[interview] Apple Gule – Soulful Pop Sensation headlining Trio Nova UNPLUGGED

[interview] Apple Gule - Soulful Pop Sensation headlining Trio Nova UNPLUGGED

Soulful Pop sensation, Apple Gule, will be headlining the Trio Nova UNPLUGGED event on the 30th Sep. This talented young man has had an amazing past couple of years, with his music getting the deserved recognition all over the country. Coming off the release of his debut album, SWAZiKiD, Apple Gule has found himself being booked all over SA and having many of his tracks getting some quality radio airplay.

Singer/Songwriter, Music Lover, All Round Good Guy.. Apple Gule is the full package.

You can find him performing Live on the 30th September, at Capello’s Brooklyn, for the Trio Nova UNPLUGGED event. He will be accompanied by DJ Dean Lamprecht, who will be laying down the backing tracks for him to perform all his hit singles, as well as making you dance in-between with some quality house tunes. Be sure not to miss out on this event..

[interview] Apple Gule - Soulful Pop Sensation headlining Trio Nova UNPLUGGED
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We had the opportunity to have a short sit down with Apple, discussing his musical upbringing, his debut album and what more we can expect from him in the future. Give us 5 minutes of your time to read this short interview:

Interview: APPLE GULE

[interview] Apple Gule - Soulful Pop Sensation headlining Trio Nova UNPLUGGED

  • Hey Apple my good friend, it’s such a pleasure to be featuring you guys on the site!! How you doing today? 

I am great thanks, thank you guys for having me. I appreciate.

  • Before we get started, can you please introduce us to Apple Gule and give a a short 101 on who you are, where you come from and where you love for music came from?

Apple Gule, first name Aphelele Gule is a kid from Swaziland. I am a music artist and lover of fine things. My love for music comes from the rhythm of life. Some things you just can’t explain you know. From as young as I can remember I always had a passion for music, listening to it around the house because of my father who used to be in his university choir, I guess that’s where I got my singing chops.

  • Was music always a huge part of you life growing up?

Definitely. My father had all these cassette tapes and CD’s that they used to play all day everyday. Whether in the car or at home. My earliest memories were of me listening to Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, I knew all the songs word for word. My brother and I once found a stack of old Beetles CD’s and we used to play those all the time whilst playing TV games or washing dishes.

  • Who/What are some of your musical inspirations? (growing up and in your music today)

Definitely in my music career my first influence was John Legend, I love that man’s music. Vocally he grabbed from ‘Ordinary People’ and hasn’t stopped impressing me. In more modern days, definitely Sam Smith, 6Lack, The Weeknd & WizKid have also inspired the certain things I look for in music.

  • How would you describe your music in 5 words?

Soulful, Personal, Real, Provocative & Unique.

  • You have released your debut album a couple months back, called SWAZiKiD. How has the response been for this amazing album?
Thank you, it’s been great man. For a debut album I am very happy at the critical response it’s gotten. I think cause my sound is so unique it’s still taking people a while to get into a whole new sound but once people hear it they always say that they love it.
[interview] Apple Gule - Soulful Pop Sensation headlining Trio Nova UNPLUGGED
  • There are a few of your tracks that are getting some amazing radio plays, all over our local frequencies. What would you say has been the track with the most love shown thus far?

I think my debut song ‘In Your Life’ was definitely a career defining one for me so far, it has been getting a lot of love for over a year and a half now. The other I would say is a collab I did with Kyle Watson ‘Solace’, it has also opened up a lot of doors for me.

  • Besides the incredible soulful pop songs that you produce/sing, you have been adding your majestic voice to productions done by some of our top electronic producers ie. Crazy White Boy & Kyle Watson. Have these tunes been exciting to be part of?

Yeah, those songs have done a lot for me and I am playing at gigs that I wouldn’t normally play at too. It has opened up other doors for me. Was such an honour working with both those artists, what was better was that they gave me license and freedom to do what I do. Perfect collab.

  • What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently? 
I feel that it is in a good place, it could get better and why I say this is because I think there still needs to be more exposure to new artists. There are so many amazing acts out there. I think the acts that we are hearing right now are amazing, I just want to see people embrace more different sounds. The SA music scene is too much about what’s hot right now and we don’t try listen to the different things. We will get there.
[interview] Apple Gule - Soulful Pop Sensation headlining Trio Nova UNPLUGGED
  • Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?

Definitely, a young gun who’s doing amazing things right now is a guy named ‘Una Rams’. A few other artists I want to mention are “Shane Eagle’, ‘Crazy White Boy’, ‘Kyle Watson’, ‘JC Bukenya’, ‘Thandi Ntuli’ & ‘Snapback’.

  • You are playing live at the next Trio Nova UNPLUGGED event on the 30th September.. Are you excited for this one? What can we expect from your set on the night?

I am so excited for this gig. I have been to a couple of Trio’s before and I have always loved them. I am excited but nervous because I will be bringing something different to the event but I think it’s what the people want. I will be performing some of my hits and some of my best collabs. I will be supported by my homie ‘Dean Lamprecht’ he’s an amazing talent and once I lay vocals down he’ll definitely keep the crowd warm.

  • Anything that you are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?

I have either been out performing or have been in a cave creating new music for next year. I have new material that I working on that I will be dropping next year. Also working on some cool deals which I can’t say yet but will for sure let you guys be the first to know. So for now it’s just about enjoying the summer season of gigs and entertaining the people with the gift God gave me.

  • Where can we follow you on Social media?

Everywhere I am Apple Gule.
Twitter: @applegule
Instagram: @applegule
Facebook: Apple Gule
Snapchat: @appletheswazi

  • Lastly, if you could have and 3 producers to work with in studio, who would they be?
Right now, I would love to work with Black Coffee, he’s the ultimate OG of the game right now. I would love to work with Max Martin cause he’d make any song into an instant hit and lastly I would say another Kyle Watson track, we have such chemistry and who knows, maybe that’s gonna happen soon, wink wink.
Thanks so much for having me. Was fun. See you at TRIO NOVA: UNPLUGGED!!!!!!

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