Wheeeew! R&B is alive and whooping ass in the charts and how privileged we are to present to you one of the loudest voices from across the ocean in South Africa. Home to a bunch of a multitude of talent including that of the illustrious singer, songwriter and performing works of SBX. The Empangeni raised superstar in the making whose rose of fame for her debut singles on These songs are about you (Part 1) and since then has been picking up widespread views and talk for her gorgeous voice on top on trap-inspired deep R&B productions and working with a host of producers and writers across the nation. Taking energy from her inspirations Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Beyonce the major force to be feeling officially released the sequel to her first EP. She graced us with her time to chat more about her music, what it was like piecing the second EP together and also details on her appearances on MTV Base, Hype Mag and her words of wisdom for aspiring artists coming up.
1. Hey SBX. We’re privileged to have you stop by. Your latest project ‘These songs are about you Too’ is the sequel to part 1. Have does it feel have such an impressive project out there? SBX: Thank you. It is such a humbling experience and I'm so grateful that people have received it how they have.
2. Your project TSAAYT features 8 outstanding tracks all featuring producers from around the world. How was the experience getting everyone involved and piecing together the sequel in comparison to part 1? SBX: It was probably more stressful than the first project which was all done and completed within 2 weeks whereas the 2nd project took longer to piece together. I really wanted it to be a strong follow up so I took my time with it. I had so much fun communicating with all the producers and collaborating on a creative level. It was all organic.
3. Now we see you doing your thang killing it in charts all across the border, appearing on Trace Urban, Escopia, MTV Base and in Hype Mag features, Creators Live and Hot On the Streets. The reception for your music must be a dream come true right, well what do you think? SBX: It all feels like a fever dream. I've been dreaming about this since I was 8 years old and working hard towards it every day so to see it all coming together is confirming that this is what I'm meant to do. This is my purpose.
4. We loooove the R&B lane in the music game. As an artist from South Africa especially one who’s from the school of Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Beyonce. What’s one of the things that you can say that make you stand out in the scene? SBX: I think what's beautiful about S B X and how's she's navigating the space is that she's doing it with versatility and authenticity. I have my own lane and my own beautiful way of giving my music to people that I don't think anyone else can do. At least exactly like me. And I think that's what I've learnt from all the artists you mentioned too; strength and power in that authenticity.
5. Coming up from the surroundings of Pretoria, going to university, releasing singles and getting a lot of buzz early on. What wisdom could you share about your humble beginnings? Are there are any words that you would pass on to anyone coming up in the arts? SBX: One word of advice I would share is: don't give up. Block out the noise and do what's authentic and true to you. The right people will hear you and believe in your art. Don't conform.
6. Finally, we would like to thank you dearly for sharing your story with us and much behind the flawless music you make. What can we look forward to from you this year?
SBX: Thank you for having me. You can expect more music. More visuals. More features. More appearances and more international interviews like this one! We are taking things to the top this year, for sure.