Crawling King Snake - Picture by Andre Badenhorst

Crawling King Snake and how George van der Spuy declared himself royalty

George van der Spuy, who’s mostly known as the frontman of Capetonian rock band Taxi Violence, has recently launched his career as a solo artist, under the name Crawling King Snake. Along with the announcement, he released a first single, Land of the Blind – apparently a “baptism” for the project, and a preview of a still-to-be-launched EP titled The Gospel According to George. All this is a predictable move that we’ve seen before by rock band frontmen, but there’s something fascinating about the way he’s doing it, and the imagery he uses. We asked George a few questions in an attempt to decipher Crawling King Snake.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Michael Lesar - Photo by Coert Wiechers

Michael Lesar doesn’t need a dancing crowd to keep swinging

Michael Lesar is well-known around party scenes – popularly as “The King of Swing”. He’s a DJ from Johannesburg who’s developed a specialisation in swing sets, where he meshes old music with newer beats, and never fails to get a dance floor moving. But when I asked him about it, he told me that he really doesn’t mind if people are sitting down…

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Easy Freak – Gotta Be You

Q&A: Easy Freak releases new video – Gotta Be You

The Durban-based electronic duo Easy Freak is just released the music video for their second single, Gotta Be You. This comes after their debut single and music video for ‘So Lonely’ stormed the charts on radio nationwide and the video received extensive airplay on Trace TV and MTV Africa. We asked them (Dominic Hurd and Jude Kenrick) a few quick questions to get to know them better…

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Richard Stirton - Middle Ground - Photo by Canton Parker

Middle Ground: Richard Stirton on sports, his debut album and winning The Voice

The first winner of South Africa’s The Voice, Richard Stirton, just released his debut album, Middle Ground, through a record deal with Universal Music. We asked Richard a few questions about his new album, his recent experiences, and how stages are similar to sports fields.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Shortstraw - Those Meddling Kids - OneSight Acoustics

Interview: Shortstraw on OneSight Acoustics, and Those Meddling Kids

Shortstraw has never been shy about using their status as popular indie rock band to give back. This coming weekend they’re playing at OneSight Acoustics – joining Hugh Masekela, New Academics, and Akio Kawahito in the first in a series of concerts that aim to raise funds for OneSight: a global public nonprofit organisation which provides sustainable access to quality vision care and eye wear to those who cannot afford it or do not have access to it. We caught up with Shortstraw guitarist Tom Revington about the concert, the band’s charitable nature, and what they’ve been up to lately.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

ISO Polydimension - Photo by Sean Brand

Polydimension – ISO is making prog rock great again

It’s been a while since we’ve really heard from ISO, and it’s understandable why. The four members of the band had grown up, changed things, moved, gotten married, and started side project bands. But somehow, through all this, they’ve managed to get another album together: Polydimension. I spoke to ISO’s frontman, Richard Brokensha, about everything behind the scenes of ISO.

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Medicine Boy - Kinda like Electricity. Photo by Stuart Scott.

Medicine Boy – somewhere between chaos and control with Kinda Like Electricity

Andre Leo poses a casual challenge: “Listen to Spiritualized’s Think I’m in Love when you’re feeling good, and when you’re feeling bad. Totally different.”


That’s part of the answer you get when you ask him whether Medicine Boy, his dream noise duo with Lucy Kruger, and specifically their latest album Kinda Like Electricity, is meant to be healing to listeners.

If they need healing, sure. Songs can mean different things to the same person, depending on how they feel. We hope our songs can be like that.”

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Staring at the Sun, and how We Are Charlie fight demons

Note: This is part two of my interview with We Are Charlie. Completists should probably read part 1 first.

I’ve been sitting down with two members of We Are Charlie at Pop Filter Studios in Pretoria. I’m intrigued by what they tell me about their recording process. Beyond their straight-cut lyrics, they even strive for honesty and reality in the music itself.

“This time around,” lead vocalist, guitarist, and lyricist Dylan Christie says, “we really put in the effort. We said, you know what, we’re not going to go into the studio unless we’ve really put in the effort, listened to the songs, tried them out on stage, feel the song, and then we’re like ‘Okay, this one, we’re still not over it, let’s record it.'”

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.

Graeme Watkins Project Love in Abundance

The Graeme Watkins Project – In Abundance

Love is a wonderful thing. It brightens up even the sorriest of existences, leaving the lovestruck victim radiating a vast array of colour to the world around him/her. A hormone on fire, lighting your way around the dark world. This feeling can be found personified in the new Graeme Watkins Project video for ‘Love in Abundance’. Colour jumps off every frame as the frontman, Graeme Watkins himself, states “We’ve got love in abundance’. Indeed.

Less Wes Anderson, more Wes Craven.