Hi Binx, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Howzit Vents! Thank you so much for interviewing me, I appreciate the support 🙂 I have been so excited. Non-stop writing and releasing and creating, it’s keeping my spirits high and motivated for sure.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Headlights?”
Absolutely. The song is a metaphor for keeping something in your focus. When you start to feel derailed from whatever it is you set out for in the first place, remember why it is that you started and keep going.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes. The song is about my Dad. He passed away last year. I was in a very dark place and I wanted to give up a career in music because it was bringing me more pain than pleasure. My dad was exceptionally involved in my life and career and he is the reason I became a musician. So I use the song as a reminder to keep my Dad in my thoughts as I continue my journey as a musician.
How was the film experience?
It was SO much fun. I could do it all day every day. We shot the video in my friends mansion and at the beach in Conneticut. We chose a day when the temperatures ended up being below freezing and I had a scene coming out of the ocean water. I’m surprised I never ended up getting frost bite or pneumonia! I had to constantly be covered with a blanket and stuff hand warmers into my wet holographic shoes.
It was an 18 hour shoot, we stayed until the sun had risen the next morning and I never slept and hardly ate anything because I was so busy.
Despite all of this, my energy levels were at an all time high and all of my best friends came out to help on set and make me laugh, so I got to hangout and be creative all at once, which is my absolute happy place. I am lucky to have them in my life.
How was the recording and writing process?
One of my favourite things about being a musician is to write. I am all about words and poetry and I’m just generally a very chatty person 😉
The songs off of my “The African Bee” EP vary because “Radiohead” I wrote when I was 16 and most of the other tracks I had written recently or in my early 20’s. So it’s quite a wide range and my writing style has evolved. Recording is also exciting because I get to take a simple melody in my head, mix it with all the sounds I hear and turn it into a masterpiece.
What was it like to work with Kinetics and how did that relationship develop?
I felt honoured to work with him since he came recommended so highly, he’s a great writer and also has a couple of hit songs under his name! (Haylee Williams and BOB – Airplanes, to name one.) He is also just a really lovely person and it was the first time I really co-wrote with someone else, I usually write everything myself. Jason Flom from Lava/Republic Records set up the co-write for us.
How much did he influence the album?
“Headlights” is the only song we wrote together, but the song is my most special one because of my Dad, therefore it’s a massive influence to me.
What role does South Africa plays in your music?
South Africa will always play a massive role in my music. Growing up there with my mom, dad and brother was unique and blissful and the culture is unlike anything else. I will always try to incorporate my African roots as much as possible to share it with people who aren’t as familiar with my country. Because I am extremely proud of where I come from. I even have a song called “African Heart” off of the EP and I sing in three different languages; English, Afrikaans and Xhosa.
I have also always received a tremendous amount of support from the people, press and radio.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
So “Headlights” is actually part of my EP called, “The African Bee.” But I have a new single coming in June and a new album will be coming this September 13 2017! I can’t wait. It will be released once again on my Dad’s birthday and the same day as “The African Bee” which was released last year.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The “Headlights” music video will be released 31st May, Wednesday 2017.
I will be releasing my next summer single “Paradise” in June, which I recorded at The Spotify Studios.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, I am currently planning a trip to Los Angeles in July and South Africa in December to play a couple of shows and do a press tour with all the new releases I have coming up.
What else is happening next in BINXs world?
I am planning to release something (new song, new video etc) every month until the end of the year in 2017! So please do stay in touch. 🙂
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