Lakota Silva – carry 2015 into the New Year
04 January 2016
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Brad Brown: Welcome back onto this edition of Old Mutual Live. It’s good to have you with us and an absolute pleasure to welcome one of the most passionate people in the South African music industry back onto the podcast. It’s the start of a brand new year, Lakota Silva, welcome and a Happy New Year to you, Happy 2016.
Lakota Silva: Happy New Year. Thank you.
BB: It’s awesome to have you back. You are just so full of energy and just love what you’re doing and it definitely comes across. 2015 was a ground-breaking year for you. It was a good year, wasn’t it?
LS: Yes, it was so great. I knew it was going to be hard and a hustle but I’m so blessed in that whatever I do it can be mirrored and it was that sort of year. I’m so happy that we’re into a new year, but I’m so happy that we had the year that we had. It was great.
Highlight of 2015
BB: Absolutely. Lakota, what was your, I know it’s probably difficult, but what was your highlight of 2015, if you look back now and think about it?
LS: Definitely, definitely without a doubt seeing my album, my mixed tape in stores. That was just a dream come true because as a child. I was that girl who always got a CD for Christmas or a music DVD and I was watching everything and getting this and that, and copying the moves.
For me, what was important, even though with the developing age, where everything is on iTunes now and everything is on the net, that’s amazing and we have Spotify and all these amazing platforms. But to actually have a physical copy, to see it in the store, to be able to purchase it and put it in my car that, to me, was just ground-breaking, yes, that will stay with me forever.
BB: Yes, I can’t imagine what that must feel like but it must be amazing. Tell me a little bit about the album or if someone is listening to this and they want to know more. If they pick up the album what can they expect.
About Popham Escape
LS: Cool, the album is called Popham Escape and the reason why it’s called Popham Escape is because I’m an artist and I’m a growing artist. So for me I’ve done so much and I’ve given so much of my vocal out there. This album was important for me to find out what I wanted to say.
To say what music I want to put out there. What story am I telling? Where I am at in my life at the moment and that is what Popham Escape is. It’s virtually a pop of this and a pop of that. It’s an explosion of who I actually am, so I wanted to make sure that people don’t go okay, cool this is it. This is the album. It’s a mixed tape. It is a start of what’s to come.
The album is full of an array of just energetic songs that tell a story. It goes from speaking about boys, to speaking about being thankful for the journey we’re on, into a letter to myself like where Do Re Mi was born and into Intro and Outro. It sets the tone for the album and then it sets the tone ending the album, saying that there will be more to come and that this is an on-going story.
When people pick up the album it’s got sound, it’s got different, and every song is different. I don’t create music to create a specific sound. I create music to tell a story, so every song is very different. I’m super happy with each of them and I know people will love them.
BB: Brilliant, so let’s talk 2016 and beyond. What have you got up your sleeve? What have you got planned? Obviously, it is still very early on in the year, and lots to come, but what’s on the radar right now?
What does the future hold?
LS: Yes, well there’s some very exciting shows coming up, which I’m so excited about. I’ve been super blessed to start my rehearsal process. I started at the end of last year, this year I’m continuing into January, early Feb, and that’s rehearsing with dancers and a choreographer, and my hybrid band, which is awesome. At the moment, I’m just working and perfecting the live shows. Then that will be ready for going out.
Obviously, I have visuals. I’m working on costumes and all the intricate little parts that come to play. But it’s mainly the live show and then this year I’m focussing on releasing a single. I have very cool collaborations in the works with PHFAT, and another one with Locnville. Then another one with Pascal and Pearce, so there are very exciting things coming out, but I look so forward to performing this year.
BB: It sounds awesome. If you want to find out more about you and gigs that you’ve got coming up, and social media and online space now, it just makes things so much easier to connect with you as an artist.
BB: Where can they find you online?
LS: Absolutely, so I’m on all the social media platforms. I’m on Twitter @LakotaSilva. I’m on Instagram under lakotasilva. I’ve got a Facebook page, a Lakota Silva Facebook page, and then I’m also on Apple Music, which is great because that’s a new platform but it’s purely just for musicians.
Those that love music you can find me there too, and I post up all my dates, what I’m up to in the day. Where the next show is and where one can find what, and what’s come out just to stay relevant and real and in real-time, so you can find me there.
BB: Love Apple Music. It is my favourite thing at the moment. I’m absolutely, loving it. Lakota thank you so much for your time, much appreciated. I loved catching up with you and we look forward to doing it again soon. All the best for this year, I hope it’s your best year yet and that everything you’re dreaming of comes true.
LS: Thank you. The best is yet to come. Thank you so much for having me.