The Swing Collective provides a touch of class and enjoyable toe-tapping swing music reminiscent of the roaring 20s. With its’ post-modern jukebox approach to modern-day pop and timeless classics like Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin, Toxic by Britney Spears and the theme song to everyone’s favourite childhood show, Gummy Bears, The Swing Collective is always a special treat.
The Swing Collective will be performing at East City Live at Harringtons in Cape Town this Thursday, 21 March 2019! I caught up with Claire de Kock, saxophonist en band manager, to find out more about the group and what we can expect from the show on Thursday.
For any of my readers who do not know your story, how did the Swing Collective start out?
The Swing Collective started out in 2016 when a group of like-minded professional musicians started jamming different pop songs and adding a jazz or swing twist to it. We enjoyed it so much and had a similar sense of humour, so we decided to make it Facebook official and play at various music venues and got into the corporate entertainment scene.
And how would you sum each member up in no more than three words?
Lana Crowster: Curls and jokes
Luke Otto: Brooklyn 99 officiando
Rouzanna Coxson: Tinkler of ivories
Damian Kamineth: Bringer of groove
Cool! So, who picks out the songs you play at sets?
The song process is very much a band effort. If one of us hears a new or classic song and think it could use our vintage-twist, we bring it to rehearsal and take it from there as a group.
What can fans look forward to from your East City Live set at Harringtons this coming Thursday?
Fans can expect some old favourites (like the Gummy Bears theme song) and some new arrangements, which we’ll keep a surprise for Thursday!
The Swing Collective - 2017 EPK - YouTube
Haha, okay! So, what’s cool about playing at Harringtons?
It’s always a pleasure to play at Harringtons because of the discerning crowd the venue attracts and the atmosphere they create in and amongst the swanky decor. We’d also always get treated really well as musicians and it’s always a smooth show to put on.
And what are your plans for the rest of 2019?
Our plans for 2019 are to arrange as many new and classic songs as possible and give them The Swing Collective treatment!
Join East City live this Thursday!
East City Live is a weekly treat at Harringtons in Cape Town, showcasing a selection of talented and extraordinary musicians.
If you plan on going to the last event of the Ballantine’s True Music Series, you’re in for a treat.
Now in its fourth year, the Ballantine’s True Music Series is an annual project that gives uncompromising artists a unique platform to share and visualise music and music scenes that inspire artists and fans worldwide. Langa, Cape Town, will be the final stop on the True Music Series x Felipe Pantone tour, happening on Sunday 31st March.
Felipe Pantone is known around the world for his iconic artwork that has adorned music spaces such as the Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel and the Life is Beautiful Music Festival in Las Vegas. His collaboration with Ballantine’s for the True Music Series saw him transform limited edition bottles of Ballantine’s Finest and 12 Year-Old with specially created artwork inspired by the underground club culture, the recording and production process, and music soundwaves.
Since November last year, Ballantine’s and Felipe have been travelling the world bringing to life the True Music Series artwork with interactive installations in Moscow and Santiago that push the boundaries of the local music scenes through art-led music experiments.
The tour will come to a close with an incredible celebration of True Music, when Ballantine’s and Kid Fonque bring the installation to the iconic We House Sundays party at the Guga S’thebe Theatre in Langa, Cape Town for a night of great conversation, great music and great drinks.
The line-up includes:
Johannesburg-based DJ and label manager Kid Fonque
Respected British producer and DJ Charles Webster
Multi-talented local singer songwriter Sió
Legendary We House Sundays crew Soul Crescent, Leighton Moody and Lawrence Dix
Get tickets now
Tickets for the event are available at Quicket at R100 early bird and R120 thereafter. Tickets will also be available at the door for R150 on the day. Get them here.
Where can you get the Felipe Pantone bottles?
They are exclusively available at all Shoprite and Checkers Liquor Stores.
KwaZulu-Natal natives, The Black Lapels, has just released their debut EP, All or Nothing. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Rob Warren and bassist and vocalist Garth Warren, are joined by the rhythmic genius and musically astute Gareth Gale on drums, and fellow Durban guitarist Rusty Red, who is not only a gifted musician but also a talented recording engineer, to form The Black Lapels.
Their gritty, magnetic and distinctive sound has already attracted an impressive following and scores of dedicated fans.
I recently had a quick chat with vocalist Rob Warren to find out more about the new EP and what they have been up to otherwise.
Congratulations on the release of your new EP. This one has been coming for a while. Tell me a bit about the journey of putting this project together.
As a band that plays mostly live, finding the time to track/write as a group all in one room is hard. We started by working through the material at sound checks, which has turned out to be really productive, we just seem to be more in work mode and that helps with focus. We recorded everyting inhouse, the sessions were all super relaxed which really helps in the creative process. The journey was long, but rewarding… great to have it down and out in the public.
Is there a theme running through the tracks on this EP? And generally, what inspires your lyrics?
There are a few things we wanted to reflect in the music, but these things have to be more organic than intentional. Most of my inspiration comes through interaction with others, these moments and connections all seem to fit together somehow, and that’s what songwriting is for me making sense of all the moments.
What does the title “All of Nothing” mean for you guys as a band?
You just got to give it a go. It’s also a bit of a tounge-in-cheek title, I’d say. It’s a really heavy way of saying ‘relax just do it’, just give your attention, love, focus on what you’re doing and it’ll be okay. Go in guns blazing… all or nothing.
Awesome! You have a pretty cool music video out for ‘Other Side of Love’, can we expect more of that soon? If so, for which song?
Yeah, we are always working on new video ideas, our YouTube channel has a number of videos that we are always toying with. New video, we looking at Shakedown or Danger for a video.
The Black Lapels - Other Side Of Love - YouTube
You’ve covered many songs in the past, do you feel that you guys are moving away from that and more towards creating new music?
Defiently, I do try to think about music in releative terms, music is music. Whether a song you have penned or someone else, to perform a song effectivly, I have to be detached from the fact that I or someone else wrote it. It’s more about the sound and spirit of the song than who wrote it.
Absoluetly. Do you think you’ve found your sound? Or are you still experimenting?
I think we have found a sound that is resornating with us at the moment, but we are always experimenting. That’s what I love about music there is such a deep well to pull from you, just got keep you ear to the ground and be ready when it comes.
I heard that when you are not on the road, you can be found in The White Room. What is The White Room and what happens there?
The white room can also be seen on our YouTube channel (shameless punt!). The White Room is the place where we produce and mix the records, and also my personal writing space. The White Room has heard a lot of music. It’s essentialy our creative HQ.
Any upcoming gigs?
We are going to be performing at the Craft Fest in Shongweni, along with Majozi and some local Durban acts on the 21st March. Also, if you’re a biker or a bike fan, we will be performing on the 27th April at South Coast Bike Fest. Cant wait.
Lastly, what’s coming up in the coming months? More new music? Perhaps a tour?
We will be focusing on some new materail. And yes, we want to get out on the road as much as possible. We are in Jozi at the end of March for some PR stuff and, if I’m not mistaken, Cape Town maybe on the cards for April.
“Harringtons Cocktail Lounge is the perfect venue for an intimate music experience.”
East City Live is a weekly treat at Harringtons in Cape, showcasing a selection of talented local musicians. In the months of March and April, music lovers can look forward to a phenomenal line up!
Sink your teeth into a delicious meal or just relax with a few glasses of wine, all the while feasting your senses on the marvel of live music across a myriad of styles and genres. Jazz, blues, gypsy blues, folk, light electronica, to name a few, with much-anticipated solo performances by musicians from well-known and established acts.
East City Live happens every Thursday: featured acts start playing at around 8 pm and DJ session kicks in after 10 pm. Entry is free.
Summer is not over! Come party in the sun at Park Acoustics on the 31st on March, at the Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria.
Park Acoustics, in partnership with Pringles, proudly presents Spoegwolf & Friends!
Spoegwolf recently released their 4th studio album, ‘Koma’, which immediately went #1 on the Apple Music Album Charts, making them the first Afrikaans act ever to achieve this status! Supporting them are Cape Town afro/indie group Native Young, Pretoria’s hottest duo Bad Peter, man with the pretty voice, Len Muller, up-and-coming indie kids, The Capitals, and lastly P-Town’s king of disco, DSCO CAM.
Park Acoustics lineup
Pringles Main Stage
11:00 The Capitals
12:05 Len Muller
13:10 Bad Peter
14:15 Native Young
16:45 DSCO Cam
Sunset Comedy Stage
You can win a set of double tickets to Park Acoustics on the 31st of March!
Simply let me know on Twitter which Spoegwolf song is your favourite. Don’t forget to tag:
There is something genuine and special about this global meeting place of artists. It offers a top-quality tattooing experience in a professional environment, where you will receive world-class advice and have a wide selection of tattoo styles to choose from.
This year, attendees can look forward to a collection of 90 tattooers from over 15 different countries! I caught up with the organisers of the event to find out more about what we can expect at this year’s convention.
I had a quick chat with the organisers to find out more:
Please give some background around the South African International Tattoo Convention. Why was this event established and how long has it been going?
The convention was natural evolution for founder Waldo Del Rocca, being a travelling tattooer and owner of the highly reputable traditional tattoo shop, Cape Electric Tattoo here In Cape Town.
Waldo Del Rocca has been travelling all over the world for over seven years and wanted to build an opportunity where the international community could come hang out and experience South Africa, as well as share their skill and love of tattooing with local tattooers and public. In the end, supporting in the evolution of South African tattooing and just building a community and friendships within the arts.
Awesome! So, who are the organisers behind the South African International Tattoo Convention?
The South African Tattoo Convention was founded by owner and operator of Cape Electric Tattoo, Waldo Del Rocca. Cape Electric is the official host of this international tattoo convention managed by Romy van Tonder.
Where will the event be held this year, and what’s special about this venue? Also, is the tattoo convention family-friendly?
The Lookout in Granger Bay in the V&A Waterfront is the home of the SAITC for the unforeseeable future. We selected this venue because of its closeness to the ocean and the natural elements of nature, sunlight and Cape Town’s beauty. We’re inspired by this venue, and we feel it is very important for artists to work in an inspiring spcae.
The venue allows us plenty space for indoor and outdoor fun, such as a deck bar with views, a beer tent, live music, food trucks as well as the indoor tattoo hall.
We encourage families to come with their kids to experience the culture of tattooing in this professional and responsible environment.
So cool! So, for anyone wanting to get a tattoo at the event, especially first-timers, what advice do you have?
Convention culture is a WALK-UP culture. This convention is also all about the diversity that exist in tattoo styles, showcasing 90 tattooers specialising in over 15 styles of tattooing. We recommend you come and browse the work of the artists before you make any decisions. You should be blown away by what there will be on offer! Select an artist who’s style speaks to you, discuss your tattoo idea with that artists or select a drawing from one of the artist’s drawings or flash-sheet paintings.
Should one book in advance?
If you have your heart absolutely set on one artists, you could reach out before the event. Alternatively, buy a weekend pass and just go chat to the tattooer you like and they should be able to accommodate you over the course of the weekend. There are 90 artists, so there will be plenty of options and time to get tattooed at the show.
What will be different at this year’s event, compared to last year?
We have engaged the South African alternative music culture alot more in this show, growing from two to six bands forming the lineup this year. This year, we will also offer foosball tables and air hockey! There will also be an MC and great prize giveaways. We’ve also added a chocolatier, coffee lounge and more vendors in the market area!
Which local artists are you most looking forward to having at the event this year?
Tamar Thorn – The Body Architects – Neo traditional
Anna Wayshall – Trademark Tattoo – Back folk style tattoos
Doker Irie – Cape Electric Tattoo – Western Japanese
Waldo Del Rocca – Cape Eclectic Tattoo – American Traditional
John James Case – The body architects – Sacred Geometry
And which international artists should we look out for?
Alice Carrier – Botanical style
Greg Whitehead – Neo Traditional and Western Japanese
Clemens Hahn – Neo Traditional – Western Japanese
Bob Geerts – American Traditional
What else can we look forward to except for all the amazing tattoo artists and art?
A killer lineup of music! We have six live bands, including the Runaway Nuns, Retro Dizzy, The Dinosaurs, The Thirty `Eights, The Sublime Tribute Show (who only performs once a year, will be doing a special performance for our event) and more!
Great food, we have done a themed food court and paired them with a lovely selection of drinks. Mexican and margarita jugs, a burger bar with great whiskey, etc.
“A British melting pot of infectious vocals, catchy guitars & heavy rhythms” – Left Lion Mag
UK-based Prime is an explosive band making waves in the Nottingham/Derbyshire music scene. The three-piece’s first gig was in 2015 and they have since packed in the live gigs, supporting Space, Dodgy and Electric Six at various o2 Academies and played at Tramlines Sheffield, MAH Leicester, Hockley Hustle Nottingham and Phoenix Alternative Festival in Wales, among others.
I caught up with Prime to talk about their music and future plans.
Give me a bit of background about the band: When and how did you form?
We formed in 2014, but it was a very different line up to the version of the band that I believe was our strongest to date, at the end of 2018. You’ll hear the musical background to the group on our new MP3 compilation ‘Art/Facts 2014-2018′, which includes some live recordings.
Cool! Do you feel like you’ve found your sound or are you still experimenting?
I’m not sure if we’ll ever find our sound fully, as we’ve progressed from our early garage rock and rock ‘n’ roll to a rock/funk/ska/punk hybrid to the bluesier music we do now. But I think my vocals are pretty distinctive and maybe it is the heart of the sound of Prime, along with quality hooks which I’ve always had. New band members bring new, interesting vibes to the table.
Tell me a bit about the process of creating new music. How does it all come together for Prime?
Various ways, jams in the studio, acoustic demos… Sometimes I even hum a near-complete song into my phone and ask the lads to play it as similar as possible to what I’ve got down on it.
So, will you be releasing any new music this year?
The current songwriting sessions are taking place, and we have some beautiful, stripped back songs already, I’m looking forward to trying them out in the studio.
Who or what besides other artists inspire you guys to make music?
Strong individuals, showmen, characters, mavericks. Anyone who puts a spanner in the system a little bit and bucks trends.
Finally, what are you guys planning for the rest of the year? Any tour coming up, big shows, EP, album releases, etc.
We’ll be announcing some performances in Europe for June that we’re putting together in Germany, Belgium and Holland. In the meantime I’ll have to make do with a slot at Leicester o2 (Laughs). If we don’t have a new EP out by the Autumn I’ll be very surprised, and I can’t wait.
Love music? Need a bit of help with paying for your studies? Here’s an opportunity of a lifetime!
Music is amazing. A great album can bring people together, a slick track shared can lead to new relationships, and music can also enhance the ability to study (true story!).
Music streaming app, JOOX, is challenging students across South Africa to share their favourite track or tracks to Facebook and Instagram, tagging @JOOXSouthAfrica or @JOOXMusiek and using the hashtag #BeatFees to stand a chance of beating down the cost of studying their fees by winning a REALLY cool R50,000. You can’t beat that.
Download the JOOX app
To enter the competition, download the JOOX app from your Android or iOS app store and get sharing and tagging. Remember the more songs you share the more chances you have of winning.
Note that the competition closes on Monday the 15th of March 2019 and the winner will be announced before the 21st of March 2019.
The Ed Sheeran South African tour just got even better.
Big Concerts just confirmed that Passenger will join Ed Sheeran for his South African tour. The popular English singer-songwriter will open the shows for Ed on all four dates. No tickets? Another date has been added to the Cape Town leg of the tour and you can still get your hands on seated tickets. This will be the first time in history that a second concert date has been added at Cape Town stadium for an international tour.
Ed continues his rise as one of the world’s most successful and talented musicians, selling-out stadiums across the globe including South Africa where three stadium concerts in Johannesburg and Cape Town sold out in minutes.
Extra tickets released for Cape Town
Due to exceptional demand, additional seated tickets have been released for the second Cape Town date on 28th March 2019. Tickets are expected to sell quickly and fans that still want to attend the concert are recommended to book quickly before they sell out. There are also limited standing tickets left to purchase.
Note: Tickets can only be purchased from Computicket, are not transferable and cannot be resold or offered for resale!
“Naked’ feels like my first real introduction to my fans as to who I am as an artist. It is the first body of work that I am putting out that is entirely me.” – Richard Stirton
Richard Stirton has been waiting anxiously for the release of ‘Naked’. It’s been almost 2 years of writing and recording, with songs first written back in 2017 and recording starting in June 2018.
Richard sees this EP as his first real, honest project as he did not have a lot of say on his previous album, Middle Ground.
He says: “Since the first album, I have spent a lot of time working at my song-writing and my understanding of music. I want to create music that is honest and true to who I am and thus connect genuinely with the people who listen to and enjoy my music.”
‘Naked’ has given that voice to Stirton.
The executive producer of the EP, Michael Wilson-Trollip, is an incredibly talented 18-year-old protégé from Bishops Diocesan College. Working alongside Stirton, the two of the them spent countless hours together fine tuning each of the 4 tracks they selected for the EP.
During the making of the EP, Richard and Michael were creative with the tracking of certain elements, such as finding abandoned houses to get the right drum and piano sound. Listen out for the drums on ‘Breathe’, those were tracked in an empty house with a high ceiling, raised wooden floors and beautiful acoustics. Keep an ear out for the piano in ‘Whiskey Glass’ too. That was also tracked in the same room with about 10 microphones around a beautiful baby grand.