He believes in writing his own story through not only his eyes but also through the people who inspires him.
What inspired you to go solo after years of playing with other people?
I had been touring none stop with Car Boot Vendors around South Africa, also just playing too many shows in general. I felt burnt out and I was only 26. I needed a change, my brother called me up and told me he would buy me the flight to Asia if I left the next day. I knew that it was probably the wrong decision at the time but how can one turn down a flight to Bangkok and the chance of seeing more of the world? So I left and got on a plane with hardly saying goodbye to anyone. I was back in Bangkok living in my brother’s house. Working as a teacher, travelling and writing my debut solo album. It was a really lonely time, but there comes a time when one needs to stand on his or her own feet. Going solo was the best and worst decision I could have made. Still I have no regrets and on that trip I saw incredible places and wrote an album which I thought reflected what it’s like to be out there on the road alone.
Name your top three experiences in the South African countryside that you’d recommend for someone’s travel bucket list?
Why should these places be on a traveller’s bucket list?
These places are all amazing for so many reasons. The hole in the wall is nice because it is untouched and within an area with little human interference. The garden route is beautiful and easy to access and the North and South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal are breathtaking for so many reasons, from world class surf spots to mountains and forests and jungle, there really is a lot to see and do.
List one or two must-do attractions to try at/around this place
There is so much to do and see in all these areas, there are many world class surf spots along the North and South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, you can delve deep into the eclectic culture of the Eastern Cape. One of the highlights is hiking, including world class hiking trails in all these locations. A notable trail is the otter trail on the garden route.
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