What would you say is the hardest thing that you’ve had to overcome, and how has it influenced your music?
Probably myself. I can be my own worst enemy sometimes. Self-doubt can be crippling, but it also forces you to search deep within yourself, which hopefully produces more intimacy in your songs. It’s a catch-22.
Your songs, “The river”, “Marvelous light”and “Darling”, seemed to skyrocket you towards fame and success. How did you handle the transition?
I wouldn’t say skyrocketed, but ja, it’s been great. In the grander scheme of things I don’t think I’m that famous. I’ve just been really fortunate enough to have awesome support from the radio stations and my fans. I’m a pretty chilled guy so I take whatever comes my way, as level-headed as I can.
You performed at Oppikoppi last year. What was that experience like for you?
I really loved it. It was my first time attending as well. The [number] of awesome bands you get to see in a few days is amazing, and everyone is really friendly.
What does it mean to you to be performing at Mieliepop?
I always get stoked to play at a festival I’ve never been to before, and it means the world to me that I still get to experience a new place and crowd and share my songs with people.
Have you been working on any new material recently?
I try write as often as I can. Even if I just released an album. It makes for good practice, so I never really stop.
What advice would you give to those who would like to pursue a career in music?
Be kind, be humble, and work hard
What does 2017 hold for you?
Hopefully a few overseas trips, and a new album towards the end of the year, but we will see.