Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’ve been doing well, thanks very much for the invitation to answer your questions.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “All I Want”?
All I Want is a song I wrote when I was in my second year of long distance with my girlfriend, Yuma. I noticed 2 things very clearly at that point, that longing and waiting for love can be a powerful and effective drive in life but also that it can simultaneously leave you so distracted or enamoured that you can’t really function. In this way I believe love can function as a vice, as a drug, or alcohol that for some people is the release at the end of a day of hard work, but for other people its all they can think about, its all they want.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
The song is about how I felt towards love in my life, but its also just as much about the way my single friends seemed to have an almost constant obsession with their love lives. The only difference between my situation and theirs was that I made the concious decision to not have love in my life every day, but effectively they’d been refused it. The difference in how that absence of love affected us was huge, like the difference between prohibition and deciding to stop drinking on your own.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, we plan to release a music video for All I Want before the end of the year.
The single comes off your new album About You what’s the story behind the title?
The title of the album comes from my belief that listening to or creating music is as much about the listener as it is the musician. When you listen to music, the songs that speak to you, the instruments, the lyrics, the conent, the genre, the mood these are all reflections of who you were when you listened to it as much as they are reflections of who the musician was when they wrote it. With this in mind I made the title ‘About You’ because I would like people to listen to the album as if every song was written about them.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote most of the songs on acoustic guitar in my bedroom from the age of 17 to 20. Sometimes I would use a loop pedal to help expand on ideas and other times I would just try and compose from scratch. We recorded the whole album in Ronan Skillen’s home studio except for the drums which were recorded over 1 afternoon in another studio. The album took about a month in total to record and a week or 2 on the mixing which Ronan and I did together. It was a great learning process, and its amazing to see how the studio can be used as an instrument, as something that sculpts the sound and direction of a song as much as the music itself.
What role does Cape Town plays a role in your music?
I’ve only lived in Cape Town for a year and a half, most of the influence on my music comes from Johannesburg where I was born, grew up and spent my highschool and university years.
Known for blending different genres together does one genre tends to shine out the most depending on the lyrics’ theme?
I think that its got more to do with the instruments that were used when we recorded, because the album sounds quite folky which I think this is a fair reflection of my writing style. Bur more specifically, I like use my favourite elements from different genres, for example, what I love about folk is how melody and harmony are used, what I love about Jazz is improvisation, what I love about latin music is the rhythm and what I love about afrobeat music is the groove.
What aspects of negativity and universal topics get to inspire the songs and lyrics on this record?
Well there are songs about love and seperation, songs about trying to keep honest to who you are in this changing world, songs about nature and songs about music. Most importantly though, all the songs are about you.
Any plans to hit the road?
We plan to tour South Africa’s major festivals and cities in 2016 and then in 2017 we are looking to expand our touring to neighboring African countries and hopefully overseas.
What else is happening next in Boketto’s world?
We’ll be recording a new single as an addition to the album later this year, probably in August.
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