Enter Phelo B

2011-06-17 12:22

Why did you feel the need to release a solo album? Did you feel any pressure seeing you come from a musical family?
No pressure at all. It was ­completely my decision and I love music.

I also think that the time is right for me to go solo because I’ve been with the group for five years and have learned a lot about the industry.

How was the experience of putting the project together?
The easiest part was writing the music.

The rest was really hard work and it took a lot of patience, from my part, to complete this album. I have been working on it for four years . . . so you can ­imagine.

What impact did Bala Brothers have on you as a singer and a person?
I’ve grown so much, as a musician and a person. My brothers are great mentors.

Time spent with them is time well spent.

Tell us about your sound. I would have expected you to be into classical music as an opera tenor.

One thing I’ve learned is never to box yourself, because you might miss out on exploiting your full potential.

All I did was write songs without structuring anything, but what I felt was right.

What influenced your music? I detect some John Legend there. Fact or fiction?
Fact. His music is phenomenal and timeless.

What have been the blessings of working with your ­brothers?
I think just them giving me such an opportunity is a blessing. Your interests are well looked-after and protected.

And the curse?
Business can be difficult because your older brother will always be your older brother.

What is the biggest challenge facing young musicians breaking into the industry and ­hoping to sell CDs?
Sustaining a reputable brand. I’ve learned that it’s not what’s hot now but what will work in 10 or 20 years time.

Making ­relevant music that will live for a long time.

What are your plans to reach your audiences?
I like interacting with my fans on Facebook and Twitter. But it would be great to tour SA.

I ­already tour a lot overseas with ­Bala Brothers, I hope that will give me more exposure in those regions.

Besides your voice, what do you value the most as a musician and performer?
I love performing and getting positive responses from the crowd. I value the support I get from people and the fact that they appreciate my music.
Stage or studio?

Studio is the place where all the creative juices kick in. I’m still learning to get a little more ­creative on stage.

Who gets the most screams from girls between you, Loyiso and Zwai?

Loyiso definitely gets the most screams.

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