Artist (stage) Name: Apple Gule
Full Name: Aphelele Gule
Hometown: Mbabane, Swaziland
How did your music career start?
*I’ve always loved singing since I was still a young kid. I never took seriously until I left matric. I was asked to help out a friend in studio making a demo. He knew I had a natural talent but wanted to see me exploit it. Ever since my first day in studio I knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
Please discuss your style of music – what makes you unique?
*I wouldn’t want to ever put myself in a box but I’d say my style of music could be labeled as Soulful-Pop. I think I am the gap between a plethora of genre’s. I have a very old school method of writing music, soulful music at that but I try to adapt it to new contemporary sounds and music. I don’t want to limit myself. As music changes I try change with it but keeping my soul element with it. I have a unique voice that is quite emotional too.
I also Freestyle sing, that’s how I come up with a lot of my songs too. It’s always important to write the lyrics and honest lyrics but I do get a lot of my ideas from playing around with melodies with producers.
Influences/inspirations to my music style
*My favourite artist since I can remember was always John Legend. I started following him way before he was famous, I’d always see pages on the internet and I just fell in love with his style of music and what he represented. His honesty, his musicality and his voice have always pushed me to better myself. Other major influences are ‘Majid Jordan’, ‘The Weeknd’ and other artists like ‘6lack’, ‘Ed Sheeran’, ‘James Vincent McMorrow’, ‘Black Coffee’ and ‘John Carol Bukenya’.
Albums & Singles
Highly acclaimed singles
“I Want To” First Solo single. YFM and Metro FM – Peaked at number 1 on the Emerging SA Chart
“In Your Life” follow-up, on most Radio Stations and music video on all platforms. It peaked at Number 1 on the 5FM SA Top 30 Chart
“Wave G’Bye” the 3rd single launched on all platforms on the 15th of July and for radio it EXCLUSIVELY launched on the “Forbes And Fix” show on 5FM. 5FM launched a campaign to promote the single and Apple Gule as an artist.
“Another Way” Featuring ‘Mapped Out Squad’ this was a song done for Coke Studio South Africa. The episode where the song was created aired on ETV 30th of October 2016.
“In Your Life” (Strange Loving Remix) Released on Germany’s giant Katermukke Records on 27 January Worldwide.
“Fan Girl” Apple’s first solo single of 2017. A video is expected for late April 2017 to coincide with the release of his upcoming album.