The music is well worth the work

2017-11-21 06:00
Riaan “Mr Heinz” Scholtz.

Riaan “Mr Heinz” Scholtz.

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He always dreamed of making it big, and now that dream has become a reality.

Local artist Riaan Scholtz (30) from Rocklands, known by his stage name Mr Heinz, says determination paid off in ways he could only imagine as a child.

“It started in Grade 8. I always had a dream and passion for music and I grew up listening to Tupac, Biggy Smalls and all the hip-hop legends of the time. As time went by, I started getting inspired by local up-and-coming hip-hop artists,” says Scholtz.

“[These up-and-coming artists] inspired me to pursue my music career. I always wanted to be part of the music industry, even if it was behind the scenes – I wanted to do something with music.”

His path led him to interact with industry professionals after he left school. This is where his stage name became more than just a nickname – it became his brand.

“I met many people who worked at studios and that is when I was booked in to record,” says Scholtz.

“My nickname was Heiny and one day in studio, I heard all the guys had stage names and they asked me who I was. I had not thought about it before then and asked myself who I was. I decided to just be cool about it and stay real to who I am, and replied: ‘I’m Mr Heinz.’”

He released his first single in 2013. Although it did not do well, he kept at it.

“I got a feature on another song, then I released another single and that really put me on the map. The song did well and promoters started booking me and I managed to get more features,” he says.

One of his biggest achievements was performing at the Red Bull Studios, he says.

“[After that track] in 2014, I started working with local artists from Cape Town and even producers from Johannesburg and in 2015 I started releasing new singles every month, watching the downloads to see how it was performing,” he says.

In 2015 he started gigging every month and really took his career seriously.

He has since been doing music full-time. Last week he released his first EP.

“Last year I realised I wanted to take this in a different direction and I started doing my own PR, social media. I am also now a registered label,” he says.

It took him 10 years to reach this point, but he says it was well worth the wait.

“It was always a dream and now it is a reality and I have the opportunity to be an artist. When I am in studio or writing music, I remind myself that this was once just a dream and now it is a reality, and that keeps me motivated.

“When you see you can do it, you get more love for the music because this is what I pictured – it’s not the fame or the glamorous life,” he says.

“I used to download music from iTunes and I used to dream of doing that, and now I am dropping songs on iTunes and this is a big deal for me.”

The EP is a mix of genres, including mixed trap, house, soul, RnB and hip-hop.

“I cater to all listeners and get to work with lots of different artists. I watched the downloads and give the listeners what they want,” he says.

The tracks on the EP tell a story.

“My inspiration comes from life. I won’t write about fake stuff that I don’t know about,” he says.

“My EP’s name is Story to tell.”

His tracks include “Talk is cheap”, “Faith”, “Mistake”, “Blessings” and “Focus” and have special meaning for Scholtz.

“All of the titles are about stuff you need to take seriously in life,” he says.

He will also be releasing new music videos for his tracks, and is currently filming them.

He says his tracks are almost never as planned as he relies on his creativity when in studio.

“I would work on something but it would change when you get into the studio. I would listen to the beats and create something,” he says.

He encourages artists wanting to get into the industry to keep following their dreams.

“Finance isn’t the problem, but you must be stable and having a good support group is important,” he says. “I used to watch TV and artists would always say: ‘Believe in yourself,’ and as time went by, I realised you have to believe in yourself. It sounds so easy but it really is the most important. Believe in God, pray about it and keep at it. Talk about it and share your vision and goals with people, then make it happen.”

V For more information and videos and to download his music follow The Real Mr Heinz on Facebook, @Mrheinzsa on Twitter and Instagram and Mr Heinz CPT on YouTube.

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