Van T – to 2016 and beyond
06 January 2016
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Brad Brown: Welcome onto yet another edition of Old Mutual Live. It’s great to have you with us. We’re into a brand new year, 2016, can you believe it. Halfway through January already, practically and it’s a great pleasure to welcome back on, someone who’s been on the podcast a couple of times before. I wanted to find out a little bit about 2015 and how it progressed and looking ahead, to 2016 and beyond. Van T joining us once again, thanks for your time again, it’s good to have you back on.
Van T: Hello, yeah. Thanks for having me again.
BB: Happy New Year, by the way.
VT: Happy New Year, yeah.
2015 was about my album release
BB: It’s crazy that 2015 is done and dusted but I wanted to get you back on to talk a little bit about your 2015 and some of the highlights for you. What would you say was your biggest highlight of 2015?
VT: Well, I think music wise, definitely releasing my album. That was a big hurdle and otherwise also kind of getting to do a little bit of travelling. That was amazing as well.
BB: That is something I wanted to touch on too. As an artist, it’s all good and well performing at home but it’s a great opportunity to, sort of see the world. You see how some other South African artists have really carved a niche for them internationally. Is that something you want to do more of, going forward?
VT: Definitely, I think if anything that’s one of the main priorities in my plans for the future.
BB: Let’s talk territories. What are you looking to take over next?
VT: For 2016?
Where to for Van T in 2016?
VT: Well, I think at the moment I’m busy planning on seeing where I get the most feedback from, with regards to continents and countries. But I think I will go regardless of feedback and calling. I also think if I can, for half of the year, I’ll be spending overseas, and half of the year back home in South Africa. There’s a lot of planning that still needs to go down.
BB: I’m sure. From a musical perspective, you released the album last year. Is it a case of gigging that album now or are you working on new material? What’s up your sleeve for the year?
VT: I think with the album, well I’ll still be sending it out. As far as I know some people haven’t, obviously there’s loads of people in the world that haven’t heard it. So that is for me, at the moment is still very prevalent in trying to get it out there.
I also have a tendency to constantly, need to stimulate the creative part, so I have started writing new material already. So I’m not sure how fast I’ll be writing. There are definitely some new tracks on their way for 2016. I’m not sure if they’ll be released but they are on their way.
BB: Talk to me a little bit about the technology and the way things are changing from that perspective. Obviously, the world has become a lot smaller because of things like Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and that sort of thing. From a music industry perspective, has it changed much with the way you do things now and getting your music out, into the world?
Internet has made artists easily accessible
VT: Yes, it has. It makes it a lot easier for one to grasp where your target audience is or where you have some kind of leverage to go to, or whether there’s even the slightest demand. It’s incredible to, whether it’s on Facebook or SoundCloud, to see where your demographic is, and almost you can pinpoint.
Some of Facebook you can even see what age groups you’re appealing to and it breaks the gap between you going I’m not sure who’s looking for me or I’m not sure where in the world people will find interest in my music.
It’s really, really helpful in terms of going to set yourself up somewhere or invest in time and money into touring, or even promoting. Knowing where there’s already a buzz, so social medial, I’m still learning a lot about it. I feel like there’s so much you can actually use to your advantage.
BB: If people want to touch base with you and find you online and on social media, where can they get in touch and reach out?
VT: Yes, so on Facebook it’s ChantelVanT and then on SoundCloud it’s also ChantelVanT and on Twitter I’m also ChantelVanT. My page on Facebook is VanT. Yes, what other social platforms are there? Those are the ones I can think of right now and Instagram as well.
BB: Cool, we’ll put the links to those to the show notes of this episode as well. Thank you so much for your time. All the best for 2016 and for your travels and all your plans I hope they all come to fruition. Have a fantastic year and we’ll chat soon, I’m sure.
VT: Great, thank you so much for having me here.