Interview: Jack Parow

2011-12-13 08:10
How does Eksie Ou differ from your first album?
Everyone's music grows with them, so I think my new influence and of course my old influence comes through strongly. So on this album there's everything, from nice boeremusiek vibes to dubstep to rap vibes, etc.

I also had the privilege to work with new people on songs and their influence obviously plays a big part in how the tracks come out. Overall I am just very proud of the new album, everyone always says the second album is the most important album and I think I succeeded in putting out an album that improves on the first one.

What did you want to do different with your new album?
I just always try to make music that I love myself, I do not think about making "hits", I make music I like and then I hope people like it too. I think once you try and make music and think about whether people will like it all the time, you lose that part of your music which people liked in the first place.

Any songs that stand out to you and why?
Jis, I don't know, I'm really very proud of the album as a whole and not of individual songs. Songs I really enjoyed making is definitely hos Tokolosh with Gazelle, we completely took it on as collaborative project and actually did two versions, one for my album and one for their album and we're going to run a huge campaign with videos, t-shirts, etc. around it in the new year.

Then of course, working with David Kramer was amazing, he is a hero of mine and it was the greatest honour to work with him. But all the songs were lekker, Justin de Nobrega, my producer, is the king and he makes everything as "fat" as you can get it. I could also work with many of my friends again, like Franni van Coke, Pierre Greeff, Haezer, Sibot, pH fat and Konstrukt.

Your debut album was very popular. Were you afraid to record the new album and that your fans might be disappointed?
Ag, I don't think about it that way, as I said previously, I make music I like and hope that my fans like it too. If I always have to think about whether they'll like it or not, I'll go mad and I think it will also then cause the album to not come out as it should. I'm just writing music.

With what mindset did you go into the studio?
To make something that I can be proud of, something that I will listen to, that's always the main idea behind my music.

We really enjoy your co-labs with David Kramer, Francois van Coke (Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel), Pierre Greeff (Die Heuwels Fantasties), Gazelle, Haezer, but how did you get to work with David Kramer? What is the story behind it?
I am a huge fan of David Kramer, I grew with his music, so it has always been a dream to do something with him. Oppikoppi actually approached me to do a song with him at this year's festival, it was a tribute show and of course I said yes.Then I met him and we worked on the song and I asked him afterwards if we can put it on my new album and he was very amped.

Who would you still like to record a song with?
I think there are so many amazing artists in SA, so I really want to work with many of them. People like Valiant Swart, Koos Kombuis, Albert Frost and Die Blues Broers, yes, the list just goes on. I wanted to do a song with Valiant for my new album, but time ran out, so hopefully on the next one.

You are taking part in the MK Avontoer, what can people expect of you on the tour?
I am playing with my full band, DJ Naaldekoker, Merwe Marchand and Jade and now also Louwtjie Rothman on guitar, so expect a nice dangerous high-energy show! The songs from my new album are also in the set, so it will be something fresh and new, look out!

Except for the tour, how and where will you be spending the rest of your December holiday?
Ag, will be hanging with the family, going to the sea and have a few braais… nothing too heavy, need a bit of rest.

Any big plans for New Year's Eve?
I am playing at Jolly Dolphin in Jeffreys Bay, so it's going to be a jol, crazy about Jbay and amped for the party!!

We hear that you are to become a father. Congratulations! How do you feel about now having to play the role of a father?
I am so excited, jis, it makes me smile everytime I think about it, I can't wait. Jenna is also an amazing person and will be a great mom, so I only see good things in the future. The excitement is boiling over in me!

Will you allow your children (if you have a bigger family) to listen to your music?
Of course, I mean, these days children hear and know everything anyway, doesn't matter how much their parents try and protect them against it, I'd rather they hear it from me and that I can tell them and explain about what is wrong and right than overprotecting them and they pick it up somewhere else. My parents were open people and shared and discussed everything with me and it meant so much to me, one must be strict but one must also be friends, I think that's important.

What was the biggest lesson you've learned from your parents and what would you like to teach your child (children) one day?
Well, like I said previously, I think it's important to be friends with your children and obviously also strict. But an open relationship with your children is important, they have to come to you with anything and shouldn’t be scared to talk about it.

Except for being a dad in 2012, what other big projects do you have planned?
I have my braai sauce that's in stores, a toy range that will be launched and then a few other secret projects under my label Parowphernalia and then just touring, meeting new people and making lekker music…I'm amped!!

*Originally posted on The Beat.
Zef rapper Jack Parow talks about his new album Eskie Ou, becoming a dad and what he'll be doing during the December holiday.
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