Phehello – We Both Know [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words:

Intimate, adventurous, mellodious

Tell us a few things about your new song. What is the story behind it?

“We Both Know” is written about friendship that has all the signs of developing into something more, but being afraid to take things to the next level, for whatever reason. It’s an honest conversation from the perspective of the person who wants to explore what things could be.

Do you like the idea of collaborating? Is songwriting a lonely process?

Collaborating can be fun! I used to be part of a band, and I found that we would often get the best ideas out of each other, and it helps to have someone there to immediately bounce off what sounds good and what doesn’t. I also featured an amazing guitarist named Uli Vinckers on my second single.

Right now, though, the songs I’m writing are contemplative and personal, and I like to get into a headspace where I’m digging deep to try and channel the raw emotion into a song. So, that often requires some alone time.

Favourite album of the past year?

Nectar by Joji. I feel like he somehow manages to weave in a sense of optimism amidst the melancholic impression that you might initially get from his music. The way he uses vocals to add different textures and non-traditional sounds – harnessing the instrumental power of the voice. I also enjoy albums where it feels like there was thoughtful intention behind how the songs flow from one song to the next.

Can you share something funny that happened during one of your gigs? And what would be your dream performance venue?

One time, we were playing at a venue in Cape Town, and a fan that had had a little too much to drink, climbed up on to the stage and started “twerking” on me, I guess – while my girlfriend was in the front row! I kept trying to move out of the way, but she was very persistent and even grabbed the mic to try and sing with me at one point.

Wembley Stadium! It’s on my vision board, and I will sell out my own show there one day.

When not writing music, how do you spend your time?

Producing music for other artists. I’m in love with music production, and when I’m not working on my own music, I take on projects with talented artists that want me to help them bring their sound to life.

As far as hobbies outside of music, I’m a sucker for a good series. Recently. binged all three seasons of Stranger Things.

What is one message you would give to your fans?

Try to create a life that you look forward to when you wake up everyday

Thank you!

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