Yvan Potts says choosing music as his best friend is what kept him away from the social ills plaguing Kraaifontein.
The keyboardist, composer and songwriter is part of the sound team for Marc Lottering’s Aunty Merle – It’s a Girl, on at the Baxter Theatre until February next year.
Yvan was also in the band for Aunty Merle -The Musical.
The 30-year-old single father grew up in Watsonia Park, and says his journey with music started in church.
He attended Brooklands Primary School in Northpine and Eben Donges High School in Kraaifontein.
Growing up in an Watsonia Park, he says, was hard but keeping his focus on music helped him steer clear of peer pressure and mixing with the wrong people.
“In my dreams, I saw myself on big stages, and I knew that I had to stay true to who I am and my purpose.”
Yvan earned a diploma in music at the Cape Music Institute and joined local band Blackcurrant whose album, Urban Soul, was nominated for a SAMA in 2012.
Yvan has shared the stage with top artists such as Claire Philips, David Kramer, Neville D, Ernie Smith, Garth Taylor and many more.
He was also part of the Cape Town tour with reggae star Judy Boucher.
But it was Alistair Izobell who introduced him to the Aunty Merle team and he was with them for all four seasons of Aunty Merle – The Musical.
“It’s an awesome experience working with Marc Lottering and the others; we have become like a family here, and what makes it all worthwhile is that we become better after every show,” says Yvan. Twelve-hour rehearsals, he adds, “have never been so painful, yet are a joy”.
Yvan writes, composes, arranges and produces his own music and that of other artists.
Inspired by the likes of Camillo Lombard, Yvan says his goals for the near future are to become a musical director and teacher.