Performace: Andrea Petrovic
Camera: Aleksandar Ramadanovic
Editing: Aleksandar Ramadanovic, Andrea Petrovic
Mwansa has returned with a follow up to his critically acclaimed debut single ‘Burn this House’. His sophomore release The Kid has Issues builds on the emotional journey he began with his debut earlier in the year.
Driven by the death of his brother, Mwansa turned to music as a form of catharsis, releasing his first single in January 2014, and creating a groundswell of interest while garnering fans around the globe. One such fan being Grammy nominated and multi- platinum mix engineer Ariel Chobaz who mixed the The Kid has Issues.
“I just had to get [The Kid has Issues] out. [Ariel] got what I was trying to do! He had this vision of creating a fresh new sonic palette. He was a big fan of ‘Burn this House’ and brought a great wealth of experience to the process. We both had this feeling that the two of us working together would create something special.” - Mwansa
Mwansa, who hails from Perth, Australia, was born in Lusaka, Zambia, and relocated to Australia when he was 15. He recalls listening to early 90’s hip-hop and artists like Otis Redding, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits and Ray Charles during his childhood. All of whom he now sites as influences of his unique indie, electronic and soul sound.
His music has been praised for its artistry and distinct tones and textures. The Kid has Issues was the last song Mwansa wrote in the body of work he calls ‘The Age of Disbelief’ – which he hopes to release as an EP next year.
“At first I drank a lot. That didn’t work. And so the only other way I knew to lose myself was to write. What started as an hour here and there turned into sometimes days.... At the time I didn’t realise that I was purging; the disillusion, the heartache. And then I had these six songs and I thought....’YOU CAN NEVER SHOW THEM TO ANYONE!’ It was only after a friend of mine emailed them to a few people that I decided to release ‘Burn this House’. [The Kid has Issues] was the last song I wrote. It’s acceptance. It’s the broken vase you’ve tried to glue back together that doesn’t quite look right. But you have no choice but to live with it.” - Mwansa
Like his previous song, The Kid has Issues was written and performed solely by Mwansa with one microphone and some old recording gear in the garage of his home in Perth, Australia.