Joining the throng of artists making a long-awaited comeback, Stanley has put all hopes riding on new album to get back into the industry. He sat down with The Villager to talk about what he makes of the industry now.
What have you been up to?
I’ve been trying to get back in the industry. I’m done with the recording of the new album with Welwitschia Music Production. It’s called ‘Who Feels it Knows it’ which basically means it’s only the person who is in a situation who actually feels it. It can be a struggle.
Who was your musical influence growing up?
Joseph Ouguab. The late Jackson Kaujeua and Lazarus Kaputi.
Besides music, what else is keeping you busy?
I’m helping with the careers of other upcoming artists, in terms of helping pay for their recording and so on. I play soccer for Young United in a social league here in Windhoek.
With House music doing so well, do you still think you can be successful with Damara Punch?
Definitely, but it also depends. Music has evolved. If you add new vibes to the old style, you can do something with it. We take the elements of House and Jazz and fuse it with Ma/gaisa. We don’t do Damara Punch the way we used to. Most of the fans miss the old style but it’s better to combine them to reach a wider audience. Erna Chimu is doing well in that sense, mixing jazz with traditional music.
You haven’t been nominated in the last few NAMA award shows, when do you plan on making a comeback?
Definitely next year. I was busy working on my album for the previous shows and just recently shot a new video. Hopefully the new album can get me a foot back into the industry.
Do you feel competition is stronger now than when it was you and Phura and Raph & Pelle all doing well?
Yes, the competition has gotten stronger, and there are also more producers now. Before, it was only Steven Naruseb producing for all of us. But as one of the starters of the genre, we know what people want. In that sense there’s no competition for me. I can come back any time I want, and this new album will bring me back.
What do you make of the industry as a whole?
The industry is focus on money, money, money. But there is no money in the Namibian music industry. The best you can do is have a cracker album. There are a lot of bubblegum artists popping up. I don’t have a problem with upcoming artists but too many of them are unprofessional. Nowadays there are a lot of home studios. As long as you have a computer at home, then they call it a studio. That’s why the music industry lacks quality. That’s why there are a lot of artists with little potential. They just do it because they saw me or Phura doing it. But everyone back then had at least one hit.
What subject did you hate the most in high school?
Mathematics. To be honest, it’s one of the toughest subjects you can ever get.
What’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve experienced on stage?
Once I was performing at Sam Nujoma stadium at an end of the year bash. Gazza and I were supposed to be the last to perform, but the lights had to go off at 12 and the show ended up closing up before we could perform. My fans where chanting before 12 for me to go on but they got disappointed. Later on people started throwing bottles. It was very embarrassing for me.
What’s the naughtiest thing you did as a child?
To be honest, I was really naughty. I broke into someone’s house. The lady was selling fudge at her house and I didn’t take anything other than the fudge and her child’s car toy. I managed to get away but I got caught playing with the car in the street. The lady informed my uncle and when he confronted me I told him it was because it was because I was hungry. So he bought me a loaf of bread and made me finish it. My stomach felt like it was about to burst when I was done.
The year is almost over, what would you say is the most significant thing you’ve achieved in 2014?
Nothing really. The only thing I’m looking forward to is releasing my album because I feel it can bring me back in the music industry.
When do you plan on getting married?
I’m planning on getting married to the girl I have been with for seven years. We have a kid together. I want to get married, but not soon. I’m still planning it.
What are you looking forward to in 2015?
In 2015, I want my own studio. I’m just waiting on equipment now. I’ve been in the studio for ages and I want my fans to feel like I’ve gotten something out of it at least. They can say I have a studio.