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#MusicExchange: Richard Stirton

Richard Stirton won the Voice SA in 2016 and his debut album entitled Middle Ground is doing nicely as he says.
Richard Stirton releases 'Middle Ground'

Richard Stirton, winner of The Voice South Africa 2016, released his first album 'Middle Ground' on Friday 7 October.

By Pasqua Heard 10 Oct 2016


Richard’s next show is at the third annual Mdumbi Green Fair Music Festival on 18 May 2018. Hosted in the forest at the majestic Mdumbi Point in rural Transkei, this is an event unique in its setting.

I chatted to Richard, last week.

BizcommunityWhat does music mean to you?


It means a hell of a lot to me. Music is an opportunity for me to express myself and share my thoughts and feelings about many different things. I love how emotive and expressive music is. It’s the closest thing we have to magic in my opinion.


BizcommunityWhat drives you: ego or humility?


Humility.

BizcommunityAny funny moments on stage?


In our first show at Cafe Roux, myself and my guitarist had only had a couple of rehearsals and as a result, decided that for the song he knew the least we would just chart the chords so he didn't have to play it by memory. We, unfortunately, didn't have a music stand so we decided to rest the chart on one of the monitors during the performance. As soon as we started playing the song the vibrations through the speaker caused the chart to fall to the ground. My guitarist then lost his place and began butchering the song. I had the pick up the chart and help him try and find his place while still singing. We still laugh about it today. I enjoy making jokes so there are a lot of funny moments during my set. I love having a captive audience.

BizcommunityWhich living person do you admire most and why?


I never really sit in awe of anyone. I respect people for what they've achieved. Musically, I would say Harry Styles because coming out of a boy band he went against everything that would be expected when he released his solo album. He stayed absolutely true to himself and the kind of artist he wanted to be, even though he had millions of fans that loved him for an entirely different style of music. I think that illustrates the quality and trueness of the man, something that I feel is lacking in today's popular music scene.



BizcommunityWhat is your most treasured possession?


I'm not a very materialistic person. I tend to treasure people and places more than objects. I love my guitar, but I could survive using a mediocre one.

BizcommunityIt’s your round, what are you drinking?


J├Ągerbombs.

BizcommunityThe song you wished you wrote?


Skinny Love and Kiwi.

BizcommunityWhat makes you stand out?


I feel like I am authentic, honest and relatable. I just try and stay true to myself in all situations. Vocally, I’m pretty dynamic if it comes to the music side of things.

Image by Canton Parker

BizcommunityIf you were not a musician what would you do?


Probably work on the super yachts, haha.

BizcommunityPick five words to describe yourself?


Honest, funny, kind, driven, open.

BizcommunityFavourite fashion garment?


A nice pair of comfy skinny jeans. I can’t stand uncomfortable pants. The chafe is real, haha.



BizcommunityGive us some real proper slang and what it means


Lam - To relax.
Vark - Very.
Blom - To relax.
Yikked - To reach a point of severe intoxication due to excessive alcohol consumption.

BizcommunityYour greatest achievement?


Probably winning The Voice SA.

BizcommunityWhat do you complain about most often?


Being hungry or poor service.

BizcommunityOn stage, I tend to?


Talk a lot. Often far too much. I make plenty of jokes. I get lost in the music.



BizcommunityWhere would you like to be right now?


Bodysurfing the wedge in Plett.

BizcommunityWishes and dreams for 2018?


To have several singles do well on the radio in SA and to play plenty of live shows while growing my skills on guitar and piano. I would really like to go to a music festival overseas this year, even if it's just to be in the crowd.

Social media links


@richardstirton (Instagram)
@richardstirton (twitter)
@richardstirtonmusic (Facebook)

About Martin Myers

Co-owner at Triple M Entertainment, founder Music Exchange, manager Sipho Hotstix Mabuse
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