Upcoming Cape Town-based artist Seth Cort released his debut single on Friday (the 21st of April 2023) called ‘Hold On’. It’s an inspirational Alt Folk Pop song produced by seasoned Rock singer-songwriter Mark Haze.
Seth Cort comments on ‘Hold On’
“It’s about reminiscing over the good times of a broken relationship, whilst trying to hold on as long as possible to fix it. The inspiration came from a tough breakup I went through.”
“I wrote this at midnight, just after the relationship broke off. I still cannot believe how far it has come, from a song I wrote half-asleep, to a fully recorded single produced by the legend Mark Haze. The song matured over time and changed dramatically during recording and production.”
Mark Haze comments on working with Seth
“Seth approached me early 2022 whilst still in school. He wrote several original songs and was looking for a studio and producer to help craft his own style and sound. This can be tricky when you are a new artist and nobody (including you) really knows what you actually sound like in terms of style and music. Seth was very mature and had great knowledge of his influences, and was very sure of how he wanted his songs to flow.”
“He was very open to many of my ideas and I was the same with his. Each idea from one side fuelled the other with more exciting options. With ‘Hold On’, adding the Gospel-style choir was one of my favourite experiments. I remember Seth’s face when he heard it for the first time – it was one those moments I really live for as a producer. He has a bright future ahead of him and I am honoured to be part of the team that can tell the story of where it all began.”
You can stream / download “Hold On” HERE.
More info about Seth Cort
Seth Cort is a young upcoming Singer-Songwriter from Cape Town in South Africa, playing a fusion of Acoustic Folk and Pop. His focus is on the acoustic guitar, but Seth also plays the ukulele, harmonica, piano, and drums. Seth’s biggest songwriting and musical influences are The Lumineers, Jeremy Loops, Mathew Mole, Mumford and Sons, Vance Joy, and Sons of the East.
Their diverse genres and performing styles moulded Seth into the artist he is today. Ultimately, it was The Lumineers that sparked Seth’s music career into action. From the age of 10 he listened to the first Lumineers album on repeat, and so his love for Folk music was born. Seth sung in the choir for the whole of his school career, and from hearing himself singing in the choir, decided to take music seriously and begin to follow a music career.
In 2021 Seth Cort was the overall talent winner at the Cape Town Auditions for The International Arts Showcase and was invited to perform at The International Arts Showcase. Shortly hereafter Seth was invited to perform at the IMTA Talent Convention in New York.
Seth Cort was also a finalist at the Bakgat Country Competition, where he performed at The Grand West Casino in Cape Town. In school Set was the top music learner and appeared on his school’s roll of honour for his music achievements and attributes. In 2021 he was the top student in school and at Liana Marx Vocal Academy (which has produced artists such like Tasché Burger, Demi Lee Moore, Shaun Tait, Margot Rothman and more.
In 2022 Seth Cort was the opening artist for the Simondium Music Festival for artists inclusive of Appel, Nadia Louw, and Desmond Wells. Seth collaborated on songwriting with Gavin Edwards, as well as performed with him at Die Boer.
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