Interview: WaterMark High

Photo Credit - Adrian Eramus

Photo Credit – Adrian Eramus

I recently caught up with Paul van der Walt who is behind Watermark High to find out more about his latest 5-track EP, ‘For Good’ and what his plans in the industry are.

Who are your musical influences?

I’d say my three main music influences at the moment are Lapalux, Prefuse 73 and Bonobo.

How would you describe your sound?

On a very basic level I guess you could say it’s a mixture of instrumental hip-hop and experimental electronica.

How do you feel your sound has progressed with each EP release?

I think I’ve just been building on the foundations set by my previous work. The latest EP is a progression and just a more refined sound I think.

What were the main influences behind ‘For Good’?

I guess I just wanted to refine my existing sound as mentioned earlier, but to also try some new things.

What would you like to achieve in the music industry?

Just to be able to connect with people through my music and to offer them something different.

Last but not least, what is next for you?

I’m already working on some new music and planning my next release. I’m also busy working on a new live set. I’m hoping to be out and playing again from around July/August this year.

Interview: Capital Craft Festival

Photo Credit - Laura Mccullagh

Photo Credit – Laura Mccullagh

If I could be anywhere in South Africa this weekend, Capital Craft Beer Festival would be my first choice. The festival brings together old traditions and new experiences at Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria where beer discovery is blended with new and exciting musical acts. Sound good? I thought as much.

Musical acts include: Mr Cat & the Jackal, Gunshot Blue, The Black Cat Bones, George Town and many more I caught up with two brewers Everson’s Cider and Brewhogs Brewery to see what you can expect from them.

Everson’s Cider:

Explain how you became involved with the event and why you chose to be part of the Capital Craft Beerfest?

We have done business with and have known the organisers for a good while now and are pleased to be invited to this years festival.

What should people expect from Everson’s Cider at the festival?

Our usual range of real cider, smiles and the willingness to tune you back if you have any clever remarks about cider… We will also be including a special festival cider that will make even the biggest nay-ciders raise and eyebrow. Lets just say that its sweet, spicy and will put you on your ass.

What are you looking forward to about it?

The people of PTA are good people. People who like their drink and know how to party. We can’t wait to party with them!

Who are most excited to see perform and why?

The Black Cat Bones! Rock, funk and not giving a funk. We are big fans of grungy guitar licks with a folky swing and a bad attitude.

What are you currently working on and do you any projects you are excited about?

Mulled Cider is our winter cider and its served hot, and with a shot of spiced rum if you like. We know its sounds strange but it warms you up from the inside while a lingring taste of apple pie make you want more. We also have a new reserve cider about to be bottled, but that’s all you get for now.

Brewhogs Brewery:

Explain how you became involved with the event and why you chose to be part of the Capital Craft Beerfest?

Our Brewhogs beer has been available at Capital Craft since we first started brewing and we have enjoyed their support. They are the leading purveyors of craft beer in Pretoria and we see being part of this festival as being at the centre of the craft beer scene there.

What should people expect from Brewhogs Brewery at the festival?

We will have our four brands of beer there: our Premium Pilsener, best-selling Red Lager, our India Pale Lager and Black IPL. We look forward to showing people that a lager can be just as exciting as any other craft beer.

What are you looking forward to about it?

Meeting the local craft beer drinkers and educating them about our beers and showing them that there is so much more to lagers than they currently might believe.

What are you currently working on and do you any projects you are excited about?

We are currently developing a Maroela Ginger Beer. It is going to be a wonderful different product

Interview: TiMO ODV

Photo Credit - TiMO ODV Press

Photo Credit – TiMO ODV Press

I caught up with one of the brightest up and coming, local, producer and singer’s, TiMO ODV, who is making a name for himself in the industry.

We chatted about his smash hit single, ‘Save Me’, which has been received to rave reviews and has made it to number 1 on local charts, as well as his hopes for his work in the industry.

Why did you pick the moniker TIMO ODV?

My name is Timothy and my surname is Oude Vrielink, TiMO ODV is just a shortened version of that.

How would you describe your sound?

I’d have to say deep house mixed with pop and a little bit of everything in between

Who are your musical influences?

Ryan Leslie, John Mayer, Sam Smith, Taylor swift, Chris brown, Stimming, Franky Rizardo, EDX and 1000 other artists.

What was it like working with Sarah Jackson on ‘Save Me’?

It was awesome she has a really beautiful voice, we been best friends for a while now and we have songwriting sessions every week. You should hopefully be seeing a song of hers soon.

‘Save Me’ has proven to be smash hit locally, what was your initial reaction to the response?

Totally, Totally, Totally overwhelming I didn’t expect the response at all to be honest. I’m still shell-shocked to be honest.

What would you like to achieve in the music industry?

I’d like to win a SAMA have a couple #1’s and reach the UK top 40 somehow, that for me would be a dream.

Last but not least, what is up next for you?

I think just new music, need to carry on making more music and just pray that people respond as positively as they have been.

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