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7 Minutes with Leon Gropp

July 1, 2019, Author: bianca

If you’ve never met a Jack of all trades, meet Mr. Gropp.

He’s a songwriter, a brilliant guitar player, has a next-level singing voice and he is a presenter on kykNET’s Ontbytsake. He is also busy building a recording studio with one of his mates and he is writing a musical with another mate and in between he is husband and dad.

So, what’s new?

“I am actually busy with my new album. I must release a new album in this year as it’s been a while after the release of Rooidag. What makes this special is that it will be a full album from my own pen – all the songs will be my own. I think I have a lot to say, so I owe it to myself.

Other than that I am also busy with Discover Your Music in collaboration with Jaco Boëttger and Musiek soos Grond is also another thing that’s keeping me busy.”

Tell us more about Ontbytsake?

“It’s a whole other world for me. I have been with them for about nine months now and except for the whole new world and that it was something to get used to, I get to meet the most interesting people. It is something that I hope will cross my path more often in future – to work in television. I enjoy television a lot. I’m not an actor, but I like presenting and I like to have intellectual conversations with people. It’s not just fun, it’s also very stimulating.”

How do you ever relax?

“I lie down.” [Giggles!]

“I enjoy exercising and jogging. I also like taking small breakaways – that is quite important to me. Especially exposing my little ones to the peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle. I want to break away as much as possible – even if it’s just for two or three days. It keeps me sane. I am not really a city guy.”

What is your new album’s focus?

“My typical style is quite abstract and I like to leave it open for interpretation. I have included a song that I wrote for Martelize (my wife) which I started writing when we went away together for the first time. There is also a song which people can relate to that I wrote for my daughter. One of the deeper meanings behind it is that you only have now. Aside from that I also wrote a song, Wolkedans, based on a book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, called Pioniers van die Wolke. The song’s theme is that you may not bury the poet or artist within you…Art is a place of honesty and we often choose to hide it. I am quietly excited about the album.”

www.leongropp.com

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