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Kayibiza LOunge® HeART-ART Conversations with: Blue Six (Naked Music)

Music being the most universal of all art forms, finds itself divided into genres and subgenres although the dividing lines and relationships between music genres are often subtle, sometimes open to personal interpretation and occasionally controversial.

A record label that began as a production company (1992) by founding members Jay Denes and bassist Dave Boonshoft still relishes on the decision taken to break away from joint ventures that were somewhat restraining. Thriving on being independent to much delight ensured Naked Music Recordings (1998) kept to its truest inclinations of “releasing forward-thinking music that defies easy categorization”. The Naked Treatment remixes involving commercially popular musicians were the buzz of the town yet the partners yearned for more creative directorship and ownership. The liberty gained followed with an array of well-received CD compilations, so well received that a widespread emergence of copycats relating to Naked Music’s style of CD cover illustrations led to the label dropping the alluring format. The label’s name serves as an emphatic direction denoting that the label is purely about unfractured, undressed, well thought through music. The stable’s artist fold grew citing a millennium joint venture with EMI/Virgin that saw the introduction of an extensive and impressive catalog inclusive of the likes of Aya, Miguel Miggs, Gaelle Addison, and Jay Denes’ moniker Blue Six.

naked musicThe meticulous production stemming from Blue Six is one that has stood the test of time. When an array of producers compromised their signature sound over the years for commercialization, Jay Denes stayed true, elevated, and exerted more soulful bliss upon his faithful fanbase. Every album release with an interval of four to five years is worth the wait and a sound impossible to imitate. A mystery man to many, a jewel to the ears of producers and DJs all over the globe is a New Yorker that manages to musically elope a person to a captivating place of solace away from the anxieties of life. The reserved producer boasts an impressive discography suitable for any setting. Beautiful Tomorrow with its subliminal wine theme gets you on your dancing feet whilst Aquarian Angel invokes feelings of introspection, soul searching, and hope through cemented sublime vocals. Noesis released in 2010 holds the duality of a message for lovers while considering the realities of the common man. The most recent body of work (Signs & Wonders -2014 ) invigorates the longing for galactic travel, the world somewhat an alien-like place with nothing but time for outer space encounters. Blue Six’s distinct sound is profoundly beyond this life – probably offering a form of escape to the milky way to a world unseen. Jay Denes’s uniqueness in sound editing assures one that Blue Six has mastered the delicate tapestry of capturing a sound that is unobtrusive and stays out of the way of the vocal. Taking pleasure in simple activities such as writing, walking his dog, photography and cooking is a producer that has given many a place of comfort in his albums. Lauded with creating music that is timeless to the soul, Jay Denes considers music a formidable expressive art that is spiritual and potentially a transformative force.

Kayibiza: Warm welcome Jay and much appreciation for granting HeART-ART Conversations the courtesy of dialoguing with you.

Jay Denes: Happy to do it.

Kayibiza: How has family life been since your tying of the knot?

Jay Denes: Really great, I did the thing you see in romantic comedies. I married my bestfriend of 17 years. Should have done it sooner, if she’d have had me!

Kayibiza: With the world being in uncharted territory, what has been keeping Jay Denes sane during these unheard of times?

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Jay Denes: Well, sane is relative, but I moved out of the city a couple years ago and live near a beautiful park. I try to walk my dog as much as possible, and like the rest of the world I’ve been overdoing Netflix during quarantine.

Kayibiza: Name five records you would choose to test a sound system that you have just completed setting up

Jay Denes:

   KD Lang – Ingenue

Bryan Ferry – Boys and Girls

Talking Heads – Remain in Light

Stevie Wonder – Talking Book

Telomere – The Stellar Sea

Kayibiza: Please tell us about the birth of Blue Six and why this particular name?

Jay Denes: Blue Six was largely the result of me trying to make dance music I like. I’m not a fan of much of the genre, I decided I had nothing to lose by going my own way. I feel fortunate that enough people liked it to allow me to continue. The name just popped into my head, it has since taken on other meanings for me but at the time it was just a subconscious whim. Dave was thankfully down with the whole idea immediately, it took on a life of it’s own with us.

Kayibiza: What was the driving force or inspiration behind Naked Music’s Re-creation album?

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Jay Denes: Re-creation was me trying to do a bit of the various styles we were known for in one place. Hence, it was released under the “Naked Music” moniker. It was around a label anniversary so it seemed appropriate.

Kayibiza: Having dealt with major commercial labels what would you say are the business lessons from these joint ventures?

Jay Denes: There are advantages to having help, but it comes at a cost. Accepting money always comes at a cost. More money, more people in your path. I’m not very good at navigating the kind of intra-personal relationships necessary to succeed in larger power structures. I’m lucky to have survived largely on the fringes of popular culture. I’m not sure I could have done it differently. Thankfully my partner Dave is really smart about such matters, because of his foresight and smart handling of things we came away as unscathed as possible.

Kayibiza: Known to have everyone in studio when working on projects. Given the current state of societal movement constraints, would you deem it possible to put a project together with everyone working remotely?

Jay Denes: I’m not sure I would, I really like to have my hands on the dials and talk to people at the same time. I think human interaction is very important. Dave’s moving nearby soon too, so I imagine we’ll figure something out. The plague will be over eventually, people will sing and hold hands together again!

Kayibiza: Your albums and record arrangement release an exuberant clear indication of thoroughness in production. What are your initial steps when contemplating a record or album?

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Jay Denes: I don’t think I plan really, I just go with the flow. Often a theme becomes clear after I’ve been writing for a while. I think that’s mostly due to me writing about whatever I’m thinking about at the time. Generally with me, it’s some combination of the nature of reality, consciousness, and human relationships.

Kayibiza: Many don’t know that you have battled depression for a big part of your life. How is the progress in that regard and would you say that state of feeling has been instrumental in your choice of messages conveyed in your music?

Jay Denes: Depression never really goes away, it just waxes and wanes. Wrestling with it informs everything I do, music is no exception. It just makes life that much harder, and can be really exhausting. I sometimes think it’s the price of being in touch with one’s feelings. Perhaps that’s romanticizing it a bit, but I do think a lot of artists are missing a layer of protective skin. Some days it’s harder than others to not let the state of the world get you down. I’m lucky to have supportive friends and family. It’s not always easy.

Kayibiza: Technological advancements have their pros and cons. In relation to music, what would you name as major pros and cons in any aspect?

Jay Denes: I’m old enough to have lived through multi-track tape machines and big consoles through to the current computer based systems and amazing plug-ins and interfaces. When we started we had a really nice Studer 2 inch machine. It was a pain to deal with but it sounded great! I love all the new technology, but it definitely takes work to make it have mojo. That being said, I always view creation as somewhat separate from the tools of any particular time. For all the great new technology that’s around now, I think this is a particularly dismal time for popular music. Good writing really doesn’t care about what machines you have.

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Kayibiza: What is some free advice to producers and creatives out there hoping to make their mark in the music industry?

Jay Denes: I think I’m pretty obscure at best, so I’m not sure I’m as qualified as some others to answer that question, but there’s a quote I like. I think it was Gore Vidal, but I may be wrong. “Write the book only you can write thereby making yourself indispensable.” There’s only one you, so discovering and realizing yourself is really the only path worth pursuing. The outcome will be what it will be.

Kayibiza: What are some of the changes you aspire to see in the world at large?

Jay Denes: All the cliches. Burt Bacharach got it right, “what the world needs now is love”. Things are so terrible here in America right now, I just want us to make it through this year and pray that we get a decent government. Humanity is on a precipice, democracy is at stake, it’s gonna take some real grace to get us through. The USA needs to look at itself in the mirror and right some profound wrongs, and at long last live up to the promise of our constitution.

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Kayibiza: Thank you for this lifetime opportunity Jay Denes. I am conflicted in being a fan and interviewer so I will not ask if you working on releasing anything soon cause the beauty of Blue Six lies in its element of surprise. Take it easy and stay safe.

Jay Denes: Hopefully I’ll get it together soon, life’s thrown a bunch of curves over the last few years but I’m forging ahead. Who knows what the future holds…

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Kayibiza LOunge® HeART-ART Conversations with: Nicky ‘NickyB’ Blumenfeld (Kaya FM)

Artistic natures always have a way to express themselves thus expressive art is the realization of creative thought coupled with execution. In that journey lies a tale of intrigue about the many artforms of modern day society and their history. To find an individual that manages with ease to be the human manifestation of art throughout their life is a rare occurance. Art will always have many interpretations and here on HeART-ART Conversations we pride ourselves on exploring, engaging and understanding the variations within art lifestyle. On this episode we find ourselves truly having a wholesome conversation with a gracious subject of interest whom has become a voice throughout her life of different types of contemporary artforms and is world renowned for it. To much applaud Nicky Blumenfeld has recently been honoured by The Value of Culture Foundation in association with The Wits School of Art with an Order of Princess Magogo award. This esteemed award is presented to individuals who’ve dedicated their lives to the development of indigenous arts and heritage in their communities. Previous receipients include the likes of Sibongile Khumalo, Dr Phillip Tabane and Prof. Joseph Shabalala.

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The World Show host on Kaya FM ( Sundays 6pm to 10pm) is one for the books when it comes to the application of being a phenomenonal radio host and DJ. Remember when radio show hosts use to put together compilations of their highly suggested numbers? Well NickyB has had her fair share with releases such as A Night Of Deep Volume 2, Go Global Volume 1 and Go Global Volume 2 featuring records that are timeless and oozing of NickyB’s variety, class and personality. An embodiment of the art fraternity NickyB carries her teachings to all aspects of her life. Known to be involved in African and World Music curriculum development whilst facilitating courses on African Music and African Radio, NickyB is a walking encyclopedia. All this can be picked up on how the veteran radio host presents her weekend show. NickyB continually displays her flawless ability to switch between genres to entertain crowds of all kinds in any given location. Her diversity to bring audiences of different walks of life to one dance floor creates the perfect aura that brings to life the African proverb “when music changes, so does the dance”.

 

Kayibiza: Hello NickyB. I trust you are well. Welcome and thank you for joining us.

NickyB: Thank you for being interested in my story. I feel humbled and honoured.

Kayibiza: Let’s begin with the grassroots of Nicky Blumenfeld. Where was she born and bred?

NickyB: I grew up in Durban. I came mainly from a medical family but a family that loved music. My father was passionate about classical music, opera and also some alternative musics. My mother taught me about Latin jazz, the Brazilians, the Cubans also the great jazz vocalists and a lot of South African jazz. My background is that I studied Fine Arts and had a few exhibitions. After I finished studying I travelled and taught art. I lived in Eswatini formally known as Swaziland and worked at Waterford Kamhlaba United World College where I ran the Art Department. I also ran the Art Department at Michael Mount Waldorf School which had the Rudolf Steiner philosophy and that was interesting cause it taught me about different aspects of colours and form.

Kayibiza: How did your medical career orientated family take to you leaning more towards an art related career?

NickyB: Well being a medical family they probably did want me to go into a science field but what I think my parents realised was that art was inherent in me, I was a creative person. It took a bit of convincing but they realised I was a happier person when I was creative so I suppose in that way they supported me studying Fine Arts. With time I proved to them I can earn a living from being a teacher as well as exhibiting and raising funds to do the Public Art project so it all worked out in the long run.

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Kayibiza: Being at the forefront of the Public Art Movement in the 90s must have been a thrill given the climate. Please take us through this time of your life and the inspiration that drew your murals

NickyB: So one of my passions quite earlier on while teaching art & painting was greatly inspired by the Mexican muralists cause of the socialist view of the importance of making art accessible to the public. It is around this time I began to question my role as an artist in society. I had lived abroad and lived in Eswatini teaching art. One of the reasons for coming back to live in Johannesburg, South Africa was that I wanted to start being able to paint murals and this was tied in not only with my views but also where South Africa was at that time. If you were a black person you couldn’t enter the National Art Gallery unless you were accompained by a white person and I really wanted to break down those sterotypes of art being an elitist form and only reaching certain people which is why I got into mural making. The first mural I did was with the childen of the Red Cross. Working with Julia Mentjies the founder of Arts Alive also teaming up with Andrew Lindsay we were commissioned to paint 30 murals across Gauteng whilst working with different communities and that started my experience of making public art. Over seven years I did over 70 projects both locally and abroad taking teams of artists with me.

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Kayibiza LOunge® HeART-ART Conversations with: Material Golden (Material Culture)

The talent of Material Culture is beyond style and dancing. In this installment of covering the culture that has taken the nation and practically certain parts of the world by storm evidently by how its style of influence and lifestyle has prolifically shaped a generation, knowingly and unknowingly. A specific member of the culture in their own right has perfectly fused the elements of the subculture into what has transcended to what we now term New Age Skhotane. A Central University of Bloemfontein graduate having obtained a degree in the Information Technology sector mastering Software Development has unleashed his musical artistry in a way that makes him a force to be reckoned with.

The individual that has gained such status goes by the name Kabelo Pitso to many popularly known as Material Golden or Material Kabelo Golden. Evolvement has always seemed as one of the traits of the humble and captivating personality of the poster child that displays musical talents of Material Culture. The momentum has surely been upheld by the subculture stemming from a successful premier of their Season 1 reality show Material Culture on Mzansi Wethu. The nationwide prosperity of the show has many wondering what more intriguing surprises does Material Culture have up its sleeves. The answer came with a slew of singles by Material Golden releasing a hit titled Operation Ma’gwinya Zonke featuring Que Dafloor which gunnered a video debut on MTV Base. To much of Amapiano lovers who enjoyed the singles and overall skhotane fans, the announcement & release of an EP under Don Dada Africa titled New Kid on the Block was received with great excitement. The EP having received exceptional reception citing its variety in style had many people from different walks of life relating to it and dancing the night away. The EP includes an array of features introducing a new sound from artists such as Black Sounds and the talented Pretoria based producer CaltonicSA who produced the party banger Vava Voom.

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Kayibiza: Warm welcome Material Golden and thank you for joining us on Kayibiza LOunge® HeART-ART  Conversations

Material Golden: Thank you for the opportunity and I’m grateful to be part of your interview series.

Kayibiza: Let’s take a step back a bit, to more of your upbringing. Where were you born, where did you spend most of your teen life and how might it have influenced whom you are right now?

Material Golden: I was born in Bloemfontein but I did my primary schooling in Johannesburg. Then I went back to Bloemfontein for high school because the schools around me in Johannesburg were not right for my studies, they were full of corrupt learners and that affects learning in class. So I moved to Bloemfontein and I actually became one of the top learners in Tsoseletso High School which led to the school choosing me as one of the best 8 learners for an exchange program trip to Sweden to visit another Swedish school and we learned a lot from the European environment.

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Kayibiza: To many peoples interest as we know there is what is called split personalities. Would you say there is a difference between Kabelo Pitso and Material Golden?

Material Golden: Kabelo Pitso is a Christian first and foremost. I’m the last born of 3 siblings. I am also a Forex Trader but I wont really touch on that too much because I’m still working on my success in that field. Material Golden is a musical artist mostly in the Amapiano genre. He is a brand ambassador and influencer. He is part of a crew/movement called ‘Material Culture’. The crew is all about fashion, dancing and it is one of the main sub-cultures in the South African street culture.

Kayibiza: How would you describe the phenomenon that is ‘New Age Skhotane’ and what drew you into the Skhotane lifestyle?

Material Golden: Firstly, Skhothanes are still known for what they used to do back in the day which is dramatic stuff , like burn clothes. So that created a lot of bad publicity for the movement, so that vibe died in 2012. So I got into the movement fully in 2013 when that old vibe died. So my crew resurrected the movement and we gave it the ‘New Age Skhothane’ name because we were starting a new vibe of fashion sense then dancing on top to spice up the new movement and we were also killing the ‘Skhothanes burn clothes and money’ associated connotation.

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Kayibiza: Your academic track record suggests you were prolific in your studies which in turn implies you highly regard education. Could you please briefly share your take on the importance of education and what it stands to benefit the youth at large who may disregard it

Material Golden: I was a good student in high school and university, I studied what I loved academically and so its important that the youth find their true academic passion so they can excel while having fun. The exchange program was one of my highlights and an eye opening experience to see how other countries schooling systems work and integrates learners from across all backgrounds. Graduating in Information Technology mastering in Software Development is also one of my all time favourite accomplishments, I then returned to Gauteng. Education will always be beneficial to the youth because it opens doors and allows for growth and development.

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Kayibiza: As one that has travelled abroad many times. What would you say you learned from all those journeys that you see as critical to impart to South Africa’s community at large?

Material Golden: Nations just have different environments and lifestyle. In 2018 we as a crew travelled to Italy for a performance tour with one of the top Italian artists named Ghali. What I’ve learned while in that country is that firstly it’s so clean compared to South Africa, there’s a lot of peace and safety too. When coming to events, people in Italy attend social media events as family from kids to their parents which is what we don’t see in South Africa.

 Kayibiza: Your introduction to the music industry as more of a solo artist must have been overwhelming in its own respect despite the fact that you have been in media entertainment for a long while. What have you found as the joys and challenges of being a musician?

Material Golden: Biggest joy is having people you don’t know loving you and knowing your music. People showing love to you as an artist when you perform and even when you are just walking in the streets. Knowing that I can put people in a good mood with my music feels really good to me. Challenge is constantly having to dish out hits which will sustain your relevance in the industry, so for an upcoming artist to make their mark and get into the commercial industry requires constant resilience.

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Kayibiza: Your 2020 EP New Kid on the Block has been positively received. What were your inspirations with this particular project?

Material Golden: My inspiration is always to make catchy, easy but interesting music so that people can easily relate and sing along. The title says it all, I am new to certain parts of the music industry but I am here to leave a mark. I cant’t talk about I’m inspired by this artist or look up to who and who cause I don’t look up to anyone in terms of music. I do me, I got my style and it works perfectly for me and my target market. The overall response of old fans and new fans is really overwhelming and encouraging.

Kayibiza: What determines the approach of style that you do and the artists you choose to work with?

Material Golden: The style I have is unique to me and my craft. I believe in originality. I just choose to work with artists who can really make good music, to me synergy is everything so if we vibing well then we can work together regardless of whether the artist is upcoming or already established.

Kayibiza: Without dropping too many beans with the dawn of a New Year. What can Material Golden fans expect from the Pretty Girls Love Amapiano artist in regards to future projects and as an active member of Material Culture?

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Material Golden: All I can say is I’ll be releasing an EP every year then making features during the year (I have one in the pipeline with Material Super-Mosha) be on the lookout, shooting music videos of the most trending tracks in the EP and singles. Material Culture will always be a part of me and we will keep doing what we do and getting better.

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Bustling from the uniquely vibrant streets of the South of Jo’burg is a duo like no other consisting of musicians that have been relatively underground. One half is Sandile Mabuza (Buddha) and the other Lerato Maleka (Vish). With heavy influence from Hip Hop Vish also known to his Orange Farm constituencies as Mad Venom, the name given to him by cypherheads because he spits on the mic like a venomous snake. Being a Kwaito fan since his early days Buddha has a fresh Kwaito revolution style, which can be picked up from his musical repertoire dating back to his high school days where he would have hundreds of pupils going buckwild with his lyrics and stage presence. With a touch of both genres their sound has invigorated a mass appeal to a merger of Hip-Hop and Kwaito both artists having heavy influence from both genres respectively. IMG_20190720_145111.jpg

Having being independent solo artists for the longest of time, their rawness with both their crafts led to them gravitated towards each other and their first take in studio led to a hustle driven fire record titled “Imali” featuring Kid L. The song sets a benchmark for whomever attempts to imitate their style on songs, carrying a heavy Kwaito melodic beat the song without fail captures both sides of the coin with Hip Hop rhymes aplenty intermingled with Kwaito influence throughout the catchy chorus’s smash hit.

Rhyming in both English and isiZulu with producers ranging from YFM all star DJ SirMmino_e’Cleve and North West born Wysicbeats, these producers have managed to exceptionally layout beats that capture both artist’s poetic mind-blowing storytelling abilities whilst allowing for their fused punchline escapade to unleash.

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Both artists’ have released phenomenal singles in their personal capacity such as:

Buddha – Phez’kwabo
Mad Venom (Vish) – I Do It For My People
Buddha – Phoenix (prod) by SirMmino_e’Cleve
Mad Venom (Vish) featuring Kid L – Tswara Lebhota

Also boasting an intriguing history of performances, features, MCing and behind the scene productions.

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Born in Naledi aka Startown in Soweto before relocating to Zakariyya Park is Sandile Mabuza flowing with the alias Buddha. Coming from a family that loves both loud and mellow music which I believe was key to his love for the arts growing exponentially. Kwaito and House music was huge while growing up and admits to always being fascinated with the talent and style that came with Kwaito music.

With an array of Kwaito groups and solo artists back in his high school days inspiration was never lacking and it had a boost on his confidence as he was accoustom to choosing music related activities when it was time for art and career related market days. Jumping at any opportunity to perform infront of a crowd no matter how big. Hip Hop also lured him in with its raw raps and began writing but the rapping part of it was challenging at that young age because he had a minor speech disorder but through perseverance and speech therapy he started flowing like a pro. As he partook more in cyphers he was motivated to better his rhyming skills. The age of 15 saw him record my first record titled “Woza La Ngizok’seta” (produced by SirMmino_e’Cleve formally known as MJ back in those days) which received great reception from my peers and the general public who had an opportunity to hear it thus leading to performances at venues such as His & Hers in Mzimhlophe, Sawu’bona Music Jamz in Chiawelo and Kaldis/Matlombe Lounge in Newtown.

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Birthplace of the venomous spitter is Pimville Zone 2 where the rapper is known for his pitbull aggression on the mic. Having earned his stripes in every hood whether it be the South or Eastrand, Vish (MadVenom) is a rapper not to be reckoned with when it’s battle time and never hesitates to swallow his prey whole in a battle.

Introduced to the studio by his brother at a young age while stereos were bumping cassettes the prolific rapper has stood the test of time from hosting cypers in every school he attended to making it on a rapper show called One Mic which aired on SABC 1 and smashing all relevant contenders at 1808 Slughuis. With his first flawless verse unleashed in 2002, the South based rapper has taken a keen liking to producing which led to him diversifying his style of rap and fusing melodies to create a new enhanced sound. The relentless rapper has an extensive repertoire which displays a variety of musical experiments which results in catchy singalong records that appeal to both young and old while carrying old school Hip Hop influence. The jolly rapper has always had a neck for entertaining at gatherings of all kinds and so uses his charisma to win crowds over and sealing the deal with verses that leave most rappers in awe while shivering. As the journey continues in the form of a dynamic duo which has proven to be intriguing and fruitful thus far one can only anticipate what the producer/rapper has up his sleeves to appease the ever so hungry musical fanbase.

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Kayibiza LOunge® HeART-ART Conversations with: Andy Compton (The Rurals/Peng Records)

We would like to introduce our audience to a maestro who is an internationally acclaimed soulful deep house producer, Dj, composer, vinyl collector and nature lover this seen through his photography as most deserving yes amongst a few.

Mr Andy we would firstly like to laud you on your accomplishments ranging from the formation of The Rurals which has set the bar in the soulful jazzy house scene to your record label Peng Records, Peng Africa and the success of your solo career. In this interview we dive deep into the world of Andy Compton and get unique insight into the ‘farmboy’ from Devonshire now based in Bristol, United Kingdom. The father of two sons and nature lover advocates for the freedom of animals because he’s a vegan and somewhat judging by his Instagram a photographer. 95802588_10157036972950671_7664108014290337792_n

Kayibiza: Were  you born a vegetarian or its a lifestyle you were drawn into? Could you shed more light on it and how it has contributed to who you are as an individual or you had to fight a chicken and therefore decided no more chicken for me and does this include your entire household?

Andy Compton: I actually grew up on a dairy farm in Rural Devon, England. On the farm there was a lot of death! Dead calves were the normal (as male calves are taken from their mothers straight at birth and shot in the head right away) and the sound of cows howling for nights on end for their babies still haunts me now! I’ve got horror stories that could go on forever, but i’m glad i saw this side of farming, as most people choose to ignore it, and just buy pre killed meat from the shop shelves not knowing (or caring!) where it’s come from. When i was around 20 i decided to turn vegetarian, but my friend Pete Morris, (one of the original Rurals members) was vegan, and helped me break down the truths behind Dairy farming, which made me realise being a vegetarian is actually nearly as bad as eating meat! as the industry exploits animals to the max. I turned vegan in around 2010, and it’s amazing to live a karma free life, knowing that no animals are being hurt for my existence. Spiritually i feel this really comes out in my music as well! Being vegan makes me feel at one with the universes and it’s much more than just a diet, it’s more like a religion to me!

Kayibiza: Please tell us concisely about your love for retro BMXs. Three weeks never go by when you in Bristol that we never see a snapshot of a bicycle on your Instagram account and do you ride it to the park and back?

Andy Compton: I have a soft spot for ‘Raleigh Burners’, BMX’s that were made in England from ’81 -’85. When i was a kid i dreamt of having one, but couldn’t afford one, so ended up with a cheap ‘BMX 20’ which i loved but….it wasn’t a Burner! A couple of years ago, my friend Tim called me and asked me if i wanted to go for a pint in Bristol, but i had to decline, as i was finishing an album project. Later that day i say he posted a pic of 20 Raleigh Burners in mint condition parked outside the pub! this stirred a few old memories, and straight away i got on ebay and started hunting for one! a year later i ended with mmmmmm…. a few! i started buying neglected Burners found in barns and attics and fixed them up, kinda like a hobby out of control! I now have the ultimate bikes i dreamed for as a kid 🙂 I try and go for a decent ride every morning, to get some fresh air and keep fit.

Kayibiza: Family life. What is your personal view on this integral part of life and its journey seeing that you have two sons and does it contribute to your creativity?

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Andy Compton: My sons are a amazing part of my life, and i get so much inspiration from them, for the music and for life in general. Being a father is one of the most amazing feelings, and i love the fact that our children are the future of man/womankind, so it’s our job to teach them the best we can! It’s not been the ‘normal’ parenting trip either with my 2 sons, as they’re both autistic, which has been very challenging!

Kayibiza: Your musical history dates back to the early nineties. We now know why your guitar skills are lit. Your funk rock group history dating back to when you were 16 moving to Nottingham. Please paint a picture for us about how it played a major role in the Andy Compton we know today.

Andy Compton: I got my first electric guitar when i was 11 years old, and right then i knew music was my path in life!! I was so obsessed with learning that i hardly socialised, as i was so busy learning guitar, i really wanted to be the best! I learnt as much music theory as i could, which now has helped me now as a producer/song writer.

Kayibiza: How did your parents react to their son taking up music at an early age with its uncertainty in success  while other boys were alter boys and you being a mad vinyl collector of 70s music which I assume added greatly to your sound and the formation of The Rurals with Marie (Tweek) ?

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Andy Compton: My parents have being amazing and very supportive with my music! They realised at an early age i wasn’t going to be a farmer, and being a full on rebel, they let me do what i needed to do! My Dad even got involved in helping me promote big local gigs i did with my bands. I moved up to Nottingham with my band when i was still 16! They must have been worried sick, but they let me go! When i was in Nottingham i fell in love with Deep House!!! It was the home of the DIY sound system, so i got trained from going to their events, and other raves up there. I kinda fell out of love with Rock music then, sold my lush guitar and bought some decks, that was the start of the next chapter, House Music!!! I started to collect house music on wax first, and when i learnt house was born from Disco, Funk and Soul i started to buy 70’s music. I started producing as the Rurals with Pete Morris in around ’93/’94, as we had both just moved back to Devon from the Midlands and he was a keyboard player. It wasn’t until late ’98 that i met Marie, who joined as The Rurals vocalist.
Kayibiza: You discovered  your life purpose at a very early age. With the formation of The Rurals sound taking off from 1994. Please tell us more about its formation succinctly and its way forward 2016 and beyond.
Andy Compton: The Rurals always held a mystery around who the members where, as i never put the names/info in the sleeve notes. Really The Rurals were/are who ever i’m writing/jamming  music with at the time. There’s been many musicians involved in the trip, but the sound has always remained soulful, deep and jazzy. It wasn’t really even classed as house music to most of the fans, but as Soul music! it’s now 2016, and i’ve produced 16 albums as The Rurals, and more E.P’s and singles than i can count. It been an amazing trip, and i’m so happy to have my music included in the music history books! I also have many other production alias’s, So i move musically forwarded with a natural evolution, who knows whats next!

Kayibiza: Meeting legendary Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers and being part of his radio show called in as The Rurals must be a great experience and platform for growth. Are there any collaborations in sight for you guys and Mr Fingers?

Andy Compton: I only ever met Larry very briefly, just to say ‘Hi’ in 1994 in Nottingham, when he did a gig in a titchy club, it was a fantastic gig! I’ve been talking via internet since the early 2000’s, as he’s a massive inspiration and amazing guy! We’ve been sending each other music for ages. I dream of collaborating with him!

Kayibiza: You have been quoted as saying “Deep House to me is a feeling of euphoria and love, through the vibration of sound – I just seem to somehow tap into the energy of the universe  and let it create music through me”. Is this where you and nature meet to ooze creativity and love for photography?

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Andy Compton: I’m really not sure how it works, but when i make music i never have a plan, i just clear my mind and jam on the instruments, and things seem to happen! My inspiration comes from the universe, nature and love, so this all helps! Taking photo’s is another hobby i have. I make so much music that it’s nice to have hobbies for a bit of escapism.

Kayibiza: While jotting down notes I was listening to your most recent Hit Refresh mix where you and Shamrock The Guitar played a live set and one can tell you and him share something special for music love dating back to the days of Ubuntu. Can you elaborate further on your guys relationship and the new Andy Compton’s Sowetan One Step which includes people like Mpho and Bongani.

Andy Compton: I met Shamrock at a gig i was playing at in Jozi, he was jamming along, i loved his afro jazz style! After we got talking, and decided to have a jam in Soweto at his place, with Bongani (who i met through my friend Jihan previously). When i heard Shamrock’s solo projects i was blown away! he has so much soul, and he’s an amazingly inspiring person with a super laid back attitude! His solo album will be released on Peng later this year. The jam we had at his place was the birth of ‘Chillin’ In The Ghetto’, with Bongani on the keys and Conga’s and Mpho doing the spoken word. I could feel the magic in this jam and put forward the idea that we start a project and record a full album, so over the next 4 visits to South Africa i used the days to hustle the guys hard to create a full album, and the icing on the cake was meeting Asali at a gig and having her sing on a few songs! I also recorded Bristol’s Celestine and Ladybird’s vocals for songs on the album. The album is now being mastered in L.A ready for release in a month or so. It’s been an amazing trip forming a band in Soweto and making this music!! I guess when you put your mind to something, anything is possible!

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Thank you for your time sir and hope you enjoyed the interview. All the best with further developments and your latest Ep offering Last Night in Jozi. We sure do hope it wasn’t your last time visiting a nation that absolutely adores your sound and the one question remaining is when you becoming a full time citizen of South Africa😉

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