The Kiffness – Soul Safari

The Kiffness recently released their third album – Soul Safari. The album includes hit singles You Say You Love Me and fabulous colabs Evergreen (with multi-platinum artist Tresor) and Love Go Cold (with Josh Wantie). We caught up with David Scott to find out more.

First off, congrats on the release of your new album Soul Safari. For those out there who haven’t yet heard your music, how would you describe your sound?

Goldfish mooshed with a bit of Flight of the Conchords

The album debuted at #2 on release day on the iTunes Pop Album Charts. Did you expect it was going to do so well?

I didn’t know what to expect. It’s cool I guess, but at the end of the day I don’t really have an attachment to the outcome. It could’ve come in at #90 and I’d still be stoked.

Goldfish mooshed with a bit of Flight of the Conchords

You are quite outspoken on social media about race and white privilege (we do love it). Can you elaborate some more on that, what is the end goal of shaking things up?

I reached a stage in my career where I started to see the absurdity of the goals I had set for myself. It was all about becoming well known and becoming a successful musician. Those things are cool, but they’re mostly stupid and meaningless. I felt called to a much greater purpose – to share ideas that are worth sharing.

What has been the most exciting and rewarding part of releasing your music?

The creative process is what I enjoy the most. Anything that comes after that is mostly a byproduct.

Those things are cool, but they’re mostly stupid and meaningless. I felt called to a much greater purpose – to share ideas that are worth sharing

Which song are you most pleased with and can you tell the story behind it?

Soul Safari was a song that I wrote after having an amazing dream. I dreamed that I was digging in some dirt and I found a big nugget of gold. I then went on to dream that I was standing on two dolphins and riding them through rainbows in the ocean. I then went into studio and wrote the song.

Shoo..You need to lay off that acid dude 😉

Where do you write?

In my little home studio.

And with pen or computer?

Pen.

The creative process is what I enjoy the most. Anything that comes after that is mostly a byproduct.

Where is the album available?

Here’s a fancy link with all the kiff platforms

Where can people see you playing in the coming months? Will you be touring the album?

We had two really great shows at Rocking the Daisies and OppiKoppi, where we played a mix of new stuff from the album, a bunch of old classics and some new unreleased stuff. We’re getting geared up for a busy December where we’ll be performing a similar setup up and down the Garden Route, but we’re also playing Smoking Dragon and Vic Falls Carnival. If you want to check us out all our gigs are up here.

But for the meantime, our next public show is on the 11th November at Cafe Roux in town.

And lastly we have to ask, did Oppikoppi ever pay you (or try sue you) 😉 ?

They paid, and to my surprise invited us back this year. They even paid in full months before the show.
I think they got their revenge though, because they stuck us on at the same time as the main international headliner – Flume. But we had a great crowd regardless.

 

Interview by The Original CC
Photographs by Tyler Walker