Inteview with Arsonist Fya

In today’s interview we’ve had an honor talking with Tsebo Segopolo  aka Arsonist Fya. Arsonist Fya is born and raised in South Africa officially in Soweto Gauteng. He has been rapping since the age of ten. His love for music and constant struggle in life is making him great musician and as we see it preacher. Most of his songs are about struggling in life and how hard can it be for young people.  Most of the struggles he goes through is actually loneliness and being an outcast and he focuses all energy of that emotion into his music. He has a unique sound which is a fusion of genres like Pop, Hip-Hop, Dancehall, and Reggae.


 1.  First off, what is it that first drew you to creating music?

I saw that I had an ability to influence people’s emotions and convey a message through music.

     2.  Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the “catalyst” for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.

Yes in the year 2013 I was at my lowest, we had financial problems at home and I heard Mavado’s
Music he was pouring out his emotions in a song, I then tried expressing my emotions in music by
writing a song and it was therapeutic that’s when I decided to start writing music

    3.Tell us about your songwriting process? How does a song come together for you?

Yes most of the struggles I go through is actually loneliness and being an outcast, That is what I talk about most in my songs.

 4.  Let’s get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?

The Craziest thing I did was performing a new song at an event at short notice with no rehearsing

 5. What has been the high point of your music path?

The Craziest thing I did was performing a new song at an event at short notice with no rehearsing. And not to be humble I done it pretty great. 🙂

  6.Tell us about your songwriting process? How does a song come together for you?

When I write a song I first listen to an instrumental freestyle mumbling on it to see different flows and rhythms the mood of the instrumental will determine the concept of the song then I record the rough version of the mumble song then I change the sounds into actual words which then enables me to record the final track.

  7. What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?

. The biggest challenge facing indie artists is the disbelief in their independence and ignorance of modern marketing music techniques. I would like to ask the music to focus more on their uniqueness of sounds and do the genres one loves instead of copying.


  8. If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?

Mavado is who I’d like to share the stage with because he’s one of the main influences of my music career and I’d like to think he’d be a really great catalyst for my career heights in music and stardom.


9.  What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?

When rehearsing I first listen to my favorite artist songs to hype me up and when I’m exciting I imagine myself performing in front of a crowd cheering and I perform most enthusiastically, I also do some breathing exercises to clear my vocal chords.


10. Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!

. Victory Over Death was the most challenging song to write as the beat’s instruments didn’t rouse my creative due to the peculiar sounds in it so that made it difficult for me to write it.


 11. Who was your biggest inspiration when you were growing that perhaps helped you pave your way and decision to make music your career?

Eminem was my biggest inspiration when I was growing and I used to perform his songs at school talent shows.


12. What does the future look like for  Arsonist Fya

The future looks exciting and progressive for Arsonist Fya.

What do you think?


Written by Lisa

Love music and to write about music. Finishing Journalism on Emerson College and enjoying life.


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