Interview – Byron Major

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  • When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

It was during my early years of primary school, I must’ve been 8 years old and a South African pop group sensation called ‘101’ had swept the country’s music scene with fresh new music and an excitement that was tangible. I was on a school camp at the time, and as my entire grade was getting ready for dinner in the eating hall, so I got up on the tables and started singing a couple of lines from 101s hit single: “Who’s gonna be next in line? Do you really think I can’t tell time…” Before I knew it, some of my friends had joined me in the performance taking over now a couple more tables, and luckily enough our teachers didn’t really mind it either. Fun times and sweet memories!

  • Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

I grew up listening to and mostly trying to dance like Michael Jackson in the living room of my grandparents’ house in Cape Town. My grandmother told me that I even asked her to get me the hat and white glove to take my MJ living room performances to the next level! (typical me…)  Michael Jackson’s work certainly influences not only the music I create today but also the decisions I make regarding my brand and image, he was a master at the game of entertainment.

  • 3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I wrote my first song at the age of 12 when I won my primaryschool’s song writing competition, with a jazz and funk fusedsong.  Since then I’ve been writing songs and recording mymusic with saved-up pocket money at a local studio, which eventually resulted in me being accepted as a songwriting major at Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA.

  • How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)? put

When living in the U.S, my band and I performed regularly in and around Boston and the east coast. We did live performances at radio stations which we thoroughly enjoyed. I was fortunate to perform at some of Berklee’s showcases, and as part of a Bob Marley ensemble. While at Berklee, I even performed in a production of Marvin Gaye’s life and career. I have been back in South Africa for just over a year and most of my time and energy has been put into the perfecting of my original material, prepping and tweaking it for the recording studio and was fortunate enough to visit London for the recording sessions of ‘May Flower’ during December of 2015 with producer Andy Whitmore.  I’m currently completing my Masters in Performance Art, and majoring in Jazz Vocal Performance, at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. However, I do look forward to performing live again one of these fine days

  • What has been your favourite moment in music?

It has been receiving my 4-year Bachelor Degree in Music at the age of 21 from Berklee College of Music in 2014 and receiving this with Cum Laude, and one of my most memorable moments is working with multi-platinum producer Andy Whitmore in London last year December to produce two tracks, the one being May Flower, and the other Electric Eyes which will be released later this year.

  • Where is the best place to find you online?

I’m on all main social media platforms and look forward to connecting with you. Here are some links where you can hear more of my music and follow my journey:
https://soundcloud.com/byronmajor
https://www.facebook.com/mayartjustifyourreality 
https://twitter.com/byronmajor13
https://www.instagram.com/byron_major/