Chill Out

Ap­ple Gule’s star is ris­ing – we find out more about the singing sen­sa­tion

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The man be­hind soul-pop smash hit Sink O’ Swim, Ap­ple Gule, is one of the hottest new tal­ents around.

We sat down with the 25-year-old singer from Swazi­land to find out more about him.

IS AP­PLE GULE YOUR REAL NAME?

Ha ha! Ap­ple is a nick­name. My real name is Aphelele. Gule is my sur­name though.

WHAT IN­SPIRED THE SONG SINK O’ SWIM?

It’s about be­ing at a cross­roads of a re­la­tion­ship – ei­ther this is go­ing to work or it isn’t.

I wrote it with the pro­duc­tion help of Kyle Hodg­son, my long-time pro­ducer and friend.

SO YOU WRITE ALL YOUR SONGS?

I do in­deed. I just feel that way it has more hon­esty about it.

YOUR SOUND IS OF­TEN DE­SCRIBED AS SOUL-POP. WHO’S BEEN YOUR BIG­GEST IN­FLU­ENCE?

I grew up lov­ing John Leg­end. I stud­ied him and his mu­sic for years and I’ll al­ways have a soft spot for that man.

DID YOU AL­WAYS WANT TO BE A SINGER?

I was ac­tu­ally on my way to be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional foot­baller. I even at­tended the Tuk­sS­port academy in high school but even­tu­ally just fell out of love with it.

Mu­sic was al­ways a hobby and I loved it but I only started work­ing on it and want­ing to make it my life when I was about 19. I went on to study con­tem­po­rary mu­sic at var­sity and spe­cialised in vo­cals.

WHO’D YOU MOST LOVE TO COL­LAB­O­RATE WITH?

Hmm, this ques­tion is al­ways quite tricky be­cause the best col­labs al­ways hap­pen or­gan­i­cally. If I had a wish list I’d say Muzi and Black Cof­fee.

WHAT MOTTO DO YOU LIVE BY?

Strive to be happy. In life we need and de­serve to be happy so what­ever it is that does that for you, find it and hang on to that s***!

Swazi­land-born singer Ap­ple Gule has taken the pop-soul scene by storm with his hit Sink O' Swim.

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