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#MusicExchange: EJ von Lyrik releases new single

Singer/songwriter EJ von Lyrik and Roeshdien Jaz released a new single entitled "Want What You Can't Have".
EJ von Lyrik, currently based in the Netherlands, originally hails from Mitchells Plain. She has been writing and performing her own material since 1997 when she turned professional.

Having a distinct interest in music production, EJ started producing her own instrumentals in 2001. Her music is an eclectic mix of funk, rock, dancehall, hip-hop and roots reggae. She is a strong advocate for human upliftment and inspiration through the medium of music and, therefore, her music carries positive messages in her lyrics.

EJ was also a former member of the legendary, all-female hip-hop group Godessa. Rated by Chuck D of the legendary American hip-hop group Public Enemy, as one of his personal top five female MCs of all time, her musicality and versatility reach far beyond what is ‘conventionally’ defined as hip-hop. As a singer, she has a beautiful vocal range and her ability to switch between styles of delivery is simply unmatched. 

I caught up with the powerhouse vocalist EJ last week. 

BizcommunityThe new decade means: 
Loads of change! Exciting new prospects in online business, new music being created on a daily, plus continuing the ‘personal growth’ streak.

BizcommunityFame is about: 
Being a tool to create awareness about your art and further your agenda, whatever that might be. It's not the ‘be all and end all’ of what makes you great at what you do.

BizcommunityRetirement will happen when: 
When I'm ready, and I am far from being ready.

BizcommunityI don't do: 
Mindless music.

BizcommunityWhat does music mean to you?
Upliftment. It can empower, inspire change and educate when used positively. 

BizcommunityWhat is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?
The creative side! Being in the studio writing or recording lyrics and producing beats. Sound in itself fascinates me. So being able to create something from intangible frequencies is exhilarating. 

BizcommunityAny funny moments on stage:
My keyboard player once answered a cellphone call while in the middle of a show, only to tell the person on the other side that he will “call him back because he is playing at the moment”. And he didn't stop playing, throughout the entire call. 

BizcommunityIt’s your round, what are you drinking?
A good ol' cab sav or merlot from South African soil.

BizcommunityDream gig to do: 
I would love to share a stage with Damian Marley aka ‘Junior Gong’, youngest son of the late, great Bob Marley.

BizcommunityTop of your bucket list: 
To become a household name as a beat-maker and producer.

BizcommunityWhat makes you stand out?
I think it's my ability to flip effortlessly from one vocal style to another in one song.

My baby brother couldn't say my name properly when he was little, so he just called me 'Aya'. And now every child in our family calls me Aya. But I think it's cute.

BizcommunityIf you were not a musician, what would you do?
I would probably be either a teacher, a psychologist or a biologist since I love nature, human psychology and education.

BizcommunityPick five words to describe yourself: 
Introverted, funny, spiritual, determined, creative. 

BizcommunityFive favourite SA albums of all time?
  1. Prophets of da City – Age of Truth 
  2. Brenda Fassie – Thola Amadlozi 
  3. Moodphase5ive – Steady On 
  4. Jitsvinger – Skeletsleutel
  5. Tumi Molekane – Music From My Good Eye

BizcommunityWhat song changed your life? 
“Kickin' Nonstop” by Prophets of da City! When I heard it I think that became the defining moment in me, also wanting to be an emcee.

BizcommunityWhat is your favourite word?
Coolio. Yeah, I know, it's also the name of a hip-hop artist. Don't ask.

BizcommunityFavourite fashion garment: 
A pair of fading skinny blue jeans. You can wear it with anything.

BizcommunityGive us some real proper slang and what it means? 
“Dala what you must.” It just means that you gotta “Do, what you gotta do.” 

BizcommunityYour greatest achievement: 
I was a member of a highly successful all-female hip-hop group called Godessa from 2000 till 2008. We were considered to be one of the most impactful bands of our time. Raw and outspoken about critical issues, lending a feminine edge, to the ‘male-dominated’ hip-hop scene, and breaking international barriers.

BizcommunityWhat do you complain about most often?
My bust-up knee. Eish!

BizcommunityWhat is your fear?
Not having achieved all I wanted to before I leave here.

BizcommunityHappiness is: 
Maintaining your peace, in absolute chaos.

BizcommunityOn stage, I tend to: 
Go wild!

BizcommunityWhere would you like to be right now?
On a beach in Cape Town, in February.

BizcommunityDo you do charity work and, if you do, what do you do?
l do charity work with the amazing song with Roeshdien Jaz, “Want What You Can't Have”, where the digital sales proceeds will go towards the ‘Ihata Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Heideveld, Cape Town (Music with a Purpose).

Social media:

Twitter: @EJvonLYRICK1 | Instagram | Facebook

About Martin Myers

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


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