that would stick and that didn’t sit well with my friends so they changed it because my birth name starts with a V and not a K. I actually wanted to go with Vaughan because it just feels real and I think I might still make that change though.

What got you into hip-hop?
On the real, I never had a passion for anything else as much as I do for music as a whole. There’s just something about the whole process that gets to me that makes me feel good no matter what the mood of the song is. From choosing the beat to writing, recording and hearing that final product. Not everyone can jump in their car and play exactly what they want to hear especially when they have a certain mood. Hip hop is just one of the genres I’m great at. My mom’s youngest brother introduced me to Soul, RnB and Hip-Hop, but what really got me tuned into Hip-Hop was the old school Hip-Hop, timeless Hip-Hop.

Explain your rap style.
My style I would say is very versatile. I could be rapping one minute and trying to sing the next. I would say that if I had that voice that some of these singers have that I work or have worked with I’d probably be doing RnB and just ghost writing for Hip-Hop artists. So my style has a little bit of a mix whether its soul, RnB mixed with old/new school rap.

Besides rap, what else do you do?
Besides rapping I’m working with a young designer trying to get our clothing out as well as running a couple businesses on the side. Working a 9-5 until one of these grinds take off. I also co-direct my own music videos.

Tell us what you do to prepare for a performance.
It’s as simple as practicing before shows and listening to myself before any performance.

Do you have a favourite event to perform at?
The most recent performance I did which was Young Soldier‘s birthday bash. Shout out to him. I think that my favourite event will always be changing as I go on from event to event I tend to enjoy them all because no matter the crowd or venue the energy you give is the energy you receive. So I’m humbled by every performance.

What does in average day in the life of Vizzo look like?
Basically it starts off with work, the 9-5 if I do happen to catch any sleep I take it. From work I hit the kitchen then hustle my other businesses and then I hit the studio at night depending on scheduling. So most nights I end up not sleeping because I’m either writing music or recording. The night time is the best time to record for me.

Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
On top of the charts, built brand as well as successful business man. It sounds like a lot but that’s what living in colour represents.

Who is your inspiration/Role Model?
My parents, my family because as much as this is my passion it’s also something that will eventually retire my parents from working to living in colour.

Your views around the Cape Town hip-hop scene?
I think that Cape Town has amazing artists who are not given the chance to actually showcase their talent on a bigger scale. The music scene is building and slowly gaining momentum.

What is your dream project?
Right now I’m working on my dream project. As soon as it’s done I’ll be able to elaborate on it.

PlayStation or Xbox and what is your favourite game?
Both, whichever one I can get my hands on first. GTA IV is my favourite game hands down.

If you could kill or bring back to life any one person, who would it be?
I’d leave everything as is I would not change a thing.

What word do you use the most? 
Colours

What is your least favourite thing about the music scene lately?
The fact that you cannot trust anyone.

Professionally, what is your goal?
My goal is to make great music, provide for my family and feed the world with positivity and love.

What can we expect from Vizzo in 2017?
A lot of music and videos. I’ll also be making a lot of business moves that is not only a benefit for myself but to for whoever takes that leap with me.

What music are you listening to right now?
I’m listening to a lot of beats and less music. I’m constantly creating and working on my own music that I really don’t want to get distracted by something else unless it’s important to me.

Do you have a favourite movie/series?
I watch a lot of personal development videos and I read books.

Any advice for a young rapper?
You can do anything you put your mind to. If you don’t believe in yourself no one else can believe in you.

Facebook: Vizzo | YouTube: Vizzo

Instagram: @Vizzo_CGR

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come meet the InkFam

Firstly, please introduce yourselves.
Rizah Potgieter, aka Prefix66
Bob D, aka Bob Skull

Where does your tag names come from?
Oxford Dictionary

How do you define yourself? Artist? Street artist? Anything else?
Prefix66 – a rocket scientist who happens to paint.
BobD – Sm-Art-ass

How did it all start for you, and what is it nowadays?
Prefix66 – I’ve been drawing ever since, never thought of stopping. It is what it is, I am my own universe.
Bob D – First seeing art, then trying it and now living it.

How did you guys meet? Did you guys have an equal obsession with graffiti, or did one of you get the other one hooked?
We linked on social media (spacebook), we painted and exhibited together in Cape Town a bunch of times, we’ve been working on the structure of InkFam since then.

Tell us more about your typical day.
Prefix66 – Wake up, Yawn, coffee, Workout, Sketch, Paint, Eat, Read, Play games, Watch something mind-blowing, sleep. Outdoors ; Paint, Eat Water.
BobD – Eat, Paint, Eat, Draw, Eat….. Repeat

Street art is mostly a visually stimulating form of art. To add one more sense to it, what music would you pick to accompany your art work?
Prefix66 – Anything I like or that gives the audience a sense of direction to the piece. I listen to all genres that depending which way the wind blows.
BobD – Boom Bap Hip Hop.

Tell us about the InkFam.
We are friends that became family via good vibes, we also paint and enjoy long, romantic walks on the beach… Hahahahahaha. All jokes aside though, InkFam crew is something worth paying attention to.
We have InkFam in Ghana and throughout South Africa.

What are your roles in Inkfamous Crew?
We share the responsibilities within the crew

Is there a specific thought or message you would like to pass to our audience out there?
Bless up

What you choose to drink? Coffee, Tea, Beer, Soda or something else?
Most liquid refreshment is good.

What is the hardest part while working on a piece of art?
Remembering where the nozzles or brushes are

Which city is the most inspiring for you?
Cape Town

Prefix66, do you have any secrets you would like to share with us?
Yes, I’m 32

What makes you want to continue to paint?
So many empty walls and surfaces still to fill.

Do you think that what you guys do is more genuine than what a lot of other writers do these days?
Nah it isn’t a contest, all art is awesome and we as Inkfam like collaborating with any artists

BobD, tell us about your recent travels to Uganda?
I’m currently working on a solar farm project, but as luck of the draw has it I’m also painting, touring and making new friends

What are your goals for 2017? What do you have planned?
Working on the structure of the crew, paint and survive. Oh did I mention paint?

Most embarrassing moments?
Forgetting the paint for a gig.

What can we expect from the InkFam?
Big Things, and some real change

What is your best piece of advice to a young graffiti artist?
Get educated. Know yourself!!!

Facebook: Rizah Potgieter | Facebook: Bobd Skull

Instagram: @prefix66 | Instagram: @inkfamousbobd

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Frank E; ReCreated

Who is Frank E?
I am a Hip-Hop artist from Cape Town. I constantly recreate myself to be more than I am at each moment.

What/who got you into music?
I got into music at an early age while listening to my dad’s gramophone, but I think my process really started when my dad bought me my first tape recorder. That was when I really got to play my own songs.

How would you describe your music?
If I could create a genre that included elements of RnB, Rock, Pop & Rap – I would probably call it urban funk is, that is my style.

Tell us about CMD.
CMD (Central Music District) started when I was released from Prison in 2012. At the time I was connecting with a lot of artists and producers. When I performed the youth wanted to join me, so I created a project with the foundation I worked with. CMD is a project that puts youth who are interested in music in a position to unlock their potential.

What is your role in CMD?
I am the Founder and Developer. My duty is to look for sponsorship, studios, performances & train participants.

You do some work with schools.  Can you tell us about that?
Yes, I work in schools – providing a musical programme that focus on the development of youth in their respective musical talent. Whether singing, writing, composing, engineering or rapping. Many youngsters learn that the art of music can be expressed in various areas of their life.

What do you like most about your work?
When kids discover something new about themselves. The looks I see on their faces when they see new ways of doing things, learn more about their behaviour. They find that the programme has a space where they can talk about anything.

I know we are half way through the year, but what are your goals for 2017?
I would love to work on my album. I have been so busy with the kids that I haven’t spent much time on it so I would like to focus more on completing and releasing it.

I have done a lot of songs but never a full album.

For the programme I would like to get more schools involved in the CMD Project. I find that the youth relate much to music and it would be an opportunity to influence their behaviour positively. They also learn about themselves and their potential and character.

How do you think artists can use their art to influence positive change in the community?
I think that the type of person you are will speak volumes and to reach out to people is a connection that we as artists will always have. It is what you give to those you are connected with. I give my time to teach what I know. We should give our time to share what we know about music. With this we can empower the communities with knowledge – for knowledge is power. Many of the kids I meet just want to learn.

Who/What inspires your work?
I have taken a lot in my life and I thought I was entitled to take. Now I live my life in a way where I get and give – I balance what I get in life to make sure I always give in life. And what best way to give yourself – for I am…music.

What is your least favourite thing about the music scene lately?
I think that a lot of people want to say too much about what music is – I think that people should create more free platforms where music are not filtered to what is popular or can make money. Just let all music be heard and be enjoyed with out political or obscure views.

Who was your favourite artist to work with and why?
Oh, I do not have a favourite. But I have a most memorable. It was working with an artist and producer Feroh Royale on a song called ‘Chucks’. We recorded the song twice. We involved youth from the streets. I told him what I was thinking about having on the song – he said he can download the sound but I should wait for him as he is stepping out quickly. The guy came back with 7 kids aged from 6-12, and they were adding vocals on the track. The track is super, man!

Do you prefer late nights or early mornings?
I think I can keep up with both. My favourite is late nights. But I can be in studio for days.

What would we find in your fridge right now?
Ice water, grapes and milk to make smoothies… and everything that can make a smoothie.

How do you prepare for a performance?
I make sure that I do runs as often as possible of the performance. Other than that I just make sure I don’t sound nervous but I’m always nervous.

Any new projects we need to look out for?
My album is coming this spring and it would be songs from the last half decade. I also have a lot of unreleased songs that I will be dropping.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
I fell on stage before I performed.
I countered with DMX lyrics – I’m slipping, I’m falling, I can’t get up. I’m slipping, I’m falling, I gotta get up.

How has your music changed over time?
I think with the lines and phrases of communication and expression that have changed over the years – it has influenced the way music is expressed and communicated. And I communicate and express my music to the best of my ability to reach a vast audience. Where before I just did what I felt. Now I put more time in to think of the audience but it’s still my message.

What work have you done other than being a rapper/producer?
I Facilitated rehabilitation programmes to inmates, youth at risk and parolees. My most awesome job was as a Radio Presenter.

I know that artists can sometimes get immersed in their work, but how do you balance your work and family life?
I think what helps me is my schedule. It helps me a lot with time management. I make sure that I don’t get distracted for distractions can be major time-eaters some times. The best thing I have done for balance is to switch off my internet, especially when I am with my wife.

If this is our last ever conversation, what words of wisdom would you leave me with?
Follow your heart, but use your head doing it.

Facebook: Franklin Esau

Central Music District

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Tray V; The Come Up

Who is Tray V?
Algiero Tony Minnie, aka Tray-v, was born, 1994 October 29, in a undeveloped township, Ritchie, in Kimberley (a place you could then figuratively call the desert). With his father gone and with no opportunities or work, his mother was forced to leave him with his grandma and relocate to Cape Town a few months after birth. In grade 4 his mom took him to stay with her, she had found stability and a life that could provide the necessary resources to better his future. It was definitely better than in Ritchie, however they were extremely poor and had to beg for food. Fully living out Kimberley’s culture, traditions and lifestyle caused him to struggle to fit in and he was bullied and made fun of for being different. Every afternoon after school was food collecting time for him while his peers played joyfully outside. That pushed him to the edges of being an introvert, schizophrenic and always feeling depressed. Life was extremely hard for him under his step dad. As he grew older the more he got accepted the more rebellious he became. His hard knock life started in high school as his step dad then belonged to a gang and was heavy on drugs and with him turning into a rebellious teenager. During these chaotic stages of his life he managed to make 3 friends that invited him to a youth service while he was high from sniffing glue. After that night he faithfully went to youth and church for girls and popularity cause it filled the void. Circumstances at home got worse and he was always on with his stepdad. That was the only way to protect his mom from getting physically abused. She could only helplessly look on and do nothing while his step dad physically abused him. He ran away from home for three days, came back home being reported missing and became a social worker case. He then got kicked out of the house and went to live on the streets. Knowing how to beg helped him to survive and at night he would go stand by a fire for warmth and ended up smelling like smoke in school. Despite that he faithfully went to church and ended up living with a church couple and got saved but wasn’t happy and moved back home as it is hard to fit into a family where you don’t belong. This one evening his stepdad was heavy under the influence of drugs and hanged himself in the bathroom, but the wire snapped and broke the moment the chair was taken out from underneath him. One “Guy fox’’ evening he came in late, his stepdad waited for him and made him jump into a cold bath water while being hit with a electric wire, he eventually got a gap to close and lock the door and then jump through the bathroom window he and ran to the police station butt naked with bloody marks all over his body. He made a case however the cops brought him home and filed it under discipline. He was the laughing stock of his neighbourhood for months and that pushed him further into being suicidal. He then got kicked out again, lived on the streets for a while then went to live with a different church couple. During his matric year his stepdad converted and tried picking up the pieces. He forgave his stepdad. Today both of them are converted and respect each other, leaving the past behind them and looking to a bright future for the both of them. Years past and his step dad decided to hang himself, committing suicide which left him with answers that he is now searching for.

I am basically back to square one.”

What got you into hip-hop?
A community group known as Skarrelbaan. They introduced me to fast rapping, basically artists like Tech9, Twista and Busta Rhymes rap styles. We went to hip hop cypher sessions such as the Ready D show, did a lot of park jams. Chilled in a room, record and they would smoke weed and get drunk. They tried to pull me in but that was never for me I was basically there for the music and the journey so I left short after that.

Explain your rap style.
This is the most complicated thing for me personally to answer. My music consist of pop, RnB, hip hop and pull more to a trapsoul kinda vibe. I’m just a story teller that will use any genre I can to tell my tail. Definitely more of a conscious rap style. No time for bubblegum

What does a day in the life of Tray V look like?
Hehehehehe I’m pretty human. I come alive in the night time as creative juices flow more at night. During the day I do normal stuff I just recently resigned at my day job to pursue music as a career in Joburg but I use to work during the day and work on my brand at night.

If it wasn’t Hip-Hop, what else would you be doing
Definitely pop and RnB. I love listening to artist such as Justin Bieber, One Direction and many more. Edm is grabbing my attention and I also want to venture into jazz music

How do you normally prepare for a performance?
Way ahead of the performance time I always rehearse all of my music. During sound check I check out the atmosphere and the vibe of the crowd and then decide which songs suits the atmosphere best. After that I pray and then before I hit the stage I become completely quiet to the point where I look like I’m nervous but that’s just the calm before the storm.

Your song, Remnant Soldier. What inspired it?
My life story of how I grew up inspired it. Always had to fight and fend for myself. Always had to keep moving to stay alive and eat. Always had to defend what’s mine even a plate of food. Literally the come-up. Remnant Soldier is my direct testimony and life story word for word

How was your experience working on the Remnant Soldier EP?
On the real though, I planned this E.P for 7 long years and in that seven years I recorded the E.P and decided that it lack in quality so I sought out professional help and recorded for another 2 years and finally we’re here. In those years I felt like giving up, I even wanted to quit. I felt like this dream was never gonna come to fruition. However Yahweh knew best as I believe those were my faith building and patience learning years. God connected me with people that understand my vision and also people that had the resources to further my vision. People such as Timothy Feder and Vincent Frazer. Everything was like a puzzle that just fit in. I couldn’t have done it without a team

Which is your favourite song off the project?
Look at your boy now. This song might not be the song that represent the CD or the promotional track but it’s my favourite.

Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
Having a registered business that functions well. Having a family I need to look after. Living in my own house

Name your top 5 rappers of all time.
This is sooooooooppperrr hard but here goes. (Mali Music), Kwesta, Cassper Nyovest, Tory Lanes and Nasty C

What are your views around the Cape Town hip-hop scene?
These are the kinds of questions I normally try to avoid ‘cause it can become so trivial however I shall answer this one lol. Cape Town hip hop is one of the biggest scenes after the jazz scene. It also has the power to bring together communities however because of the fact that most of us are selfish and have the idea we need to take a head of the other artist in order to move up so it’s like a game to get to the boss kill everyone. Till we decide to work together the industry will always be one sided and underground

If you could work with any producer/artist who would it be?
I’ve been dying to step into production with Jimmy Nevis. He inspired me a lot in my career so I’d like to really do a track with him

If there’s one thing you’d like to do with your music, what would it be?
Turn it into bread for the poor to solve hunger and poverty

Which word do you use the most?
Whoa

What is your least favourite thing about the music scene lately?
Dissing and hating on others’ success, those are very common things in the music scene.

What can we expect from Tray V in 2017?
Ghost writing, a lot of featured tracks and maybe a music video

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
A disease called hate

What is your biggest fear?
Not being able to provide for my family since I am the man and the career I have is very unstable and uncertain

If it’s our last conversation, what word of advice would you give me?
Do whatever you can today and leave very little for tomorrow ‘cause tomorrow isn’t promised and you might not have the time to do what you initially planned

Twitter: @Tray_VSA | FaceBook: Tray V | Instagram: @Tray_VSA

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Janelle Visagie sings Opera

Who is Janelle Visagie?
Born and bred West coast farm girl. I grew up in Lutzville which is in the Namakwaland.

What/Who inspired you to get into music?
Music has always been a part of my life. It was never really a decision or an inspiration that led me to go into music. I didn’t want to at first actually. But life is what happens when you are making other plans… I am where I am supposed to be. The universe knew better!

Why Opera?
I didn’t choose opera. It chose me! I joined the Cape Town Opera Ad hoc chorus in 2004. From there it just developed. I found that my voice was very comfortable with the operatic repertoire and I liked singing it. Now I love it. It’s an exciting challenge to develop one’s voice to sing over a 60 piece orchestra… without a microphone. The thrill is indescribable.

How would you describe your sound?
I am a soprano. In operatic lingo my voice would be described as having a lyrical spinto quality. Spinto in Italian means “pushed”. The term lyrical spinto means that the voice has a dramatic quality. The legendary soprano Maria Callas, was a lyrical spinto. She of course became a dramatic soprano later in her career but roles that she is well known for and which suites the lyrical spinto fach (a German word meaning category) is Tosca, Aida and Madama Butterfly to name a few.

What do you like most about opera music?
As I mentioned earlier it is quite thrilling to be able to sing over an orchestra without amplification. But also the beauty of the music and how it relates to the story. The passion. The drama!

Where do you see yourself in the next 3 years?
Hopefully still singing! We are starting another International tour of The Sound of Music in September and we will visit Manila (Philippines), Singapore and “Macau” (China). We will be in South Africa in March and April 2018. I play the Mother Abbess. This is the role for which I am best known for. I also received a Fleur du Cap award for Best actress in a musical for this role. Very proud of that!

What is your favourite childhood memory?
December holidays by the sea.

How can artists use music to influence positive change within the community?
When you become an artist that is in the public eye you also inherit a platform to lead through example whether you like it or not. Music has an emotional connection and has a lot of power. Well known Afrikaans rapper Simon Witbooi aka Hemelbesem, that sang the title song for the movie Noem my Skollie, is a great example of the positive change an artist can make in the community. He visits schools and chats to the children. He was also involved in a program addressing fetal alcohol syndrome.

Who is your inspiration/role model?
My friend, Pretty Yende, well known South African soprano that has an amazing international operatic career. Now that girl is inspiring!

Do you think that it is easy for new artists to get into the industry?
No. It is hard. I’m not going to lie. Only the truly committed make it… sometimes.

What is your least favourite thing about the music scene lately?
The singing competition Idols. These kids get thrown into instant stardom without proper guidance on how to manage their careers after the year they have access to Idols management. That’s why so many Idols winners disappear from the scene. It takes experience and quite a few people to manage a successful singing career.

When you’re not on stage, what else keeps you busy?
I am a makeup artist in the film industry.

What was the last gift you received?
Money!

If you could work with any artist/producer, who would it be?
My idol, Pretty Yende. We studied and performed together many times before, but I just love soaking up her incredible energy. She is so joyful and such a fantastic singer.

Which was your favourite production you worked on and why?
The Sound of music. It was a life changing experience. It really put my name out there. But also it is such an iconic musical. Everyone you talk to about it will tell you about their lovely memories from seeing either the movie or it being the first musical their parents took them to years ago, or how they sang the songs at school. Who does not know the song Do Re Mi! It’s wonderful and humbling knowing you touched people.

Do you have a favourite theatre to perform in?
ArtsCape opera house is great and it’s my home ground so there is a lot of sentiment. I have performed in some pretty spectacular international theatres over the years though. The Le Chatelet in Paris was pretty awesome.

What would we find in your fridge right now?
Milk, Coke Zero, yoghurt and lemons. I’m not a cook obviously.

How do you prepare for a performance?
Lots of rehearsing beforehand. On the day I would have my routine of warming up my voice and then the makeup, dresses and (fake) jewels!

What do you look most forward to in 2017?
Our upcoming tour of Sound of music!

What is your most embarrassing moment?
We were on tour with Sound of music and during a performance I forgot one of my lines. Complete blank. But Bethany Dickson, who played Maria was so awesome. I think she could see the panicked look in my eyes and ad-libbed a few lines until I got my bearings and we could continue. She was amazing and saved me from a very embarrassing moment. It was only a few seconds but it felt like eternity!

What advice would you give to a new artist that’s hoping to make it out here?
If performing is your dream and you are willing to stick it out, sometimes for a few years before you get noticed – I only really became better known at the age of 36 – then go for it. Be prepared to maybe have a second job while you are working on your career. Be open to learn from other pro’s. Don’t be a diva. Take advice and criticism only from people you respect and trust and who you know has your best interest at heart. Try to let the rest roll off your back.

 

 

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Saluting Young Soldier

Who is Young Soldier?
Young Soldier is an influential hip hop artist inspiring people through his music.

What got you into hip-hop?
Growing up I was into the hip hop fashion trend & watching American music videos which made me fall in-love with the genre

Explain your rap style?
I’ve still got a lot of that old school hip hop in me so my style is a lot like how they did it back in the day however I still try to keep it fresh & true.

What do you do when you’re not doing what you regularly do?
When I’m not in studio or performing I spend time with my family. I hang out with my boys when I get a chance to. I live a fairly normal life. 🙂

Tell us what you do to prepare for a performance.
I rehearse as if I was opening for Beyonce.  LOL… Nah, I rehearse a lot in front of the mirror (true story) & I just stay focused. I try to keep calm & a prayer always helps when I’m preparing because I stress a lot.

Which is your favourite venue to perform in and why?
It’s always been dope to perform at the kite festival held every year in Muizenberg; the crowd response is always amazing so I’d say that is one of my favourites

Tell us about the best part of your work.
To be honest the best part of all this is making music, being in studio coming up with new concepts & watching it all come together to create a kick ass project

Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
I see myself producing my own music having hustled myself studio equipment & helping other upcoming artist reach their full potential in this industry. I also want to learn more about the business side of things.

Who is your inspiration/Role Model?
My kids are my inspiration, my mom & my gran are my role models they are who I look up to.

Your views around the Cape Town hip-hop scene?
Cape Town hip-hop scene? There are a lot of talented hip hop artists in Cape Town. My views? Egos are sometimes bigger than their dreams. If more Cape Town artists can just support each other we can overcome these assumptions of JHB being better than CPT in terms of making it (in this industry).

If you could work with any producer/artist who would it be?
If given the opportunity I would like to work with Sketchy Bongo (producer) & YoungstaCPT (artist). Internationally, TI would be my 1st choice though. I’ve been a fan since day one.

PlayStation or Xbox and what is your favourite game?
I’m not too familiar with Xbox so PlayStation, Need for Speed would be the game I’d go for no doubt.

Last gift you gave someone?
A skateboard (to my daughter)

Are you superstitious?
No

What word do you use the most?
Studio

What is your least favourite thing about the music scene lately?
The fact that musicians don’t remain humble after they think they’ve made it

What is your most embarrassing moment?
Having my music shut off while performing

What can we expect from Young Soldier in 2017?
A lot of new music, also I’m looking to drop a music video later this year. To stay updated with my hustle you guys can check out my social media pages

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
Crime

What is your biggest fear?
Being trapped inside of an elevator. LOL

If it’s our last conversation, what word of advice would you give me?
I’d say keep doing your bit to make our world a better place. Keep a smile on your face however bad it seems. If u have a passion for something then never stop doing it.

SoundCloud: Young Soldier CPT

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Shanaaz Abrahams; Uncovered

Who is Shanaaz Abrahams?
There are so many different layers. I am a mother, wife, daughter, singer, employee, chef and dancer. Extrovert/introvert at times. There are times I love being around loads of people and other times I like being alone with my own thoughts and my music. Although being on stage is where I feel at home.

What/who got you into music?
I think music is in your blood, you’re born with that rhythm. I always remember music being a part of my life, since I was a kid. My mom, brothers, uncles, aunts all love music and also play & sing in bands so it’s in our genes and it’s something that you latch on to from a very young age.

Tell us more about your typical day?
Shoo, I snooze my alarm for like 4 times before I wake up. Get ready, drive to work, it’s like a 40 minute drive, but I don’t mind because I get to sing in the car. Then it’s work, work, work, work, work. Drive home (again car rehearsal). Get home, help my son with homework, go for a jog, make supper, shower, short rehearsal, watch Moana with my 2 year old… AGAIN! Then its bedtime, what a day!

How would you describe your sound?
I would say it’s a little bit of everything. A little bit of pop, House, RnB, Reggae and Jazz. I do not like to limit myself to a certain genre. I won’t even mind doing a bit of hip hop & classical either. I believe that an artist needs to be versatile.

Tell us about the best part of your work
I love the spotlight, I really do. I love having all eyes focused on me and all ears listening. I love performing because that gives you the opportunity to get your message across without being interrupted. Kind of like a super power of sorts.

Where do you see yourself work in the next 3 years?
I would definitely like to do more originals & collaborations. I want my tracks to get airplay on radio stations and a music video or two on Trace.

What is your favourite childhood memory?
Well, for me I remember when I was about 7 years old. There used to be this guy and he would have like little shows in front of the corner shop. He would play music and the kids would dance and sing and he would even give away little prizes. I remember I went up once and I was singing Whitney Houston’s, I will always love you. It was amazing! That was my first taste of performing!

How can artists use music to influence positive change within the community?
I think by being a positive role model to kids and conveying positive messages will definitely influence the community in a positive way. Kids imitate all these artists they hear on radio and see on television. So it’s up to us to make sure that what they look up to is something good. Something that will give them hope and that will boost their self-esteem. To show them that life isn’t all about being a thug. God, Family, education, self-respect, making the most of your situation and thriving to be the best you that you can be, these are the things that matter and doing what you love no matter what your friends think.

Who is your inspiration/role model?
Well my family especially my mom inspires me because I always want to make them proud. Musically I have lots of role models. I love the old school guys, like Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley those guys. They made the classics, timeless music that never goes out of style, “lucky for you that’s what I like!” and of course I love me some Bruno and of course I love my local artists because us artists need to support one another!

Do you think that it is easy for new artists to get their music on radio?
It’s not easy, but never, ever give up. If music is what you love then make music and don’t conform to other people’s standards. Have your own sound and relay your own message, you are unique and that’s what makes you stand out from the crowd. So keep submitting your music, 1 day a door will open.

What is your least favourite thing about the music scene lately?
I don’t like the way artists put one another down. We are all out here hustling and trying to make it to the top. We need to help each other and give constructive criticism. Some artists become very arrogant and forget where they started. No matter how far you get you must always remember to stay humble.

When you’re not working on music, what else keeps you busy?
Family, home & work.

What was the last gift you received?
A pair of Nikes

If you could work with any artist/producer, who would it be?
Artist would have to be my favourite, Bruno Mars just because he is soooooo amazing and my favourite artist and such a phenomenal artist! Producer, would be Sketchy Bongo because I love his sound and at the moment everything he touches turns to gold.

Are you a night owl or morning person?
I ain’t no morning person. Definitely a night owl. Like I always say, I come alive at night. In a perfect world I would sleep all day and perform at night! Sighhhh!

Which is the one song you would like to shoot a video for and why?
I would like to shoot a video for my latest collaboration called “Awesome” with DJ Masaladi and Ricardo Dyson. Simply because it’s just so awesome. I love the positive message it puts out there and it’s definitely something our youth needs right now, some positivity!

What would we find in your fridge right now?
Let’s see, canola eggs, butter, juice, fruit & veg, food, pineapple yoghurt (my fav) & definitely mushrooms (love it!) milk, cheese, polony, medicine (we’re crazy, need our meds lol), Steri-Stumpi and Coke zero.

How do you prepare for a performance?
Rehearse, rehearse and rehearse. I also jog to keep fit and to increase my stamina.

What has been your highlight in 2016?
Working with my good friend Ricardo Dyson and DJ Masaladi recording our latest track.  Also being in studio with Moeneeb Galant, he’s a genius! I was quiet for a while and this is just what I needed to get me back into the swing of things and I feel that this is the big one!

What is your most embarrassing moment?
Well what I usually find embarrassing, more funny really is when people wave to someone behind me and I’m like hi!! Only to realise the wave was not for me but hey, smile & wave! LOL

What advice would you give to a new artist that’s hoping to make it out there?
Just do you and do what you love. Try to get out there and perform wherever you can, no matter how small the gig. If your first track doesn’t get any airplay go back to the drawing board and try again. This industry is not for the feint hearted and usually fame doesn’t come overnight, be prepared to work your butt off. If you want it bad enough, it will happen.

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Getting to know Mr. K

Who is Mr K?
Who am I? Good question, lol. I am a dad, husband, business owner, public servant, DJ, I am Mr K and-never-give-up! Raised on the Cape Flats, in the oh so scary place called Hanover Park. I Love the neighbourhood, really, people gain respect for their so called “fearlessness and rank” but me, I can truthfully and with pride say, I am no gangster, but I greet and know most of them. I don’t live in Hanover Park anymore, but I still visit there regularly, I have friends and family and to me it’s still very much home. Good people live there, many good people.

What/Who got you into DJing?
I love music, as a kid I used to sit and record music from the radio, stealing my ouma’s old cassette tapes, and recording over her gospel music. When I was young, there was no such things as USB’s, Mp3’s, so cassettes were the mode of getting and exchanging music. My dad had loads of vinyls and my grandparents would never allow us to use the turntable player. My brother and I decided to learn to DJ, he went the formal way, attending DJ school, while I just messed around. I decided to approach a friend, DJ Madfingaz, he taught me the basics. I loved Hard-House, but fell in-love with Deep-House & Tech-House. I still listen to some very dope old skool Hard-House and Trance. My influences don’t really stem from the Deep-House fraternity, but more from people like Carl Cox, Scott Project, Dark by Design, Gaz West, Kutski, Cosmic Gate… Quite hard in terms of genre.

Besides DJing, what else do you do??
My actual full time job is being a public servant, yes, I work in government for the last 13 years. I also own a small events company, which offers services like Sound & Lighting, photography, videography, MC’s, DJ’s, Magic, basically any art requirements for your event. Further to that, my events company also offer graphic design for the event, like invitations, newsletters, flyers, posters, logos etc. So I have two lives, one during the day trying to change the world through providing a service to the SA community, and parallel to that, providing a private service as AK Concepts.

Tell us more about your typical day.
I just recently got married, it’s still very fresh, and the routine too, is quite fresh. My wife, runs a trucking company, my son is in grade 2, and our morning starts with us all trying to get done, and me being the stress bug! When we’re finally in the car, the two of them generally fall victim to me forcing deep house music on them throughout the drive. My son loves hip-hop and so does my wife, so, naturally when they get the chance to play music. Once at work, I will check my emails, take calls, arrange meetings, and plan various events. It’s a real juggling exercise. My wife helps me a lot with the business side of things. If I have a spare moment after work, I practice my DJing or just check online for new tracks.

What do you do when you’re not doing what you regularly do?
I am a mad Liverpool FC supporter, and I make every effort never to miss any game. But beyond that, you will see me with a laptop checking out dope new underground Deep house tracks.

Tell us about AK Concepts.
Founded in 2013, by myself, having spent a great deal managing events in government, as well as being a DJ, I had development and managed quite a few events to promote myself as a DJ brand. AK Concepts, was registered and I started all the ground work in terms of small events, creating networks, finally being able to take on clients to provide an array of events and management services too. We consist of an experienced team, DJ’s, Photographer, videographer, Graphic Designer, Decor and Flowers, Catering as well. We are in our 4th year and are still humbled by our existence. We pride ourselves in providing a top quality service and product at an affordable price. We specialise in weddings, concerts, brand activation, meetings and conferencing, but are able to adapt to your requirements.

What is your role in AK Concepts?
I am the owner, but also the guy which hustles out in the field to attract more clients. Feel free to mail us at info@ak-concepts.co.za.

Tell us about the best part of your work.
The chance to meet so many people. I think the ability to give people an opportunity as well. I try and use young people that need to gain experience where I can, be it as a photographer, administrator, DJ, marketing. This is very rewarding. As AK Concepts, the best feeling is seeing an event become a reality and seeing the client, but also his clients/customers happy. As a DJ, I would say, seeing people dance to your music, until you’re more exhausted then them, that tells me I did a good job.

Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
I guess my desire is to be a successful business man, and this could really be many avenues I have dipped my hands into. But I would still like to give back to the place where my roots originate. This will happen, I’m certain. I also want to focus on producing music, 3 years, lets agree I would have least produced one very good track. Everything takes time, patience and perseverance. Oh, let me not forget, I also want to be a dad to a another son, or daughter, don’t matter.

Who is your inspiration/Role Model?
My inspiration is Walter Sisulu, from a holistic point of view. Determined in character, yet, strategic in nature, a real leader. Someone who can influence many to follow in a particular Idea I have, to change lives, society, be it through music, dance, politics, special events, or just a mere acknowledgment in discussion.

Views around the Cape Town music scene?
It’s pretty good, but still needs much needed mind shifts. We have an abundance of talent, but artists require support through brand management, financial management, financial assistance. It’s not easy being a full time artist, so as a musician, it’s important to follow your passion, but try and evolve as much skills within that industry.

PlayStation or Xbox?
PlayStation

What other names do you go by?
Mr K and Mr Kearns

What music are you listening to now?
Riders on the Storm – (The Deep Storm House Remix feat, Dura)

Which politician would you feature at one of your events?
If he was alive, Walter Sisulu

Any upcoming projects we should be looking out for?
Recently started an event called “This is Real Deep Sundays” which happens every second Sunday at a placed called, Gonzo’s Pool Lounge. The vibe is chilled, free entry, amazing pizza, cocktails (be very careful the barmen have heavy hands and pour heavy too!), nice lounge feel with ample parking space and…well amazing deephouse Music from home-grown CPT DJ’s, including myself. Currently busy assisting someone with a project to help an organisation called BEIT-UN-NUR SOCIETY for the DESTITUTE which is located in Schaapkraal. The event happens on the 21st May 2017, where we invite all to bring items like Shoes, toys, toiletries, tinned foods, even sign up to volunteer. The event is hosted by RS Customs in partnership with AK Concepts and starts at 11am. We would like to encourage all bike clubs, car clubs, sport clubs, civil society, communities to come through on this day and help make a difference.

What is your favourite childhood memory?
I’d have to say getting my very first computer, or wait, my baby brother getting us a computer. We played music every single day, we copied music, shared and swopped music, built our own sound…
I think we both just loved music and pumping it as loud we could.

Most embarrassing moment?
There have been many… Most of them involving me being a bit intoxicated. So let me then just say, falling off the stage at a pizza joint just round the corner from where I live. #ShackThings

What else can we expect from Mr K?
To continue to hustle. DJ as much as I can. hopefully making a name for myself, keeping myself to the ground and working my ass off, but believe me, I never just give up.

What is your favourite event to work on and why?
I love weddings, because I get to just express love through music. It’s a special moment for the couple, and I try and bring that emotions across through my song selection. I like using intelligent lighting to create that air of romance and love. I love playing at a little place in Long street, Cape Town, it’s called Julep Cocktail Bar. The deep house we play there is nothing like what’s being played mainstream. It’s actually a place I call home, I play there regularly, and have hosted many events over there the last 2 years. I’ve even been a resident DJ for the festive period.

Any advice for young DJ’s coming up?
Be different, I’m not saying don’t listen to mainstream, or don’t follow the now, but, understand what makes you jump when you listen to it, takes you into another world, makes you smile for no reason, when you hear that snare, baseline, key etc.… Find it, mold it, brand it, be it. You’re going to be turned away by many, people will say you can’t do it bra, keep working at it. most important, feel confident in what you play.

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