Wandile Mbambeni (WM): I was playing rugby for the Eastern Province Kings Rugby Union, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Eastern Province Academy Side. Studying at Nmmu. I picked up the guitar at the end of 2010, ever since then I have taught myself how to play. I visited a Mugg&Bean in East London, Vincent 13 December 2013 to inquire about the entertainment industry and then ended up playing that evening (R100 for 4 hours).RC: You toured Europe a couple of years ago which is a gig most local musos only reach at the peak of their careers. You’re still on the rise so how was the experience of foreign touring at a relatively early stage of your career?
WM: I feel like that experience was the game changer for my career. It really made me want to do this for the rest of my life. I hadn’t played outside the Eastern Cape before so it was a massive jump. Life-Changing, Game-Changing.
RC: I dug up a 2 year old video of you saying that in 5 years you want to be a chart topper…is this single, Lovers Like You, the the one?
WM: I believe in this song a lot, I think Maturation EP the full project is the one.
RC: The new single certainly is one worthy of the charts and also somewhat of an evolution of what’s becoming your trademark sound, soft yet powerful (at least that’s how I interpret it). Does this happen naturally or are you conscious of maintaining a particular kind of sound for your personal brand?
WM: Thank you. Influence is one of the other reasons, the sound we want to maintain is Soul Music.
RC: The song details some form of negative expectation in love but a positive surprise in the form of a special person. Was it written about somebody?
WM: Yes you could say that. However not entirely.
RC: I’ve yet to come across and real negativity in your music. I’m also yet to see anything but a smile on your face. In the wake of everything that’s going wrong in the world, what’s your secret to staying humble, happy and smiling?
WM: My team, the people that are around are feeding nothing but positivity. Good company takes the cake definitely (*smiles*)