Locnville on giving back and life as artists during the lockdown: ‘It’s been a very testing experience’

2020-05-14 14:21
 
Locnville  (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

The pandemic has brought on a lot of uncertainty globally, with many people wondering if things will ever go back to normal.   

Locnville have been trying to adapt to the changes the national lockdown has brought on, which means their creative process has changed quite a bit as musicians.

As the twins live in different homes with their partners, they now rely on technology to stay connected by chatting on FaceTime.

Speaking to YOU, Andrew and Brian Chaplin shared how they’re getting through this time.

“Working out for me is extremely important so in terms of working out, that hasn’t really changed but my style of working out has,” Andrew tells us. “I’m doing a lot of those Sweat 1000 classes online, so a lot of those home-based workouts. It’s good for my brain.”

His relationship with his wife of nearly a year, Alyssa Chaplin, has gotten stronger during this period, he adds.

“We’re spending a lot of time together. It’s actually been really nice, we’ve sort of gotten closer, playing games and chatting more than we normally would. It’s been a good thing,” Andrew gushes.

Meanwhile Brian is expecting to start his fatherhood journey any time now while also investing in learning new skills.

“I’m picking up a lot of skills, trying to learn a lot of new things,” Brian tells us. “I’m doing a little bit of a business course, trying to keep the brain as active as possible.”


Brian is excited he’ll be able to be with his girlfriend, Simone Dawn De Kock, when she gives birth.

“It [lockdown] has been a very testing experience,” he says. “It’s something new. Given the circumstances, both of us are holding up pretty well. We’re as prepared as we’ll ever be.”

While focusing on making music and nurturing their relationships, the brothers are also giving back to those who have been severely affected by the pandemic.

The music duo recently launched a foundation, ContraBuiton, to assist the homeless. They receive donations, and they’ve started this initiative to make sure the money ends up in the right hands. They also want to ensure that donations will go towards organisations assisting the homeless and the less fortunate.

People who donate more than R100 are automatically entered into a raffle where they could win prizes such as a getaway or shopping vouchers. 

Locnville are seemingly on top of their game and they have plans to give us some great tunes to dance away the blues.

“We do have some stuff that’s pretty much ready to be released,” says Brian. “There’s going to be some great remixes coming out very soon, and then after that there’s going to be some original music.”

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