This was the most anticipated EP from Pretoria in a while, from the name you can guess it is one that relates with the whole world, trying to adjust to this new normal.
In this soft talk the man behind the music gives some quality information on his journey so far and what plans lie in waiting for him and his growing fanbase.
Obie’s journey started like most others, here’s a kid who got into music by playing at his family’s church. “When I was a bit younger I played a lot of instruments at church, the drums, keyboard, that’s where I started horning my craft,” Obie says. His father played a lot of musical instruments. He grew up in a house where gospel music was prevalent to most, this really shows his relatability.
Obie is carving out his own path. The music he makes brands it reflectional music, driven by the socio-political environment. “It aims to inspire,” he says. He further states, “I want to enlighten as much people as I can,” this seems to be his best motivator.
He takes us through the creative process. His producers are a big factor in the grade of music that is feeding our souls. The EP was well thought out, he would sit and think for several hours capture the mood of what is required by the producers before any sorts of beats and tunes came into play. “The name of the EP came after I had recorded all the other songs, it popped in my head when I was writing the intro. It was very direct and self explanatory.”
Collaborations are a big part of the music industry and Obie Swaden is open to a few himself, when asked he gave a few names, Simphiwe Dana, Thandiswa Mazwai and Nasty C to name a few. To just find a balance and soul blend in the music.
The music is still in its infantry and he shows an appreciation of the lots of people who already like the music. This seems like lightning caught in a bottle just waiting to explode.
Speaking in a comical way Obie describes himself as one who is really good at having an argument, perhaps public speaking could be something we see in the future. Very passionate about the sports world and an accounting major, he puts these forward as the thing he could have been concentrating on was it not for the great music he is giving.
Obie Swaden credits the internet for helping up and coming musicians coexist in an industry that is predominantly run by labels, and its limitless reach to the whole world.
“Always believe in yourself,” Swaden speaks softly. He talks about the best piece of advice he has ever received. People should not doubt themselves and just keep working hard to try to achieve their goals.
What is next for Swaden? To push the EP, getting on more stages and giving people visual specters to the music. And keep giving the people what they need.
Listen the the EP on all platforms from this link: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/obieswaden/the-year-that-wasnt