Tell us a little bit about why you chose to go into music, and why jazz, specifically.
One of my main influences going into jazz was my dad. He was always playing jazz music in the house, and he was also in a pop-jazz cover band so there was a bass guitar at home. He had quite a large collection of music, which consisted mainly of jazz music so I can say that jazz is always something that I’ve always been exposed to.
You have worked with quite a few big names. Of the people that you have worked with, who would you say you enjoyed working with the most?
This is a loaded question. I really enjoyed working with the team of the Bantu Hour. That was a great deal of fun.
I also really enjoy playing with younger people in the music scene, so playing with the likes of Thandi Ntuli and Riky Rick, I would say were a few of the dope experiences I’ve had.
Tell us about your music taste. Let’s say you’re having a chilled night with the homies and you’re aux god. What would you play?
I listen to a wide variety of music. My music teacher in high school used to tell us that there are only two types of music - ‘good’ music and ‘bad’ music.
There is musicality in everything so with different groups of people, I would play different types of music. With some groups of people, jazz is my go to place and with others, particularly my younger friends, I would jam people like Anderson.Paak, Kaytranada, BJ The Chicago Kid but it all depends on who I am with at the time. It is important to have a vibrant taste in music.
What is some advice you would give to 20-something year-olds in the art space?
Whatever you do work hard at the skill before you begin to market yourself. Ensure that you know what it is you want, and what it is you are doing to get what you want. There’ll be people before you that have done it, and they may very well be your influences and you may pick up a few tips from them on how to be successful but ensure that by the time that you decide that you are ready to start marketing yourself, and selling your brand, that there is a piece of you in your work.
Always be an original and know your worth. Don’t let others step on you. Know that your work is a valid contribution to your field but don’t cross the line of not respecting those that came before you.
You’re still a young person so tell us about your experiences adulting.
Being a freelance artist means that I’ve had to take care of everything on my own. Taxes and other government things I had to learn to do on my own. It is not the same as if, for example, I were employed by a company and I would get pay slips and benefits, and certain things like my taxes would, to a great extent, be taken care of for me. So yes, it has been an interesting experience.
Another thing I really enjoy about being an artist is the fact that I don’t really feel like I am aging. I am constantly being exposed to older people who have responsibilities, like bonds and children.
Having become friends with older people and being exposed to older artists, would you say that you’ve been exposed to the things that you’d like to accomplish?
Most definitely, especially with jazz. The genre has a very specific audience and only certain people listen to the music and they are generally older, along with many of the musicians. Having heard some of the stories that come from the people that I’ve worked with and that I look up to, about record deals and how they themselves got signed, really has shown me what I can achieve.
It was your birthday recently, what did you get up to?
I’m not much of a party person to be honest so I just went up to Table Mountain, because it was free, and I had dinner with my sister.
I was in Cape Town for quite some time, so I used that time to catch up with some friends as well. That was fun.
Tell us something that you think your fans don’t know about you.
I watch a lot of TV. Not as much now as I used to, and not as much as I’d like, but I do watch television.
Some of my favourite things to watch are on the Food Network, so shows like Chopped and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, are what I am into. I’m also into the Travel Channel and I really dig a show called House Hunters International, watching what these people get up to and some of the places they get to see. Catfish is really funny, and I’m really into it as well.
Another fact that I don’t think many people know about me is that I enjoy playing poker so I do spend a lot of time with my friends playing.