From toy pi­ano to top of the charts


There was much ex­cite­ment as East Lon­don mu­si­cian Jor­dan Dy­sel’s song Faded Love de­buted at No 1 on the Al­goa FM Top 30 charts on Sat­ur­day.

Dy­sel said he dis­cov­ered his tal­ent for mu­sic at the age of four after teach­ing him­self to play the melodies of pop­u­lar songs by ear on a toy pi­ano.

“Dur­ing pri­mary school, I took pri­vate pi­ano lessons and par­tic­i­pated in nu­mer­ous eisteddfods. My mu­si­cal stud­ies con­tin­ued in high school, where I be­gan de­vel­op­ing an in­ter­est in singing and record­ing,” he said.

After ma­tric­u­lat­ing in 2014, he en­rolled in mu­sic tech­nol­ogy at Nel­son Man­dela Uni­ver­sity to nour­ish his tal­ents. How­ever, Dy­sel said it was when he met with local pro­ducer and song­writer Austin Sum­mers in Oc­to­ber 2017, that his ca­reer took a spin.

“We worked to­gether to re­lease my de­but sin­gle, Find Love, by the be­gin­ning of 2018. Faded Love, writ­ten and pro­duced by Sum­mers, was re­leased as a fol­low-up sin­gle a few months later,” Dy­sel ex­plained.

The mu­si­cian said top­ping the charts is some­thing he did not ex­pect.

“It is a fresh feel­ing each time I hear my song play­ing on the ra­dio. I don’t think that I will ever get used to it,” he said

“I was pleas­antly sur­prised when it made Al­goa FM's Top 30 and that it reached No 1 was be­yond my ex­pec­ta­tions – I am truly grate­ful for all the sup­port.

“It has been in­cred­i­ble work­ing with Austin Sum­mers. My mu­si­cal style is still de­vel­op­ing and even though I am mostly in­flu­enced by dance-pop and elec­tronic mu­sic, I am open to try­ing out new gen­res of mu­sic.”

He is cur­rently fo­cus­ing on writ­ing and pro­duc­ing. He also in­tends on re­leas­ing new mu­sic con­tent by Septem­ber, as well as build­ing to­wards an even­tual al­bum.

While gain­ing ex­ten­sive ra­dio play across the coun­try, there is no doubt that Dy­sel is slowly but surely mak­ing waves through­out the South African mu­sic mar­ket.

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MAK­ING WAVES: Jor­dan Dy­sel of Gonu­bie hit the No1 spot on the Al­goa FM Top 30 charts on Sat­ur­day

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