While he now resides in New York’s cultural Mecca of Brooklyn, Jean-Philip Grobler was raised in the postcard-ready mountains of Johannesburg, South Africa. It’s a forgone conclusion then that Grobler’s music should be as unique as his background, with his primary outlet — St Lucia — establishing the young musician as an artist with a knack for crafting uplifting and emotive synth-pop tunes. Grobler unveiled his debut album, When The Night, late last year, and what better way to celebrate its long-awaited release than by coming into Music Feeds Studio for a very special acoustic LIVE session.
During his session, Grobler gave us a rousing performance of Before The Dive, a track from St Lucia’s self-titled EP. Set to a galloping rhythm, hypnotic piano keys and insistent guitar chords pulse as Grobler’s vocals cry out into the cracks between the music, with all three gliding gracefully during a steady and uplifting breakdown.
Back in April, we were lucky enough to get Grobler to share a few things about himself and the band that even the most ardent fans were unlikely to know, like that Grobler himself was a member of the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir and was once flown to the top of a mountain to perform for Nelson Mandela, or that keyboardist Nicky Paul grew up with the Haim girls in LA and at the first show St Lucia and Haim ever played together, Este Haim told the story of how she used to have a crush on Nicky back at school.