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