Just recently the WordNSound Content Team asked our Managing Director if she would make time in her busy schedule to scout some up and coming talent for the next Episode of WNS Series and she willingly agreed…
When we check in with her a few days later we found that she had come up short…
How many company executives in this day and age can say they actually get their hands dirty? We are proud to say that our Managing Director does!
Before we delve into her [virtual] sit down with one half of the dynamic duo check out this joint:
Q: The first time I met you, you were dressed in all grey and introduced yourself as Grae Matter. Please introduce Itai Hakim?
A: Itai Hakim is an up and coming South African born and raised multi-disciplinary artist who uses different artistic mediums – to produced what he calls ‘Channeled Work’.
Namely through his performance poetry, singing, writing (songwriter, author and playwright) and acting. Itai aims to revive, on contemporary artistic platforms ancient, cultural and traditional understandings and narratives of legend and myth through his work. Hakim believes that art is an integral apart of of his personal project of healing and education project.
Q: In one of your performances you speak about Grae as another ‘character’ of yours, and that he’s angry. Why is Grae angry? Do Itai and Grae work well together?
A: Grae Matta is dead. I made peace with the reasons behind his anger (mainly direceted at his personal past and the state of his immediate surroundings ( i.e politics, poverty, the state of education etc ) in the Shrines of Haifa while I was on pilgrimage un Israel in 2011.
Q: How and why did 8 Bars Short come about? And what’s the story behind the name?
A: 8 Bars Short is the remainder of a band called ‘NO IDEA’ which parted ways in the June of 2012.
Nomi and Itani met on campus at a cypher at Wits, later at a poetry slam Itani invited Nomi to and again when Nomi gate crashed a NO IDEA rehearsal on the Wits Lawns.
The story behind the name is while recording the rough cut songs currently on SoundCloud, being newbies to studio settings. After having recorded the instrumental guide for a song, while Nomi sang she noticed we were 8 Bars Short…
Q: There are many bands out there. What makes yours different?
A: Apparently we’re different because we’re an acoustic duo which sings folk-soul. Something that has been absent since BLK SONSHINE a decade ago.
Q: Which 3 poets would 8 Bars Short love to collaborate with on an album? And why them?
A: We haven’t thought that far and aren’t really aware of the poetry scene.
Q: On your Soundcloud account you describe your music as “music from the heart for the heart, infused with indigenous folk”.
A: Indigenous Folk came about as a response to assigning our sound to a genre. Our sound is a mix of a number of genres (blues, jazz, classical, indie) Indigenous music and folk music are influences we draw from. At best we’re still figuring it out, but the closest descriptions have been Country Soul / Folk Soul
Q: Could you please explain this; the sound of your music as Itai Hakim as a solo, and Itai as part of 8 Bars Short.
A: Both sounds are quite nascent, but come from a place of self reflection and questioning.
Q: You are signed with Motif Records. What has your experience been? What advice would you give other artists looking to sign with a record label?
A: Being managed by Motif has been good. Our advice to upcoming artists is to stay true to their own voices and to protect their work vigilantly.
Just a point from me: Motif is not a label, it is a management company.
Q: What have been the highlights of your journey as an artist?
A: Having a conversation with the audience through our work.
Q: What challenges have you faced as an artist and how did you overcome them?
A: Biggest Challenge: Being true to myself. Overcame Challenge: By being true to myself.
Q: What can we expect from you at the next Word N Sound Series?
A: 8 Bars Short will just be sharing who they are as per usual.
video source: http://vimeo.com/91839339
Now hurry up and go check out more of the brilliance available on their Sound Cloud Page before Saturday – https://soundcloud.com/8barshort
PS: Thank you boss lady!