We had a quick chat with Tresor

2016-09-20 15:09


Tresor (Photo: Gallo)

Cape Town - We had a quick catch-up with multi-award winning and-multi platinum selling Congolese born singer-songwriter, Tresor. 

The Never Let Me Go remix reach number 2 on Italy iTunes, beating out Rihanna and Justin Bieber. How does that feel? 

It's amazing and everything is happening so fast. And I think for an artists to top the charts in a foreign country, outside of Africa is really, really incredible. And playing on the same ground as major artists like Rihanna and Justin Bieber, it's just incredible. And I'm really excited that my music is getting the recognition and the love. 

Where do you find inspiration for your music?

My music is really inspired by everyday life. People around me, love, kindness and tears. Everything in between. I don't really think very deep about it, sometimes the music just comes out on its own. For me, I just have to find a feeling. I just express what I feel, through things that happen everyday. 

Can you take us through your writing and recording process?

That's a very complex question. I have multiple process, I am always adventurous. I will write a song, sometimes literally when I wake up, or even between 00:00 and 06:00 in the morning. I'll then spent my time on my guitar, writing lyrics and melodies. After that I'll record what you call, demos, which is my voice and guitar. And then I'll meet with the engineer and add some production to the music - the keys, the drums and everything.

And then I can keep experimenting with the song, production of the song and giving it identity. And then when I'm really sure, I'll do the final vocals. - Either for myself or another artist. 

Then comes the most crucial part which is mixing which is balancing the music and making sure the right parts gets more spotlight. Making sure each part gets shine. Afterwards is mastering and then the song is ready! 

It sounds easy, but that's pretty much just me summarising the writing process. The song could take a day, it could take two hours, it could take a week and sometimes even a month to get done. 

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What was it like opening for Seal?

I've been compared multiple times to Seal and it was really a major dream on mine come true. Just being in his presence as an artist. He has really made an impact in the music scene, globally. And for me is story is so empowering, that you can pretty much be anyone you want in the world, as long as you are willing to work hard for it and believe.

And being on tour with with him as really been a beautiful and once in a lifetime opportunity. And it's something I'll treasure for the rest of my life. 

What was it like working with the like of Beatenberg, AKA and Kuli Chana?

I've been really fortunate to work with these artists. The experience has always been incredible working with new artists. The best part is that I've actually learnt more about these artists, their talents and their personalities. And I really enjoyed the sessions I had with the guys from Beatenberg. Kuli Chana is an incredible human being and so is AKA, who is very funny in studio.  

I just really enjoy the process of making music with different people. I personally feel that collaboration is really important in music, because people get to experience different sides of these artists. And when two musical minds come together, there is always something great to come out of it. 

Which artists would you like to collaborate with?

Globally there are so many great artists I would like to work with. Locally I think Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hotstix. I'm also really loving the stuff that Sketchy Bongo is doing. We are really good friends, but we never just have time to work. There are plenty of artists I would like to work with, I'm also really loving Shekina's voice right now. 

What we can expect from you for the rest of year? 

I'm working on new music very, very soon. Alot of live shows nationwide. And I'll be going live with a brand-new project in the month, that I've been working on over the last couple of moths. And I'm so excited to announce it.

MAFIKIZOLO ????Living legends ??Thank you for a great studio session today ???? #Mafikizolo #Tresor #AfricaRising

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