Hailing from Garankuwa in Pretoria, Focalistic’s exposure to good style and music was an early one. Having propelled into the South African music scene from 2018, Foca quickly become a household name after Smash hit “Shoota Moghel” which he did with Major league DJz. A fully-fledged multi-talent, Focalistic easily swerves between hip-hop, amapiano and kwaito sounds. GROWN caught up with Focalistic, see what went down below.
HOW ARE YOU? ARE YOU COPING WITH THE LOCKDOWN ?
“I’m chillin’. I think everyone isn’t coping with this lockdown [laughs], but for me I’m just trying to stay productive and make more music. I’m trying to entertain myself and others as well. So yeah.”
HOW WAS IT RELEASING YOUR BLECKE EP DURING LOCKDOWN? WAS IT ANYTHING THAT YOU EXPECTED?
“I mean the songs had been out for a while, so I can say it was something I expected but it was a dope reception [you know] especially because people have been wanting the music before the lockdown happened so I think that kind of worked in our favour and just people generally taking it and making it something that means something to them [you know] I think that’s the wonder of music, it means something different to everyone.”
HAVE YOU FOUND IT EASIER OR MORE DIFFICULT CREATE MUSIC?
“I find it more difficult I won’t lie only because our inspiration comes from daily conversations and interactions with people and just living life, that’s the experience that artists and musicians bring to the table and I always say that artists are like journalists so [you know] me having to write about whats happening right now in terms of the lockdown has been very difficult for me because there’s nothing inspirational about it, I think a lot of people try to glamorize this lockdown but there’s nothing glamorous about it.”
WHAT IS YOUR DAILY ROUTINE SINCE THE LOCKDOWN?
” [laughs] Yoh my daily routine is messed up , I literally wake up in the afternoon, bath and try figure out my day but one thing I don’t sacrifice on is spending at least five hours in the studio so that’s why I’d like wake up late because the five hours can be from any time. So I’m trying to find ways to get inspired in the house so either watch a movie or play a couple of PlayStation games and then try being the studio but my new EP that I’m currently working on is also coming along well enough so far after which is probably be complete after lockdown but [you know] it’s about 90% done.”
WHAT NEW HOBBIES HAVE YOU PICKED UP IF ANY?
“[laughs] Netflix. I was never a person for Netflix, I mean I love movies as you can tell the EP I dropped is titled Quarantine Tarantino an ode to one of my favourite directors Quentin Tarantino so yeah boy loves movies but I’ve never been a Netflix kinda person. But yeah, I’m on Netflix now.”
WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU WANT TO DO AFTER THIS LOCKDOWN IS OVER?
“The first thing I want to do is see people like I want to be in a position to have fun with my people again. I think we all took for granted the jäger shots we took during lunches, I want to be able to do that. I want to feel free again. Lockdown is exactly that, I feel locked up.”
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR STAPLE FIT?
“[laughs] BLACK. I am always wearing black.”
WHICH ARTISTS HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO AT HOME?
“I’ve been listening to a lot of South African artists funny enough. I found a new artist ”DB’ he’s dope. I also started listening to ‘LOOKATUPS’ from Cape Town he’s dope as well. Also the new Drake was dope too. Also Lil Mosey. Yeah.”
HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR EP COVER ART BEING COMPARED TO DRAKE’S “DARK LANE DEMO TAPES”?
“[laughs] Look, we all locked down right now, so I guess great minds think alike and like I mentioned earlier, artists are journalist, it’s about reporting on what’s happening right now and that’s how I think two the cover art’s came about. We just writing about how we living right now.”
YOU SEEM TO BE A SNEAKERHEAD, WHAT SNEAKERS DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR CURRENT ROTATION?
“Yeah, I like fashion. I mean I really like the Gucci Rhyton’s, I think they look dope and very comfortable and they go with any outfit. Another sneaker I really like is the Dolce & Gabbana platforms, I’m also into platforms, I mean most the shoes that I own are platforms, SO YEAH.”
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER CREATIVES LIKE YOURSELF DURING THIS TIME?
“My advice is dig deep [you know]. I’ve also been digging deep into my imaginative sense and that’s how I’ve been making music. As much as I’m reporting on what’s going on right now, as I said it’s nothing inspirational so you have to dig deep and showcase your artistic ability and creativity. Also spend time with yourself, this isn’t the time to come out as superman, but you can come out a better artist.”