Lloyiso chats to DJ Keyez about signing to Republic Records and how rubbing shoulder with international artists was always in his sights.
Lloyiso introduced himself to South Africa at the young age of 16 when he entered Idols SA.
The platform made him a household name and it is how South African still remembers and recognises him.
But that’s in the past, Lloyiso wants you to know that he is in a new season of his career.
He makes this clear with the update to the spelling of his name, “It is Lloyiso, with two Ls.”
Now searching for the singer on streaming platforms will not result in other South African singers popping up ahead of him in search results.
During lockdown in 2020, he created a TikTok account that placed him on the world map.
One of his earliest posts is a cover of Ariana Grande’s, ‘No Tears left to Cry”.
@lloyisoTears left to cry by @arianagrande . Don’t usually do runs like this so today was my favorite day🙌🏾🙌🏾🤣♬ original sound – LLOYISO
The post received international attention and motivated the singer from Kariega to post more videos that showcases his talent.
His following grew to over 1 million and that’s when Republic Records contacted him.
“How does it make you feel dog? Because I feel like if I got a call from Republic Records, I’d dismiss it as a prank,” says DJ Keyes.
“I thought it was a prank the first time I heard it, but then I was like, come on Lloyiso, this is your thing, you deserve it,” responds Lloyiso.
It will take being in New York for it all to sink in for the singer.
He looks forward to collaborating with artists like Adele, Travis Scott, Drake and Sam Smith.
He also talks about his collaboration with DJ Zinhle and more in the Ultimate Kaya 959 Top 30 podcast below:
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