Swing City Band is modern day swing music, inspired by the likes of the Rat Pack, Michael Buble and Robbie Williams. The band members include Loyiso Bala, Nathan Ro (Lonehill Estate) and Graeme Watkins (The Graeme Watkins Project).
Swing City Band was recently nominated for a SAMA for Best Adult Contemporary Album. I spoke to Graeme Watkins one third of the band last week.
What does music mean to you? Well it’s the one language we all can understand but only a few can speak ... I find this fascinating and feel rather privileged to fall into both categories
Any funny moments on stage? Playing a full song and not realizing that the PA was off, our sound on stage was great though and yes we nailed it.
What is your most treasured possession? My freedom
It’s your round what are you drinking? Always a scotch, but a really good one if it’s your round. Kidding just a Bells
The song you wished you wrote? It ain’t yours to through away (The Nashville cast) and the whole of the parachutes album (Coldplay)
Dream of gig to do? Wembley Stadium
What makes you stand out? My sense of humor and ability to make conversation easy for people
Nicknames? Gbob, Gray
If you were not a musician what would you do? And historian or an archeologist
Pick five words to describe yourself? Passionate Devoted Fiery Funny Goofy
What is your favorite word? Quasi (almost but not really/ seemingly)
Your greatest achievement? My Kids
What do you complain about most often? Tidiness, it’s super important for me #neatfreak
What is your fear? Rejection
On stage I tend to? Flick my hand and I have no idea why.
Where would you like to be right now? In a zero gravity chamber filled with smarties.
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