Matthew Mole is South Africa’s golden boy of Indie Pop. He’s friendly, unpretentious and modest, and he’s playing at Lush Festival this Easter Weekend. We asked him a few questions about his life, his career, and his upcoming festival appearance.
Alhoewel hy homself nie noodwendig as ’n ikoon of legende sien nie, is Valiant Swart vir seker ’n Suid-Afrikaanse kunstenaar wat respek afdwing. Hy is al etlike jare ’n prominente naam in die bedryf en wen nuwe aanhangers oor met sy strelende stem en goeie lirieke. “Dis strelend vir die ego om ’n legend of ikoon genoem te word,” sê Valiant. “Maar ’n mens moet dit nie kop toe vat nie. Eintlik is jy maar net nog ’n ou met ’n klomp liedjies en ’n kitaar wat ’n bestaan probeer maak.”
The prodigal son of underdog indie rock returns to the shores, high velds and low velds of South Africa during March and April. Brett Newski is already here, out and about the streets to search for his long lost love, the bunny chow, and visit his much loved friends he met five years ago when he first toured through SA.
Ian Roberts, verteenwoordiger en leier van Radio Kalahari Orkes, is ‘n soort enigma. Buite die orkes ken mens hom as akteur en draaiboekskrywer, maar dalk hoofsaaklik as “Boet” – een van die karakters van ‘n populêre reeks Castrol televisieadvertensies. Op die vooraand van die bekendstelling van Radio Kalahari Orkes se nuutste album, Mamba!, het ek die geleentheid aangegryp om met Roberts te praat, en hopelik die mens agter die orkes te leer ken.
PHFAT has always been a relatively hard-to-describe group. Bassy beat-driven electro hip-hop, I think. Though their Facebook page simply says “RAP MUSIC” – in all caps like that. Then last year the duo split, with Narch Beats carrying on as an independent producer while Smooth Mike carries on as PHFAT. It’s pretty well established that they/he/it is from Cape Town, at least. And that they’ll be performing at The Republic of Mieliepop this year.
“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.