We interview The Sextons about their experience in the industry thus far and their countdown to Oppikoppi music festival.
How does it feel to know that The Sexton’s singles are being playlisted on South African and international radio stations?
It’s one of the BEST feelings in the world to know that what you are passionate about is becoming successful. A lot of hard work has gone into this and we are electrified for what’s to come.
Jamie – you made it to the top 8 in 2010 on Idols, would you say that it helped out a lot with your career as a musician today?
It certainly taught me how the industry works and how it doesn’t work. It gave me plenty of contacts and I made some wonderful friends along the way. But the emotional experience and the amount of knowledge I gained was the winning prize for me.
You studied music and drama at AFDA, what made you choose drama? Would you end up acting one day? Or does it help with the “stage fright”?
I absolutely love acting, it has been and still is one of my greatest passions. I fell in love with film, theatre and drama in my childhood so the choice to go and study both drama and music was an apt choice. Performing on stage with The Sextons requires an element of performance and acting and therefore both my loves for the art are fulfilled- music and acting.
When can the fans expect a new album from The Sextons and would you change the creative process behind the making of a new album?
Our new album will be released next year. But for this year, fans can expect a few great singles coming there way. The creative process never stays the same and is forever evolving. Change is always welcomed with new albums and as we see it – change is growth. And that’s what we would like to achieve.
Do you think that online presence is important for fans to find you?
Yes, having an online presence in today’s society is imperative. We are creating a virtual version and presence for our music, which makes it not only easily accessible for music lovers but also a 24hr “stage” to display our work.
You have played at Oppikoppi Festival previously. What are you looking forward to most at this year’s Oppikoppi and what would you do differently?
As we are just days away from this legendary festival, we are getting more and more excited to share the performance we have been working on for many months with our fellow Oppikoppi fans. We have something very special in store for them. We absolutely can’t wait to see some of our very good friends rock the stages – let’s just say, it’s going to be an Oppi to Remember…. bring on the dust!
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists who want to play at Oppikoppi?
“Be so good they can’t ignore you ” – Steve Martin. It’s as simple as that.