Speaking through music

2016-06-28 06:00
Evan Wade Paulse, also known as Onevan Wade, recently released his first mixtape and plans to give back to the community through a home studio. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Evan Wade Paulse, also known as Onevan Wade, recently released his first mixtape and plans to give back to the community through a home studio. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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His beats are catchy and his lyrics speak to the truths of so many people who grew up on the Cape Flats.

But even with the success of his fresh albulm, Evan Wade Paulse, known as Onevan Wade, remains humble with his end goals firmly in sight.

Using South African references, his music does not shy away from highlighting both the negatives and positives that the youth face while growing up on the Flats.

The raw and ready content is spun with colloquial language set to tunes and beats he created himself.

“I started rapping in 2014 after I completed my studies in sound engineering. When I left school I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life and did a lot of things. I worked in the USA and when I returned I decided to further my education. I was always creative and did not want to lock my creativity inside because I have always been different,” he says.

“I started writing rhymes on the bus on my phone and when I realised I could make my own music, I knew I had to.”

He adds his passion is music and although he wanted to be an artist, being able to mix and produce his own music has added to the authenticity of his tracks.

The 23-year-old says his main focus is to produce quality music.

“I want to produce music that can compete on a commercial platform at some point. I write my own raps and engineer my own music which allows me to express myself and produce a quality product which is what I strive for,” he says.

His mixtape titled Day One was launched in the beginning of June.

For now, it is only available in a physical copy. “I want to build a relationship with every person that has my mixtape so that they can say they met the artist,” says Paulse.

“The other reason I chose physical copies is because people forgot about CDs and with a CD you can keep it as memorabilia.”

He adds since his album has been released he plans to release a few tracks online but wants it to move through the people.

“I don’t feel like music gets respect online because people will just scroll past the download. I want it to move organically by word of mouth,” he says.

His ambition is to keep making music but also to pass on his knowledge to the youth.

He has since set up a studio set at home and will offer a platform for impoverished pupils to express themselves through learning and creating music.

“I want to give them a chance because I feel like no-one gave me opportunities when I was growing up, so I am here to give to others,” he says.

All proceeds of his sales are going right back into his music.

“All the sales I make will go back into the music so that I can produce better products,” he says.

He also hopes to move into creating music videos in future.

V To get a copy of Evan’s CD, get in touch with him via Facebook: Onevan Wade.

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