The House Guru gang might appear like upcoming artists trying to get a slice from an industry they are not cut out for when you first meet them, but the gang’s talent contradict what upcoming musicians are usually associated with.
As Windhoek-based musicians, the group, which consist of three producers, Baptista Gerson known by his stage name (Nasho), Sapyu Mathias (Jowdy) and Kahengutji Richard (Chahelman), do not fall short of talent or hard work as they pushed themselves to rise from the bottom as artists and producers at the same time.
This week, House Guru Gang shares their journey with The Villager’s Celebs unplugged.
How did you discover your passion for music?
Nasho: Chahelman and I grew up together and we also attended the same school, so I would say he introduced me to music. I started off as a producer for a record label called Maclas Emit Records.
Chahelman: I started music with a record label called Star Light Entertainment, while Jowdy started doing music with a local record label named Supreme Records as a producer.
Jowdy: When we came to Windhoek in 2014, we met Julius Hawanga (Slim Jim), who is currently our manager and a producer at the same time with the passion and House Guru gang was born under the Cool Aid Music production.
You are musicians and producers at the same time, tell us how do you balance those two?
Chahelman: For our own music we normally record during the night while we save the day for our clients.
Nasho: We are used to the double shifts we do, so to us it is really not a challenge although some people do come to the studio with a bad idea and you have to try all your best to make a good song out of that bad idea and if you don’t they judge you through the type of music produced.
Jowdy: I think it is all hard work as working with clients can be a challenge but to make our clients happy we put them first to give them the best quality.
What do you do when you come across someone who can’t sing and wants you to produce their music, do you tell them they can’t sing?
Jowdy: We can never tell a person that they can’t sing. What we do is we coach them lyrically and help them make a good song out of a bad song or with the worst lyrics but we make sure that even if the song does not make sense we give it quality.
Nasho: If they come with a bad song or idea we give them other alternatives to choose from by recording something else.
Chahelman: Music is art so something that does not sound good to you might sound good to someone else, so, we accommodate everything.
What is the illest line you would have ever had from a Namibian Musician?
Nasho: ‘My dreams to big and my bad to small’ by the Dotcoms. It is inspiring.
What music project are you working on now or worked on for this year?
Chahelman: We have worked on Kit Tangeni’s album were he featured artists such as Stupid Jones, Tequila, Berthold and KK.
We have also produced few beats for Oteya, Waka, and Dotcoms and currently working on 4x4 Too Much Power’s new album. We also busy working on our new album called Father Bless Us.
It is not an album consisting of gospel songs but, however, speaks more about how God has blessed us in life.
Do you think any Namibian artist can pull off a version to fill up the Dome and fill up independence stadium? If yes/or no, why?
Chahelman: No one can ever fill up a stadium, first of all Namibia’s population is very small. Back then it would have been possible yes when Gazza and the Dogg first started but right now there is no competition in the music industry and people do love music but not just local content.
Jowdy: There is not enough support from Namibians to fill up a stadiums. Fans divide themselves. If you’re doing music in Kavango only fans from Kavango would support your music as an example.
Have you guys ever experience any blunder on stage?
Nasho: Blunders are always there but as a professional you need to get up and pretend like nothing has happened to continue keeping the crowd entertained without losing their attention.