Nasty C on performing at Rocking the Daisies: 'I'm going to surprise them'

2019-07-23 08:04
Nasty C (PHOTO: Getty/Gallo Images)

Cape Town – South African rap superstar Nasty C is headlining Rocking the Daisies 2019 along with other big-name acts like Tash Sultana, Cassper Nyovest and The 1975. 

The 22-year-old burst onto the scene with Juice Back a song that was featured on his second mixtape Price City.

Since then he has released hit after hit including Hell Naw, Whipped and King

Channel24 spoke to Nasty C about putting together his set at the event, who he would still like to collaborate with and what songs his fans are connecting with the most at shows. 


This won't be the prolific artist's first time at the festival which is taking place outside of Cape Town from 4-7 October. As he explained: "It's not my first time at Rocking the Daisies. I performed there three or four years ago."

He reminisced: "I was there as a very new artist, and I only had about two hit singles when I came out, and I was a surprise act. I remember the crowd was so crazy and I was so fresh in the game it was a once in a lifetime experience." 

About this year's performance, he said: "This time I've got my stripes, and I know that Rocking the Daisies is always crazy."  

About how his approach to putting together a set at a festival is different to putting together one at one of his own shows, he explained: "I know when I'm performing a set at my show, it's one hundred percent my fans, people that know my music you know. It gives me a chance to perform the songs that are more personal, that might not have made it to radio or TV."

He elaborated: "I get to perform my favourite songs from the album that I never put out as singles. So, the general public might not know them, but I know my fans definitely know them. I feel like that's the only big difference, for my fans to get to know a different side of me." 

He carried on: "I know for festivals it's a little bit different because I'm not only performing for my fans but people I am trying to convert into fans." 

When asked about what song fans are really connecting with right now, Nasty said without a moment's hesitation: "Definitely SMA, it really gets them going."

SMA is the song that the local rapper likes to perform the most too, along with another song on Strings and Bling, Gravy. He added quickly in almost rhythmic cadence: "These are both very real songs, and it talks about something every person has been through. Especially with a song like SMA, every person has been through that type of drama." 

About the more upbeat, Gravy, he said: "It's more about me not wanting any trouble and wanting to have fun with my friends, and everyone wants to have fun with their friends. "

He confidently said: "I feel like those two songs bring the energy to performances."

About surprises for the crowd at the festival show: "I've been working on a lot of new music. I'm planning to release an album at the end of the year. So, I might leave them with like a snippet. Yeah, I might leave them with a little something." 

About the stage, Nasty mused: "I'm going to focus on the music, but I know there are going to be some of my hardcore fans in the crowd, so I'm going to surprise them." 

Who does Nasty still really want to collaborate with? The answer is something fans have been asking for: "I want to work with Sjava. We've wanted to work together for a while, but we're both so busy, so we've been going back and forth on email. I feel like that's going to come together very nicely."

How does someone with such a busy schedule as Nasty C take himself away from the stage and the studio? He simply says: "I love to perform, if I'm not doing it, I'm thinking about it. I might be playing PlayStation, but in the back of my head, I'm thinking of going on stage. I guess the only time I really take to unwind and destress is when I'm travelling outside of the country. Then I really get to explore and discover new things." 

About what country was his favourite, he instantly said: "Japan. Without a doubt, Japan." He gushed: "I just got back from there a few days ago, I had to go back. We shot a video there. The place is just amazing." 

Nasty C (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

(Photos: Getty/Gallo Images)

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