[interview] JPson – Cape Town to Berlin, now back for Malkop festival

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Singer songwriter, JPson, who was born and raised in Cape Town, is back in SA after relocating to Berlin many years back. He will be playing at the Malkop Summer Rock Festival this weekend, alongside a string of amazing local and international acts. We caught up with him for a short chat, check it:

Interview: JPson

[interview] JPson - Cape Town to Berlin, now back for Malkop festival

MA: Hello JPSon, it is such a pleasure to be featuring you on our site!! How are you doing today? 

Thank you for the feature. I am very good! At the moment I am in Berlin, Germany watching the days grow darker whilst feeling the winter temperatures coming in at full force, but I am extremely happy to know that in 11 days I will be home in Cape Town. I am frothing for a surf 🙂

MA: Before we get started, can you please give us a short background on who JPSon is and how you got involved in music?

So my original name is Jp Enderli and I am from Cape Town, South Africa. I started writing music around about 15 years ago as a means of expressing my feelings and emotions that I could not speak out in any other way than through music. After moving from Cape Town to Europe to find my roots in Switzerland as that is where my father is originally from, I ended up being based in Berlin and working in the music industry as a international artist manager and booking agent for young talented acts. When we were on tour a lot of the time there were no support acts booked and therefore I always offered to perform as support for the bands I worked with to help create the right atmosphere before their show. After a few years of doing this, I ended playing my own shows all around Europe and now I am very excited to come share my songs with my home country of South Africa.

MA: Where do you guys take inspiration from in your “sound”?

Definitely from whats happening around us in our everyday lives. Observing the rat races that a lot of the people around me are living, in combination with lives that people are living who are surrounded by nature. Two complete different mentalities and there is a lot to learn from both. In my songs I try to find a balance of what is important to me with what can be learned from the difficult and positive situations that myself and the people around me are currently going through.

MA: Our local scene has been growing positively over the past few years… What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently? 

I definitely agree. I have been living in Europe for the last 9 years now and every year I come home to visit my family I am happy to see how more and more amazing musicians are establishing themselves in South Africa and in combination there are more venues starting to support live music, together with the different mediums of media that are also starting to support the local scene more frequently.

I love seeing musicians working hand in hand in growing their careers as performing artists, and this can definitely be seen in South Africa compared to what I am use to seeing in Germany.

What I think should change in the local music scene is for established artists to stop thinking too local, as this will put you in a box that you can’t get out of before it is too late. There is a whole world of opportunities out there for passionate musicians and I would like to see more musicians from South Africa representing themselves in their local scene but also outside of South Africa and in result avoiding the possibility of overplaying their home territory.

MA: Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?

Too many!!!! I definitely have to shout out to Jeremy Loops for his positive impact as a South Africa musician on a worldwide scale. So many times people ask me “Where are you from?” and I say “From Cape Town, South Africa” and then they ask “Do you know Jeremy Loops?” I would be rich if I got R5 for every time this has happened to me. I would like to shout out to Sean Koch Trio who are following in Jeremy’s footsteps and who are the nicest bunch of people I have ever worked with. Also to Opposite The Other who I really think are going to be the next big act that comes out of South Africa.
MALKOP SUMMER ROCK FESTIVAL 2016

MA: You are part of the amazing line up for the MALKOP festival … are you guys excited for this gig? What can we expect from your set?

Very excited!!! Especially that Lambertsbay is my personal favourite town on the west coast and I really can’t wait to be able to get in the water for quick surf before my set. Dream come true!!!! You can expect smooth, easy listening Fresh Folk with a slight touch of Rooty Reggae.

MA: Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?

I will be touring South Africa with one of my acts from the Uk by the name of Tom James. We have over 20 shows from December to beginning of Feb 2017.
Please check out https://www.facebook.com/JPSonmusic for dates.

 

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