You’ve seen him as our Sweet & Sexy Hottie for the month of April in TeenZone magazine … here’s the full-on-lowdown on the man himself taken from an exclusive interview held with him.
It was something that my parents wanted to do. I was very young at the time so I didn’t really have any deciding factor in the situation. I love the South African weather and couldn’t imagine growing up anywhere else.
What made you first realise that you wanted to pursue a career in the music industry?
I’ve always been extremely drawn to music. I remember turning on the television as a child and seeing a music video by Robert Palmer. I thought he was the coolest dude on the planet, and at that moment I knew what I wanted to sing for the rest of my life. I even paid homage to him in my first official music video, which was called Kiss. I dressed up in a suit and had four beautiful ladies dancing around me while I sang into a microphone.
Do you play any musical instruments, if so which ones, and which is your favourite?
I don’t play any instruments at the moment but I want to learn to play the piano. I also really love the violin.
Describe your lyric-writing process, how do you get started , what is your inspiration?
The writing process is pretty erratic for me. I’ll sometimes write an entire song from hearing just one word in passing. I usually write about things that I’ve experienced, or even situations within the people around me.
Tell us more about your debut album Overload, what can the public expect from the album?
I am so excited and proud of my debut album, Overload. It took about 2 – 3 years to complete. It’s packed with super catchy pop and dance tracks that will have you singing along in no time. Its current, fun and entertaining. I did an awesome collaboration with Jen Su on a track called Shanghai and there really is something for everyone on the album.
You have said that making the album was a stressful process, why was that?
It was incredibly stressful and I put a lot of pressure on myself because I wanted everything to be 100% perfect. I had very high expectations and wanted a strong product that could compete on an international level. It wasn’t all work and no play though. I learnt a great deal, made some awesome friends and had a blast in the recording studio.
What is your favourite song on the album and why?
My favourite song would have to be House of Horror, not because it’s the best song on the album, but because it was the most fun to record. My producer gave me an instrumental that he had recently made – but he didn’t want me to use it because it was deemed too strange. The word Horror appeared in my mind, and within 10 minutes the entire song was written and complete. My producer wanted nothing to do with the track and after a long day of recording I finally persuaded him to let me sing it while still in the vocal booth. He played the music and I sang the entire track from start to finish with no extra takes. My producer ended up loving it and it has become one of our favourites on the album.
How would you describe your music?
I would describe it as Pop, Electro and Dance music, with a hint of Dubstep. It’s catchy, fun and current with slight retro undertones.
Which famous musicians do you admire, and why?
It would have to be the late Aaliyah, simply because she achieved so much in such a short time on this earth. Not only did she make great music, but I loved her confidence and edgy style.
If you could sing with anyone in the world, who would that person be?
I would love to do something with Britney Spears. I’ve always been fascinated by her.
You are a perfectionist, does this sometimes make life difficult for you?
Extremely difficult! And everyone around me would agree. I get very upset if I know I can do better. I won’t stop thinking about it until it’s fixed and I’m 100% happy with it. It’s not a bad thing but sometimes you just have to let go at some point.
Name any one song by any artist, that best describes you.
Gwen Stefani – What You Waiting For?
You perform at many shows, do you get nervous before your performance and how do you deal with the nerves?
I get very nervous before I go out on stage. I become withdrawn and my mouth dries up so I keep water with me at all times. I just focus on what needs to be done and once I’m up there, I just have fun.
What’s the most fun about being an artist?
The most fun about being an artist would have to be all the travelling that you get to do. You’re constantly seeing new places and meeting new people.
What is the worst?
I don’t like to dwell on the negative, but the worst would probably be the South African music industry politics. For me it’s about making good music, entertaining people and having a blast.
If you had the opportunity to change one thing in the South African music industry, what would it be?
It would be awesome if the media stood behind more South African musicians. I think everyone would be rather surprised at the amount of talent our own country possesses.
You are very active on Youtube and have many fans all over the world. What has been the one comment someone has made on YouTube that has always stuck in your mind?
I’ve been blessed with an amazing team of supporters, and I appreciate every single comment that I receive. But comments like “Keep up the good work”, or “Looking forward to the next one” inspire me to work harder and to do better.
A message for your teenage fans:
I am living proof that you can achieve anything that you set your mind to. Don’t stop living the dream and thank you for supporting my career thus far.
See the Official Music Video for Overload here