I trust 2018 has been good to you.
As I close out this year, I reflect on project #WhoAreYouAgain which is made up of three mini-projects “Remix 4 Goldin” EP, “40 Ways To Tame Musicians” Picture-Book and “Who Are You, Again?” Book and Album. Launching these three projects over the last three years has been a lot of hard working fun and I am very proud of the impact made.
FIVE YEARS LATER…
I have 12 songs playing on radio!!! MASSIVE THANKS for loving the music I create GoldinFans, to the people I’ve worked with making this dream happen, to every person in press willing to tell my story and every radio station sharing this music across South Africa and beyond…much love to you <3 Catch these songs on 2oceansvibe Radio, 5FM, Bay FM, Bok Radio, Cliff Central, DYR 105.1 FM, East Coast Radio, East Rand Stereo, Eden FM, Groot FM, Radio Helderberg, IFM 102.2, Jacaranda, Radio Kragbron, Radio Laerveld, Lichvaal Stereo 92.6FM, MFM, MixFM, OFM, OneFM, PUK FM, SFM, Smile 90.4 FM, UCT Radio, Waterberg Stereo, 90.6FM The Vaal Hit Station.
Self-funding has not been a picnic! However, it is most satisfying when finally seeing the results of love pour out from my audience enjoying the journey and definitely the debt finally clear :> Hoorah to all of that, haha! I’ll tell you that once you have made major sacrifices to invest in your career, you will appreciate the next person who invests in you and also become more business-savvy.
As December falls upon us, Truth In Dance called me up for a wonderful feature on what I’ve been up to. It was a great opportunity to showcase the collaborations as well as share new songs from each of the wonderful producers I’ve worked with. We also spoke about what’s in store for 2019…
Playback the live show on Truth In Dance
28 November 2018 with DJ Paul Angel
“Let’s Get Personal” with Lisa Goldin
29 November 2018 with Nashveer Nemesar
This week we put together a very cool feature for you…Something different and we trust you are going to love it!
Firstly, where did you grow up?
I’m a Joburg girlie, from the South to be specific :>
How did it all start for you in the music industry?
In school you’d find me on stage, in choir, or at drama classes…I was dedicated from a young age! After matriculating, I studied musical theatre in Pretoria, then moved to London. Traveling inspired me to write lyrics and subsequently started humming melody lines. I teamed up with an Irish guitarist who played the music I wrote whilst I sang. We put a 5-song EP together and sent it to over 100 labels. Universal Head of Jazz called me in, but he insisted I play the music too…so I applied to study music at Brunel University to master playing piano and singing for which I received an uncondional offer. Being an international student unfortunately became unaffordable so I didn’t complete my degree, but I did learn to play piano and sing simultaneously, which led to performing my originals in London’s finest songwriter bars.
Who is your biggest inspiration, like who do you have a lot of respect for in the music industry?
First off; Barbra Streisand, following that Alicia Keys, P!nk and Ariana Grande. Nothing has been landed to me on a silver platter – their stories of persistence and non-stop hard work regardless of life’s hardships motivate me.
What are the five things you can’t live without?
Music, my hearty family and friends, happy vibes, road-running, and writing music (naturally!).
Do you speak any other languages?
A bit of Zulu and basics of the countries I’ve toured in!
Who is your favourite person?
If I had to say one person, I’d be in trouble! My family and friends are my best <3
Seafood and Thai!
So, what’s your favourite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing?
Spending time with my favourites, sailing and running!
For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:
Aim for greatness, don’t settle!
Who is your favourite singer?
There isn’t 1 obviously haha…Tori Kelly, Ariana Grande, P!nk, Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Jessie J, Meghan Trainor, Alica Keys, Aretha Franklin, Taylor Swift, Steve Tyler, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Ed Sheeran, James Arthur, SZA, Alessia Cara, Emeli Sandè, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones…and, and, and!
There has been a lot of buzz around the “Remix 4 Goldin” Competition. Can you tell us more about it and the success it brought?
In 2017, I ran a competition on Truth In Dance to find upcoming DJs and producers. The challenge was to remix one of my songs into a certain dance genre within 10 days (dubstep, commercial, EDM, house). Out of 25 applicants, 4 winners were chosen; Lenny DTOX, JOLO (Johan Loubser), Zick-Zack (Isaac Moshidi) and Apollo 51 (Leon van Tonder). In Janurary 2018 I released 5 songs every 3 weeks by these phenomenal talents. My main aim was to have their remixes on radio. I’m very proud to say all five songs are playing on SA radio and an station online in the UK.
MUSIC & BOOKS AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE
What do you feel like when you play one of your songs and people applaud? Is it an affirmation or an irritation?
Affirmation, for sure! Celebrate the good stuff is what I say! If critcised then just keep working harder (but try not take anything to heart as life is too short!).
Are you more of a singer or more of a song-writer?
I sing more than I write because I perform daily, but songwriting is totally my first love.
What’s your favourite piece of music and why?
Right now…”Thank You, Next” by Ariana Grande. I believe it’s important to release what’s not good for your heart, mind, body and soul – whilst being grateful for the lesson. This song sums it up for me :>
Do you ever get nervous?
All the time! Epecially when learning a new song which I do every week.
You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favourite part about the process?
Inspiration is always from the heart, you know life’s curve balls and beauties. The flow of how one idea emerges to the next and the laughter of mocking what I’ve gone through in lyrics!
What got you to write songs?
I think traveling was probably the biggest motivator. There’s a certain kind of loneliness that comes with traveling and moving countries. You can’t help but delve deep and capture moments in music and words!
Do you follow a formula when you write?
Not at all! I can be making coffee or waking up with a song in my head. Sometimes it’s words first, sometimes it’s music. I record and write down everything as I play by ear.
When do your ideas come to you?
All the time. I daydream a lot about scenarios and create from that space. Although sometimes it’ll be when I am practising piano scales too.
If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?
If they’d have me…Ariana Grande, P!nk, Taylor Swift, Tori Kelly, Jessie J, Barbra Streisand.
Which song have you written is your favourite and why?
My favourite changes as I write more…for now I love: “Something I Used To Wear” – it’s part of my new album I’m working on. Why? Well it’s about my engagement ring, which is no longer part of an engagement, let alone marriage! The love-story behind this was not a very pretty one and it took me years to finally laugh about what happened. Laughing is the best medicine so this song means a lot to me.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you while working on a song?
No weird stories whilst writing!
How much do you practice singing a week?
Six times per week.
We’ve been told that you are also an author. Is that true?
Yes, indeed it is :>
Have you had any of your books published? If yes, could you perhaps name them.
Two of them are self-published on Amazon and Kindle – titled: “Who Are You, Again?” and “40 Ways To Tame Musicians”.
What kind of things inspire you to write?
Hardships. I like to develop messages of hope from the tough struggles of life.
Ten years from now you will be….
Songwriting fulltime from my holiday home by the ocean :>
Over the last year I have been performing at the Grand Hyatt Changsha in China. In August 2017 our band, called Wave, opened the hotel and then we were requested to return for a longer contract. I was honoured to then stay a further six months with a new band, called Action, joining me (agent http://www.el-live.com). It’s been wonderful learning the local culture and building a new venue with a team of people I’m proud to call my Chinese family. Here’s a sneaky peak of what I do six days a week :>
So there we have it for 2018 :>
Here’s to a joyous festive season, may it be jolly and bright :>
Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2019!