NKOSINGIPHILE (SOULPOIZEN) NGIBA has been in the ‘game’ for seven years, but in such a short period he progressed from being a DJ, House Music Producer to owning a music label which his current album ‘NATURE FREQUENCIES‘ is released under. FUNSION_SA had a chat with him to find-out more about his debut.
FUNSION_SA: Take us back,when did you start producing?
SOULPOIZEN: I started music production back in 2007, at the time I had been interested in Rap/Hip Hop… So,that’s where my production capabilities emerged.
FUNSION_SA: Which production software do you use?… and which musical instrument do you use to produce?
SOULPOIZEN: FL STUDIO 10/11. And I’m comfortable with my 49key MIDI keyboard.
SOULPOIZEN: Yes,it has been one of my goals when I started my music career and I hope to work on more in the future, and include people who I’ve been looking up to. We’ve worked a lot together with BLAQ SOUL and other guys, we also did a couple of projects as “RAWSOULKRU” comprising of myself, BLAQ SOUL & SOULE VILLAIN.
FUNSION_SA: Wow! We didn’t know about that crew. Who did you collaborate with on this album and why?
SOULPOIZEN: I have DARIAN CROUSE(USA), THUKIE(Tzz Productions, SA), C-NE(SoulO Music) and I included remixes I did for MONOCLES & SLEZZ & ROOM 806, and STEVAAN (SoulO Music). I tried to keep this piece as simple as I could, hence not including too many people on production, as time goes and I grow my brand even further then I can broaden the sound I am focusing on right now.
SOULPOIZEN: It’s a great experience, he has been around much longer than I have, so, we have fun in studio and he shares his experiences at the same time, which helps because you can never know it all. But he’s one of the greatest vocalists to work with!
FUNSION_SA: (Ha ha!) I can imagine. Before you started working on this project, what did you have in mind with regards to the listener?
SOULPOIZEN: I aimed at giving the listener something fresh and unique, but not complicated. (Ha ha!) And I tried to accommodate a variety of sub-genres within the house genre.
FUNSION_SA: (Ha ha!) “Not complicated”; ‘ear friendly’, that’s understandable. You are specially popular for your AFRO-DEEP House and TRIBAL House productions, so, which are the other sub-genres included and did you keep your signature?
FUNSION_SA: Yes, it’s important to challenge yourself. Which record company are you under and promoting / distributing ‘NATURE FREQUENCIES’?
FUNSION_SA: How are the promotions thus far?
FUNSION_SA: If a promoter (from any city or province) is interested at helping with the launch, what should they do?
FUNSION_SA: Cool. How do you keep focus on your DJ/Producer’s career goals?
SOULPOIZEN: Researching more about the industry, staying up to date with what works and doesn’t. Always finding inspiration to keep the art alive and allowing myself to be mentored by people who have experienced the industry in the previous years.
FUNSION_SA: Yeah, in IsiZulu they say, “indlela ibuzwa kwaba phambili”. How are DBN House fans towards your production?
SOULPOIZEN: It’s always amazing and humbling when I’m out for gigs, the response is overwhelming sometimes. (Ha ha!) I’m a bit shy. But the love is there!
FUNSION_SA: (LOL) That’s ‘funny’; a “shy” DJ. DBN is popular for its own sound a.k.a ‘iqgomu’. How many units are you hoping to sell?
SOULPOIZEN: (Ha ha!) Honestly,I haven’t given that much thought, units won’t move unless I sell SOULPOIZEN as a brand to the masses. For now I’m working on that and we are getting somewhere, we have one video already for ‘sithembele kuwe’ and in the process of working on another one.
FUNSION_SA: That song is a ‘killer’. Is it your current single? How long has it been out?
SOULPOIZEN: Yes it is, hopefully it’ll get airplay soon. We didn’t release it “officially” but people are aware of the song.
FUNSION_SA: Is the album available on legal online stores? Which ones?… and from which physical music stores can people buy it?… Where can they order it?
FUNSION_SA: Seems like you’ve a solid one. Any last words?
SOULPOIZEN: Thank you and I appreciate you taking the time to find out more about the album and me. Lastly, I’d like to emphasize that we go and chase our dreams BUT work hard and let God take charge.