Life might be slowed down, but your success in Cape Town hasn’t. Your song became a major hit on local radio and you got invited to perform at the Cape Town Jazz Festival.
I know, the main stage, it’s insane! We’ve done some club performances too but that was nothing compared to the festival. This really took things to a higher level.
Starting from next summer, I’d also like to focus on Johannesburg. In Belgium, it’s way more difficult to get noticed. Radio stations would rather play Bruno Mars’ latest hit than support local artists. That’s one of the reasons for which I’ve launched my own label called The Love Below. Not only for myself but every artist in the genre who could use a little extra push.
If you had the chance to organize a festival yourself. Who’d be in the lineup?
That is actually a very good question. I’d definitely support a lot of independent, unknown artists. Maybe some of my own friends. When it comes to more famous people I’d go with Childish Gambino. Of course, Erykah Badu would fit in there too. I’m imagining us all playing together afterward, like some kind of major jam session. That would be amazing.
Let’s talk about your future now. We’ve heard you plan on making a documentary with your dad.
We want to go back to where it all started. The idea is to travel the blues route (Mississippi, New Orleans, Chicago, …) and look for interesting stories. My dad will be recording with some pioneers of the genre and I’ll be searching for new artists who are continuing to expand the soul genre. That way we keep it interesting for everyone.
You’ve got the old and the new, the traveling, the music, the stories, the family… There’s a bit of everything in there.
Seems like a strong concept to us, we can’t wait to see it on TV. So last question: If you could bring along any artist on this road trip, who would that be?
That would definitely be Ray Charles if he were still with us today. I’d say he’s the biggest inspiration to both my dad and me. Of course, he’d be sitting in the back, because a blind man in front of the wheel maybe isn’t the best idea *laughs*.