We caught up with The Graeme Watkins Project (GWP).
You have spent three years honing in on your musical talent. What did you do in those three years to make sure that you were ready for this moment?
We grew up! We continued working as GWP but also formed various solo projects and businesses that allowed us to stabilise after the chaos of touring that was the first four years of GWP. We ran off and got married, had kids, had fun, and got inspired to make a new kind of music.
Tell us more about your single “Love in Abundance”. What was it like creating it?
It was awesome. We were all in a space where we had a lot of pressures and chaos, we had just made the decision to write to our own tune, and not commit to deadlines, where we send out half-finished stuff. We were really pumped about just doing things our way, and Love in Abundance was born. It was awesome.
You’ve created an evolved sound. How have your fans responded to this version of you?
I think our fans have grown with us, so a lot of them are in a similar space. Where all of a sudden you have to figure this adulting thing out, and you panic, and boom you are having a full blown crisis. This reminds you that there is so much more to life, and that age is just a number, and you’re only as old as you act. Let go, relax and love abundantly.
What does your ultimate musical success look like?
We live it everyday. Continuing to do music as a full time job, believe it or not is a major win for me! but in all reality you are asking the worlds most ambitious human here, I could swing out Grammy’s and Oscars and all that accolade stuff, but the real win would be to have a career where our music reaches people all over the globe. It doesn’t have to be fancy or financial, just impact people on a grander scale would be awesome. We have been super lucky to have had the epic career and support in SA, so we would love to take it up a notch and try over the pond.
What plans do you have for the rest of 2016?
TOURING! Check out our Facebook for dates. And hopefully our new song will be ready before the end of the year.
Photo by Lourens Reynecke