One on one with ‘Zulugap’

2017-03-28 06:03

THE Fever had a one-on-one session with upcoming singer and songwriter Sifiso Mkhize, better known as Zulugap.

Fever: Tell me about yourself.

  • I am 22 years old, born in Clermont. However, my family is from the Eastern Cape, a small town called Bizana. I am an upcoming singer, songwriter and producer.

Fever : When and what motivated you to pursue a musical career?

SM : I started [in the industry] in 2013. I joined Spen1 crew under Ps2 Production. I learnt a lot about music from Snalo Cebekhulu and Khulekani Mkhwanazi. My music is mostly inspired by Stix Manyanyisa, who was based in Inanda at the time. Jub-Jub and DJ Tira opened my eyes regarding music and led me to where I am now.

I decided to start my own label in March 2015, named SGM Records — Sfiso Gidion Mkhize Records — after seeing that my production skills were improving quickly and by October­ 2016, I decided to change it to SG Music Records — Simply Good Music Records.

Fever : How long have you been in music?

SM : At first I only followed music trying to figure out where I could fit in as my love for it was growing fast. However, I started in 2010, while in Grade 8 at Umqhele Secondary School.

Fever : What type of music do you work with?

SM :  My main genre is R ’n B trap. I also do hip-hop, house (sgubhu) and a bit of electro.

Fever : Who does your music cater for?

SM : My music caters for everyone, from children to the youth and adults. Even children from the age of six enjoy and sing my songs, and that inspires me to keep my music simple.

Fever : What are some of the biggest mental tools you need to be successful in this field?

SM : I think the most important is good publishing and getting my music in the right hands. I also assume management can play a big role in making a successful career.

Fever : If there was one word you could use to explain your experience in the music industry so far, what would it be?

SM : Challenging.

Fever : How do you keep your mind on your work without losing focus?

SM : I make sure there’s not one day that goes by without making time for my music, producing a beat or writing something, which I do most of the time when I’m on my phone because every line that pops up I write down and when I come across something that inspires me I put it into music.

Fever : What do you do besides making music?

SM : I have a normal day job as I’m not making money through my music yet. Besides, I need the money to attend shows and events.

Even children from the age of six enjoy and sing my songs and that inspires me to keep my music simple.

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