Apple Gule Interview
Let us just start by saying thank you for taking time out of your hectic schedule to do this interview with us.
The Crew: You said that the album took you a year to write. Did you write all the songs on your album alone, or did you collaborate with others?
Apple Gule: I wrote 90% of the album on my own. I feel when you write it, you can add the needed emotion that the specific song requires. You can only get to a certain place with someone else’s lyrics.
The Crew: When did your love affair with music start?
Apple Gule: Music has always been a hobby, but I never wanted it to be a career. I have been singing since I was 11 but when I wanted to make it a career was back in 2011, I was 19.
The Crew: How did you get your foot in the music industry door?
Apple Gule: I literally hustled and hustled. Back in 2013, I emailed a man named Sergio Botelho who was the head of Soul Candi Records at the time. I said to him that I wanted to sing for him and I told him that I would impress him and didn’t want to miss the chance to sign me. The rest is history. He and a man named Andrew Cross believed in me, and I owe them a lot.
The Crew: Being from Swaziland, how did the traditional Swazi music influence your album?
Apple Gule: If I am being honest, traditional Swazi music doesn’t have any influence in my music. I use my life experiences and the music I listen to as the inspiration for my music. I am a part of this new Generation, we have so much more access to the internet and social media, so we grab more information and also different cultures are easily more accessible. So I have so much more information at my disposal.
The Crew: How does it make you feel to hear your songs playing on the radio?
Apple Gule: It’s still a bit surreal if I am being honest. I didn’t think I would be able to make music a career, even though I believed it would happen, it still hits you hard when you’re able to say that you’re a professional musician.
The Crew: What has the reaction been to your album Swazikid?
Apple Gule: It’s been great, very humbling. I can’t wait to release my latest single ‘Let My Love’ with the video, it will just give the album more traction too before we launch it in stores.
The Crew: You said in an interview that John Legend inspires you. Which local artists also inspire you?
Apple Gule: Yes, I also really inspired by local artist like Ali That Dude (Even though he’s from Namibia), John-Carol Bukenya, Lira, Stogie T, Unami Kombanie (He’s also my bassist), of course the likes of Black Coffee, Dj Fresh, Kyle Watson & Crazy White Boy… Just to name a few.
The Crew: How would you describe your music in one sentence?
Apple Gule: I make music that should evoke an emotion, and I do it in a pop style but keep my soul roots.
The Crew: Have you considered relocating to another country and if so how will you stay close to your roots?
Apple Gule: Yeah, for sure. I have so many goals that I want to achieve, and I feel like I have only just begun my journey. I will always stay close to my roots. Plus my family friends won’t ever let me forget where my roots are.
The Crew: What advice do you have for the local artist trying to make it big?
Apple Gule: In this game, one thing I have learnt is that everyone has their own journey, no two people’s stories are the same. So in saying that, your journey to the top will be a unique one because we are all unique. I always say, just tell your story. If you’re true to yourself and YOU love the music YOU make, naturally people will be drawn to you.
The Crew: Where can we see you live? Are you planning any shows in the near future?
Apple Gule: I have been fortunate enough to be able to play live shows in front of hundreds of people, I always get a rush from that. In the immediate future, I have Parklife Festival at Marks Park on Saturday, June 10. I will be performing at Vintage Grooves hosted at The Goodluck Bar and then Saturday, June 17 I will be at HQ in Cape Town.
The Crew: What can we Expect from Apple Gule in the future?
Apple Gule: In the near future I have 2 Collaborations coming out, 1 with the amazing Kyle Watson and that’s a song that is going to release internationally which I am really excited about. Secondly, I also got into the studio with Crazy White Boy, and we have a new song coming out in the next month and also a pretty advert we did. I will continue to release music and of course, perform around the country to promote ‘SWAZiKiD’.1Need at least 3 ratings