MWEB: When did you move to Jo'burg, and why?MXO: I was born in PE and grew up there. And in 1999 I decided to come to Jo'burg, because my music career started around 92, and I'd never ever travelled. Jo'burg was my first place. I left to explore. PE is a big city. But Jo'burg is a bigger city. If you wanna follow your ambitions, you come to Jo'burg! I had to start by taking a risk.
MWEB: How long until you felt you were cracking it on the music scene?MXO: It was before I knew anything about music. On the Shell Road to Fame - the talent show. I saw I had talent. I can stand on the stage, in front of hundreds of people, without stage fright. And that inspired me to move forward. Then round about 99 I met Redd-Angel and we formed a duo and we were coming up with something new and fresh. And sheeuw I mean, from there... we ended up going our different ways. (They're still friendly - ed) I did my first EP - Another Day - and now the new album, and I'm still learning. It's constant elevation. The more I learn, the more I love it, the more I learn about business.
MWEB: Your work is pretty collaborative. So who would you still like to work with?MXO: Right now, I like to work with underrated artists who're aspiring to become MXO. Who are talented. I want to give back to the community. I have to give opportunity and a platform to those who are not known yet. There's lots of underground talent in South Africa. That's the only way our music's going to grow.
MWEB: When you make your music, what do you think of people doing to it? Dancing?MXO: (laughs for a while before answering.) I see people relating to it. It's about expressing ourselves, and not throwing out this feeling inside. I put myself in other people's shoes whenever I'm writing, so that people can hear what I'm saying.
MWEB: If you had to choose one country to make it in, what would you choose?MXO: The universe, I guess.
MWEB: But say if you had to choose one country?MXO: One country? Uhhhmm... I don't know. I guess I love South Africa. South Africa is a beautiful country to be in. Especially now.
MWEB: So what are your plans for the next few months?MXO: I'd like to reach as many people as possible. I'd like to spend some time with my family - December is the season for family reunion, and I miss my mom. I'm shooting a video with Arno Carstens and Tumi (Or Tumi and the Volume - ed), of "Rebel Girl". One day I'd like to have an MXO Greatest hits, but right now it's about building. I want to play live, so that as many people as possible can hear my music.- Jean Barker
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