While northern uganda’s singer-songwriter Laxzy Mover has been making records since 2008, he wasn’t expecting the success he found from his song “Forgive Me” After releasing a video for the song — which features a surprising (and heartbreaking) ending — the Internet caught onto Laxzy’s lyrically honest and raw songwriting. It even grabbed the attention of Swagg Team’s Nation CEO MC Kash Owakabi, who actually had played a gig with the singer four years prior and remembered him. The result: Kash reached out to Laxzy to tour with him — and he became the latest signing onto Kash’s Swagg Team Nations Management.
Now, Laxzy just released his new self-titled album (Genesis 2018).
Northern Buzz: You obviously gained a lot of attention from the online community from your song “Forgive Me” Did your career really launch because of the Internet?
Laxzy: In a way, maybe, but I had made a couple of records before any kind of Internet success came about. The song [“Forgive Me”] blew up from being put on YouTube. That was the biggest shot in the arm with radio waves picking it up and making it pick up over there. Then again the hype taking over both online and offline platforms.
Northern Buzz : Did you know Kash was interesting to see you under Swagg Team Nations Management?
Laxzy: We met in at a gig at a club in Kampala and we were on the same bill. It hadn’t been that long since I released “Forgive Me” Kash had just put out a few EPs. I got a text out of the Nation saying “Swagg Team is into you and they asked for you to open for them”. I got the text on a Sunday, and i jumped on a car, we met up and got on really well. I think the story was that he was over there in a pub and saw my poster and he remembered me.
Northern Buzz: As a result of that, do you believe in fate?
Laxzy: I think in every industry you need to have a lot of talent, you need to have a lot of drive, but you need a little bit of luck. That’s my little bit of luck, I think.
Northern Buzz : *The beginning and ending of “Forgive Me” is very unexpected. Was it based on a particular couple? __
JL: No, no. It was numerous people, really. I knew people that had gone through similar things. The last two lines of that song took me by surprise when I wrote it, so I knew that’s where it had to go. I figured if it was going to take me by surprise, then it would take other people by surprise. I argued with it for quite a while until I said, that’s how it’s supposed to begin and end because I thought it was too cruel. In terms of songwriting, it made perfect sense. In terms of a love story, it was a bit heartbreaking.
Northern Buzz: Have you ever cried onstage while performing it?
Laxzy: Yeah, I have. One of my most embarrassing moments was in Gulu— you get taken into board rooms and there was this early morning board room with all these people sitting around this long table and it got me. I didn’t know what to do — I was so embarrassed. The fact that it still gets me must says something.
Northern Buzz: Your management just came out. Do you think this management goes in a different direction than your previous ones?
Laxzy: I think so. It’s got a better sense of identity. I think the songs fit together better. It has a sense of warmth think the sound is where I’ve been trying to get to before. It’s got a sense of warmth to it — a sense of kindness and space I’ve been aiming for. You can put on the album, and it could stay there. I think that’s a sign of a good management.
Northern Buzz: Is this management about one particular person?
Laxzy: No, it’s about a lot of different people I know, love or am inspired by. There are songs that came out of nowhere. There’s a song coming that is going to exist. It’s kind of about jumping into love, and you don’t want to get ahead of yourself but you do it anyway. It’s strange how that happens.
Northern Buz: What’s surprised you the most about writing this album “Genesis 2018”?
Laxzy: I don’t know, really. I had a lot of songs to choose from since the time of the last record to now. I think the oddest thing is how easy it was for the songs to choose. It came together in a sense very easily. Maybe that was quite surprising. The writing — since it’s been done over a long period time — it wasn’t like I was writing an album, it was like I was writing songs. That’s all I’ve ever done. I probably have another three albums worth of tunes to work on for the next record.
Northern Buzz: Cool, we’re wishing you wellness in your moves at Swagg Team Nations Management.
Laxzy: Thanks, except the best from Mover this year.