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Meet Your Composer: Refilwe Moeng

Aug 20, 2018

1. What’s your name:  Refilwe Moeng

2. How long have you been composing? I have been writing music for a year and a half.

3. What is your creative process? How do you start creating a beat? / How do you start writing lyrics to a beat?  While listening to the beat I try to find a rap flow that will best suit the beat. I start writing all the ideas that come to mind when I listen to the beat, it all comes down to how does the beat make me feel. When I have my final idea as to what the song is going to be about, I flow in writing as I have the idea in mind.

4. What made you chose a career in this field? I am not open to people in terms of my feelings and thoughts on certain topics. Therefore music is a way in which you can express yourself, in the best way you know how to. I find it easier to write down how I feel than it is trying to vocalize it.

5. Did you do any courses for your career field? No I did not do a course in music.

6. What advice can you give to aspiring composers? Negative people will always be there. They will tell you that you are not good enough or that you cannot do it but as long as you believe in your craft you don’t need anyone’s approval. Remember that sometimes this negativity will come from the people closest to you.

7. Which other composer’s or artists have you worked with? No I don’t have any concrete work that has been done. Thiaps is on the hook of one of my songs. He is the only artist I have worked with.

8. What has been the highlight of your career? Having people not believe in me. It has taught me to be brave and to get up and do things by myself, not only to prove them wrong but to dismiss any thoughts of me not being good enough that I have encountered. Their negativity has had a positive influence on my music as i am able to write about it and other people can relate to it. Writing relatable music is important to me.