“The mediums I choose to work with are mostly inherently difficult to control and predict,” Morné Venter answers. Yes, his new solo exhibition is called A Flesh Coloured Mess, and there’s a definite sense of messiness to his work, but a strong aspect is also a sense of tangible ordering or “taming” of the unpredictable mediums Venter works in.
Hellcats is a local rock ‘n roll band that exudes energy and contagious enthusiasm. They’re shows are great to watch, their music is great to listen to, and their members are fun to talk to. Before they release their next EP and head out to play a set at The Republic of Mieliepop, I managed to fit in a chat.
King of the Communes is the party promoters/dance floor curators behind some of Pretoria’s coolest gigs recently. They’re also a DJ duo called D&S, and this March, they’re heading to The Republic of Mieliepop to introduce the brand new Cool In The Pool poolside jol area. We asked them for the secret herbs and spices that go into a King of the Communes party.
Alice Phoebe Lou is a South Africa-born, Berlin-based street musician. A folk singer-songwriter, with a pinch of bluesy, jazzy, and even grunge often mixed in. She’s visiting South Africa in February, and we spoke to her about her career, busking, and the cathartic nature of music.
For a relatively small and new band, Ben Dey and the Concrete Lions are very busy. Despite them being men of few words, we managed to squeeze in a quick email interview with them between tours, photo shoots, and music video releases, on the eve of Malkop Summer Rock Festival, where they can be seen this weekend.
Josh Kempen speaks with an unfamiliar accent, especially for a Jozi-born singer-songwriter. And it’s got something to do with having travelled the world, as far as I can tell. Having been nominated for a 2014 Wawela music award as “Songwriter of the year”, this guy’s obviously got something to say.
Tommy Gun isn’t a machine gun used by gangsters in old movies – he’s a DJ from Cape Town, who’ll be visiting the last Park Acoustics of 2016 – this Saturday (26 November) at the Voortrekker Monument. We caught up with him, and had a quick chat about Aqua’s Barbie Girl, afternoon DJ sets, and – wait, did I say “Barbie Girl”?
Malkop Summer Rock Festival is around the corner, and are playing host to a bunch of legendary artists, like Francois van Coke, Koos Kombuis, Mr Cat & The Jackal, and many more. You’d think that being included in a line-up that reads like the who’s who of local live music would unsettle a young band, but Slow Jack is certainly prepared.
Next Saturday, at the “Last Park Acoustics of 2016”, local comedian Alan Adyms will be one of many entertainers working hard to provide a day chock-full of music, comedy, and dancing. We asked Alyn a few questions ahead of the event.
October saw the release of Aidan Martin‘s latest single Refugee, a tour-de-force rock and roll anthem perfectly fitted for tense political state of mind the world finds itself in lately.
Aidan Martin is the real deal. With a career stretching for almost a decade, Aidan has been touring, moving around and adapting. A true musical refugee in every sense of the word, never settling for what is given to him, swimming upstream from the norm for a place to call his own. Aidan Martin is one of the true few keeping rock & roll alive in South Africa.