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#MusicExchange: Jeremy Loops releases new track, "This Town" with Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Jeremy Loops newest track and video "This Town", from his upcoming EP, Souvenirs features Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Jeremy is a self-taught artist and his music is filled with sunshine-soaked melodies, a love for surfing and constant Bob Dylan-esque experimentation.

When he’s not writing or singing, Jeremy finds inspiration in environmentally leaning work, such as his co-founded eco-initiative, Greenpop

Speaking about the EP and "This Town", Jeremy says “We had this huge plan for 2020 to drop an album and tour, but yeah, plans don’t exactly survive pandemics. So instead, I asked myself if I could pick anybody in the world to write with, who would that be? And if I could write any kinds of songs, even ones that wouldn’t traditionally make it onto an album, what would those be? This wonderful collection of songs on Souvenirs and being bold enough to reach out to LSBM is a result of asking those questions in an otherwise strange time.”

I caught up with Jeremy last week.

BizcommunityThe new decade means:

Rolling pandemics.

BizcommunityFame is about:

Easy access to people with influence.

BizcommunityRetirement will happen when:

Hmm. Who knows? When I bored?

Jeremy Loops - Photo by Alexa-Sedge - Image: Supplied
Jeremy Loops - Photo by Alexa-Sedge - Image: Supplied

BizcommunityI don't do:

I don’t do ‘I don’t dos. Try everything once.

BizcommunityMy music is about:

My take on life and all that comes with it.

BizcommunityI would love to co-write with:

There’s a guy named Billy Raffoul who’s recently caught my ear.

BizcommunityWhere do you go for inspiration to create?

River getaway about four hours outside Cape Town.

BizcommunityWhat is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?

Performing live.

BizcommunityThe song you must do in every show:

"Down South". There would be riots without it.

BizcommunityAny funny moments on stage?

Too many to count.

BizcommunityMy heros:

My dad, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and Andrew Bird.

BizcommunityMy style icon:

I’m making it up as I go, to be honest.

BizcommunityWhich living person do you admire most and why?

Probably my parents. My siblings and I are decent people doing okay in life and our family is very close. I think raising a close-knit family is admirable.

BizcommunityWhat is your most treasured possession?

Tough question. I don’t treasure possessions, but it’s practical to own a house, right?

BizcommunityIts your round what are you drinking?

I dropped a limited-edition gin line with Inverroche. A bit self-congratulatory, I know, but that gin is amazing! Also have lots of time for a good bottle of red.

BizcommunityDream gig to do:

Red Rocks in Colorado and the Cape Town Stadium. The stadium’s acoustics aren’t always great, but it marks something, right?

BizcommunityWhat makes you stand out?

Being myself. Be you and you’ll always stand out.


Loopholes and Jezza.

BizcommunityIf you were not a musician what would you do?

Photographer, maybe, or a property developer. That’s what I studied at college. Thank heavens I didn’t pursue it.

BizcommunityWho would play you in a Hollywood Blockbuster and why?

Hmm. I mean. Hmm. Chris Hemsworth, but with Taika Waititi directing it Ragnarök style? I don’t know.

BizcommunityFavorite Fashion Garment:

Hmm. Changes often. I have this colourful button up shirt I’m crazy about right now, but it’s always changing.

BizcommunityTop of your bucket list?

Just getting back to playing shows frequently. Not a big ask, is it? Pandemic seems to think differently though.

BizcommunityYour greatest achievement?

Proving to myself I could make a real career out of music.

BizcommunityWhat do you complain about most often?

I try not to complain. What you speak manifests. So, if you’re always complaining, that stuff’s going to follow you everywhere.

BizcommunityWhat is your fear?

I fear not trying.

BizcommunityHappiness is:

A content family.

BizcommunityOn stage I tend to?

Bliss the f out!

BizcommunityThe best life lesson you have been taught?

Control only what you can. That which you cannot control, let it see itself through.

BizcommunityDo you get worked up whilst watching a sports game on TV?

Nope. Surfing works me up sometimes, but I don’t watch as frequently as I used to. I’m definitely not the guy losing it over rugga or football.

BizcommunityWhere would you like to be right now?

On tour!

BizcommunityDo you do charity work and if you do –what do you do?

I co-founded a tree planting organization called Greenpop. We’ve planted more than 150,000 trees and are still going strong.

During lockdown, I also started an NGO called The Big Food Drive to feed communities most in need. To date, we’ve provided over 100,000 meals and on a great trajectory.

BizcommunityWishes and dreams?

I wish for others that which I wish for myself - that we all get to live out our full potential.

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About Martin Myers

Co-owner at Triple M Entertainment, founder Music Exchange, manager Sipho Hotstix Mabuse

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