Mak­ing mu­sic waves at 15

Mykyle re­leases de­but EP

The Sunday Independent - - FRONT PAGE - AMANDA MALIBA

AT JUST 15, Mykyle be­lieves that start­ing his mu­sic ca­reer at such a young age is the best time. The young­ster from Johannesburg found his love for mu­sic at the age of 9, and af­ter beg­ging his par­ents to pur­sue that love and fi­nally win­ning them over, he has gone on to per­form on big stages.

Six years later, the ris­ing star has re­leased a com­pi­la­tion of mu­sic on an EP (an ex­tended play record) that has set the tone for the mu­si­cal in­flu­ence he wants to have.

With so much on his plate, he had to make plans for main­tain­ing his school­ing.

“I started home school­ing last year and that has played a huge part in help­ing my sched­ule. It al­lows me to have more free time for in­ter­views. And I get to see my friends on week­ends, keep­ing up with a cer­tain level of nor­mal­ity.

Grow­ing fame means grow­ing pres­sure, but Mykyle sees this phase of his life as fun.

“I re­ally en­joy ev­ery­thing about life right now. This is fun pres­sure,” he says.

“Mu­sic has al­ways been some­thing that I loved to do since a very young age,” says the See-Her singer.

“Back when I was younger, my grand­fa­ther built a stu­dio that I went into and recorded my first ever song.

“From there, I knew that this was I what wanted to do.”

His par­ents were fur­ther con­vinced of his tal­ent when in­ter­na­tional singer CeeLo Green ap­proved of his song and of­fered to men­tor him af­ter they met by chance.

“That gave the young­ster a chance in the in­dus­try.

“I didn’t take it ( a mu­sic ca­reer) lightly,” says his mother who is his full-time mo­mager.

“But I also didn’t just pan­der to his will and say ‘ what­ever you want baby, I’ll sup­port it’. It doesn’t work like that.

“He had to main­tain his grades. So when we saw that mu­sic was his forte and that he wasn’t go­ing to be a math­e­ma­ti­cian or some­thing like that, we sup­ported him.”

All that Mykyle had to do was show dis­ci­pline and com­mit­ment. “I made him jump through a few hoops and he had to re­ally win me over. It took years,” she adds.

Now the young singer, song­writer and pro­ducer is busy on an al­bum that he plans to re­lease next Jan­uary, work­ing with pro­duc­ers such as The Gob­bla, who has co-pro­duced Nasty C’s Bad Hair al­bum, and Em­bla­zon, aka Pro­duced­byVAM, who is cel­e­brated for work done with Da LES – North God, Burn­aby and Khuli Chana, among many.

Mykyle is no stranger to big con­certs, hav­ing per­formed for about 3 000 peo­ple a while back.

Now he will be the youngest per­former at this year’s Cap­i­tal Day Fes­ti­val on Septem­ber 24 in Pre­to­ria, where he will be shar­ing the stage with JR, Shekhi­nah, Ae­won Wolf, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Die Heuwels Fan­tasties, Cara Frew, Kyle Deutsch and Matthew Mole.

“Years from now I re­ally want to be big. Through my 20s I want to be per­form­ing and when I get older I want to fo­cus on mu­sic pro­duc­tion, mak­ing beats and songs with peo­ple.”

But for now, he is liv­ing his dream one day at a time.

PIC­TURE: BHEKIKHAYA MABASO

RIS­ING STAR: Mykyle

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