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FARAITODAY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: 3-Time SAMA Winning Trio, MiCasa talks to FaraiToday [Part 1]

After spending the day with the hit makers, Micasa I can certainly say they are the future!! and definitely worth the three SAMAs.

They are the hottest trio in the country right now!! And we met up with the lead singer JSomething to tell us a little something about the trio and their ventures.


FaraiToday: Why the name Micasa?

Micasa: Well the name Micasa means my house, so I think it’s the obvious explanation as we are doing house music. Our house music, but it went a lot deeper than that. You know i’m Portuguese and when you say ‘minha casa e sua casa’, my house is your house. It’s an international term that has been used all over the world. It’s something that you say to someone that you want to be part of what you doing and we wanted to create a brand and a band, a group and a song whatever… that people felt like they were part of. That we weren’t theses celebrities that are on pedestals, we were making music for everyone. We wanted to be on the same level as everyone. So that’s were the name came from.

FaraiToday: How did the group come into existence?

Micasa: It was random man… Dr Duda who is a producer and deejay was playing at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton and Mo-T the trumpeter, his brother works at Soul Candi Chaps, and asked him hey if he wanted to play with Dr Duda he’s a dj and so on. And they started playing together, having never met each other before and I was at the party as well. There was an extra mic and I asked the guys if I can join them and just freestyle some stuff over the beats and whatever. Next thing you knew we were grooving and making stuff on stage and free styling. And obviously being a Soul Candi party, they approached us afterwards and said don’t we wanna do a group, we said no. As JSomething I had just finished studying marketing in Stellenbosch and i had just moved to Johannesburg, Mo-T had been doing some stuff with Fresh and Euphonic, Dj Clock and all these other guys in studio while Dr Duda has been around for ages as he has been doing some stuff. So it was sort of like he’s established, he’s established and i’m not establish as I was trying to do my stuff, playing the guitar on some soulful tip. And three months later we got into studio, did a track then another and people said its cool then an album was released three months later in July. So it s been one of those stories, feels like there’s some another hand that is looking over everything as every that’s happening to us has been ridiculous.

FaraiToday: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard your music?

Micasa: Its house music infused with a whole bunch of stuff. It’s a genre that not only are we struggling to define but a lot of people are also, because it’s such a new fresh sound. If we were building a house, house music would be the foundation, jazz, soul and gospel is the root. It’s like when you cooking a pot of something you put the right spices and you come up with a specific flavour and when we went to studio that what we did. We came with a specific flavour that isn’t boxed into anything.

FaraiToday: What influences your music?

Micasa: What influences you to live? It’s everything, as the songwriter – these streets, Jo’burg influenced me, Alex influenced me; Heavenly sent was some fantasy in my head, that I thought. I was tired of “girl i’m gonna take you to the club, buy you drinks…” it’s not life and that’s not how I want to be seen and I think that how guys don’t want to be seen. So heavenly sent was some fantasy that I wanted guys to sing to girls. All these songs have got their own little stories, so music is influenced by a lot of things. It’s what you hear on radio, or the first thought you had when you woke up sometimes even at 3am.

FaraiToday: Congratulations on your three recent South Africa Music Awards (SAMAs). And we would like to know what awards mean to you as a group?

Micasa: Accolades are great they give that little boost of confidence, it’s sort of like playing sports when the coach says keep at it and taps on your back and says your doing well. That’s what awards are about, you on the right direction we appreciate what you doing – keep doing it. It’s not like you’re the best, you’re doing something good – keep doing it and you are doing something good therefore we attribute this to you. It was difficult explaining how we felt after the SAMAs, when you have dreamt about this life since you were 5 years. It’s a blessing given by God.

FaraiToday: How has the journey been like since winning the three SAMAs?

Micasa: we have had a good run since before the SAMAs as we have been playing around the country and some other parts of the world as well. And the album sales have been great; we went gold before the SAMAs. I haven’t felt the changed as every weekend we have been playing for the past year. So we still playing and doing interviews left, right and centre, because we want to keep s in peoples’ eyes. We not just musicians but we business men also, we know that this is a brand and we need to look after it.

FaraiToday: What makes a group successful in South Africa?

Micasa: What it takes to it a success in life is to be passionate about what you do and to recognise that you have the talent. South African music has so much talent, people need to be unique, find their own flavour, don’t copy anyone, try bringing something that’s fresh and try getting the right team behind you. Get the right team behind you, make sure you talented and passionate those are the three things that will make a success.

FaraiToday: Why do you think South African groups end up going their own individual ways?

Micasa: Groups are not easy; it’s got its pros and cons for both as a solo artist you don’t have to put up with anyone else. Whereas now there are three of us, it’s all about you getting the light. And as JSomething i’m always the front man, so what about Dr Duda and Mo-T? Everyone thinks i’m Micasa. If you think of Destiny’s Child, you think of Beyonce and U2 it’s Bono it’s a fact that it’s something you all have to realise from the beginning as a group that if you going that way there is going to be a front man unlike Teargas. A lot of groups don’t get that right from the beginning, as that causes problems. And people are not in it for the right reasons (wanting to be famous). Like we have gone from complete strangers to absolute best friends, we don’t spend a day without talking to each other even if we not playing that day.

FaraiToday: What has been the biggest challenge that Micasa has encountered thus far?

Micasa: That was the biggest challenge at the beginning, because we had a hit maker Dr Duda as he is hands down the best producer in this country and not because I work with him but because Black Coffee has told me so and I have seen it as well. Challenges come and go, because sometimes you get to a gig and the sound is not up to par, but you still have to overcome that.

 Part 2 coming soon!!


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