Cape Town - There is no doubt that Paxton Fielies is insanely talented, especially when you hear her sing, but the 17-year-old Idols SA winner reveals that it was her journey through Idols that forced her to mature a lot faster, than most people her age.
With the release of her debut album, "This Is Me", she is ready to show that she has what it takes to capitalise on her Idols SA win.
Now in part 2, she reveals
what it was like working with artists like Tresor and Kyle Deutsch, and what is next for her:
From my listen, there appears to be an even match of Tropical House and RnB elements in the album, and they manage to segway into each other with ease. Was it intentional for it to flow that way?
Not really. I can’t take credit for that. It’s my incredible music team that has been working hard, and production that has been working non-stop. We just went with it, there were a lot of tracks I could have chosen, and we really had to sit down with the label to see what I really want to bring across with the album. There was a lot of thought that went into picking the songs.”
Who did you enjoy working with while making the album? There are collaborations with Tresor, Kyle Deutsch and Craig Lucas featured so what was it like working with all these different artists? Maybe learning from them, and them learning from you even?
I like different qualities of each artist, and I wanted to work with artists who are authentic, and have the correct mindset. They really brought a lot to the table. I wanted artists that I could learn from. It’s not only a growing experience, but it’s a learning experience.
It was such a joy working with them because they really understood my vision as well. They weren’t egotistical or self-centred, which was really appreciative.”
Something I really enjoyed about your track with Tresor was that in many ways he pulled you into his world a bit. He has a very particular sound, and when I first saw the collab, my interest was piqued, but then upon listening to it, it worked so well. It wasn’t expected, but it worked so well.
That’s it exactly. For the single I released, Angifuni, nobody expected me to come with a vernac line first of all, and then with my album, I can’t say that people didn’t expect it, but I really wanted to show off that side of me, and bring about authenticity and try new things. It’s all about trying new things to see what works and what doesn’t.”
What's next for Paxton? You mentioned wanting to complete matric earlier this year, is that still a goal?
I, unfortunately, had to put completing my studies on hold, like I did in Idols. I really just want to focus on my music, while the iron is still hot, I still need to keep going, and keep pushing this year. Hopefully, I’ll be able to start that up again, at the end of this year or early next year, but it is still a priority, and still on my mind. I think about it every day.”
Have you ever had an out-of-body moment throughout this whole journey?
still can’t believe that I won Idols. I think that is the most weird experience for me. I can’t believe it, and people still then can’t believe that I don’t believe it. For me it got so busy, and I never really got the chance to sit back and realise that I won Idols…”
Well, have you had a chance to sit back and reflect on it since?
I don’t want to reflect on it -laughs- When thinking back, I had so many embarrassing moments on the show. The thought of it is there, but I’m just focusing on my music right now. I don’t want to live in the past.”
What’s has that been like seeing the public’s reaction to your songs? Or singing along?
People already have favourites, not only of my Idols performances, but also of the album. It’s good to go out and see what people like, what they don’t like. It’s really rewarding to have my own music out now, and perform my own music. Of course performing covers is also a part of what I do now, but I like that that there is me in everything I do now. That’s exciting!”
Was that a big motivation for why you named the album “This is Me”?
It was, I really wanted it to be authentic, real and raw. It’s my first introduction into this industry and I wanted it to represent me. I wanted people to gain a better understanding of me when they listen to my music.
“At first, I just wanted to go with ‘Paxton’, but instead decided to go with a statement, so that people then can understand that this is what I have to offer.”
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I haven’t thought that far yet. For now my main focus is to go international with my album, and get my music across there."
Paxton also hinted at the fact that she will be shooting a brand new music video soon.
* Paxton will be in St Petersburg as part of Russia’s biggest cultural event, The White Nights of St Petersburg, this weekend. Fielies is set to arrive back from her excursion on the 24th of July, and goes straight into touring with Karyn White in Marmalade Production’s “Diva’s 2018”.
Johannesburg (27 July), Cape Town (28 July) and Port Elizabeth (4 August) are on the map with this tour and tickets are available from Computicket. Tickets are available from Computicket.