How long have you been an entertainer? I finished both my four-year music degrees in Germany in 1999 and immediately started working as a singer and actor in London. My first single, Fall Into the Sun, produced by George Michael, was released in 2002 and was also my first number 1 hit. This year it’s been 15 years since the start of my solo career and around 22 years since starting to do music and acting full time.
Did you always want to be an entertainer or is it something that just gradually happened? I always knew I was going to be doing something creative and arty. Initially I wanted to be a writer and actor, but realised soon that I could combine everything in my singing/song writing career.
Why did you choose this genre of music? I currently work in many different genres, from blues, rock and pop to jazz, swing, Latin and easy listening. The latter developed over the years as it was the most popular genre among my audiences both here in SA and overseas. I love sharing my songs and seeing the joy in people’s faces as they listen to my own melodies and those of the old standards.
What can audiences look forward to when attending one of your shows? My band of top musicians and I will take you on a journey through the hits of the swing and jazz eras, as well as my own classics of this genre. We all have played and worked with these songs for many years and it will be lots of fun to inject new life as well as some surprises into these timeless classics.
When writing music, what do you draw inspiration from? I’m very sensitive to my environment, especially the beautiful nature of the Cape with its positive and friendly people. It’s a big inspiration to me, as well as my wife and children and the way they see the world.
Where would you most like to perform? In South Africa. I’ve pretty much performed everywhere, from Kirstenbosch and other most amazing venues across the country to city halls, and so on. At the moment I’m doing more and more tours overseas during our winter months, and there are too many places to mention here.
Do you have any “crazy” fan moments? Quite a few. It often involves people having had one or two drinks too many suddenly sharing the stage in wild sing-along outbreaks or otherwise. One of the strangest requests I had, was someone asking me if I sell Michael Bublé CDs. . .
What has been your most memorable performance to date? My sell-out tour in Germany last year was quite amazing, and I was also blown away by singing with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.
Who is your favourite artist right now and why? My favourite artist of all time remains David Bowie. He’s been the biggest inspiration to me because of his ability to explore new musical genres. His authenticity in what he did was incredible.
What do you do to unwind? I love hiking and spending time in nature. I love the Cape more than any other place in the world.) Catch this crooner at the Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February. Tickets, at R120, are available from Computicket.
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