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Taxi Violence releasing some Soul Shake.

11 Jun

Taxi Violence fans rejoice – number four is getting ready to drop.

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July 2013 will see the release of the seasoned music veterans’ four album.

The album, entitled Soul Shake, boasts 11 brand new tracks that were recorded and produced by Brendyn “Rusti” Rossouw at Heritage Sound Studios, and mixed by the legendary Theo Crous at Bellville Studios.

Soul Shake, sees the band return to what they do best – rock out!

Drummer, Louis Nel says, “We’ve gone back to playing straight-up rock ‘n roll songs – very similar to songs from our first and second albums. But a lot faster and a lot harder.”

Get a feel for Soul Shake on Taxi Violence’s nation wide tour:

06 July – Zanzibar, George

10 July – The Mexican, Jeffreys Bay

12 July – Buccaneers, East Londen

13 July – Live The Venue, Durban

18 July – Potchefstroom (venue TBC)

19 July – Puma Social Club, Johannesburg

20 July – Arcade Empire, Pretoria

27 July – The Assembly, Cape Town

03 August – Aandklas, Stellenbosch

17 August – Slipstream Sportsbar, Grahamstown

First single Brainmash has been pinned as the first single from the new album. Listen to it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6FaaAQkUJ0

Pre-order Soul Shake:

Taxi Violence have made 150 copies of Soul Shake available to pre-order. For R150, fans can get a limited edition, personalized CD delivered to their doors (anywhere in South Africa), as well as a FREE download of the band’s entire first album, Untie Yourself. Go to www.taxiviolence.com for more details.

Photo: Sven Kristian

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Some Taxi Violence for you?

6 Mar

The Cape Town based rockers are busy recording their brand new album.

After keeping things stripped down and mellow with their 2011 release, the Taxi men are eager to get back to their rock and roll roots.

Half of the upcoming album was recorded in 2012 and given to fans for free download as an early Christmas present. The first single off the upcoming album, Paint the Streets, was released in November 2011. The smash reached number 1 on Tuks FM’s SA Top 10 and Puk FM’s Top 40. The recording of the remainder of the tracks will be finished by the 15th of March 2013. The album is set for release later this year – but the Taxi ranks are tight-lipped with regards to a precise date.

The album is being produced at Heritage Sound Studio by Brendyn “Rusti” Rossouw. Rossouw was part of the winning team that helped record the SAMA nominated release, UNPLUGGED: Long Way From Home. The great Theo Crous from Bellville Studios has been approached to mix and co-produce the album.

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Online diary vibes.

Taxi Violence are giving fans an inside peek in their recording process, by keeping an online studio diary. You can follow their diary here;

http://www.facebook.com/taxiviolence/notes

Remember that hot and steamy video we could not get enough of ?

Unholy has been nominated for a MK Award. You have till Friday to vote Taxi for Best Rock Video for Unholy.

Visit the MK website to make your click.

If you have not yet heard the new  Taxi tunes…What’s wrong with you?

Listen to Taxi Violence’s new tracks here:

·         Paint the Streets >> www.soundcloud.com/taxi-violence/paint-the-streets

·         Love Sick Rock ‘n Roll >> www.soundcloud.com/taxi-violence/taxi-violence-love-sick-rock-n

Social realm.

http://www.facebook.com/taxiviolence

www.youtube.com/TaxisRockOutTV

http://www.soundcloud.com/taxi-violence

Photo: Baden Moir

A hearty dose of Taxi Violence.

5 Dec

A hearty dose of Taxi Violence is planned for 2013. 480448_10151263291834744_49092871_n[1]

Taxi Violence is set to release their fourth full length album come 2013.The first single off the album – Paint the Streets – is currently burning some rubber on radio. It shows signs of Taxi Violence moving towards an upbeat party rock sound. Regarding the new sound, Jason Ling says, “It is an up-tempo shuffle with the simple message of leaving your worries behind and having a good time.”

Listen to Paint the Streets here:  http://soundcloud.com/taxi-violence/paint-the-streets

 Shake a leg with Taxi Violence on the Stereo Machine Tour:

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Taxi Violence will be taking to the road with their Stereo Machine Tour this December.

Catch your dose of Taxi Violence at the following venues:

7 DECEMBER – BUCKLEY’S, BELLVILLE

Also performing: The Mysticcs and Them Birds

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17 DEC – ZANZIBAR – KNYSNA

Also performing: Dividable Grand

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18 DEC – THE MEXICAN – JEFFREYS BAY

R30

19 DEC – HOP MUSIC FEST – GEORGE

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hop-Music-Festival/459203174122066?fref=ts

20 DEC – SUMMER SUN FESTIVAL – DIAZ STRAND HOTEL – MOSSEL BAY

Also performing: Piet Botha

22 DEC – THE ASSEMBLY – CAPE TOWN

Also performing: Spoek Mathambo, Wrestlerish, Kite Rider & Jon Savage

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30 DEC – ROCK THE RIVER – CAPE TOWN

http://www.facebook.com/rocktheriversa

31 DEC – ARCADE EMPIRE – PRETORIA

http://www.facebook.com/ArcadeEmpire?fref=ts

Taxi Violence Xmas Give-away

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Christmas will come early this year! Taxi Violence will have something for your Christmas stocking on 14 December – ONE DAY ONLY. Keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter

Foto: Baden Moir

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TAXI VIOLENCE : Deer in the Headlights Tour

16 Jul

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Time to get those headlights fixed, because the boys from Taxi Violence are hitting the road with their Deer in the Headlights Tour.

Check out the tour dates below, and make sure you get a healthy dose of Taxi Violence live, when they rock up at a venue near you.

JULY

18th Mercury Live (Unplugged) Cape Town

19th Tanz Cafe, Johannesburg

20th Arcade Empire, Pretoria

21st Stones, Boksburg

28th The Assembly, Cape Town – with Van Coke Kartel

AUGUST

3rd Klein Libertas, Stellenbosch

8th  Wavehouse, Durban

9th Oppikoppi, Northam

 

To do a bit of catching up on all the Taxi Violence…put down your newspaper and take up you e-reader.

The MK piece is one I was so very fortunate to have done with them.

http://mk.dstv.com/2012/07/11/taxi-violence-talks-diy-record-deals-and-an-old-new-direction/

http://lwmag.co.za/music/q-a-with-taxi-violence/

Taxi Violence are socially connectable, so be sure to check out there Facebook and Twitter profiles to stay up to date with all the necessary…and unnecessary info and goings on.

Twitter: @Taxi_Violence_

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/taxiviolence

 

See you at Koppi Taxi Violence!

 

Goodnight Wembley – Official Launch and video debut.

20 Jun

Goodnight Wembley – Baden Moir

Old school rock and Roll with a little grunge twist!

That is the best description one can pin on the new independent hard rock retro band, Goodnight Wembley. The band, hailing from Cape Town, have thus far only done one showcase performance – but it was enough to stir up a nation-wide hype.

The band – comprising of members from Taxi Violence, 7th Son, Dead Lucky and Yes Sir! Mister Machine – are,

George van der Spuy – Taxi Violence

Vocals

Nic Gaud – 7th Son

Guitar and Vocalls

Alex Krause – Dead Lucky

Guitar

Gideon de Kock – Like Knives/Yes Sir! Mr Machine

Bass Guitar

Jean Labuschagne – Dead Lucky/Bilderberg Motel

Drums

Goodnight Wembley is the product of the culmination of five different unique and diverse styles – drawing on their individual grunge, rock and pop cultures, to produce a sound they describe as,                                                                                                                                    ”…fresh but nostalgic, curious and catchy, innovative yet familiar.”

On the 30th of June, Goodnight Wembley will be hosting their official launch together with the debut of their first music video for the single Time Machine.

Flyer for the Mercury Live show

The Details are:

Venue: Mercury Live, Cape Town.

Cover: R30 before 22h00, R40 after.

Time:  Doors open at 21h00 and the show starts at 22h00.

Contact: 021 465 2106

 

To stay up-to-date with the Goodnight Wembley happenings and goings on, be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

@gnightwembley

http://www.facebook.com/#!/GoodnightWembley

 

 

 

Nothing Cheap about these Bad Habits.

8 Mar

A series of conversations between Jed Coventry and Sid  Siddique that began in early high school, about how – if ever – should   they form a band it would probably be the coolest band in musical history.  That is basically how The Cheap Bad Habits were born since they added the musical capabilities of James Hogg and Ryan Wilkins.                                                                                                                                                                      Sid declare tongue in cheecks that the basic start of the band was a necessity, since                                                                                                                                                                             “Rock n’ Roll was on life support, we came to revive it.”

The conversations between Jed and Sid proved to be fruitful, and in 2010, the band was officially formed.

Upon asked how exactly they got their name, they simply answered,                                                                                                                                                                  “To be honest we just thought it sounded like a cool name for a band.”

After the – starting a band baby – decision was made, the habits wanted to get the ball rolling as fast as possible, and worked themselves into a position where they could start booking as many gigs as possible,                                                                                                                                                                                            “As soon as we had enough songs – we just  barely knew how to play – we started booking gigs – The basic plan was to get on stage as quickly as possible.”

The Cheap Bad Habits have a distinct Old school Rock and Roll blues feel to them,                                                                                                                                                         “We’re interested in blues and in the tracing of its influences and effects, on early rock ‘n roll, classic rock and popular music in general. AC/DC, the Rolling Stones and the Black Keys are some of the bands credited with influencing us musically – The Cheap Bad Habits.

According to the Habits, their sound caters for a diverse group, and is not necessarily limited to a specific profile,                                                                                                                                                     “Even though we’re a “genre band” we get great reactions to our music from everyone. From metalheads, to scene kids, guys that listen to punk rock and even the older blues crowd – in short – basically anyone who likes epic guitar driven music.

They are a self-managed band, with Jed basically fulfilling the role of Manager,                                                                                                                                                   “Jed handles everything, from bookings, to press, to organising photo- and video shoots – he’s basically the “manager”  – The Cheap Bad Habits. Jed comes in by saying,                                                                                                                                                       “I try to get the okes to help out once in a while, like with the updating of our social media sites by uploading videos etc.  But – typical musicians – they are lazy as @#$!                                                                                                                                                                 Pertaining to their marketing approach, the habits have say,                                                                                                                                                              “We try to make use of all the avenues available to us, besides the obvious online stuff like Facebook and Twitter. We print and distribute flyers to promote big shows and luckily our press kit has been picked up by some local papers and print publications.”

January 2012, saw The Cheap Bad Habits taking things up a notch with the launch of their EP, at the shoot of their very first music video – French Kiss. The scene set for both shoot and launch was a summer party on the beach in Durban, with the boys nostalgically noting,                                                                                                                                                                        “Gorgeous models, free beer – a recipe you can’t really go wrong with.”

Both shoot and launch was a major success, with Jed noting,                                                                                                                                                            “It was an amazing party! We were blown away by the support, not just from the sponsors (Kuluma TV, Island Style, Black Label, Rockstar Energy Drinks) but from our friends, fans and just the general public, who came down to see what all the fuss was about!                                                                                                                                                            Concerning the release of the EP, Ryan comments,                                                                                                                                                “ It’s gone down well; I think people are happy it’s finally here! The recording of the EP itself was done pretty quick – most of the tracks were done live – but we took our time with the  packaging  and planning of the launch – making sure it coincided with the shoot of our first music video”                                                                                                                   Jimmy adds,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “The response has been great and people have been requesting copies from all over the country.”

According to the habits, the video for French kiss is steadily brewing, and will hopefully be following in the footsteps of fellow Durban based band – The Anti Retro Vinyls – by getting it picked up by music channel MK, in the very near future,                                                                                                                                                    “We have some talented people working on it at the moment – the creative team at Kuluma TV is brilliant so we know the quality will be there. Plus there is not any band currently featured on MK, that matches our sound and vibe. “

The general approach the habits take to their music is, “if it’s fun to play it’ll be fun to listen to.”                                                                                                                                          According to Jed, he’ll usually come up with a basic riff or idea. The band will then jam on it during practise and together they’ll start figuring out a structure. Slowly Jed will add some lyrics, with Ryan finding his groove, Sid settling in on some lead guitar riffs, leaving Jimmy to freak out on bass.

The ruthless music industry, poses unique challenges to all musicians navigating its difficult waters. There are a few universal problem’s – lack of willing sponsors, lack of support from local radio stations etc etc. But there are also those unique issues and challenges affecting bands/musicians on a personal level. For the habits, it’s the closure of two of Durban’s , biggest live playing  venues,  Burn Nightclub and Unit 11. According to the habits, there is a dire need for more supportive venues like for example the Winston Pub, where the local music scene can be nurtured, new acts can be encourage, and a place for people who love alternative music can be provided – “…a place where they can all come together and party like savages!”                                                                                                                                                Ryan simply – yet profoundly – sums it up,                                                                                                                                                                              “We need to create “more of a family vibe” amongst us musicians – artists helping artists.

On a way forward, they state their short term goal as having a rocking show, at Splashy Fen – Durban – on the 8th of April 2012. Concerning the longer run the longer, they intend on pursuing the MK airwaves as soon as the video for Frensch Kiss is done and dusted. They also want to focus on getting the tracks on their EP playlisted by radio stations.

Artists within our shores that the habits are inspired by, include – Fokofpolisiekar, Van Coke Kartel, Taxi Violence, Just Jinger and Springbok Nude Girls – bands they associate with longevity. When it comes to bands within the scene that excite them, Jed, speaks on behalf of the habits, stating,                                                                                                                                                                “The Anti Retro Vinyls have always been a favourite – since the days where they were still referred to as The Otherwise. Explosion, are always mind blowing/face melting and The Trees have got a real classy set for such a rowdy bunch of dudes. There is a lot of Talent in Durban!”

The Cheap Bad Habits, are an original almost vintage rock and roll blues outfit. Their energy, ambition and persistence, only out-weighed by their marvellous personality – as individuals, and as a band. I think it safe to say – there is nothing Cheap, about these Bad Habits…in fact…dare I say I quite enjoy them.      

To end off this piece – words of wisdom for aspiring young musicians courtesy The Cheap Bad Habits:

Don’t expect anyone to do everything for you. If you want something – a gig, a venue, sponsors, whatever – just go and get it.

 Learn to play, love to play, live to play.

Don’t give up, its hard work but remember…just keep on thinking of where your headed and what your gaining.

                                                                                                

A Music Mafia is on the rise…and they mean business…

5 Feb

 

 

Woodstock Mafia at Carnival Court - Photo; Laura McCullagh

Special Blog bulletin.

There’s a new mafia in town.

They have one aim…one goal: Assert musical dominance within the borders of this marvellous country! The jamming of their business, for the most part, takes place in Woodstock, and they are thusly known as, The Woodstock Mafia.

Be on the lookout for:

Joe – “I am sound engineer by day… by night… all the time. I’ve travelled a bit and am itching to do more. Its summer, so it’s all about going to the beach with my guitar. And a dream of mine is to play in front of 100 000 people in Hyde Park… just like the Foo Fighters did.”

Nick – “I’m 29, have big hair and soulful blue eyes, or at least I like to think so. The other me works as an editor for a publishing house in Cape Town, where I basically get to read about sport all day. It’s not a bad gig. I like to eat… and I hang to the left.”

Owen – “I’m a designer by day, drummer by night, beer anytime… kind of guy.”

Ryan – “For the first time in my life, I’m the old man in the band, if only by a few months. I struggle with this daily, even more than being mistaken for “ginger”. It’s strawberry-blond, people! I dream of peace and free beer.”

The Boys from Woodstock Mafia rocking out; Laura McCullagh

A couple of weeks ago, I was overcome and mobbed by the Woodstock Mafia sound. Having always had some sort of fascination with the mafia and such …my attention was naturally grabbed, and I carefully adventured my way into their social realm, to investigate the sound and vibe that was to blame for my mobbed state.                                                                                                                                                               Needless to say, their “post-rock-grunge” sound  blew my socks out of the lagoon. The superb balance and quality of their sound was twilight zone stuff and the only question that navigated my brainwaves was…                                                                                          HOW ON EARTH HAS THIS BAND NOT YET MADE IT INTO THE BIG LEAGUES?                                                                                                                                            THEY ARE SIMPLY PUT… ALL THAT GOOD!                                                                                                                                                                     They have a fresh unique sound… the vocals are smooth and soothing …and there are some pretty exciting guitar riffs… allowing a goosebump or two to creep up on you when you least expect it.                                                                                                                                   It is a fusion of strong 90’s grunge and post-grunge influences, with  bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains and Incubus accredited… with a bit of old school 70’s rock and roll stirred in.… Credit here , given to Led Zeplin, ACDC and the more contemporary Wolfmother.

Woodstock Mafia, was initially born out of the long standing friendship between Nick and Ryan.  According to Owen, Nick and Ryan’s decision to start the band came from the observation that,“… there is a lack of good local alt rock bands.”                                                                                                                                                   Owen goes further by adding, “They found Joe and I found them and the rest is recent history.”                                                                                                                                      Pertaining to Owen’s statement, Ryan reacts with a slight altercation,                                                                                                                                                    “I actually found Joe when we were both part of another project, and Owen, we found you on that dating site, remember?”

Nevertheless, their Woodstock Baby was an unplanned one… with Nick and Ryan making the decision early in their friendship to avoid playing in the same band at all costs. For the 15 odd years they had known each other as friends, they actively tried to avoid what would later seem to be the inevitable.                                                                                                                                                       Their initial decision… thankfully… failed miserably.                                                                                                                                                  Ryan mockingly states, “We lost a bet !,” As the reason for their ultimate amalgamation. Nick adds a bit more flesh to the story,                                                                                                                                                                  “The honest answer is that Ryan and I have quite combustible personalities and we wanted to avoid a situation where our friendship was compromised by playing together in a band – which can get emotional, to say the least. Also, Ryan has a penchant for bad pop music, something that I wanted nothing to do with.                                                                                                                                                                But I think as we got older we realised that playing together could be a lot of fun if we approached it in the right way. Our roles in this project are clearly defined, and at the end of the day Ryan is a very talented bass player, so we got over ourselves and made it happen.”

Woodstock Mafia at Carnival Court - Photo ; Laura McCullagh

Woodstock Mafia, functions like a well-oiled machine. Their functioning and approach to their musical career, reminds me a lot  of the way in which Fokofpolisiekar approached their musical siege – with absolute precision; a well worked out plan. Running the band, like they’d run a business.   They put a lot of thought into every aspect of every step they take.                                                                                                                                                   Every band member has a clear stated role and responsibility… and they utilise their everyday non-musical abilities and attributes to the benefit of the band.

Joe – Mainly responsible for the recording and mixing of the Woodstock Mafia EP, as well as the two sets of demo tracks.

Nick – Mainly responsible for coming up with basic music and lyrical ideas, which the band will then munch on… and either spit out or swallow.

Owen – Creative powers behind the band… uses his design powers to make the band look visually cool and appealing.

Ryan – Organizational brains behind the operation. Organises gigs… lines up press events… checks admin tasks off the list… handles all everything concerning publicity.

Woodstock Mafia released their debut self-titled EP on the 16th of September 2011.                                                                                                                                                               Joe confidently states, “People love the EP!”                                                                                                                                                             I can highlight this as a fact with a bright blue highlighter. All their songs on their EP are currently enjoying prime playtime on my iPod. More recently they released two new demo tracks – available for FREE download, from their bandpage, connected to their TwitFace pages – with Electric Light currently topping the list of my favourite tunes. This song has major hit… dripping off it …and I predict it will be riding airways and jumping holes through charts in the near future. A bold prediction, but one I confidently make based on… well… my knack for spotting real talent.

Upon the way forward, Owen says,                                                                                                                                                                “ We are definitely looking at a full length album, but first, we are focusing on releasing a single in the next month or two, and also shoot a video. Getting airplay on student, regional, even national stations is prime, as well as getting the video on channels like MK.  We’ll start thinking about an album towards the end of the year, if all goes well. Our main, concern is getting a big song out there and getting on those festival stages. Our EP launch was awesome and we’re stoked with the product. Due to cash restrictions we had to do it all ourselves which was our only regret, as we’re not top-notch music producers … but hey, it still sounds fat!

And trust me –fat it sounds – if this is the sound these guys can produce on their own, can you imagine what they will be capable of doing when working with top notch producers.

Woodstock Mafia’s a down to earth band with big dreams and bigger aspirations.  They know what they’re capable of… they know where they’re headed and they have a well-worked-out-plan on how to get there. Reading their honest – at times off beat – responses to my questions, have yet again fuelled me in my quest to help promote local musicians.                                                                                                                                                   When I listen to a band, with an almost international sound – for a lack of a better explanation – factoring in -that they are struggling to make a break into the industry… it just numbs my brain. The product is there and their music is top notch – in fact they have a better sound than many bands currently playing mainstream. They have an awesome vibe and great personality… they literally have every single component needed, to boost them into musical oblivion. It’s just a matter of getting their name and music out there … the rest will sell itself. As soon as the word of mouth ball gets rolling they’ll be set on their way.

Woodstock Mafia - Photo; Laura McCullagh

So as per usual…I urge you to take a TwitFace adventure… and make a connection with these stellar blokes. Download their awesome tunes – which I predict you’ll become enslaved by – and share and spread their rocking vibe. Keep an eye out for their life performances which is an experience by itself… and make sure you catch one when they rock your nearby vicinity. I am definitely keeping an eye on lampposts for a possible showdown in Bloemfontein… where I will be cheering from the frontlines.

As you’ve become accustomed to…here’s a few extra question they were nice enough to answer.

Sune:  Woodstock Mafia, cool name.

How was the name decided on?

Nick – It was Owen who just blurted it out during a break at one of our first practices. We jam in Woodstock and we’re all tough and stuff… like the mob so it just stuck.

Joe – The name just captures you when you hear it. It sticks in your head.

Sune: Woodstock Mafia had the hype machine on full blast from the very beginning…

I read an online journalist commenting, that she thinks she read your press release before  you even played your first gig.                                                                                                                                             When you got the mafia ball rolling, what was the decided plan of action for the conquering of the beast that is our local music scene?

Joe – Play our hearts out on stage!!! Be the BEST you can be.

Owen – Dominate every channel and every social platform so we get the all-sacred word of mouth thing going.

Ryan – Haha, Owen, the master of social media. I guess from my side it was about doing the band thing right for the first time. I’ve been playing in bands since I was in standard six (grade eight to you laaities), and just wanted to do things differently, with passion and hard work. The thing is, the ball has just been budged and is starting to roll, and it makes it increasingly difficult to keep up. When little milestones creep up on you along the way, it’s important to not only gather, but maintain momentum.

Sune: You have this marvellous post-rock-grunge sound… a nice old school rock and roll feel.                                                                                                                                                       What are the musical influences behind your sound?

Owen – Hard rock and grunge. Hit those drums hard like Dave Grohl.

Joe – As a vocalist, Brandon Boyd from Incubus was a starting point, but the more we develop our sound, the more I take from other great rock vocalists.

Nick – I would say ACDC, Smashing Pumpkins, Taxi Violence and Led Zeppelin.

Ryan – I have played in several cover bands, and even some afro-jazz, but when I started playing bass it was all about Nirvana covers. I guess I have a strong 90s grunge influence in my playing, but it’s good to keep it simple.

Sune: Any acts within in our local music scene, you admire and aspire to?

Ryan – There are many great acts, from Desmond and the Tutus, to BLK JKS, Isochronous, Taxi Violence, Jax Panik, Gazelle, Van Coke Kartel, aKing… every year bands are lifting the bar higher and higher, which is fantastic. It keeps us on our toes.

Joe – at Rock the River, there was a band that gave me goosebumps six times over – Verona Walls. I hear they have been around for a while, but wow! I’m also quite fond of Kongos and Shadowclub.

Nick– Isochronous are great musicians and Van Coke Kartel for their professionalism.

Owen– Taxi Violence, Van Coke Kartel and Shadowclub are three bands I think are dominating the scene through great music and exceptional marketing.

Sune: Tell me a bit about the creative process that drives the creation of your awesome tunes.                                                                                                                                                                           What’s the process you follow when writing new material?

Joe – Nick comes up with the idea for a track and the band writes their music around his idea at rehearsals and we all have an input on the structure of the track. Whatever works, works…

Owen – Normally Nick has a riff up his sleeve; we jam it out and put some structure down. Lyrics get written and bam! Our baby is born…

Ryan – Ha, over to Nick. I just play bass, and just sit back.

Nick – Most of my ideas comes from jamming on my acoustic guitar. I think it’s a better way to write because you’re not distracted by effects or tonal considerations like you would be with an electric instrument, which helps you focus on the basics. Once I have an idea, I’ll let it sit in my head and percolate for a while where other parts will start to form almost subconsciously. Generally I’ll take a verse and a chorus idea to practice, and we’ll jam it out as a band, which will then inform me as to how the final direction of the song should go.

Once the music is 80% completed, I’ll write the lyrics around one or two phrases that tend to stay in my head. Not all my ideas work out and we’ve had songs which have been scrapped after one or two performances. I think our best work comes when the songs happen quickly, and effortlessly.

Sune: In the modern era, what do you think are the most powerful tools upcoming bands and musicians can use to promote and drive their musical aspirations?

Joe – Record your music, even if it’s just a quick demo, and get it out there.

Nick – Nakedness and free beer.

Owen – Social media all the way.

Sune: Our music scene is popping out of its rims… the lines dividing genres and sub-genres have become paper-thin, which results in a surreal level of competition staring acts within the industry – literally, in some instances, down.

What will make Woodstock Mafia, not only a survivor but a super contender? What sets you guys apart from the rest?

Joe – Our rocking riffs and hard work as a band.

Owen – Well we’ve been told that we’re original, and we’ve also been told we’re not. Either way people dig it and that’s all that matters. We’re not precious about doing things that have never been done – that’s a tall order. If it’s catchy and grabs you by the balls that’s all that matters. We’re just going to be ourselves and see what happens…

Nick – A lot of bands focus on having a ‘sound’ or a look, especially in Cape Town. We focus purely on writing good songs, because at the end of the day, it’s the songs that will be the -make or break -of your potential success.

Sune: What is your definition of a true musician?

Nick – Kurt Cobain once said that good music could be defined as ‘any music played with integrity’. And I suppose you could apply that philosophy to musicians too. I think using technique as a measure of musicianship is too narrow; there are some bands that have made entire careers out of playing the same three chords, so I would define a musician as anyone who can evoke a feeling or emotion through sound.

Joe – I think somebody that is in tune with everything he does, in tune and aware of his surroundings. Music lets you live in the moment and express emotion. A true musician has the ability to make other people join in that moment, enhancing their emotions.

Owen – Someone who loves music, and who loves to play it to people.

Ryan – My father would say – looking directly at me – that a musician is someone who comes to borrow some cash and steel the cheese out the fridge.

Sune: Where do you guys see yourself in three years?

Joe – At the MTV Music awards! Haha!

Owen – I’d like us to have two super slick albums under our belt, headline all the major festivals, consistently touring SA… a tour or two abroad.    Oh yes and I’d like a bevy of beauties in my water bed.

Ryan – What the other guys said. Haha, optimism is a good thing, eh guys?

Nick – Yeah. Haha.

Sune: What is your favourite venue to gig at?

Nick – Mercury Live is still one of the better venues to play at. It’s the right size for a good party and the sound is generally pretty consistent.

Ryan – We like to get around a lot, and I hope we get to play some great venues out of town. But locally, I would say Mercury Live is going through a rebirth, and the smaller venues we play, like Pakalolo, Banned Rock Lounge and The Jolly Roger have all been good.

Owen – Mine is the first venue we played at, ROAR. Super dark and dingy but rad people and always awesome sound. Plus we all have great memories there.

Joe – Carnival Court. It’s a small backpackers in Long Street, Cape Town.

Sune: Best vibed and most memorable performance thus far?

Nick – Rock the River was fun. Having space to run around, suits our vibe, and the response from the crowd and organisers was great. We definitely want to secure more festival dates.

Joe – Carnival Court! Haha, was my first stage dive! And the stage was only about 20cm high!

Ryan – Our EP launch at Zula – Joe took a monstrous stage-dive, must have been a good two or three meters into the crowd. Epic!

Owen – I would say Synergy 2011, we rocked the LMG tent and chucked some ice-cold beers into the crowd. It was so hot, but damn was it awesome.

Sune:  Any foot-in-mouth scenarios…meeting a music great… or celeb… saying/doing something questionable?

Joe – Kept my cool when I met Inge Beckmann from LARK for the first time. She has such a beautiful voice. But I kept my cool and didn’t choke.

Ryan – I know the guy who played Woofles in Pumpkin Patch. Played my cool, we’re tight now.

Sune: Any embarrassing moments you can share… something going horribly wrong at a show maybe?

Owen – There’ve been a couple of broken strings, dropped drum sticks and forgotten lyrics, of course but nothing too disastrous yet!

Nick – We played at a house party in Hout Bay, and every time I tried to click on one of my pedals the electricity would cut out. It led to a couple anti-climactic moments. That was probably our worst performance so far.

Ryan – I think Owen’s drums fell apart at Synergy. Literally the kit fell to piece while he was playing. Fortunately a mate of ours (Kyle Gary from Fox Comet) was on hand to pull it together again.

Sune:  Ryan… just quickly… apparently you are the bands appointed “beer logistics office”. What a stellar title… and heavy burden to carry but I guess someone has to do it.

What does it entail?

Ryan – This is the most important role in the band. I try making sure that we have beer for nearly every practice, that bar tabs are arranged at gigs, but most importantly that I sample as many brands as possible.

 Sune: What your idea of a perfect night out?

Nick– I’m a homeboy. My couch, a DVD, and a bottle of something, – something is generally high on my priority list.

Ryan– I think I had it the other week at the Sabretooth album launch at Mercury Live. Crazy jam session with seasoned musos, beer, braai, more beer, mosh pits and stage-diving, followed by more beer.

Owen– A spontaneous one. With beer.

Joe– To get my bare feet dirty at a rock festival, enjoying the local talent.

Sune: If not music…what would you be doing?

Owen – I reckon, running a backpackers in Jeffery’s Bay.

Joe– I would probably run for President… seriously.

Nick– I’d probably be in a padded cell somewhere in the confines of Valkenburg mental hospital…

Ryan – Hmmm, maybe a yoga instructor or a disco enthusiast.

Sune: What advice do you have for young muso’s in the making?

Joe– Play your instrument as much as you can and always play your heart out when you perform.

Nick– Never allow your ego to get in the way of the song, especially if you’re a guitarist. Think about the basics of a good song – melody, groove –  before you try to come up with cool riffs or solos, that you think are going to make you look good. If something isn’t working, make it simpler.

And if you’re starting a band, make sure the objectives among the group are clearly defined. You need to know what it is you actually want to achieve as a band, and once you do, it’s important to have a plan of attack.Lastly, don’t get stoned at practice. It makes you sound better than you actually are.

Owen – Don’t suck.

Ryan – Haha! Nice one Owen. I would add to that, “If you think you suck, get a hot vocalist”.

Sune: Lastly…upcoming bands and musicians that excite you?

Joe – A totally new band? Them Birds. Quirky and unique.

Ryan – So many… Um, Newtown Knife Gang, Fox Comet, Red Huxley, Juke Royal, Peachy Keen, Shadowclub… I suppose these are all bands I’ve grown to enjoy more over the past 12 months.

Nick – There is a band called My Flawless Ending we’ve played with a couple of times. They do rock ‘n’ roll pretty well.

Owen – There are just too many to mention.