‘Boom Boom’ – The first single from newcomer Gerry Liberty, dropped out of nowhere just like Gerry dropped out of University. Here’s hoping his music career won’t meet the same fate as his spate of dead-end jobs. Lucky for us his passion is for pop song-writing and not Pizza-delivery. The years in between, playing weddings and bar-mitzvahs seems to have paid off. ‘Boom Boom’ is a certified party starter. He might look like a beach-bum, but he sounds like Leadbelly, Pharrell and Brad Pitt had a three way and miraculously produced an only-child. For someone who’s got nothing to say he sure makes one want to listen.
Many have been partying to the song Boom Boom during the summer holidays, but not everyone realised that the hit track is actually the very first single released by South Africa’s very own Gerry Liberty, which from the word go rocked the charts with its catchy lyrics and can’t-get-this-song-out-of-my-head production.
“People say life is short, but man, can it feel long when you’re not where you’re supposed to be,” states Cape Town’s Gerry Liberty, who recently turned 30. He explains: “For years I tried to study towards several different degrees, followed by a variety of odd jobs, but all I wanted to do was to play my guitar, sing and perform for a crowd – no matter how small.”
He therefore states that no one can call him an overnight success as “oh boy, I’ve paid my dues!”. For years now, Gerry followed his passion, performing at a variety of bars, venues, celebrations and parties – anywhere where someone would give him the opportunity to showcase his skills. And as he certainly has the talent to match his passion, he managed to make music his full time career three years ago by performing an average of 15 gigs per month. During 2016, he was booked for a staggering 218 gigs as he soon built up a solid fan base amongst Capetonians.
Even though the South African music industry can be very “clicky” as many new artists know, Gerry’s talent however caught the eye of a variety of successul recording artists – in particular Fred den Hartog of Die Heuwels Fantasies fame. Together they worked on Boom Boom, originally composed by Gerry in 2016, and with the odd change here and there, recorded the hit that has become a firm party favourite since its debut in November of 2017.
Boom Boom was immediately picked up by several radio stations, ranging from 5FM to Jacaranda 94.2, where the song not only debuted at #19 on the latter station’s top 20 charts, but made a massive leap to #2. Apple Music featured the song on its “Best of the Week” picks and Boom Boom also immediately started streaming on Joox South Africa. The song is available for download on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify, to name but a few.
Chatting about Boom Boom, the ridiculously good-looking Gerry says that the song is “typically about what guys chat about after they got ‘lucky’ with some girl the night before. So yes, it is a bit of a badass, naughty brat tune. But hey, it only reflects the truth”.
Apart from Boom Boom, Gerry has already recorded several additional songs, all with a very strong (modern) pop flavour – a style of music that he loves. Astoundingly however, Gerry’s musical influences as a child ranged from Michael Jackson to Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Chicago, Blues to singer/songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Elton John, and then again a massive contrast to techno, house and deep house.
Raised in the Cape Town suburb of Durbanville, Gerry’s dad is now a beekeeper and his mom a teacher. He has an older brother (2 years his senior) and Gerry says that they could not possibly be more different, with his sibling working as an accountant, specialising as a tax consultant. Fortunately for Gerry, his parents are “relatively supportive” of his own choice of career as they soon realised that there was no point in fighting Gerry on following his dreams to make it big as a successful singer/musician.
Gerry describes himself as “easy-going”, “someone who takes things as they come and doesn’t stress easily”, “a person that always does what keeps him happy” and then “someone who can be difficult when it is needed”.
From the word go, Gerry made a list of the top people in the industry he wanted to work with. “Ian Bredenkamp featured on this list as he is just the best in the business of getting you onto radio and massive exposure. Fortunately Ian took my call, liked what he heard – and achieved exactly what I was dreaming about. As they say, the rest is history, but oh man – the future is looking good!”
Thanks to the massive success of Boom Boom, the music video for the hit song was also just released. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o91llDr4c4&feature=youtu.be
And to answer the question on everyone’s lips, yes, Gerry is single. “I’m still pretty young, so just dating for now. It’s crucial at this stage that music is my number one love.”
In conclusion, Gerry states: “Just for the record, I don’t want to be famous; I want to be successful. I want to be taken seriously as a musician for years to come. The added benefits that come with being in the public eye are just an added bonus, but definitely not what I’m after. I just want to expose my music to as many people as I possibly can. And hopefully they will really like what they hear.
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