From ‘Voice SA’ to Hogs­back, Ca­van set to re­lease sec­ond al­bum

The Herald (South Africa) - - LEISURE - No­maz­ima Nkosi [email protected]­me­

HE RE­CENTLY cap­tured the hearts of au­di­ences as a con­tes­tant on singing com­pe­ti­tion The Voice SA.

Alex Ca­van is deeply im­mersed in creat­ing some new songs fol­low­ing his whirl­wind time on the re­al­ity show, and the East­ern Cape ham­let of Hogs­back is help­ing him achieve that.

Now work­ing on his sec­ond al­bum at the Star­way Art Cen­tre in Hogs­back, Ca­van said he had all his songs ready and was think­ing of re­leas­ing the al­bum some time in Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber.

“I’ve fin­ished record­ing all my songs and when I came out here I ba­si­cally brought along the stu­dio. All that’s left is to send out the tracks for mas­ter­ing to make it ra­dio-ready.

“I worked with pro­ducer Keiran Rit­son and col­lab­o­rated with Chris­tian Scallan and I am also work­ing on my new col­lec­tive with these two guys called Him, You and I.

“Our sound has hints of hip-hop-meets-jazz, with deep bass and other in­flu­ences,” Ca­van said.

The for­mer Grey High School pupil played the gui­tar through­out high school.

Af­ter ma­tric­u­lat­ing, he took the chance of get­ting up on stage dur­ing an open mic ses­sion at The Mu­sic Kitchen in New­ton Park, and has never looked back.

His lat­est of­fer­ing, Long Mile ,a sin­gle off his up­com­ing al­bum, made it onto the BBC Ra­dio playlist and can be heard with tracks such as We’re to Blame and Fol­low Me from his de­but al­bum.

“Long Mile is folksy blues with an up­beat tempo track and it’s my new­est sin­gle to come from the al­bum I’m work­ing on. I don’t have a name yet,” he said.

Of his ex­pe­ri­ence on be­ing on M-Net’s The Voice SA, Ca­van said even though he had re­leased mu­sic be­fore, be­ing on the show was “a great way to get seen”.

“It was an epic ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing able to work with pro­fes­sion­als in the in­dus­try and be­ing on that stage was amaz­ing,” he said.

Ca­van’s mu­sic is avail­able on down­load­ing dig­i­tal plat­forms.

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