Chad Saaiman’s new album is dedicated to someone super-special

PHOTO: Gareth Van Nelson
PHOTO: Gareth Van Nelson

Cape Town - It’s only been a few days since Chad Saaiman dropped his much anticipated EP, Future Forever.

The five-track EP features his signature soulful sound and already promises to be a summertime favourite with all the local airplay the singles have been receiving.

The hunky musician reveals why achieving fame and money has never been his ultimate goal and the reason he’s dedicated his newest music to his late grandmother.

You’re dedicating Future Forever to your late grandmother. Tell us more about your reason for doing so…

The 20th of October was exactly seven years since she had passed and coincidently was the same day I released the Future Forever EP. So I dedicated the release to her.

You continue to impress with every song you release. But what can fans expect to hear from your music this time round?

Well, I think there are a few threads in the music: positivity, self-improvement, legacy and love.

Speaking of self-improvement, how does it feel when you sit back and realise how much you’ve grown as an artist, going from doing covers to singing your own hits?

It feels great to know I can perform my music and people respond to it and sing along. That was the dream at some point in my life, but the goal-posts keep shifting and I always try to achieve new goals and reach new heights.

We often get extremely stuck in everyday battles and the next-big-thing that it's easy to forget to celebrate the little victories, so I try and do more of that.

What or who inspires your music generally?

I am inspired by so many different things. From my life experiences and lessons, to the stories my friends tell, to watching a movie at the cinema. Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to be ready for it.

One of your tracks on Future Forever, Broken, seems to speak of heartbreak. And you’ve said the song is based on a true story. Is it a true story for you or for someone else?

It was a story of a situation I had encountered, but at the same time, a story so many people could relate to. The song is about a life-changing conversation between two people in a relationship.

As an artist it’s easy to get lost in the chase for money and fame, losing a part of your identity in the process. How do you stay grounded and genuine?

As an artist I have always tried to have sincere performances, I think the content of the songs also determine the kind of performances you have.

I am in a place now where I just make the music I want to make and deliver it in any way I want to.

You will hear that in Nights, Belief and the new single, Go.

I have had times in my career where I have been more focused on what would ‘work’ than what I wanted to say, but I am in a great creative space right now.

You just have to stay centred and focused on why you do what you do.

What lies ahead for Chad Saaiman?

I'll be promoting the Future Forever EP this season, writing and recording more music, playing as many shows as possible, and running our business Stereotype Talent Management.

Focusing on growing new and existing talent such as G and T, Lance Theron, The Black Ties and Kerwin.

The bigger goal is to play my part in growing the City of Cape Town's Music Scene and we are on the way!

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