Cape Town – It’s been a big year for us here at Channel24 as far as music goes.
We had a chat with many international acts that hit our shores in 2017 as well as amazing conversations with some of our super-talented local artists.
From casual phoners with artists such as John Legend, Pixies and Texas, to sit-down chats with Laurika Rauch, Sketchy Bongo and The Lumineers – this is our favourite interviews for 2017:
1. The Lumineers
It was the second time for The Lumineers in SA this year, and we got to chat to drummer Jeremiah Fraites about their latest album, South African delicacies and touring the country. Read the full interview here.
2. John Legend
Ahead of his recent second visit to South Africa, we talked to John Legend about his tour, whether Chrissy and Luna will be joining him and what he loves most about SA. Click here to read the full interview.
3. Laurika Rauch
In a rare interview with Afrikaans singing legend Laurika Rauch, she lets us in on having never written her own songs, working with her husband and whether she still gets nervous before going on stage. Read the full interview here.
We had a chat with Pixies drummer David Lovering ahead of their SA show earlier this year. He let us in on the recipe for a successful band and what it feels like to have influenced Kurt Cobain. Click for the full interview.
5. Esjay Jones
While most South Africans will associate the name Esjay Jones with Durban- based band Stealing Love Jones, the name Esjay is now being mentioned among songwriting royalty in the US. We talked to her ahead of her tour with Alien Ant Farm in SA. Check it out here.
We interviewed Aussie DJ Flume earlier this year while in our PJs in the lead up to Rocking the Daisies. He told us all about being keen to try out the surf and experience his first ever safari. Check out our chat here.
7. Brian McKnight
The R&B crooner performed in SA recently as part of the R&B Legends concert. We talked to him ahead of the show about his new album, Genesis, his tour and playing golf. Read the full interview here.
We had a chat with lead vocalist and founding member of Texas, Sharleen Spiteri, ahead of their SA tour. Check it out here.
9. Collective Soul
Collective Soul is heading to SA next year and we had the amazing opportunity to chat to frontman Ed Roland. Promising some good old rock 'n' roll for next year’s show. Read our full chat with Ed here.
Brandy also recently performed in SA as part of the R&B Legends concert. We talked to her about returning to SA and why she loves South Africans so much. Click here to read the full interview.
11. Southern Wild
We sat down for a cup of coffee with local band and Deezer Next artists, Southern Wild. They revealed many interesting things, including that their band name came from a dream one of them had. Read our full chat here.
12. Sketchy Bongo
We had the chance to hang at the Red Bull Studios in Cape Town to watch Sketchy Bongo’s live set and sit down with him for a chat. He gave us the inside scoop on Justin Bieber’s SA tour, Shekhinah’s hang with Jason Derulo and what he’s up to next. Read the full interview here.
13. Lucy Kruger
We had a glass of wine with talented local artist Lucy Kruger. We chat about how music started for her, her band’s new album, her day job, her favourite artists, what inspires her, the SA music industry and more. See our full chat here.
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