After his success on the national stage, Daylin Sass is paying it forward with One Night With Daylin and Friends in a bid to showcase upcoming talent.
“The motivation for this show was to showcase mine and many young artists’ talents on a bigger platform and learn from each other,” says Sass.
“Working together as young people, as there isn’t space in one room for every artist in Cape Town, this production proves that we too belong and should be given the same opportunities as the rest. Not just have favourites.”
Sass has partnered with Nelly Prins, who hails from Elsies River.
“I met this young guy a few years ago, but when I heard him on the video – not even live – there was something about him that made me believe that he was meant to be a star. When no one else thought that, I always believed he would be a star. It took a couple of years, but here he is. This production is exactly what is needed to come up and show who Daylin Sass is – a star,” Prins says.
This is the third instalment of One Night With Daylin and Friends, with the first having taken place in 2016.
“This year we are going bigger as it’s been two years since the last segment because I was building my career slowly but surely,” he says.
They have lined up local talent to join the show, but are mum about who they are for now.
“We want it to be a surprise to everyone as well as give you guys a fantastic showcase that you’ll enjoy to the fullest with great music.
“The artists on the bill are friends of mine that I’ve made along the way in the industry and I thought it’s a good time to have some of them come celebrate my achievements with me. Maybe we’ll add some more to the next segment which will be even bigger and better. We aim to please,” he says.
After his success on the recent TV talent competition, Maak My Famous, Sass says young artists need a platform to get a foot into the cutthroat entertainment industry.
“My vision for this show was to showcase mine and other young artists’ talent and get the recognition we all long for in this industry after continuously being rejected until we get our ‘big break’ on a reality show or on social media,” he says.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year will see an online showcase.
“Being in the public eye a bit more has definitely helped a lot because now people are hungry to see what my next move is going to be and I’m ready to serve and just perform my heart out for everyone who’s going to watch,” says Sass.
It has always been his dream to give back to other young artists and this will be part of making that a reality.
“Everyone deserves an equal opportunity. No matter your upbringing or where you come from.
“Talent to me is just talent and if I can see potential in the next artist, I’m going to try my utmost best to showcase that talent. It’s really important to me to give others the opportunity that I’ve been given by experienced artists in the industry,” he says.
“It’s all about learning, experiencing and giving back or teaching about that experience I’ve made, and then so on and so on. Growth is the ultimate goal. Whatever the upcoming artists on this particular segment does with the information that is given, is their choice and we won’t hold it against them. We help where we can.”