How would you describe your music to the world?
It sort of feels like a seagull getting tossed about in a stormcloud while some humans play the piano and think about things in the dark waves below. Also known as indie pop.
When did you realise your musical potential?
When my teachers at school finally let me skip Social Swimming to go play the piano.
Where do you hope to hear your music over the next 12 months?
My recent releases have done really well in Brazil and Turkey, which are two really abstract places for my little dark indie things to have grown wings, but I'm excited to continue exploring parts of the world that hadn't been part of the plan before. I moved to Melbourne this month, so most importantly, I'm hoping to see my upcoming album find some roots down under.
Any plans to tour? Release new music?
I'm releasing my debut full studio album in Oct/Nov, which is super exciting! I'll be doing a little launch tour around South Africa, and then the next year holds various Australian cities with a brand new piano and a whole lot of exploring on the album's first roadtrip.
When did you take your first big step into music?
When I was 13, I wrote a whole lot of songs about windmills and graffiti and roses, and recorded an album in a small garage in a tiny town in South Africa sometimes known as the Sleepy Hollow. It was a little step in the bigger scheme of things, but it was a big step for a short-sighted, over-dressed pre-teen, and it was the start of everything.
From where do you draw your inspiration to keep creating music?
My best work has happened when life happens in extreme ways around me. I draw on difficult emotions - this music thing has been my therapy. I draw inspiration from the world around, in all its birds and snow-capped mountains and tsunamis. I draw from art - one of the most creatively motivating things is to explore other people's music and films and art and just sit and appreciate the magic of human brains.
What’s your dream act to support?
Ah, man! There's so many. If I was forced to choose, it would be a double-bill of Glen Hansard and a solo Joni Mitchell.
What’s one lesson you’ve learnt that you’d like to share with other aspiring musicians?
It really helps to get over yourself. Get up on that stage give every single ounce of your body to that performance. Stop caring so much. Mean every word you sing. Be better tomorrow than you are today. It really is about the music.