INTERVIEW WITH … SOUTH AFRICAN SINGER-SONGWRITER & PRODUCER CUBBI
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: CD or Vinyl?
CUBBI: Digital streaming
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Can you tell us how you got started as singer and songwriter? Was that something you always wanted to do?
CUBBI: Yeah I guess it’s just been something I’ve always done. In high school I spent the majority of my time writing songs after school. I would even bunk math class and just hide out with my guitar writing songs.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Can talk a bit about the backstory and songwriting process behind your two latest singles, “White Lies, Like Flies” and “Buzzkill”?
CUBBI: I wrote WLLF with my looping station. First came the chord progression which I had playing over and over again and about 20 minutes later I had the whole songwriting was done. I was inspired by James Blake’s vocal productions so I added some interesting vocal layers and the song was created. Buzzkill was a collaborative effort between myself and Robokid. I had the vague idea of the song I wanted us to work on in our session before hand as I had written a couple of lines and melody already and felt like it could turn into something cool in the right hands. I played him some of my other music and we chatted about the song and how I wanted it to be minimal and driven by the procussion. I really love how we did a tempo change going into the bridge section, it really drives the song.
TRB: Where do you normally draw inspiration from as artist, producer and musician?
CUBBI: I draw mainly inspiration from relationships, platonic and romantic. And also the relationship I have with myself.
TRB: How has your South African roots influenced your songwriting and your artistry?
CUBBI: Mainly in the production of my music. It might be hard to hear unless you are familiar with music from here. A bunch of my drum patterns are influenced by the gom scene here.
TRB: Do you have a dream music collaboration?
CUBBI: I would love to do anything musically with Tracy Chapman or Fiona Apple. Two of the greatest songwriters ever.
TRB: I’m going to throw in a fun one here … What was your favorite children’s book as a kid?
CUBBI: I’m going to have to pick the Chronicles of Narnia, but the tapes not the books. We used to go on long road trips as a family when we were on school holiday and my parents would play the tapes in the car.
TRB: What music have you been listening to lately? What has been “On Repeat” for you?
CUBBI: The 1975’s new record is bliss. Love It If We Made It, as a song, is a masterpiece.
TRB: And what’s next for you Cubbi?
CUBBI: That’s the question. Shows and shows and touring and shows and music videos and finishing up the next record. Exciting times ahead, I’m looking forward to it.
TRB: Anything else you would like to add? Thank you for your time! 🙂
CUBBI: Hey thank you guys! Check me out on spotify, and follow me on instagram @cubculture_ for updates on live shows and new releases.