Bioluminescence is the brand-new album from Durban-born musicians Parable Fifteen.
The band is Marc Skarda (vocals), Bryce Breeds (bass), Marius Botha (drums) and Nic Leahy (guitar).
The band has made strong inroads into the music industry as well as the live music scene over the last couple of years.
Before being signed to Just Music, the band spent their time crafting their pop/rock sound and gigging intensively.
“We got a chance to have our dream come true! We wanted to make sure this album was our best, refined and relevant songs for where we are as a band right now. We believe that this album is a relatable world-class piece of art, and could not be prouder.
“Songs, for me, are a little bit like my children, and this feels like putting my five-year-old on the school bus for the first time.
“We’ve put our heart and souls into making this album and we just really hope people love these songs just as much as we do… it's scary,” says vocalist Marc Skarda.
“You and Me” is the lead single from their stellar 11-track album.
I chatted to Skarda last week.
What does the new decade mean?
A new opportunity to do so much more, that old saying: “I wish I knew then”, well now, we do and it means we can use the knowledge and experience to build on… exciting!
Fame is about:
Platform! The possibility of impacting so many more in a positive way
Retirement will happen when:
This becomes more like a job and less like something we truly love
I don't do:
What does music mean to you?
It’s a universal language, the ability to communicate on a level nothing else can.
What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?
Knowing that people appreciate the entertainment we are providing and that people are as inspired to live their dreams as we are.
Any funny moments on stage:
Too many to mention, but probably falling ‘up’ a few stairs trying to be cool. Yes, we are all human and make fools of ourselves. Lol.
Which living person do you admire most and why?
Kevin Hart - he seems to really work hard to achieve his dreams; he is real, for the most part, but understands that hard work is all that gets you there.
What is your most treasured possession?
That’s a tough one! Probably my studio equipment.
It’s your round, what are you drinking?
Jim Beam; lots of ice, shot glass.
What makes you stand out?
My lockdown tummy; I’ve been told my eyes are very intense.
If you were not a musician, what would you do?
I’d be a life coach and motivational speaker.
Pick five words to describe yourself?
Honest, real, funny, ambitious, driven.
Five favourite SA albums:
Tree 63 - The Life and Times of Absolute Truth Just Jinger - All Comes Round Wonderboom - Tell Someone Who Cares Cinema - Cinema Niemand - Reborn
What is your favourite word?
Favourite fashion garment:
Give us some real proper slang and what it means:
Kiff - really cool.
Your greatest achievement:
My two incredible daughters.
What is your fear?
Behind my driver on the first tee.
On stage, I tend to:
Play with my zip too often.
Do you do charity work and, if you do, what do you do?
We have done a lot of work with raising money for Aids orphans.
Wishes and dreams:
We really want to make music that inspires people to pursue their dreams.
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