1. How long have you been composing?
I started composing while in high school, probably at around 15. The compositions started out as poems which I would put to my very rudimentary piano melodies.
2. What is your creative process? How do you start creating a beat? / How do you start writing lyrics to a beat?
Usually I start with an idea and its ends up being a line in the finished song. Depending on who I am working with (producer or other composers) I start the process with lyrics and a melody or work abound a basic beat created by a producer. The collaboration process starts from there.
3. What made you chose a career in this field?
I always knew I wanted to be a musician but I was advised by my parents to “go to school and have something to fall back on”. I did just that and ended up working in the field of international development. Within the first year working in that field I knew I needed to trust my gut and go back to the beginning, meaning I had to get back into music and do so professionally. If for no other reason, I chose this field because it actually makes me happy, keeps me on my toes, forces me out of my comfort zone and fulfils the constant need to express myself creatively.
4. Did you do any courses for your career field?
In an attempt to understand a little more about the business of music I took a couple of short courses in music marketing and music management though SAE online. There is so much to learn so I hope to do more.
5. What advice can you give to aspiring composers?
Don’t be too hard on yourself, it may never be perfect, it just needs to feel right. Write your truth otherwise you’ll constantly second guess yourself. Don’t rush a composition, creativity comes when it comes and finally believe your creativity and expression or experiences are worthwhile.
6. What other composer’s or artists have you worked with?
I have worked with a number of artists/composers including JWalker, That Kid Gizmo, Ifani, Schenk & Chris Sen and Kay Kong.
7. What has been the highlight of your career?
I have had some truly amazing opportunities thus far. I was afforded the opportunity to sing for the King and Queen of Lesotho for the King’s 50th birthday. Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelorn was the headlining act so I got to open for her. That is definitely one that has gone down in the book. Another great highlight of my career has been being invited to share stages with and learn from two industry legends; Ntate Bhudaza and Ntate Tsepo Tshola.
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