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Q&A: Fantine

Define your genre in five words or less:

Electro soul.

 

What makes you happiest about what you’re doing?

Money, clearly. And the cars and the babes. But the next best thing is captivating an audience. Occasionally I experience a blissful moment when the room goes quiet, and I am able to lock eyes with individual people, and I see that they are listening. It’s like falling in love at first sight… without the follow through.

 

When are you doing your thing next?

I will be doing ma’ thang’ at the Workers Club, this Friday August 17.

 

When, and why did you start writing music?

I was what you would call a late bloomer when it comes to writing. I wrote my first song ever only about six years ago, as opposed to ‘when I was six’. The reason I started doing it was because otherwise I would have become an accountant or a lawyer, and neither of those options seemed all that appealing.

 

What makes a good musician?

Inspiration, dedication, perseverance, realistic expectations aimed at a clear goal, humility, and some degree of talent, in no particular order. Hopefully the sum of those parts will result in a musician people can be proud to idolise.

 

How do you stop your pre-gig jitters?

I don’t. I spend the whole five minutes before going on stage telling my band members that I think I’m going to be sick. The band invariably ignores me, because this happens every time, they go on stage before I do, so I’m left alone with my churning stomach. I take a few deep breaths, crack my neck, shake my hands, jump around and away I go.

 

How do you balance making and playing music with your other commitments?

It’s a delicate balance that hangs on a string. Sometimes some things get sacrificed. Like eating, sleeping, general cleanliness… and other such time consuming activities.

 

What inspires or has influenced your music the most?

Life, I take from real situations and real people. Stories that relate either directly to me, or to someone I know, or to something I heard or read about. Then it’s all about pen to paper. I do like to take advantage of creative license, so my songs should not be taken literally.

 

Anything else to add?

Hmm, nope, you? Hey, if you’re not doing anything this Friday I have this gig…