Lakota Silva – collaborating with Locnville
01 January 1970
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Brad Brown: Welcome back onto Old Mutual Live, great things start here, great things start now. A returning guest on the podcast, time to chat some more music. The last time here we spoke a little bit how she got started and growing up in a musical family that was in a single parent home, with two other siblings; and just the amount of hustle it takes to make it in the music industry. It’s a great pleasure to welcome back on, Lakota Silva. Lakota welcome, nice to catch up again.
Lakota Silva: Thank you, thanks for having me. This is awesome.
BB: Lakota, as we head towards the end of the year, it’s like the last couple of weeks of 2015, I wanted to find out from you, you’ve obviously put a lot of hard work in behind the scenes and making it in the music industry, a lot of it has got to do with relationships and networking. You struck up a relationship earlier on with a duo, who have done phenomenally well here in South Africa, Locnville, and you got to sort of collaborate with them.
BB: Tell me a little bit about that.
Hooking up with Locnville
LS: I’m so blessed. The irony is people thought we met in terms of music, like we met because of the music and yes, to a certain degree but we were actually friends before. We both went to the same high school but just in different areas. We met literally, I think about six months or a year before ‘Sun in my Pocket’ came out and I will never forget the first meeting.
We met each other and they said cool, what have you done? I said, I’m a singer and this is what I’m doing. They were like, “Us too.” I was like, no way. Then they sang ‘Sun in my Pocket’. I sang ‘Summertime’ because I had none of my own tracks yet, and then we were like awesome. That’s actually how we met and literally eight months later, ‘Sun in my Pocket’ came onto the radio and I met Brian and I said congratulations, this is incredible. This is an inspiration you’re doing it, you said it and it’s amazing.
They actually then asked me to star in the video because they knew I was a dancer. Unfortunately, I was in Europe, so I couldn’t, but then they asked me to be in their next video, in ‘Six Second Poison’, and the irony is today you’ll still see me on YouTube in the ‘Six Second Poison’ music video as a dancer.
Since then we’ve just kept in touch, and we’re stayed friends and the three of us are really, close and we are just super blessed that I could help them out in their music video. I could watch what they were doing and later on, Brian and I started dating, and they needed a female vocal for ‘Closure’.
I wasn’t in Jo’burg for my singing. I was there to visit him, and I just kind of said to him okay cool, why don’t you give it to me and I’ll book it through here in Cape Town and I’ll send it to you online. They kind of looked at me and said oh, my gosh you can sing, because they obviously knew me as a dancer. I was like bye, because at the time I was doing Moulin Rouge at the Artscape, so I was quite busy.
Anyway, I took it to the studio, I recorded my section on ‘Closure’, which they wrote, and I just sang on it and returned it back to them. They called me within five minutes and they were like this is incredible, this is it. That was kind of their rebirth and it was an amazing opportunity for me to actually start using what I love and using what I know, and actually expose into the industry.
Because your music, to yourself in your bedroom and what you write and stuff. It’s all very personal. Once you bring it out it’s a whole new ballgame and you have to learn to balance the two and to find a common ground to stay neutral; to stay who you are but also be giving, so that people can take that as well, and use it for their lives.
It was a great learning curve for me and it was a great starting point in my career, and I had them as my big brothers to hold onto and to hold their hand through it all. My second live show was performing with them, for Justin Bieber, in front of 55 000 people.
It was amazing to start it off with being supported and me supporting them and in turn, they were supporting me. Yes, I’m super blessed and we’re still very close and they’ve just come back from the States and I saw them last week. We are all super close and super happy, and they’re doing amazing things. Yes, we are all so blessed.
BB: Lakota, how inspiring is it to have a relationship like that with a group like Locnville, who have really blazed the trail. They are doing some amazing things. Not just here in South Africa. I think South Africa we’re actually, because we’re so far away from the rest of the world we don’t actually realise how hard they’re working and what they’re actually achieving.
For someone like you, who’s obviously trying to find your own way in the music industry, and get your own success, to see those two guys just doing what they’re doing. It must be super inspiring for you too.
Locnville’s success is inspiring
LS: Yes, inspiring is even an understatement. What I love about it is it’s so tangible because we’re friends but we’re both artists and we’re separate. There’s nothing like walking along a path, where you see footprints and you know that there’s a destination. For me, just being around them and seeing them, and not only what they’ve achieved in music, but who they still are and how humble they are. What incredible beings they are, what they’re accomplishing.
The fact that they’ve moved to the States to start again, it’s just mind-blowing. I always tell them I’m most proud of their move, about everything that they’ve ever achieved and they’ve achieved so much. I feel that it is such a blessing to know them and it is inspiring to watch them, and to watch them grow, and to watch them remain humble and incredible people, and still be friends of mine. I am totally inspired and I’m also so blessed because they are my big brothers in the industry and I honestly think God prepped me because he gave me them to watch.
They don’t hand it to me. They’re very involved in their own careers. Like I said, they forgot I could sing but I love that I can learn, I can watch, and I can see what they do. I can come to them for advice, and they understand and we help each other along the way. I am so inspired by them every, single day.
I think South Africa is going to, soon realise, I think they already know how big they are, but the move that they’ve made is huge for South Africans, and some South Africans don’t even know that they’ve made that move.
To start over and just make connections again and to live in L.A. it’s just insane and I’m so proud. I’m sure South Africa will fully support them once they realise the mammoth task that they’re busy achieving, and what they’ve taken on.
BB: I think the lesson there for any young up and coming muso is to build those relationships earlier on in your career because they are absolutely vital. Lakota, I want to thank you for your time. We’re unfortunately out of time on this one. I’m going to get you back on in just a couple of weeks’ time to talk about your album and 2015.
LS: Awesome, thank you. I look forward to it.
BB: What you’ve been up to and what you’ve got planned for the new year as well, so thanks for your time today.
LS: Awesome, thank you and Compliments of the Season.
BB: To you too.