Mi Casa celebrates 10 years together: ‘We’ve made a lot of sacrifices’

J Something. (Photo: Gallo images)
J Something. (Photo: Gallo images)

It’s been a 10-year roller-coaster ride for Mi Casa, but they wouldn’t have it any other way!

The band, consisting of J Something, Dr Duda and Mo-T, first met at a house party and decided to have an impromptu concert after discovering they all had a passion for music.

Three months later, the band started recording music together – and they’re now an award-winning band.

We caught up with Mi Casa’s vocalist, J Something, whose real name is João Da Fonseca, to discuss the release of their new album We Made It and the band's anniversary.

“We had no idea what we were doing,” J Something tells YOU.

“We weren’t even trying to start a band or trying to make an album, we were just trying to make a song.

“I look back 10 years later on those days of Mi Casa and there’s a lot of things to say, we were meant to be, it wasn’t something that we went out and chased – it just happened organically.”

It hasn’t been an easy journey though...

During a 2017 interview with DJ Fresh, the vocalist revealed that they had almost broken up due to “six years of little issues” that were swept under the carpet. But the story of how they met reminded them that they needed to stick together as a band.   

“Relationships are hard work. It doesn’t matter whether you call it a band or whether you call it a marriage or whether you call it a friendship.

“It’s been a lot of sacrifices, it’s been a lot of patience, it’s been a pursuit of something that we’re all super passionate about.

“We really have had the hard conversations since four years ago when we nearly called it quits.

“And I think that along the way we’ve become better at loving one another. I’m super hopeful that we’ll be together for many more years to come.

“We might have individual projects along the way, but I hope that Mi Casa remains as a band that not only stood the test of time but also showed the world that relationships are possible if you fight for them.”

All the band's amazing achievements have been done as an independent entity over the past 10 years, but that changed two months ago when they signed their first recording deal with Afroforce1 Records, which is a division of Universal Music Group Africa.

From October last year, Mi Casa and their creative team spent four months in a hidden house in Mpumalanga to bond and make music for their new album.

“I think for the past four years prior to this album we’ve been a little bit predictable and because I knew it, it frustrated the hell out of me.

“I thought that we really needed to change it up but still remain authentic – and with this album we spent four months away from family and friends, bonding and making music for eighteen hours a day, and we just dug deeper than we have before,” J Something says.

After seven months of listening and master's sessions, the band has released a new album that they describe as their “most honest project” yet.

Recalling the emotional single Mamela, based on his personal experience, J Something said that every song had a “very strong and personal feeling.”

“Every time I sing or hear Mamela I break into tears because it means that much to me.

“It came from a moment in ICU with one of the people that I love the most, with me saying let’s dream of a getaway so that we can escape reality. So all the songs have quite a lot of depth, we had to dig deep and hard to make a Mi Casa album like never before,” he said.

As they present this project, J Something says that he’s proud of how far the band has come and looks forward to many more years of great music.

“There’s a long journey we’ve been on and there’ve been a couple of bumps along the way – I never thought that we’d make it through.

Get to know the band:

What happens in the Mi Casa WhatsApp group?

“If I had to let you into our WhatsApp group you’d get the shock of your life. We’ve been doing this thing since the beginning of WhatsApp with the whole band.

“We tease one another for fun and everyone has their one thing that they get teased for. There are so many funny things that get posted on the group.

The most active on the group is Mo-T, he’s such a clown, he just loves fun, jokes and just playing around,” J Something tells us. 

What are your love languages?

Mo-T: Quality time

“Mo’ really just loves being together. We all get our own hotel rooms but 90% of the time I share a bed with Mo’. Oftentimes I’d go hang out with Mo’ till the early hours in the morning and probably pass out there, so he just digs being together,” J Something says.

Dr Duda: Gift giving

“He does love gifts – the fact that you just saw something and you thought of him, it’s high up on his love language list,” J Something explains.

J Something: Words of affirmation

“I like being told, especially by people that are really close to me – so when Duda says to me ‘Dawg, you wrote a phenomenal album, I think you’re the best writer,’ at that moment, I feel a sense of pride like no other, I like to be encouraged and told that I’m appreciated,” he says.

Their Marvel characters

Dr Duda: Tony Stark

“Duda is definitely Tony Stark, he’s the Iron Man because he’s into tech and when you see him, you might just see little Tony Stark. When you get into his studio you see him playing with these machineries so he’s Iron man.”

Mo-T: Spider-Man

“I’d give Mo’ the Spider-Man role, the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. He’s very caring, he’s so much about the community and so much about people – he really loves being able to connect and be there for people.”

J Something: Mister Fantastic

“One of my favourite superheroes in Marvel would be Mister Fantastic and his stretch capabilities. I think he’s also like the dad of everybody.”