Interview: Alexandra May

Photo Credit - Kat Grudko

Photo Credit – Kat Grudko

I caught up with pop sensation Alexandra May who just released the single ‘Amazing’ to hear about why she decided to start making music, what inspires her and what you can expect next!

Why did you decide to start making music?

Music has always been my passion. I’ve grown up in a musical family and after many lessons and competition, I knew it was what I wanted to make it my career from when I was 14 or 15.

What is your favourite thing about performing?

I love performing! But what puts me on a high are the audiences and their reaction, and being able to enjoy the music with them.

Who are your musical influences?

I love Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Celine Dion because they’re strong women who believe in themselves and their music. I also love The 1975 and the Foxes. I’ve been exposed to many genres of music from musical to jazz and classical. I wonder if I’m a mixed up bunch of them all with my own flair!

How would you describe your sound?

I listen to different types of music but I love pop music! So my music is definitely pop but I’m also influenced by retro sounds. So my sound is a mixed bag and I look at each song and work with the great production team at Gresham to make a song it’s best!

Can you explain the background of ‘Amazing’?

My single, Amazing, is about knowing yourself, and the person you want to be with. It speaks about meeting and knowing a special person, and telling them and the world how you feel about them.

When can fans expect more music / releases from you?

David Gresham Records and I are working on my EP, and will be releasing it soon.

What would you like to achieve in the music industry?

I want to be able to reach as many people as possible with my music and inspire them through it. I’d really love to make music that sells all over the world. And maybe one day with a GRAMMY or two?

Last but not least, what is next for you?

Right now I hope to perform Amazing as often as possible, along with the rest of the songs on my EP. I want to inspire as many as possible, and contribute to the music industry in a way that will leave a mark. This is my debut into the industry and I’m going to have to work hard to keep my career moving forward. The only thing I know is hard work. So I will keep on doing that!

You can buy ‘Amazing’ here.

Interview: Al Bairre

Photo Credit - Sam Wells

Photo Credit – Sam Wells

I caught up with Nick Preen from Al Bairre and we talked about their new EP, how the band’s sound has progressed and all things you can expect from them!

How would you say the band’s sound has progressed with the releases over the years?

We’re slowly taking steps to make our sound more commercial and appealing to all kinds of audiences. That way our tracks do better and we can add more monetary value to our performances. For example focus on how our live sound.

How many songs did you have to write before you came up with the ones that are on the EP?

We’ve written about 11 songs in total and 8 of them are on the E.P. We’ve performed the other ones live over the years and you might find some inadequate recordings of them somewhere on the line.

Do you have a favourite track off the EP? 

“Where do we go from here’ is my favourite. Mostly because it was the last song we wrote. Parents always say they love their children equally but I’m pretty sure they love their newborn more than the child they’ve already been playing with. Like what child/song would you rather play with? The one you have been or this new fresh baby you don’t know how people react to.

Your songs recently hit half a million plays on Spotify, what was it like when you saw the count?

To be honest it was really surprising! We don’t actually have spotify yet in this country, so to find out there’s been that many individuals outside of South Africa felt really warm and rewarding. It’s made the prospect of touring over the seas more of a reality, which then helps us tick all the boxes on our to do list. We’re very pedantic about lists and that ones the most important one we have.

What was it like hearing that ‘Caviar Dreams’ won the Xperia Mashlab on 5FM track of the year?
Really really nice! My little cousin was the first to tell me about it and he was so excited that ‘we were the best’ I almost cried. What a naïve child. It was a nice moment.

What would you like to achieve in the music industry?

We want to write as many different chart topping singles as possible, using only our violin, cello, keyboard, guitars and drum kit and completely monopolize the ‘band’ market so that anyone playing a musical instrument and not a computer struggles to make a living or become a success. This way we’ll be the only band left and when we call it quits will be welcomed by edm and trance dj’s a like and finally realize our dream and tick the final box which is that of : welcome popularity.

Interview: Chee

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Photo Credit – Unknown

I caught up with Chee ahead of his set at Mielepop and we talked about how he became involved with the festival, as well as what you can expect from him.

Explain how you became involved with Mieliepop and why you chose to perform at the festival?

I got called up by Henk to play b2b with Zain (Phizicist)

What are you looking forward to about the festival?

The festival as a whole, it’s my first time going and a lot of my friends have been to the previous ones and they say it’s a lot of fun.

Who are most excited to see perform and why?

Haezer, he has been putting out a lot of bangers for a while and from the unreleased dubplates I’ve heard of his, I get the feeling he’s going to smash it!

What are you currently working on and do you any projects you are excited about?

I actually have a ton of projects that are being released this year including 3 EPs, few remixes & collaborations. Of late I’ve mostly been doing shows and haven’t had the time to sit and finish my work. Currently I have a project with 3 other artists titled ‘It Hz’ and it’s myself, Phizicist, Tyler Breaks & JonCasey. We’re planning on releasing a 5 track EP really soon.


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