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INTERVIEW: Phfat

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

Ja cool. Enjoying that artist life thanks.

Can you talk to us more about your single “The Whip”?

Yeah of course. I’d been wanting to make a song with Mikhaela for a while. She was cool to work with and relatively unknown. It’s awesome when a co-lab happens based on merit and not business you know?

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

A couple events. One involving some high school friends and a cop’s car which I won’t elaborate on. The other one involved myself and my homies Jono and Tash driving into Knysna forest to try find an elephant even though Jono and Tash didn’t believe me that they existed. Anyways, we ended up pretty deep in the sticks and I started to kind of forming this idea about a back road car chase which formed the content for the track. The forest is such a crazy real place that late at night. There is so much unknown you feel like you could hide from anything and nothing at the same time.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I hope so! Got some stuff written.

What was it like to work with Mikhaela Faye and how did she come on board?

Amazing. She’s an incredibly talented girl whose patience in the studio almost rivals mine. It meant we travelled a lot of roads to their kinda logical conclusions before deciding to discard whole ideas. It was really awesome.

How was the recording and writing process?

Fairly intensive. I kept resetting my own deadlines.

Does South Africa plays a role in your music?

Yeah dude. Big time. I only realised the extent of South Africa’s effect on my personality once I toured in other countries. We as South Africans have no concept of quite how wild and free South Africa is. It’s a very unregulated place and the energy makes the first world countries seam almost catatonic in some regards.

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

Yeah for definite. I’m deeeeep on a new content hustle right now. It’s fucking inspiring.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Nothing official. Only thing you need to know is that I’ll be putting my all into it and it won’t be out till I’m happy.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yeah I’ve hit basically the whole of South Africa this month. Playing real life shows is a huge part of why I do this you know? A real life experience is so amazing in world of shitty cat memes.

What else is happening next in Phfat’s world?

Right now I’m just super enveloped in the world of making art. The release phase is exciting but the challenge of inventing all day is something else. Mentally it puts you in a new space every day. It contrasts incredibly with the very real non-conceptual space of the live performance which does a lot to keep me grounded. So I’m kind of travelling through that weirdly bipolar and vague swamp for the next little bit with very clear sights set on the end goal of some rad music for the world to hear!

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