INTERVIEW: Bantu

Hi Bantu welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you. I’m doing good. Just been inside the house working and staying safe.

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

Stretch was a record that Dr. Chaii and I made together and we just wanted something that would bang in the club. As soon as we made the record we thought our friend, DaniLeigh would sound crazy on it. So we sent it to her and she sent her verse back a week later.

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

I love having a good time and I love dancing. We wanted to make a record that you could work out to but also dance to but also vibe to. Capture the energy of a night out with your friends

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Shooting the music video is always my favorite part of the process. Feels like the song comes to life once there is a visual. We went full out for this video. From the outfits to the locations to the dancers. We wanted the video to feel like a futuristic afro world.

The single comes off your new album Coming To America Vol. 1 – what’s the story behind the title?

Dr. Chaii and I are from Zimbabwe and we moved to America a couple of years ago. So this EP is about our experience as Africans in this new foreign enviroment.

Did the film influence the title or record as a whole?

Yes, love that movie!! One of my fav movies of all time! When we thought about the title we were like, “Yup, that feels right! That’s perfect”

How was the recording and writing process?

It was fun and such an adventure. We probably made over 15 songs and only 6 made the final cut. Theres nothing more exciting than that moment you sit down to write a song and an hour in you have something that feels magical. Had that feeling a couple of times making this EP. I think right after we made DiCaprio we were like, “Whoa, this sounds CRAZY!”

What role does Zimbabwe play in your music?

Zimbabwe is my country and my roots. Everything I am is because of my surroundings growing up. I go home to Zimbabwe twice a year, so I try my best to stay connected to what’s going on there. Zimbabwe plays a massive role in my music and my art.

How does your multicultural background influences your writing?

When I grew up I grew up listening to everything. African music, Rock, Hip Hop, Pop, Alternative. I actually didn’t know what a “genre” was. Just thought it was all music with different expressions. I think that’s helped me a lot to make music that people from all over the world connect with,

What were some of the personal stories you get to explore and tell on this album?

There is a song on the EP called Somebody that talks about that moment you find out someone you used to date and love has moved on and is with someone else. We really explored that emotion and feeling on this song. And the chorus is basically saying please don’t tell me about that, because the second you tell me there is someone else it becomes real. I’d rather just suspect and think maybe you’ve moved on than to have it confirmed.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I think just from hanging with my friends and traveling and being around different cultures! Sometimes I’m driving and a song title pops into my head. Sometimes I’m out dancing and I think about a concept. Really can get inspired at any moment.

What else is happening next in Bantu’s world?

Been working on tons of new music! Really want to keep the music coming out often this year!! Also shooting a music video to Somebody this month. Was going to do it two months ago but then things got crazy with quarantine. So finally going to shoot that in two weeks!!

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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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