Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses

The Republic of Mieliepop 2018 is only one month away, and since Deon Bakkes and The Stolen Horses is probably the only horse-related band on the lineup, we aimed to get off our high horses, speak to the dark horse Deon himself, and get the goods straight from the horse’s mouth… Luckily he’s one who enjoys horsing around.

If you had to choose: Owned horses or stolen musicians? And why?

Hmmm… So the pros of owned horses include reliability… but stolen musicians allow for spontaneity and change. Tough choice really, but I’d say many stolen musicians to rotate owned horses.

Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses.
Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses. Picture by Christelle Duvenage.

What’s more important in music: Raw talent or hard work? And why?

Hard work I think. Talent without it is like a seed that receives no water. And on that note, sometimes a seed needs fire to germinate…

Gypsy Jazz isn’t the biggest genre on the charts. Is your band more trendsetting, or niche-filling? And why?

Interesting question. It’s not something we’ve actively considered. We follow our noses. Gypsy jazz is addictive due to the infectious rhythm. But ultimately we can’t escape our roots in rock n roll and punk… so the two got mixed.

To answer the question, however, I guess we’re trying to set a trend that fulfils our own niche. The bigger picture is to create a need for a kind of sound where there was none before. But that can’t be done consciously, because then there is no novelty or spontaneity.

Mieliepop festival or stay-at-home weekend? And why?

Perhaps the two are one and the same? Seems like I haven’t been home in a year… it will be good to be back.

Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses will be performing at (and returning home to) the one-horse festival called Mieliepop 2018 [21-24 March]. Get your tickets here, or enter our ticket giveaway here. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it score free tickets…