Award-winning brothers Andrew and Brian Chaplin (Locnville or previously LCNVL) have written numerous hits that are instantly memorable and now, after a year spent grafting and building a team in Los Angeles, they are poised to make even more musical memories with their latest body of work, through Warner Music South Africa.
Locnville’s Grapevine’ got its debut on Apple Music and Beats Radio on 12th February. It is now available on iTunes exclusively.
Locnville’s performance at South Africa’s Oppikoppi festival in 2013 marked a turning point and showcased a desire to experiment with their songwriting and their stage presence. Now, through more mature thought, they’re fully conscious about putting on a slick, top-notch live show that appeals to a broad audience and is fit for any manner of stages.
By experimenting with varied beats and tones, this multi-platinum selling, award-winning electronic pop duo have expanded upon their musical legacy, which only bodes bright for the future.
Q & A with Locnville
Tell us a little bit about your career and how you started?
Andrew: We’ve been doing music since we were about six years old. We’ve done it all, we had a rock band, a rap group, another rap group, and then we started Locnville. The music has always evolved as we grow and learn ourselves. It really was all a culmination of passion and sheer will.
What projects are you currently working on?
Brian: Right now, we’re focused more on our incredible artist, Anica Kiana. We recently did a single with Pascal & Pearce called Broken Telephone, which is doing nicely. We probably will put out some new music soon, but there’s nothing concrete in the plans yet.
What is your favourite thing about what you do?
Andrew: I get to live life, and I love life.
What is your best career highlight so far?
Brian: There have been too many to mention. But I think winning an MTV EMA was definitely a huge highlight because it was the first time being officially recognised on such an international scale.
If you could give some advice to someone starting their career journey, what would it be?
Andrew: Well, if you’re talking about music, I’d say don’t. Be a doctor or something. We don’t need more DJs, haha!
How did your career in the industry begin?
Brian: We’d been doing music for ages under different pseudonyms. When we were about 17, we made the first Locnville album, which has never been released. Then during our last year of high school, we created the Sun In My Pocket album, which was called Retro Electro at that time. We sat on the album for almost a full year before we just started spamming every radio station we could get hold of. Eventually 5FM became the first national station to play Sun In My Pocket, and the rest just snowballed from there.
How do you think we can grow the creative industry and bring African content to the world?
Andrew: I am a digital nomad, I spread the industry and the African way every where I go.
Tell us a little bit about why you love Cape Town – the host city for FAME Week Africa.
Brian: Cape Town is my home city. It will always be my home! I love the diversity in Cape Town and the fact that there is always somewhere you can go or something you can do to get inspired and sort of ‘reset’.
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