DYD: Can you tell us about your upcoming studio project and how the sound is different from your previous work?
It’s called ROB THE CHURCH, Fred Hirshy from Switzerland crafted the sound for the album , I knew what I was trying to achieve and he understood it and took it to different heights.

DYD: Besides the studio album, what other projects are you working on this year?
TUMI: I am really enjoying my role as creative director at Motif Records. I have come to find great reward in helping others find their own voice.

DYD: What is your approach, or your mind-set when creating your particular brand of rap? How would you describe that what makes your music, yours?
TUMI: Me. As far as approach goes, I try to work with people I trust who have the same end goal in sight.

DYD: What is your opinion on the current form of South African hip-hop? How do you feel about the radical spike in radio play and support for local artists?
TUMI: First just so you know, this is easily the laziest question to ever ask an artist. I think for the most part local hip hop artists have become more commercially studied. They know how to make music that the majority of people will like. I think before we either didn’t care to make music for radio or didn’t know or some who did just didn’t seem believable, sincere or tasteful for that matter. I think today, these kids got the formula.

DYD: What is the main thing that you want people to take away from your music once it’s left resonating in their minds?
TUMI: That’s enough for me. That it resonates with you means you also played your part in bringing your story closer to mine. Magic.

DYD: I personally have always been critical of the creativity and innovation of South African artists, as we always strive to mimic rather than innovate, yet I feel that tendency is finally crumbling. What are your views on the creativity within modern South African artists?
TUMI: I think the pie has gotten bigger and you will have Mickey Mouse artists coming for their piece and that’s fine. I don’t think that necessarily means lack of creativity, but it does mean more output am that’s cool.

DYD: What can those at Park Acoustics, who are perhaps not your usual audience, expect from a Tumi performance?
TUMI: I think all my audiences are not usual. Hehe. Being me water and I will bring you music. Hope it doesn’t rain.

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