I had a chat with the Uitenhage-born artist after his electric performance on Wednesday night. It went something like this >>>
Q. Who is Loyiso? Three words that describe you…
A. Musician, Traveller, Believer
Q. How long have you been in the industry?
A. 11 years. 1999 was really my claim to fame with the release of the TKZee family album on which I sang “Girl without a name” and “Fiasco”.
Q. Where does your musical influence come from?
A. My grandfather was a composer. Other than that, my mum, church and the Drakensburg.
Q. What are you currently up to? What can your fans expect from you in the next few months?
A. I’m busy with my 4th album which is coming out before the end of 2010. I sang the 1st single off the album “Wrong for you” here tonight.
Q. How has your music / sound involved since the beginning?
I’m very involved in the music. I write a lot of my own stuff so as I’m growing, the music grows with me. The new album is still me – Loyiso – just matured. I’d never do / write something that’s not reflected of who I am.
Q. You’re from Uitenhage and have a number of fans in NMB … What do you think of the City so far?
A. The City is beautiful. We used to dress up to come from Uitenhage to the City. I still feel like it today though times are different now. Coming from Joburg to play in PE, I took out my best clothes. I think it’s because of the pride I have for this place.
Q. You’ve been overseas. Can you name the best spots you’re played at?
A. London, Hyde Park stands out for me coz I played for Madiba’s 90th b-day event. Locally though, PE is great. I specifically remember the Opening of Season bash last year (December 2009).
Q. Do you have a best song to sing live?
A. I still like “Girl without a name”. It’s the 1st song I’ve ever done so it reminds me where I came from. I always sing it in the middle of my set. When the hype is there, it grounds me back.
Q. Who would you love to collaborate with?
A. I totally respect Beyoncé. She’s very talented.
Q. What do you get up to in your spare?
A. I just bought a PS3 with the FIFA celebration game. Otherwise, I chill with friends and just forget about everything else. I also enjoy reading. My favourite book at the moment is “Battlefield of the mind” by Joyce Mayer.
Q. You’ve probably been following the World Cup. What are you thoughts so far?
A. I love it – so much so that’s I’ve PVR’d the matches I couldn’t watch live. Even though I knew the score / outcome, I’d still go back and watch whole match. It’s definitely one of the greatest things to have happened to SA. I think it’s the 2nd most significant after the release of Mandela.
Q. With Bafana out of the World Cup and the last semi-final being played tonight, who are you supporting?
Q. Finally, what message do you have for your fans and upcoming artists?
Practice, practice, practice – it really does make perfect and it will get you to the top. If you are good, they will find you! You just have to be patient. Everybody’s time is coming – be ready!!