Interview: Elvis Blue

2010-11-04 09:05
What a gentleman! There's no better way to describe the 30-year-old music teacher from George who just walked away with the Idols title.
Elvis is genuinely not used to all this attention, but he's basking in it. After the finale, Elvis and Lloyd attended their press conference. Elvis says "I've never been to one of those. I sometimes watch Formula One, and afterwards they give them the caps and they sit there with the microphones... I felt like Jenson Button".

At the after party Elvis was joined on the red carpet by his beautiful wife Chireze. They are gorgeous together. Forget Joost and Amor, these two will be SA's version of Posh and Becks. One can imagine YOU/Huisgenoot magazine running a photo spread of them at home in the near future. Elvis is excited at the prospect, saying "Oh that would be cool, my wife would freak out! She would just think this is the ultimate."

Fame and photo spreads aside, this is about the music for Elvis. He just wants to make his own music, "something that's not too loud, something that's not too soft, just music that's easy to listen to".

Elvis has been fortunate to receive all this exposure through a medium such as Idols, but he acknowledges that there are so many musicians in our country that never get to be heard.

"I think the SA music industry can improve by promoting more artists, not just the ones that get TV coverage... There are many more bands out there than the ones we are actually listening to" advises Elvis.

An artist we will hopefully hear more of is runner-up Lloyd Cele. Seeing that Elvis and Lloyd decided to share the R500 000 prize money, Lloyd has said he will be using his share to release his own album. 

The talented twosome always seemed close during the competition, so how are things now? "I was very sad. It was a bittersweet victory, but you know what, he's a guy with really great character, and he's really fine" said Elvis reassuringly. "We both knew one of us was going to lose. The person who wins isn't necessarily better or anything; it's just people who voted".

The people do indeed love Elvis. What's in a name? A sure-fire recipe for success it seems. 

The new Idols winner talks to us about the SA music industry, his friend Lloyd and why he feels like Jenson Button.
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