Name: KVRVBO aka Karabo Moloi
Nationality: South African
Current release: KVRVBO's "Le Fleur" is out via Iron Rods Music.
Recommendations: KVRVBO – Le Fleur; KVRVBO – Celestial Dreams
These two tracks are my go to tracks to start my day or feel inspired.
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When did you start writing/producing music - and what or who were your early passions and influences? What was it about music and/or sound that drew you to it?
I started back in 2008.
A friend of mine suggested FL Studio after we had a conversation about making our own music. Installed it the next day and he showed me a way around it.
For most artists, originality is preceded by a phase of learning and, often, emulating others. What was this like for you: How would you describe your own development as an artist and the transition towards your own voice?
Emulating other well-known artists was one of the main phases I went through because I felt it might help me familiarise myself with the plugins, sound packs, the editors etc.
I then worked my way into developing my own style and while experimenting with different genres.
How do you feel your sense of identity influences your creativity?
I feel like it’s the engine that drives the final mixdown. I get to express myself or my emotions in every track I make.
What were your main creative challenges in the beginning and how have they changed over time?
I always battled with completing a song. I now manage to work a track from start to final banging tune in a couple of days.
Another thing was learning the terms on plugins and effects.
As creative goals and technical abilities change, so does the need for different tools of expression, be it instruments, software tools or recording equipment. Can you describe this path for you, starting from your first studio/first instrument? What motivated some of the choices you made in terms of instruments/tools/equipment over the years?
It all started with using my keyboard as a midi controller since I was still clueless. So as time went by, I realised I need a much bigger setup and managed to get a studio bundle pack which included a midi keyboard, microphone and monitors.
Have there been technologies or instruments which have profoundly changed or even questioned the way you make music?
My drum progressions have always been questioned. I feel like I have a unique style with my drum progressions.
Collaborations can take on many forms. What role do they play in your approach and what are your preferred ways of engaging with other creatives through, for example, file sharing, jamming or just talking about ideas?
I prefer file sharing, I love working solo-dolo.
Take us through a day in your life, from a possible morning routine through to your work, please. Do you have a fixed schedule? How do music and other aspects of your life feed back into each other - do you separate them or instead try to make them blend seamlessly?
I’m a full time Graphic Designer and Art Director, so sadly I do not touch any music during the week. I only make music on weekends.
Can you talk about a breakthrough work, event or performance in your career? Why does it feel special to you? When, why and how did you start working on it, what were some of the motivations and ideas behind it?
A breakthrough performance happened in 2019 when I was booked for a gig alongside Glenn Underground and a couple of local legendary DJs. It opened more doors with gigs and collaborations.
There are many descriptions of the ideal state of mind for being creative. What is it like for you? What supports this ideal state of mind and what are distractions? Are there strategies to enter into this state more easily?
I do not have any ideal states or processes of getting into these kind of vibes. I just open the DAW and get going. If I finish a track, Hooray! If not I just close the app and go about with my day.
Music and sounds can heal, but they can also hurt. Do you personally have experiences with either or both of these? Where do you personally see the biggest need and potential for music as a tool for healing?
I unfortunately do not have this experience.
There is a fine line between cultural exchange and appropriation. What are your thoughts on the limits of copying, using cultural signs and symbols and the cultural/social/gender specificity of art?
Pardon me, what?
Our sense of hearing shares intriguing connections to other senses. From your experience, what are some of the most inspiring overlaps between different senses - and what do they tell us about the way our senses work?
This experience comes in during my DJ sets, the sight of the audience or the crowd enjoying what I’m playing. Sight and hearing work perfectly in such instances.
Art can be a purpose in its own right, but it can also directly feed back into everyday life, take on a social and political role and lead to more engagement. Can you describe your approach to art and being an artist?
Just pay the artist, exposure doesn’t pay bills.
What can music express about life and death which words alone may not?
It's pretty simple: Music heals better when words fail.