Marlon creating waves in South Africa
Ten years ago, when the 32-year-old model and musician Marlon 'Khaos' Cotterell entered the industry, it was as a result of a great push from his girlfriend. "I decided to become a model around 10 years ago. My girlfriend at the time kept on saying 'why don't you do modelling, you'd do so well', so I started just to stop her from nagging me about doing it. While doing it, I started to like it and I've been doing it ever since."
A past student of St Richard's Primary and Meadowbrook High schools, Khaos knew from an early age he wanted the 'glamorous' life. "All I wanted to be was famous. I love entertaining a crowd. Anything that I could do to entertain someone or a group of people I would. I've always had a passion for music," he said.
When asked about the name Khaos he said: "I got the name Khaos because everywhere I went I caused chaos. You heard me before you saw me and I was very destructive. I used to just go around wrecking stuff. The name stuck ever since."
In sharing what drove him to South Africa: "I was always fascinated by Africa. I used to just Google things about Africa and watch documentaries on YouTube just to learn more about the history of the place my ancestors came from. When I got the opportunity to go, it was a no-brainer. I was on the next flight. I never thought about living and working here. I just wanted to come here for the experience, but when I got here, I fell in love with the place and the people. I felt at home. I can see myself being here for a while."
A member of The Rudimentals band, Khaos met the group after being invited to a rehearsal. "They invited me to a rehearsal session and gave me the mic. I did my thing and at the end of the session, one of the members said to me, 'We have a show in five days and we want you to perform with us'. That's all I needed to hear, I was ready! The rest is history as they say."
Having a number-one song in South Africa, Khaos stated, is an awesome feeling. "To have a number-one song here in SA where the genre is not here is even more amazing. It just goes to show people still appreciate good music. When we recorded the song we thought it was just to be played underground. When the big radio
station here started to play it, I was very surprised. Moral of the story: it's not you the artiste that determines a hit, it's the people."
Being in the band has opened up more doors for Khaos in modelling wise as well - clients recognise him and book him directly to be the face of their brand.
His advice to all aspiring artistes and models is:
"Be willing to work hard. That's the only way you'll be successful. Believe in yourself, if you don't believe in yourself, no one will. Never get too comfortable with where you are and always challenge yourself. You also need to practise, practise, practise! This one to me is the most important: have faith and be patient."