You’re A Big Deal: Civil Twilight

Hometown:Cape Town/Nashville

Occupation:Drummer for Civil Twilight

WBD:Who are your biggest influences? And where do you draw your inspiration from?

The ocean and the sounds of the sea in Cape Town. Nature. Beauty. God. Thankfulness. Passionate music. Peoples stories. Light. Laughter.

WBD:What should your fans expect that’s different on the upcoming release of your new album “Story Of An Immigrant”?

It’s much more influenced by South Africa than any of our precious albums. Rhythmically especially. This one tells the story of the journey, from where we began to where we are now. Bolder than the last one and more colorful. It hardens back to the first one in passion but is definitely a more mature record. We’ve lived a bit since then.

WBD:Tell us one of the coolest things that’s happened in your career so far.

I think just getting to travel the world and play music with my friends is pretty cool. It’s in the journey that you find the joy. No one event is isolated and on its own. It all connects to a bigger story. But there are moments of profound impact. Sometimes it’s when you least expect them. It’s not necessarily the biggest show; it could be simply a heartfelt encouragement from a fan. It always amazes me how music communicates so powerfully. It always amazes me when people say that one of our songs “saved their life”. I don’t know how, but somehow, it connected them to something that gave them hope in a very real way. That makes it worth it for me.


WBD:What’s coming up for you that you’re excited about?

I’m excited about getting this record out and seeing how it affects people. I love hearing people’s responses to the songs and which ones they connect with and why. It’s fascinating. I’m also excited about playing these new songs for people live.

WBD:What advice do you have for someone wanting to start down your path?

Do what makes you come alive and stick with it I guess. Don’t expect it to come easily and don’t expect one event or success to suddenly change your life. You are still the same person when you have success as you are when you are in obscurity. Nothing changes internally. You are who you are. You still have the same quirks, the same personality, the same name. That’s a profound and liberating lesson. If you’re not content now, success won’t change that.

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