Skaiz the limit

2016-04-29 08:10
Sheen Skaiz, a rapper and producer from Durban, is releasing the music video for his latest single, Towers, soon.

Sheen Skaiz, a rapper and producer from Durban, is releasing the music video for his latest single, Towers, soon. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Durban rapper and producer Sheen Skaiz (pronounced skies) is set for a big year, with his soon-to-be-released music video for his latest single, Towers, and the possibility of new singles and album release in the pipeline.

The 26-year-old, first took interest in the music industry at the age of 14 and has since carved a name for himself in the local scene with one of the most unique styles of rapping. Skaiz’s vocal delivery sees a rugged mix of local slang with gritty and sharp lyrics adding elements of township vernacular, which has seen his music resonate among the local community.

“Because of how I look people don’t expect the kind of music I make. People don’t know the kind of lifestyle I grew up in, but this is what my music refers to — how I grew up and the kind of things we went through. I’m South African so I can’t rap like an American, this is my culture,” he said.

In 2006, Skaiz, from Reservoir Hills, was producing electro-house music, not rapping, when he teamed up with Sketchy Bongo, who recently signed a major record deal with Sony and Ultra Music in the U.S.

When they first met, Skaiz heard other local rappers, including Aewon Wolf, recording at the studio. This is when he decided he wanted to put his own vocals to the test.

At the time Skaiz was still studying a degree in design but had ambitions to become a house DJ. “Being a creative person, I wanted to push the envelope. As an artist, you always want to evolve so being a designer, you always want to push your work to the next level. I think that is what it means to be an artist,” he said.

Skaiz explained that music offered him a new avenue to expand his creativity by producing music and rapping punchlines no-one had ever heard before.

But his success doesn’t just come out of nowhere. His image is on billboards across the country, along with the rest of Durban’s WolfPack, and he has the bragging rights of winning Jagermeister’s Back The Artist competition in 2013 with his track Drangz & Brangz.

After winning, Skaiz was offered studio time with Die Antwoord producer Justin De Nobrega to create the club-banger, Durban-anthem 031, which was followed by a string of singles and videos, shot and edited by himself.

Recently Skaiz dropped the Towers single, which received positive reviews and airplay on many radio stations, initiating the shoot for the music video which will be released soon.

“The industry has opened up so much recently, on a huge level, from what it was. People on an international scale need to know where we come from, but that in itself is not easy. Music is work, it’s a full-time job.”

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