Singer Michael Lowman chats about not being a serial killer and playing gigs in Las Vegas

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26 February 2014

He's been compared to John Mayer, his hit single Girl Saves Boy has enjoyed heavy rotation on radio stations and it even appeared in a much-aired TV ad for Property24. We caught up with 27-year-old musician Michael Lowman who if fate had played her cards differently, we would've lost to the medical world.

Why music over medicine? I've always loved music and growing up I remember my late dad (who died in a car accident when I was 10) playing lots of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and Eric Clapton. I fel in love with that kind of music. I'm a huge fan of the band Journey, Roxette and even confess to owning a Backstreet Boys album. So when it came down to deciding what I wanted to study I changed my mind at the last minute because I wanted to follow my true passion. I studied a jazz course at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) for almost two years before I dropped out. An opportunity to go overseas came my way and I didn't want to give it up. You sent Scott Austin (CEO of Authentik Artists) an email seeking advice and it turned into an opportunity to perform overseas. Tell us about that. We communicated quite a bit after I emailed him in 2009. I then sent him some YouTube videos. He was obviously impressed and invited me to Los Angeles. I took a big risk going there and had no expectations. I managed to cut my teeth in the music industry and learnt quite a bit. In 2010 I recorded a single In my Own Words at the Studio at The Palms in Las Vegas where people like Michael Jackson and Katy Perry have recorded. That was mindblowing. I also played at various clubs and venues in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

 I'll always sing about life. Certainly not death or being some serial killer!

Tell us about your inspiration behind the single Girl Saves Boy. Especially the line everyone's wondering about, "I think I've finally found her, in the place where her body lies".

That is really not about death! It's talking about having a one night stand with someone and making a connection. You know, you think you've found the one, where her body lies, as in next to you! My music has always been about real life situations but I won't say there was a girl who saved me. But generally I'll always sing about life. Certainly not death or being some serial killer! (laughs)

You've just filmed your second video for Crayon Boxes, the title track of your album. Where was that?

I filmed in Cape Town. Only because there are such beautiful spots not far out the city. And the director who made Girl Saves Boy, Ryan Kruger, is based there. He is amazing, a great guy from Liverpool, England. We just clicked. Plus I'm a huge Liverpool soccer club supporter so it all worked out.

Where do you see yourself in the next few years?

Probably living and working overseas. And it's not because I'm not proudly South African but with the kind of music I make, places like America and Europe have huge audiences who love that kind of sound. But it won't be forever. SA will always be my home and I will always come back. I just have great contacts there and want to try my hand at it. But for now it's all about SA - touring and promoting my album and spreading my music.

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