Interview: TheCity

Photo Credit - Deirdre Hewitson

Photo Credit – Deirdre Hewitson

TheCity is one of the most exciting up and coming bands that I have heard in a very long time. They are making waves on the scene with the release of their debut EP, ‘The City‘. I caught up with the band to discover how they met and what is in store.

Keep an eye out for them, I am expecting big things!

How did the band meet?

We met while working on other music projects and through music college where we all studied.

Why did you pick the band name?

A city is where people with different backgrounds meet to share similar interests whether it be education or the arts or to be a part of a spiritual or political movement so it just felt apt.

How would you describe your sound?

Future Afro- a blend of soul, electronica and afrobeats.

Who are your musical influences?

Brenda Fassie, Little Dragon, D’Angelo amongst many.

Who does the song writing? And do you have main themes or topics for most of the songs?

We all write together. Someone presents a basic idea which we flesh out. Even Reuben our drummer writes songs with us. The main themes running through our EP are love and aspiration.

How many songs did you have to write before you came up with the ones that are on your EP?

We have a set of songs which we perform live, the ones on the EP we think represents the different facets of what we are about, best.

Do you have a favourite track off the EP? If so, why is it your favourite?

Long For You is our favourite. It has a strong evocative vocal and we all get to do cool stuff with our instruments haha.

Did you do anything off the wall whilst in studio?

Haha no we’re pretty serious when we’re working and our sessions were on the clock so we had to get to business. There were a couple of all-nighters though!

What would you like to achieve in the music industry?

We would very much like to be a part of bringing this beautiful but segregated young industry together and help make heritage cool while adding something unique to the live music scene.

Last but not least, what is next for The City?

We’re planning a tour to Jozi and Durbs, so look out for us in your town! We’ve also started working on our full length album which will be out early next year.

Listen To This: Bulletproof

Photo Credit - TiMO ODV Youtube

Photo Credit – TiMO ODV Youtube

If you haven’t yet heard of local, producer and singer TiMO ODV, you clearly haven’t turned your radio on for the last few weeks.

The Johannesburg native has made a name for himself with his smash hit single, ‘Save Me’, with it climbing the charts and receiving major airplay.

His lesser known mixes are equally engrossing, from covers of Monsters and Men, to mashups of Mr Probz, Modjo and Kieza and showcase his range and versatility.

I then stumbled upon his EP, ‘Bulletproof’  where he teamed up with Acrazia. There are two versions of ‘Bullerproof’, one for deep house fans and another for those more inclined towards EDM. Personally I love both, and in equal measure. Each have their own unique pull that grabs from the start, pulsating beats, perfect harmonies and vocals.

I can’t wait to hear more from TiMO ODV, it’s only going to be more and more exciting.

New Music: MusicLI

Photo Credit: Fan At The Purp

I recently stumbled upon MusicLI after being introduced to his upcoming event, City of Sin and knew I was onto someone special.

Christo Patricios has been making a name for himself in the industry, merging his love for music and social change into a force that is set to continue to take South Africa by storm.

His work with Lucy Tops on ‘We Are The Law’ is as current, engaging and fantastic as it was when it first aired last year, and the issues addressed are no less relevant.

I can’t wait to see him perform soon. Keep an eye out for Patricios, he is set for great things!

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