South African singer, songwriter and producer Cubbi has returned with his second single GTFO following the success of his debut single Rippling. We have to start by saying these singles could not be anymore different. Rippling was calm and relaxing like waves on a beach with Cubbi slowly letting us into his world. Whereas in GTFO we experience Cubbi pulling back all his layers and giving it to us raw. He’s vocalising the conflict in his mind supported by an addictive beat. His music is the perfect soundtrack for a rainy day or those late night drives. Known for addressing issues such as mental health and addiction in his music when asked why this is important to him Cubbi responded it’s important because it’s part of his story. Check out our full interview below and look out for his EP releasing later this year.
Where in the world are you right now?
Currently I’m in Cape Town, South Africa.
What made you want to create music?
It’s been the main focus of almost everything I do since I was like 4 years old. I first started writing when I picked up an old guitar at age 12. That’s when I realized what I wanted to do for the rest of my time on Earth. I think it’s the art of creating something from nothing that I really enjoy. And of course sharing a part of myself in the process.
Who were your musical inspirations growing up?
Growing up I had a very broad musical taste. From Hip Hop artists like Missy Elliot, Eminem, Biggy, to Pop Punk bands like Paramore and Panic! At The Disco to classic Jazz artists like, Eartha Kitt and Sinatra.
Why is addressing issues such as depression, alcohol and drugs important to you?
It’s important to me because they are part of my story. I only write about things that I can talk about honestly, things I have experienced. Each of these “big topics” are things I’ve gone through and still have to deal with daily. Hopefully people who have gone through or are still going through the same or similar experiences are able to find comfort in my music.
What is your favourite part of the song making process (writing/producing/performing)?
Writing 1st – Performing 2nd – Producing 3rd.
Describe GTFO in 3 words.
Why so angry.
What did you learn while creating GTFO?
I wasn’t originally going to release the track or even finish writing the song. It was my friend and collaborator Bubele Booi who convinced me that the “raw” aspect of the song is what made it bang. So I guess I learnt that sometimes it’s better not to go back and edit my writing too much.
What would you like to achieve in 2019?
This year I hope to get my music to as many people as possible. I have started getting my live show together which will be ready for the full EP launch in May. Ideally, I’d love to take the show on the road internationally and play shows to as many new fans as possible.
Spicy Drip is based in New Zealand, any plans to come out here?
Absolutely. Sharing my music in every country is a dream of mine so hopefully I’ll be there sooner rather than later.
Listen to GTFO now.
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