Majozi's long awaited sophomore album has been winning over hearts and dominating charts since its release in October. We had a quick chat to find out more about all the blood sweat and tears that went into this album.
Q: This year has already been quite eventful for you with the release of two songs, Waiting and Darling Pt. 2, in May, that have both grabbed a lot of attention. Why the decision to release singles, and an album so far apart?
A: With those first two songs we were kinda testing the waters and giving people time to adjust to the new direction my music was going in. I think the success and growth of 'Waiting" pushed the album date out further. We didn't want to interfere with the growth and it just kept going, so I'm super grateful for that.
Q: It goes without saying that you had a working recipe for your previous album, Fire. What special ingredients can we expect from you this time around?
A: Well there are some sprinklings of some 80's and 90's, but the meat of the album is really Pop. I think people will be pleasantly surprised by so many of the songs and some of the sounds we chose.
Q: The songwriting process for this album has started a couple of years ago. Yet, the styles and trends in music change so rapidly, how do you keep songs that are almost two years old on trend?
A: I tried to think ahead, and push myself out of my comfort zone. I kinda studied guys who I thought set trends like, Frank Ocean, Kanye West and drew inspiration from them. Not really the music, but the approach and mindset.
Q: You have collaborated and toured with well-renowned artists like Die Heuwels Fantasties, Francois van Coke and Tresor and this time around you chose to collaborate with the infamous Soweto Gospel Choir. How did this collaboration come to mind? What sound did they bring to the song/album?
A: I actually saw them perform at the Chance the Rapper concert in Joburg and I thought to myself it would be so rad to have them on my album. It just so happened that I was doing a show the following weekend where they were performing. I met them and we exchanged details. I still didn't think they would actually colab with me, but then a few months later I sent them a demo of 'Lean on my soul' and they loved it. The rest is history. The were amazing. They added so much vibe and substance to the songs. The song was good before, but they really took it to the next level.