The Nice Guy Sessions is a monthly event at the Cowhouse Market in PTA. The first one takes place on the 14th of April. We chat to Fritz Gun ahead of his performance.
You often perform with various musicians that complement your style and sound – how do you manage to find these fellow musos?
These muso’s are often long time friends that grew into the local music scene with me in their own right, some are braai-buddies, others peers playing the same festivals, venues, shows and looking to join forces.
There is a large part of me who will at the cost of my own gains offer to incorporate artists in my shows essentially in exchange for the dynamics and richness brought about by collaborating with other artists.
I’m thinking our influences are different, therefore we sound different, it’s like when conversing with some you talk about cars, the weather, drugs, sex and money…and with some you contemplate life, love, death and everything inbetween. I feel it’s the same with musicians and what they talk about through their music.
One wouldn’t want the company of the same conversations continuously.
Your music is influenced by different walks of life, and you are constantly reinventing music and your views on the world. Where do you draw most inspiration from?
Taking in the immediacy of this moment is the hardest part of drawing the picture, being here instead of mentally removed from ourselves.
I try it all, writing, laughing, crying, spitting off a high bridge. There is no recipe, the best is to be able to be honest with myself and sum up where I am and express that through art.
Asking difficult questions and hoping you can answer them yourself.
We feel that a personal motivating factor, albeit a superficial one, is that we want to create music to leave a legacy. To be able to materialize something in this life that lastingly affects people. Would you say legacy is a motivating factor for you?
Maybe, It’s not that I think about it too much, I’ve found to constantly conceptualise leaves me getting nothing done conversely to never ask myself what and why leaves me dissatisfied with it all and asking “what is the point” I believe as much in environmental sustainability as I do in being sustainable in one’s personal capacity, you lose touch with yourself, grow disconnected, your surroundings become fictional in a way.
Music must be my platform to solicit and advocate active and practical change.
Living is hard enough, for those who believe in purpose and those who don’t.
We are right and we are wrong, my legacy would be forming an integral part of progressive adaptation,
finding what it means to be South African in troubled times and getting over it.
How do you think the Pretoria crowd is going to react to your music at Cow House?
I always have positive feedback, folks want to meet you and hear one’s story.
Albeit not the best I play and sing well, but I also reserve my expressions and I gather maybe some folks
feel the same way, they are on the point of yelling out, but not quite there, that is me.
I still try to keep the vibe light and less heavy nowadays, I am an overly serious introspective meditative character with an awkward sense of humour I’ve been told.
Which artists influenced you when you were growing up?
Can’t recall when I grew up, I might still be, never blues or acoustic music and here I am.
I rage against my errors of having followed universal trends in metal scenes, but I was an angry kid
for no good reason at the time.
Some of the local bands at the time in Pietersburg where I possibly did or did not grew up in,
Chester Bennington, Linkin Park.
What does your ultimate musical success look like?
To use as few words as possible to express myself.
But not quite there yet,the people, the relationships, to kindle a driven urgency to talk less and understand more, to act on the impulse, to challenge the mind, to challenge ourselves, to find the euphoria of creating experience and testifying of the times.
Creating on a constant basis, no frameworks other than that which absolutely needs to be expressed.
Speaking without cringing, setting goals that when achieved only reveals the tip of the iceberg.
To make music because I’m alive, not music for a living.