One on one

2010-08-13 00:00

SAMA-WINNING R&B artist Bryce Anderson, who grew up in Pietermaritzburg, will be performing at the WOW Factor Celebration concert at the Golden Horse Casino. Anderson currently resides in Johannesburg where he produces and performs his own music. RYAN CALDER caught up with the singer.

Tell me about your KwaZulu-Natal roots and how you got involved in music as a career?

I was born in Pietermaritzburg and grew up in Woodlands. Music has always been a part of my life. Ever since I can remember, my father was a singer and played musical instruments. He was, and still is, my biggest influence.

Tell me about your debut album Undescribable and winning the Sama last year?

Undescribable is a soulful R&B experience, laced with exquisite horn arrangements with vibey vocal melodies. The album has a very laid-back approach, which gives a message of love and hope — experiencing equal parts of happiness, sadness, joy and pain. Winning the Sama was amazing.

Was Undescribable deliberately misspelt and if so, why?

Yes, it’s ghetto slang. I was just using my poetic­ licence as a singer and song writer.

Your new album has a diverse array­ of R&B songs on it. What was the inspiration behind it and what artists influenced you?

Music in My Life is the celebration of the existence of music in the life of Bryce Anderson. The album is the story­ of my musical journey and it is a love melody that will find resonance with those who have a taste for rhythm and blues and soulful tunes. Listening to the lyrics, you will find that they are influenced by love, life, joy and pain.

For someone who hasn’t heard of you before, how would you describe your music and why should they attend your show?

I would describe my music as listening music. I have a very musical approach to my sound. People will walk away from my show having had an awesome experience from great entertainment.

Has the move to Gauteng helped you?

Moving to the music hub of South Africa has done wonders for my career. I now work with and produce many of South Africa’s leading artists.

What’s the worst and best part of the music business?

The best part is fulfulling my purpose of being a musician and doing what God has set for me to do. The worst part is it is time-consuming and hard work, and I spend less time with my family.

Quick chat

Full name: Delvin Bryce Anderson.

Pets: none.

First thing you do when you wake up: check my Blackberry.

Favourite TV shows: CSI.

Last movie you watched: Sherlock Holmes. It was cool and I enjoyed it.

Best advice you’ve heard: Don’t live your life as a copy of someone else. Write your own life’s story, with originality.

Best thing you ever did: Give my life to Jesus.

One thing you still want to do: Attend the Grammy awards.

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