Jack Parow on RAMfest and more

Interview: Jack Parow Katherine Brookes

Thirty years ago, Zander Tyler was born in Parow, Cape Town.  Today he is known as Jack Parow, the dangerous romantic Afrikaans rapper.  Contrary to popular belief, his wild-fire success did not happen overnight.  Jack started out rapping with crews from the Cape Flats and has been at it for nine years, read about where he is now and what his plans are!

We have heard that you are busy recording an acoustic album, how do you think fans will react to a lighter feel of Jack Parow?

Well, it’s not really a lighter feel, it’s still got the Parow vibe to it, and it’s actually really different and crazy compared to everything else you’ve heard in acoustic. Nirvana made that unplugged album and then from that day ALL acoustic albums sounded like that…mine doesn’t.


What can people expect from you performance at RAMfest any chance of an acoustic song?

Maybe, but probably not, we are still in studio and don’t want to release anything before it’s done and proper. But you can expect a CRAZY show, full band, lots of booze and lots of fokken crazyness…stiek uit!


How are you hoping your latest album will affect your fans and why the decision to make an acoustic album?

Well, I wanted to do it, thought we could make it funny and crazy, so ja, I’m still putting out a normal Jack Parow album by the end of the year, but this is just something different and hopefully fokkin MAL. But give it a listen when it’s done and check for yourself.


You have made some of the most diverse collaboration with Francois van Coke, Van Coke Kartel, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Die Kalahari Orkes and many more. Who is next and why?

I don’t know yet, I make music with my friends and people I like. I make a song and then I think, maybe he/she will sound good on this and then I call him/her and ask them if they want to and we do it. There is never really any pre-planning, haha, it just fokkin rolls.


You caught the crowd off guard at Synergy and many where saying it might have been your best show they’ve seen. Tell us about your best festival experience?

Synergy was RAD, I enjoyed it shitloads. I also love Oppikoppi, headlined this year and had close to 20 000 people in front of the stage. I’ve also played some big festivals in the overseas like Pukkelpop and Lowlands where I was on the bill with people like Iron Maiden, Blink, Major Lazer (actually played one of the main stages just before him) and Benga. Those are mal.

Jack Parow, photo by Manfred Werner

Jack Parow, photo by Manfred Werner

Who are you, as Jack Parow, most looking forward to see perform live at RAMfest?

The people in the front 5 rows, they are the most entertaining.


Your music videos are always interesting and different. Which one did you have the best time making till now?

Ummm, fuck, I don’t know, they were all fun in their own way. Probably MERRY XMAS, because I shot it with my chommi WARREN in Durban and I have never worked with him on a video so that was kak loads of fun because he is a crazy moederfokker.

Your image is a rough and tuff rapper from South Africa when it comes to accommodation at festivals – what are your thoughts? Soft pillows or “we’ll wing it”?

Haha, these days I would rather do soft pillows, but back in the day I winged it HARD, sleeping in bushes and shit. But the main reason for the pillows is that with me touring so fokkin hard and drinking so fokkin much, I need my sleep to recover for the next night and the few hours I do get must hopefully be good.


What other big plans do you have for your music in 2013?

Ag, fuck, I don’t know, keep an eye out and see. More tours, more countries, more good music…touch wood…and more braais and brannas.


Cassette tape or vinyl? What is your most precious recording you own?

Vinyl…but I do have monster hits one on tape…which is the tape that made me start listening to hip hop and basically made me what I am today, because Snoops ‘What’s My Name’ was on there and that’s what sold me.


In terms of musical accomplishments, what’s at the top of your bucket list?

I don’t know man, I’m kak with these questions, I just want to keep making good music and that’s pretty much it, I don’t care about awards and stuff like that. I just like making music, so all three are dangerous rowwe rap fokkin musiek.


Name three can’t-do-without items you always pack for a festival.

Brannas, coke en ys.

Jack Parow

Jack Parow

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