When you are determined that you want to accomplish something in life, nothing should stop you.
These are the words of Khayelitsha rapper Siseko “Skidy” Gidi who recently released his first EP, titled August.
The shy and softly-spoken 27-year-old told Vukani he had to save money for years to buy the home studio equipment he needed to record this EP, on which he has included songs which share his personal experiences.
Through his EP, said Skidy, he would also like to motivate and inspire the listeners to never give up on reaching their goals.
“I never thought that I would release an EP let alone sing in front of a microphone. I have come a long way but I’m grateful that I have been able to release the EP.
“My journey has not been easy and there are lot of obstacles that I needed to overcome.
“In this EP I’m basically telling my story in the best way I know. I want to inspire others to always double up their effort in whatever they do. In this EP, I have given it all,” he said.
He said he started writing songs in 2009 when he was in Grade 10 as a way of expressing his feelings and emotions, but with no intention of releasing them.
He told Vukani that when he entered the music scene he knew nothing about producing or mastering a song.
But, he researched these techniques online and got to know people he could learn these skills from.
And while he was still learning and perfecting his abilities, he said, he was proud of the quality of his EP.
The Matatiele-born artist said he hoped to release an album soon, but in the meantime would use the EP to introduce himself to the industry.