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: 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.

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