INTERVIEW: South London artist/producer trio + UK Afrowave pioneers TEAM SALUT

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

Been good thanks, keeping busy taking over the world haha. Thanks for chatting with us.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Buss It Up“?

Yeah man. Buss it up is a dope song. Its a club banger featuring a couple of the scenes new talents Big Tobz and Deefundo. Its also our 3rd single with UK features.

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

Erm, I guess it was more about the vibe we had on the day. We had a session booked with Big Tobz initially to jump on our project, so before he came we was playing around with melodies and concepts. But we knew it would be a party and girls kinda vibe. When Tobz came we played the idea and he loved it so he got to writing real fast. Deefundo was brought in later one to give the song an extra lift.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The filming was dope. Jay Parpworth directed it with Luke Biggins on D.O.P. so we knew we were in good hands. His whole concept was to have an industrial yet energetic and colourful feel. Using lighting and dancing. We was all exited and the final result was sick.

What did they bring to the table?

Working with Big Tobz and Deefundo was an awesome experience because it created a unique collaboration. They are both very talented and did their thing swiftly. They came with their A game, and before you know it, we had “Buss It Up”. It’s also not a collaboration that people would expect.

How was the recording and writing process?

We had a recording session booked with Big Tobz but nothing concretely planned. So we got to the studio that morning and found a beat that seemed ideal. GKP wrote and sang the chorus before he arrived. Big Tobz loved it and layed his vocals in no time. After listening to the song a few times we decided that the song could benefit sonically from another feature. We contacted Deefundo who came through and added his own flavour to the song.

What role does South London play in your music?

Living in South London has exposed us to many cultures and sounds which have influenced our eclectic interpretation of music. We all have different musical preferences and backgrounds so we are able to bring different forms of diversity and uniqueness each time.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

We treat all music as a piece of art; the canvas usually starts with a conversation. Once we have a direction, we use all ideas to get the best outcome we can. So whether it’s just us as Team Salut or a collaboration, we put all minds together until we feel the art is complete.

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

There will be new material, we plan to release a body of work eventually but we haven’t decided when yet. Stay tuned.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We have a song called “Zig Zag” which we’re excited to see the reaction for, we’ve rolled out a dance video to tease the record, definitely lock-on to our socials for more info on Zig Zag

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely, we plan to travel as far as the music takes us; a borderless journey.

What else is happening next in Team Salut’s world?

We plan to keep releasing good music and continue making more and more people dance. More releases, more collaborations #salutseason will continue.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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