Who’s Upstairs: Hezron Chetty

4Hezron Chetty will be performing at Alexander Upstairs for one night only on Sunday 22 May

Home town?
I was born in Durban

Tell us a little more about your show?
My show is a glimpse into the life of a working musician and the realities. It is not all how it’s made out to be, namely how Hollywood portrays the rockstar life. There is a lot of triumph in what I do, but it comes at a great personal loss for chasing my dreams. The show is split up into 3 parts, with my birth in music, the riot years and finally finding a balance in my work. I will be incorporating my 3 piece band into the show.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
I am booked for two major festivals in SA, I will also be heading to KZN for a couple shows and sharing an event with Dan Patlansky and Albert Frost, I am releasing my latest music video/single for an awesome track called See Journey. I also want to start studying again and I would like to do a degree in law and specialize in entertainment. I am very passionate about helping grow the South African music scene and I think that many musicians in this country are being ripped off daily because they are being exploited for their art. It must stop somewhere.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
I would like to have a massive theatrical show booked in a beautiful setting with an orchestra and 7 piece band backing me. Something similar to what Yanni did at The Acropolis.

How did you get into theatre?
My family were in music and both my grandfathers were band leaders in the 50s in South Africa. I suppose it was a natural progression when I decided to become a musician, and my family have supported me all the way. I left to London for many years. It was during my time there that I realized I could make a career out of it.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Jimmy Page and Elon Musk. Chicken Curry- Bunny Chow- My style of course

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
My home wherever that is and my violin next to me.

What excites you about theatre?
The intimacy you get with the audience in a theatre has a certain romance about it that you cannot get on other stages.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
I assumed that a rock star star life was something magical. I was wrong, I learned that it is hard work and longevity in my career that will see me through.

Who do you think people should be talking about?
An act that stands out for me is Medicine Boy I recently had the chance of working with them on their next album and there is just something magic and pure about them. People should also look out for the Stone Jets, Majozi, Kings Down South , Native Young, Follow Me Follow You and BCUC. All these acts are pretty awesome.