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INTERVIEW: Byron Major

Hi Byron, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you. I’ve been great and also very busy conspiring with the universe to conquer the world. 🙂

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “May Flower”?

May Flower talks about the push and pull lover’s experience in a passionate relationship, and how the most challenging and difficult times can be opportunities for growth and for something beautiful to happen.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

The original recording of May Flower was released as part of a EP-recording project when I was studying my Bachelor’s in Music at Berklee College of Music. The EP-project had me releasing a full-length EP every Sunday at 19:00 as part of what was known as “The Sabbath Sunday Series” and the song May Flower was one of my singles off the 3rd EP.

Any plans to release a video to go along with the single?

I would love to record a music video for May Flower and show off a bit of my dance moves and acting skills. Some ideas have been put forward with regards to the video’s theme and location – but it’s still early days.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process for May Flower took place in 2012 while I was studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. Since then, I’ve been searching for the right moment to present its self, to take my demo recording of the song and morph it into a professional work of art. During December 2015, I flew with my manager, from South Africa to London to record May Flower at Greystoke Studios with multi-platinum selling producer, Andy Whitmore.

What was it like to work with Andy Whitmore and how did that relationship develop?

Andy has been a blessing to me along my musical journey. He’s helped realize the full potential of my music and demos, by bringing out that special X-factor from inside me and creating a platform for my unique voice to shine. It was through my manager and mother, that the connection with Andy Whitmore was made.

How much did he get to influence the album?

He’s easily the most musical producer I’ve had the fortune of working with, and it was evident to me in studio by the way he could dissect my songs like a scientist and inject into it a certain feeling and magic, that’s made me fall in love with May Flower.

How has South Africa’s scene and culture have influence your music?

My musical roots were cultivated in South Africa, which is one of the most creatively vibrant places I’ve lived in or visited. South Africa is also known as the “rainbow nation” because of our diverse cultural wealth. It is by being exposed to its several different types of music; whether it be traditional songs, gospel or mainstream pop, that my eclectic creative and musical aesthetic was molded.

Does the single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

I certainly aim of recording and releasing an album – we’re currently in the process of securing funds to funds project of this sorts.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Not at the moment. I’m still simmering 😉

Any plans to hit the road?

No. At this point in my career I’m focusing my attention and energy on the art of recording, whilst still keeping my ear to the ground if any opportunities to tour or perform do arise.

What else is happening next in Byron Major’s world?

I’m currently studying towards the completion of my Master’s in Musicology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa where I will be presenting a pure-research based dissertation relating to the South African jazz pianist, Abdullah Ibrahim.

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