The Great Swazi Adventure
Indwe: You studied at the University of the Western Cape and obtained a BA Degree in English Literature and Communications. Did you know you wanted to get into the music industry then?
Chad Saaiman (CS): At that point I did know that I wanted to do music, but my parents advised me to go and study so that I had a solid foundation. Soon after I finished my degree, I discovered my ability to write songs whilst living in Spain in 2005.
Indwe: Do you remember the first song you ever wrote?
CS: It was something pretty cheesy! I think it was called “Angels Cry”.
Indwe: You have been performing professionally for over a decade now. What have been some of your biggest highlights?
CS: I would say having the opportunity to play in the UK, Spain and a few other countries, and sharing my music with audiences who really loved it. Also,
being back on the charts now with my last two singles, after what I’d call a relatively quiet patch of working a few things out.
Indwe: In 2011, you experienced an extremely traumatic event that almost ended your career. Can you tell us about this and how it influenced where you are today?
CS: I was shot in a botched hijacking. The bullet went through five of my organs and it’s safe to say that I am only alive today by God’s grace. I took the situation and turned my life around. I now live a positive, motivated and inspiring life. I live as if every day is my last.
Indwe: Your latest solo single release, “Belief”, is something of a declaration to the naysayers who told you at the beginning of your music career that you wouldn’t make a success of it. Can you tell us a bit more about this?
CS: It’s inspired by a woman who was in the industry, who told me that I’d never be able to have a career writing my own music. It was hard to hear at first, but then it motivated me to succeed. This song is about confidence and belief, and how I want people to go out and reach their full potential.
Indwe: And you certainly have done just that! You have performed with some incredible local and international artists. Who have been some of the most memorable to date?
CS: Brian McKnight, Tevin Campbell and Eddy Grant.
Indwe: What advice do you have for budding musicians who want to get involved in the industry?
CS: Learn more about the industry before you enter it. Understand the business – because it’s often the things you don’t understand that will get you into unnecessary situations. Work harder than anyone you know.
Indwe: Who or what inspires you the most?
CS: My seven-year-old daughter, Summer, is a huge inspiration and motivating factor to me.
As well as thriving as a musician, Chad Saaiman also co-owns an artist management company called Stereotype Talent Management where he works with some incredible acts, developing talent and providing world class entertainment solutions. Connect with him on social media (@chadsaaiman) to find out more.