'Tomorrow they'll be something new' — Junior T releases his last amapiano EP
Junior Taurus has released a 4-track EP titled “Until September” and says it marks his last contribution to the amapiano genre.
The club DJ and producer has been in the music industry for nearly a decade and a half, witnessing the evolution of sound in Mzansi.
Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Junior said while amapiano was getting more attention, he was looking to go back to his roots.
“These are the last sort of tracks in this style that I'm chasing. As a producer it's easy to follow trends, especially now with amapiano. Tomorrow there will be something new. amapiano is not going to last forever. What is the next thing? I am creating the next thing.”
Though he did not deny the great impact amapiano has had globally, he felt it is better for artists to succeed making music that makes them happy.
“Sometimes, because of amapiano, you feel like if you don't do whatever it is that's happening at the moment you won't get booked.
“I've seen a lot of change in people's lives. Artists are creating generational wealth because of amapiano and we all aspire to be at that level.”
He's finishing his album he's been working on for the past decade and says the work encapsulates his true sound and it's growth over the years.
“I want to do something totally different, music that I used to do back in the days, that's more soulful. I've come to the realisation that I need to make something that makes my soul happy. I cannot chase. I need to stay true to who I am. So I'm doing this amapiano sound until September, then I'm stopping completely.”
He believes his upcoming album has the potential to break into the international space, as though it has SA elements, it has the potential to make an impact beyond SA borders.
“The music I want to do, I believe it's music that will last longer. It might take people longer to understand, but they will last longer. It makes sense for me to go back to something I know and a formula that used to work and that makes me feel comfortable.”
While Junior Taurus' fans enjoy his 4-track EP and await his album, he says they are in for another surprise as he has just finished engineering Nigerian star Kiddominant's album, which features international artists.