The video for the single is something else. How involved were you in the creative process? And what was it like shooting your first video?
Mark Middlewick, the director, had some great concepts and we work-shopped them together, discussing influences and what the song was about, or what it felt it was about, because those are two different things. But as much as I was very involved in the video, it was Mark who pitched the idea.
Shooting the video was incredibly exciting, but frightening as well. Karl Anderson [Just Music record label owner] always reminds me that you have only one opportunity to make a first impression. We wanted to make a good first impression. The shoot was gruelling though and emotionally exhausting. We did about 26 takes and with each one I had to be emotionally and physically open. By the end of the day I just slumped into a chair and fell asleep.
You are building a reputation for playing live. Is it something you enjoy doing?
Oh yes, very much. It’s one thing recording and imagining people’s reactions when they hear the album. But when you play the songs to them live and you relive the songs, or you put new meanings to them, that’s an incredible feeling. It also grows you as an artist.
Fast money, fame and household name status, or a career under the radar on your own terms?
Whether it’s fame or an under-the-radar career, it must always be on my own terms.
Do you have a career plan?
I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a career plan, but I just want to go on creating great work, a strong discography. I want to work very, very hard.
Do you think of yourself as a brand? “The brand of Nakhane Touré”?
That’s a little strange to me and a little hilarious. I don’t necessarily think of myself as a brand, but I’m also aware that as soon as I have commoditised my work, then it is naturally a brand.
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