By Johannes Hangula
BEING the most successful pioneer Hip Hop & RnB music label in the country since their breakthrough in 2010, 061 Music Crew went mute since their last recorded release in 2013. This year they made a comeback when they recently launched their album, The Area Code. Confidente recently caught up with the crew’s duo Lucci ThanksForTheBeat and Sinna-G to chat more about the new record.
It’s been a while since you released your last record, do you have any fears on how the new album will be received?
To be honest we are not fearful at all because we have been doing music for a while. This is our seventh album for 061 label, so music is nothing new to us, although we would say we got a new sound because we are grown as individuals and we have worked with talented producers such as; Willy G, DJ Kboz, Domingo Madness and DJ Stinger. We are very comfortable with this sound and we know the fans will love it as much as we do.
The Area Code is an audio movie album, why did you decide to go for something of this nature?
It is first of its kind for Namibia; The Area Code is a story, a day in a life of regular guy in Namibia. Songs are playing in sequence of a story as well as interlude to tell the story. It was all about having an innovative approach so that we can stand out from the crowd.
What type of lyrical content is in your latest album?
We would say that this album is more personal for all of us. So basically we are portraying our n o r mal lifestyle on a day-to-day basis, just like in our previous compilation. If one listens to it, the album has a theme of basically a regular guy going through life in Namibia and that is us.
In a nutshell the lyrical content is very homegrown and realistic.
You have loyal (and, dare I say patients) fans; have they influenced anything on The Area Code?
Over the years we had fans asking when is the next album coming out, so we tried to cater our music for the fans, but also we stay true to our own brand of music.
Music is more digitised now than it was when you released your last record, what are your thoughts on releasing a new album in today’s industry?
To combat the changing trend, we decided to stay true to ourselves and we basically made the type of music we listened to and the type of music we are influenced by.
So we believe if one stays true to oneself, one cannot go wrong in instead of trying to be or sound like someone else.
To anyone going to one of your upcoming gigs, are there any surprises in store? Will we see a mixture of new and old material?
061 has a big catalogue of hit music, so at the performance we will give the fans some of the old favorites as well as some of the new songs that we know they would love. So basically we will be taking them for a ride from where we started until now. Our fans have grown with us and therefore they will be still being able to relate to our current content.
Basically they restarted the journey with us at the album launch.
If it is not too early to say what musical-related plans are there for 061 crew in the future?
For the past two years we have been recording a lot of material, and for now we just have to release it over the coming years, as we now started with The Area Code, that will be followed by The Big cat album and further be followed by our solo projects.
It is always important to plan ahead and that is our advice to upcoming artists.
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