{Behind The Music} Pierre Opperman on Don’t Say It



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Jacqueline Jax logo photoGETTING TO KNOW PIERRE OPPERMAN
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio

Don’t Say It

was born from the idea of putting a guard in front of one’s mouth and/or thinking carefully before one speaks during confrontation, and arguments.
 “Don’t Say it” is one of ten songs from my debut-album, “Diary” recorded in 2010.
80% of the content of the songs were taken from life-experiences that I went through during a 10month separation / break-up, from the love of my life, and current partner of 29yrs.
(We rekindled our vows in Thailand in 2015)

https://play.spotify.com/track/2noqWfvf4JFYVo47y8ozqJ?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

https://soundcloud.com/pierre-opperman/dont-say-it

My album “Diary”…
which also features this song, portrays daily struggles and conflict-situations between couples ,and finding joy and happiness in the end.

South Africa…
I have been living in a beautiful coastal-town on the Garden Route of South Africa, called Knysna for the past seventeen years.
 Being a small/rustic town, it has attracted many folk-musicians, who all mostly perform at restaurants and private-functions in the area.
 The most- lively place for live-music entertainment in Knysna is called Tapas & Oysters.


When I initially acquired airplay on local, regional radio-stations in SA I was excited, yet soon realized that I needed to gain/obtain recognition abroad in order to further my ambitions and goals. 
Being somewhat of a social-media expert, with almost 12 years of music-networking experience, I scoured the online music-sites and submitted my music to countless online radio stations, gaining airplay on many of them over the years.

In 2011, I entered a song “Runaway” into the Rock-star, and Music Treasure Hunt Show on Pirate Radio of the Treasure Coast, Florida , USA , and managed to win the “Best New Artist Award”. 
The social music networks are flooded with “wannabee” rock-stars, such as myself and others, posting their music-links/videos and songs, yet there is sooo much music to listen to, that the public just scroll by and mostly support the international stars , and local/national bands and musicians of their choice.
The goal…
As a working-class hero, with a permanent day job and a part-time Singer/Song-writer I try to compose and record at least one new song every year , and then “dabble” with it on the many music-sites available… hoping for a good outcome.
 Song-writing has become like a chess game, where one has to listen to popular current songs on radio, and plan your strategy in terms of melody/hook versus ‘s and choruses before you go to the studio.

Social-media …
has made it easier for bands/musicians to obtain recognition these days, yet few grasp the opportunity to make use therof.

Influences…
Whilst there are many bands and musicians who have influenced my music-style over the years , I would love to have five minutes with Cat Stevens, who has been influential in terms of my song-writing.
His music has captivated listeners over the past four decades.

Social:
https://twitter.com/PierreOpperman
https://soundcloud.com/pierre-opperman
https://www.reverbnation.com/pierreopperman
https://fandalism.com/pierreopperman
https://www.facebook.com/Pierre-Oppermans-Music-103338019700406/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/pierre-opperman/id415092712
http://pirateradioofthetreasurecoast.com/RockStarsWinners.html

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