Aidin Vaziri | South African-born and Brooklyn-based Jean-Philip Grobler spent his early years traveling the world, singing with an esteemed boys’ choir and knocking out hundreds of commercial jingles. Now the 32-year-old brings his globe-trotting experience (and knack for laser-guided melodies) to his musical alter ego St. Lucia, turning out exotic, breezy synth-pop on the outfit’s latest album, “Matter.” Grobler spoke to us from a tour stop in Boston.
Q: The songs on your album feel so effortless. Do you attribute that to your classical music training or years as a corporate jingle writer?
A: I wish I knew, man. I like to think it’s a combination of my influences, but they just come to me. It feels like I’m tuning into a radio station where these songs already exist.
Q: What drew you to ’80s music? You were probably too young to experience it firsthand.
A: I think it has a lot to do with my parents. I was born in ’83, so I lived through a bit of it. It isn’t the only music I love, but what really excites me about the decade is it was so over the top. It was so much hubris and so much crazy stuff. There was no holding back. We sort of lost that in music in the ’90s and early 2000s, in terms of what people thought was good.