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C o n t e n t s Issue 21 — October 2012 ♦ Editors Note ♦ Team Profile

Ampie Omo

♦ The Writing is on the Wall ♦ Featured Bands * Ampie Omo * Black Market Riots * Tailor * Issy * Sloppy Folk * All these wasted nuts

♦ and in other news ♦ Danni’s Punk Pit ♦ Jo’s Corner

Black Market Riots

♦ Togger of the Month ♦ Contact Page



ssue 21, can you believe that we are already in the month of October, or Rocktober as we’re

dubbing it. Speaking of Rocktober check out the article we have put together about the “Top rock albums of 2012 so far”. Very cool stuff. Our front cover feature is a talented musician who goes by the name of Ampie Omo. You might remember Ampie from the band Boo! Back in the day. Well I interview the legend to see what he’s been up to lately. I also interview two talented female musicians who have taken the country by storm irrespectively; the first one up is none other than a lady who goes by the name of Tailor. Go check out her interview, also check out the interview with awesome musician who by the name of Issy. These two ladies are set to do big things.

Editors Note

I also Interview a cool Alternative rock band “Black Market Riots” who are currently doing good things in South Africa. Go check them out. Our two Zone Radio features this month are PM Zone presenter Adrian Larger who you can catch via stream audio on from 3-6pm weekdays. The other Zone Radio personality you can read about is a lady who takes care of all the admin stuff for Zone Radio. Her name is Shirley Jenner. Check it out ! In Danni’s Punk Pit she interviews Jason Hartman from ex Idols fame. Go check his cool interview, she also interviews band “Sloppy Folk” and “All these nuts”, both which are very cool. She also gets to interview a cool Joburg DJ by the name of Leo Large. Ladies and Gentleman, I would like to introduce a new lady to the Fanbase family who will be doing her own section in the mag. Welcome to Simone S Factor who makes her debut at Fanbase . Go see what she has to offer in her section called – The “Simone” Factor Our Togger of the month is a very talented togger named Tarryne Rautenbach photography. Go check out her interview and pics in the “Togger of the month” section. Tarryne is also responsible for our front cover pic of Ampie Omo and the pics in the Ampie interview. Thanx Tazz for helping us out. I have written an article on the state of South African music, I am a huge supporter so I would love nothing more to see our great talent blossom in the music industry. So check out my article and let us know what you think. I have done some album reviews so go check them out, you can see reviews on Justin Serrao, Rockville 2012, Lucy Kruger and 2nd life. Talking about 2nd life we have a cool Cd Give away. We are giving away 3 singed copies of 2 nd life album called “Everything is possible”. To stand a chance to win, send an email to with 2nd life in the subject box along with your name and contact details and the first 3 people to email us will win this awesome prize. Last but not least I would like to thank my awesome team, Crystal, Danni, Marisa, Simone, and Mom thanx for once again putting together an awesome mag - you all rock Hobo hugs Duwyne

WRITING IS ON THE WALL Thanks for the article bru. Nice to see my exact words appearing after an interview ;) Congrats on the mag. VERY cool! Sent in by Ard Matthews Duzzy replies: Thanx so much Ard, it means so much coming from you as I’ve been a huge fan for the longest of time!!! Thanx for giving us a chance to interview you!!! Good luck with “First Offerings”

Hey Duwyne and fanbase team, well done on the new issue, you guys are stepping up the game, nice one... keep the music alive !!! - The Riff Team ! Sent in by Riaan Vorster- Riff team Duzzy replies:

Awesome tydskrif, sien uit na die volgende uitgawe! Dankie dat julle SA musiek ondersteun!

Thank you so much Riann, Its great to have the support of The riff!! We are huge fans of your mag so it means a lot we get your approval every month!!! Keep rocking man.

Sent in by Slagyster Band Duzzy replies: Hi Slagyster Band – dankie man, ons waardeer dit as ons leesers ons uitgawes geniet en die tyd vat om ons te laat weet. Hoop jy geniet ons tydskrif vir nog vele jare. Groete Duzzy

Massive thanks to Duwyne Clayton for featuring a Lilygun album review in Fanbase Music Magazine Issue No:20. Duzzy replies : Pleasure is all ours…..thanks for taking the time to send us your music. Duzzy

Hey everyone out there—don’t be shy, drop us a note for “The Wall”. Would luv to hear from you all ! The Fanbase Team


Interviewed by : Duwyne Clayton

Photography by : Tarryne Rautenbach

Ladies and gentleman, allow me to introduce to you one of the most talented musicians to come out of South Africa, and I have a feeling that he is just getting started and there is still a lot of brilliance to come from him. I’m talking about none other than Ampie Omo. You may remember Ampie from the Munki punk band BOO! Who shot to fame in the 90’s. Along with Chris Chameleon, Ampie Omo helped define a whole new genre of music called Munki Punk. Ampie was responsible for most of the sounds that came out of the band, he managed to play different kinds of instruments such as the trumpet, triangle, guitar, trombone and keyboard and a lot of the time he often played more than one instrument at the same time if the song required it. Things with BOO! have died down a bit allowing Ampie to concentrate on other various projects. While interviewing Ampie he let me into a lot of his projects he is working on such as solo songs and even music videos. These things I obviously can’t put down on paper but I can defo vouch that this man is one talented guy and I don’t think we have seen the best of him yet. He will still wow us all with the things he is working on. Have a look at this cool interview as we visit Ampie in his home over a cup of coffee and find out what he has been up to lately since BOO! Enjoy the read Fanbase family!!!

Thanx so much for doing this interview, it really is such a great honour, where did it all start as a musician did you come from a musical background? In high school I started playing brass instruments. I was in high school with Chris Chameleon and a couple of other amazing musicians, and at that point no one was making Afrikaans music, there were no F**ofpolisiekar and bands like that but there were musicians such as Johannes Kerk Orrel, Die Kerels and a few other musicians who were touring around. So anyway we were in Grade 9 and used to sneak out on a Friday night to the Summit club in Hillbrow, it was the final gig of this tour and we went to watch and we saw this guy Jannie Van Tonder. He played a few instruments like the trombone and the drums etc but he would play this trombone so that it sounded like a car, vrrroooom, and I thought to myself, like wow man I can play a trombone in a rock band and I can be a rock star with a trombone? Then a friend of mine said dude can you play the drums? And I said I can’t and he said well learn to play. He told me about this competition on TV where you can win R10 000 and said that he has just this morning learnt to play the guitar and said that if I could learn to play the drums we could start a band for the competition, and so we recorded a whole demo with a weird microfone and video recorder and we entered the competition. We managed to get to the final four and were invited to the SABC to record our song. There were some session musicians and they recorded

the whole song with me playing the trombone. We also made up a little video in the studio and managed to get a live spot on the TV and the rest is history.

What is the latest with BOO! Are you guys going to get together and tour again, any future albums out or are you all concentrating on solo stuff now? To be honest it’s kind of a tricky situation at the moment, because Chris, who owns the rights of BOO, is now running a company with staff working for him, so BOO at this time is not really that profitable for him. To answer your question, I do feel in my heart that BOO! Will happen again. Incidentally Chris has been talking about writing a new BOO! Alum, so we will just wait and see.

It must have been cool to play for a band like BOO! You guys invented Monki Punk? Well people want to know what music you play and they want a genre so from the beginning we said its punk but its music that is kicking against the system like punk but we don’t have guitarist etc. It’s so playful and acceptable that it’s like a monkey thus being Monki Punk, so we do have our own style and I also know we inspire a lot of people, like Francious Van Coke told me he was at a BOO! Gig when he was 16 and he decided that this is what he wants to do with his life. So I know it played a big part in the music world of today which is a good feeling

Did you have a lot of say in the songwriting for BOO! Chris was normally the song writer in the band, but I played a big role in the arrangements of the songs, although Chris writes a lot of the brass stuff also, and even for his solo stuff that is why you hear a lot of brass in his songs of today but I wrote a lot of the keyboard music part to the songs etc and there is a lot of instruments I bring into the band which I come up with myself. So you can say that I played a big part in the sound of BOO! Where Chris handled all the song lyrical stuff of the songs.

Do you still get nervous when you go on stage? Look I think a couple of times I become very nervous on stage but I think I become very “at home” on stage. I try not to think of myself as a musician as such and like to think of myself more as a performer. When I’m on stage performing then I know and feel I’m doing exactly what I should be doing. I also do a little bit of juggling and magic, so I suppose that is the performer in me that that naturally comes out.

Do you have any rituals before going on stage? I only have one ritual, I have to put on big shoes, I love big shoes, coz the thing with big shoes is imagine you are that much taller you have a big platform so it’s like a bit of a natural confidence. That’s the only rituaI I have.

What are some of your influences? In general my most inspiration of music comes from people I know, like some tunes that Cito from Wonderboom has written or stuff like from Band9 from Cape Town and also just jamming with people like the band THC. I love what they doing. I also Looove Die antwoord they are one of my favourties. So ja I’m normally inspired by people who I know and jam with, as you can see I’ve got instruments all over my lounge so whoever comes over and jams I get inspired and influenced by.

“in general my inspiration comes from people I know”

Who would be your dream collaboration? Well I’m thinking of making an album and asking a lot of friends to come and collaborate. I’m thinking of asking Cito from Wonderboom if he would like to do a song, or Martin Scholfield who is an incredible musician and I always thought that if I was a guitarist I would like to be like him. Actually I was lucky enough to play with the Violent Flemmes three times, so that was a pretty awesome collaboration, but I’m the type of guy that if you want to jam I’m your man.

So what other things are you working on? You were jamming with AAA band etc. Tell us about all that? Funny story about this band we were thinking of a name for the band, and I said anything with the word A because when you open your music through your hard drive everyone goes through A,B, C etc so that way people will see the A bands first. We all agreed and we landed up calling ourselves the AAA band. At the moment the I’ve put the band on the back burner as I working on my solo career and I have just learnt to play the guitar properly.

You play keyboard , trumpet and trombone. What other instruments do you play? Well what do you have? Haha look I can pick up almost anything and work out simple stuff to play, you can give me any instrument in the world and I can come up with at least something simple and play something groovy. So I try not to limit myself and I try learning and playing as many instruments that I can. It might be very simple tunes but I enjoy messing around on most things. At the moment I am getting into guitar and piano a bit more.

If you could have written any song from any other cian what and who would it be?


This is again a difficult one but I think if I could have written the song by Police “I will be watching you”, because that song became so famous, but a song like “Wonderwall” by Oasis is such an amazing song . There are so much out there that inspired me.

What legacy would you like to leave behind? I found my meaning in life when I was 19 and also what I did with Boo!!! And that is to spread joy and fun and making people laugh and smile. So I want to be inspirational and make people happy.

What does the future hold of Ampie Omo? Well I am really digging the music editing, it’s something I started doing the last 4-5 years and it’s something I quite enjoy. When I started doing it I would work through the night until sunrise and not even realise that I have been at it for so long. So editing is one thing, and I would still love to make music as I still have so much music in me to inspire people.

Thank you so much for doing this interview Ampie No thank you very much Duwyne.

These are some music video links that Ampie has worked on : Death Valley Blues Band – Nephelim Blues video -http:// Myepicvice – VIP music video - http:// Boo! – To Do Today music video - http://

First of all thanks so much for doing this interview with Fanbase Music Mag. It truly is a great honour. Where did it all start as a band? Did you all come from a musical background? 2008 Danie and Riaan (previous bassist) got things going. Got Pierre involved and our previous drummer, Shaun. We have gone through some band members thusfar, but it feels good in a way too. It brings new dynamics to a band and you change your own perspective on the product we create. It’s a real challenge to be a band, but to be a great band is still something we aim at. Not that we aint happy where we are, but we are just not driving the right mustang yet. All of us have been in bands while in school so now it just feels right. How would you define your music? We're working on creating an alternative, tonal dynamic blend but we usually throw the kitchen sink in as well.

“Black Market Riots” is an interesting band name? What is the story on how that name came about? When we started in 2008 it was a difficult topic to cover. All of us just came up with words and topics which felt close to heart and mashed it up a bit and eventually this name/phrase came together. To us it’s very meaningful and speaks to us in what we want to be. All in all it comes down to individualism. Be yourself and be true to yourself. Who is the songwriter in the band? Normally either Pierre or Danie would come with an idea or approach to a song, but we all put in the effort and work to get to the end result. So we would write songs together. One small idea normally sparks in to something we like as a group and make those decisions together.

If you could have written any song from any other musician, who and what would it be? This is somewhat a difficult one to answer, as we all like different artists. So we will have to go with Foo Fighters – All my life. Do we need to explain… NUFF SAID

Where do you get your inspiration for songwriting? We like to write about topics which are of concern in everyday life. Do you still get nervous on stage? I think at this point we don’t have the gigantic butterflies anymore. They have shrunk a bit to the size of a miggie. But when we do get bigger class gigs such as the Springbok Nude Girls gig last year, it does put some weight and excitement on our shoulders, but we do feel if you don’t get those feelings you will give a mediocre show.

How can people get hold of you? Lately we have been super lucky to have our very first manager, what a gal!!! Our mother of the mother ship = Ezelle Louw, Lupa Publicity and Management, Thanks so much for doing this interview This is always the most difficult question to answer, can we skip? Find us on the social networks here : Website : Facebook : Twitter : Soundcloud :

Do you have any rituals before going on stage? Yup, we do have a super chat, calm each other, psych ourselves up for what’s to come and sometimes a Jagger shot does the trick too. Who are some of your musical influences? Individually our influences range quite extreme from one another...anything from Bring Me The Horizon to Manchester Orchestra...but luckily all that gets blended for a Black Market Riots vibe. Interviewed by : Duwyne Clayton

Who would be your dream collaboration??? Geepers, it would be with either Biffy Clyro or the late Thrice.

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South Africa has such awesome talent at the moment and I am so excited to introduce a new talent that’s come out by the name of Issy. Hailing out of the mother city of Cape Town this lady is about to take the world by storm with her laidback acoustic tunes and with song writing of a genius this unique artist is going places.

Interviewed by: Duwyne Clayton

First of all thanks so much for doing this interview with Fanbase Music mag. It truly is a great honour, where did it all start as a musician? Did you come from a musical background?

You were on Zone Radio recently, first of all what opportunities did that bring and what do you think of a radio station like Zone Radio that does so much for South African artists exposure?

I didn’t come from a particularly musical background but I have come from quite a creative one. Writing’s been in the genes for some time. So it makes sense that I’m alright at it as well. I just happened to pick up a guitar somewhere along the line and put music to the things I wrote down. Though let it be said, my family has a very strong feel for music. We love it.

Epic exposure; I landed up here. It’s a cool thing to have under your belt to say to anyone that you were on the radio. It also boosted my confidence because I got people sending messages to Zone Radio throughout the show saying they liked my music. The presenters, themselves, Naledi and Richard, they were giving me lots of encouraging comments too and that rocked my socks. That being said, I think stations like Zone Radio are hugely important because of all of the above. It gives you a kick and it’s a big motivation to keep going knowing that people listened and liked you. It’s exciting.

How would you define your music if I was someone who has never heard your music? I reckon I sit in the Indie Folk/folk/acoustic/classical side of things, somewhere there. Sometimes I write stories; other times I write whimsical fantasy based stuff or I write deep meaningful lovey-dovey songs. A lot of the stuff I write about seems to fall into different genres. But maybe that’s because I prefer the way one genre sings it compared to another.

Where do you get your inspiration from for song writing and what is the process like? Inspiration comes from everywhere, everything. I don’t know at the best of times. The process is actually quite quick depending on how stoked I am about my song. The idea comes like *snap* that so I write. About 30 to 40 minutes later, I have a song.

Do you have an album or EP out and where can people get hold of it? I have a little demo thingy. Something my Dad and some kiff family members, who own a sweet little studio called Bakery Studios, put together. Right now, though, it’s very underground. You get it through me when I go do my thing. R50, so it’s not too much (come ooooon J) Some of it’s up on Reverbnation and some on FB under Issytunes along with some newer stuff.

How can people get hold of you? My facebook page, Issytunes. Leave me a message there and voila! ‘cause I’m there all the time.

As a musician do you still get nervous on stage? Terrified

Do you have any rituals before going on stage? Go over, go over, go over – pat on the back; a quick “you’ve got this rock star,” and then start praying I don’t forget my lyrics. Never works.

Who would be your dream collaboration? Right now? Bon Iver. But these things change all the time for me.

If you could have written any song from any other musician, who and what would it be? AH! Skinny Love by Bon Iver or Flume also by Bon Iver (Surprise!) it was originally by Peter Gabriel but I prefer the cover; that or Heroes or Ghosts by the Coronas. There are hundreds more.

“music has been in the genes for some time now”

Thanks so much for doing this interview. Yup yup, thankYOU.

We're halfway through the year, and seeing it’s the month of Rockober, it's time to look back at the great rock songs we've already received in 2012. Both cutting-edge and old-school sounds made the cut. Nickelback - "Lullaby"

Photo courtesy Roadrunner.

Dismiss Nickelback as cheesy and overblown all you like -- and heaven knows their latest album, Here and Now, isn't very good -- but the undeniable truth is that Chad Kroeger and his crew have a way with a power ballad, milking it for its maximum emotional wallop. Such is the case with "Lullaby," which really ought to come with a complimentary lighter and 15,000 fans to sway alongside you

The Offspring - "Days Go By"

Photo courtesy Columbia Records.

Days Go By, the latest from the Offspring, works best when it's trying to channel the alt-rock exuberance of the 1990s, and that's perfectly encapsulated in the title track. "Days Go By" mixes wistfulness, soaring melodies and some tasty guitar riffs for pure summer bliss.

Seether - "No Resolution"

Photo courtesy Wind-up.

Post-grunge is a very beloved genre, but Seether demonstrate how to make those sludgy guitars resonate. On "No Resolution" from Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray, the trio channel their rage into dreamy riffs and revved-up aggression. Chevelle - "Hats Off to the Bull"

Photo courtesy MSO.

It's such a familiar formula: Start with a subdued verse and then let fly with an explosive chorus. But who cares if it works, right? Chevelle rock plenty on the title track to their 2011 album, Hats Off to the Bull, pulling out the guitars for a salute to those who never give up, no matter the odds.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Look Around"

Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

Beyond their ability to rhyme "it's my nature" with "nomenclature," Red Hot Chili Peppers deserve props for "Look Around" for their ability to bring together breezy guitars, tight hand claps and rapped verses into a delicious mix. Shinedown - "Unity"

Photo courtesy Atlantic.

For Amaryllis, Shinedown swing for the fences, going for big, stirring anthems that occasionally pull out string sections for heightened effect. One of the album's highlights is "Unity," an unabashed call to connect with the band's fan base, but its us-against-the-world spirit is so purely expressed that it's impossible to resist. Jack White - "Sixteen Saltines"

Photo courtesy Nasty Little Man.

For Jack White's first solo album, Blunderbuss, he lets fly with a riff as epic as anything from his White Stripes days. "Sixteen Saltines" might superficially recall the air-guitar bravado of "Blue Orchid" or "The Hardest Button to Button," but the quirky organ accompaniment suggests that White is continuing to evolve as an artist. The Gaslight Anthem - "45"

Photo courtesy Big Hassle.

Like very few contemporary bands, the Gaslight Anthem have a knack for writing rousing, radio-friendly rock songs that are stirring without feeling manipulative. Take "45," which does a nifty job of turning a post-breakup tune into an analogy for the way certain songs take a hold of us. It's very hard to make a track this uplifting that's also this sad. Linkin Park - "Burn It Down"

Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

Linkin Park's albums may be a little inconsistent, but their singles have such a propulsive edge to them that they can be maddeningly addictive. "Burn It Down" finds the sextet once again proving themselves the class of the rap-rock field, marrying sci-fi keyboards to an infectious melody. Not bad for a song that draws a parallel between faded love and the apocalypse.

The Shins - "Simple Song"

Photo courtesy Nasty Little Man.

Shins frontman James Mercer has always been known for his soaring melodies, but on his indie-pop band's new album, Port of Morrow, he allows himself a little more musical muscle, which comes through beautifully on "Simple Song," a look back at a long, happy love affair. Sure, the song's instantly hummable as always, but the guitars and drums have a little extra crackle to them

The Black Keys - "Gold on the Ceiling"

Photo courtesy Nonesuch.

Soul, rock and blues high-five on "Gold on the Ceiling," the terrific second single from the Black Keys' El Camino. Riding a ping-ponging rhythm, the tune has a sexy, sultry vibe beefed up by old-school guitar solos and a funky keyboard.

Jack White - "Love Interruption"

Photo courtesy Nasty Little Man.

Jack White the rocker takes a backseat to Jack White the moody romantic on "Love Interruption." Helped immensely by backup vocalist Ruby Amanfu, White lays out one of his most plaintive mission statements about what he's looking for in a mate. (Spoiler alert: It ain't pretty.) At first, the song's laid-back, almost country-ish arrangement seems slight, but further spins prove it to be a hypnotic, powerful commentary on the danger and excitement of new love. Alabama Shakes - "Hold On"

Photo courtesy the Fun Star.

The lead single from Alabama Shakes' Boys & Girls sounds like it could have been one of the best songs of 1975, but this dynamic retro-rock tune gets its grit and urgency from lead singer Brittany Howard's impassioned vocals. She didn't think she'd live to be 22, but now that she has, she's going to make the most of it.

Research done by: Duwyne Clayton

“and in other news! “ Photography by : Justine Edwards

Dividable Grand releases debut album

The Buzz

Dividable Grand is: David Vermeulen - lead guitar, ukulele and vocals. Gabriel Buchalter - bass guitar and vocals. Lindi van Blerk - drums and percussion. By chance a strange thing happened. It happened in a way that such things usually happen – which is to say that it could very easily not have happened. But it did when David Vermeulen and Gabriel Buchalter turned to each other and said “Dude, lets make some music happen.”

It was the beginning of 2011 and South Africa was caught somewhere between thriving after the Soccer World Cup and being slightly depressed due to all the excitement now being over. DV and GB sat between a bed, desk, several guitars and a million cables. Making music happen is as easy as it is difficult, but it happened. Their first gig as a duo was so mind-bogglingly uneventful that no one can actually remember where it was. Their second gig was much the same, but ten gigs became twenty and twenty became more. They needed a name and devised the anagram “Dividable Grand” from the words “David and Gabriel”. They were men on a mission – they were no longer nameless, and they had a purposeful purpose. Their on-stage performance improved and the crowds grew bigger. They had a NAME. Sitting down one evening, DV and GB found their first bit of inspiration that sparked another happening. In just two hours they wrote their first full song – and it was a good song. Two months later, the song started off a set that changed Dividable Grand – changed their mind-set, their drive. There were a few hundred people at the Hoekwil Rocks Music Festival. During their set the crowd drew nearer, people started dancing, people started cheering, girls started screaming and the promoter asked them to perform for an extra thirty minutes. The performance also resulted in Dividable Grand being booked for other key festivals. In November 2011 DV was in a recording session and asked girl-drummer Lindi Van Blerk to do a session. They have jammed before, she is – simply put brilliant and GB agreed. And so LvB (whose name can conveniently be found in the band’s an agrammatical name) became a permanent member of Dividable Grand and the duo became a trio… This could be a happy ending but of course, this is not an ending. It is merely the beginning. October 2012 will see the release of “The Buzz” – their much anticipated debut album whilst the band tours South Africa in support of the release. Keep watching these three – things are happening.


10 Oct 2012

Snowflake at Aardklop

Tanz Café

Snowflake Building, Potchefstroom

"SA's Top Talent Showcase"


The Buzz Shopping Centre, Witkoppen Road, Fourways, Johannesburg

06 Oct 2012

Doors open at 19h00

Bourbon Street

11 Oct 2012

ABSA Centre, 94 Steve Biko Street, Die Bult, Potchefstroom

Rumours Lounge


Shop 20, Palm Court, Cornelius Street, Weltevreden Park, Johannesburg 21h00

Tickets are R30 and available at the venue

Songrab—a new approach to music distribution

A new approach to music distribution Songrab: The answer is the ecosystem It’s not the only place you can get music, but it’s the coolest. You don’t pay for the song and the musician still gets paid. Cape Town, South Africa, 12 September 2012: is launching soon with the aim of creating a place for fans to support their favourite musicians without having to dip into their own wallets, but still generating income for them via their social actions. It’s widely accepted that our new attention economy is the result of being bombarded by countless propositions and the ‘share to download’ mechanic is not a new one amongst them. is however, a fresh take on it, by making the reason to engage a far more meaningful one, with pure and measurable real world benefits for musicians. It’s a platform that will differentiate itself by offering 100% selfless support to local musicians by providing a platform for brands to let fans know they are willing to make a real difference by supporting local musicians directly.

“Add Value & Seek No Profit! It’s not something many business people would tell you to rally behind. Thankfully this isn’t about business for us.” Downloading music these days invariably involves you, an artist of your choice and either an illegal platform (like the pirate bay) or one taking a cut of what you’re willing to pay (access models & DRM tomfoolery). There are a lot of these platforms out there now and musicians relying on paid for digital downloads as a sustainable source of income, are as likely to succeed, as they are to benefit from spontaneous record label spending. The simple fact of the matter is that surviving as a full time musician is almost impossible. Brands have an opportunity to support local musicians and benefit from a genuine introduction to appreciative fans with the process also automatically generating positive social reach.

“We know we’ll be able to create a valuable moment for fans, musicians and brands to share. We know this because it’s as transparent and as obvious as it gets. The only people who need to exchange money here is a sponsoring brand and a deserving artist. Nobody else needs the money to make music.” Team Songrab is Ryno Van Niekerk, Matt Visser, Martijn van Maasakkers and Brendan Sterley How did we get here? That’s an interesting question. Ryno Van Niekerk and Matt Visser both started spending time together thinking about the local music scene as an eco-system that needed real value to be contributed to it. Since Ryno had the original idea almost 3 years ago, the team has grown to include our very own ginger, Martijn van Maasakkers, who has developed, as well as Brendan Sterley whose experience in the music industry is invaluable to the team. All of us are now focused on adding value and making a difference.

We don’t want to add value via a proxy, we lust after a direct injection mechanism. Something that would allow the fans to be involved in supporting their bands, without having to be tied into existing and blatantly failing online music distribution models.

Is it necessary? Today, more than ever. The music industry throughout the world has always had a love/hate relationship with technology. From the first alleged killing of the record label’s version of the industry with the humble cassette tape to the hugely exaggerated murder of the film industry by the recordable VHS tape. The industry has fought technological innovation at every turn since before the turn-table and the simple reason is fear. Fear of the unknown and an undeniable fear of losing control of all the money this industry (musicians) generate.

Songrab is another thing they won’t like. Digital Rights Management was the knee jerk reaction from the music industry to the fact that we can now freely copy music files on and off of CD’s and hard drives. DRM basically tries to be clever about what you can do with the music file you buy and has largely been abandoned on actual music CDs, but is still very much essential to many of the failed online music distribution models. Songrab downloads are complete files, but the rights of the owner are completely retained by the aforementioned owner. Songrab at no time lays claim to any profits from the transfer of files between (on behalf of various performers and artists) and user’s of the site. Social media links: Website: Facebook: Twitter:

Son of 1000 MEDIA RELEASE Rock band, SON OF A 1000, wish to announce that they have severed all and any ties with Stone Studios International (“Stone Studios”). Natalia Fernandez, the manager of SON OF A 1000, says that the band was forced to take this action after it became clear that the relationship with Stone Studios had broken down irretrievably to the extent that Stone Studios had sought a last minute High Court interdict to prevent the band from launching its first album. The High Court had dismissed the Stone Studios application and awarded costs to the band. The band members have now taken control of their own creative talents and wish to thank their many loyal fans for their on going support.

Woodstock OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: The Woodstock SA 2012 Music and Arts Festival has brought many of you much excitement and anticipation to perform at this event scheduled to happen next weekend the 27 – 30 September. It is under unfortunate circumstances that we have no choice but to postpone the festival due to a few hiccups with the required event permits required. Although we have applied for these permits months ago, they have not been approved as yet and we cannot take the risk of not getting them in time, and cannot risk the safety and wellbeing of the festival goers and artists. Through long and sometimes heated discussions between the organisers, the South African government and sponsors, we have therefor decided to rather postpone the festival until next year March. We all have put a lot of time, work and money into making this festival a success and do not want to see it fail. New proposed Woodstock SA Dates: 21 – 24 March 2013 As you, the festival goers and artists are what make this festival possible, we sincerely apologize for yet again having to postpone the festival, however we needed to make this unpleasant decision with your safety and security in mind. There will now also be a “Kwaito/HIP HOP stage “incorporated in the festival, as per governments requirements in order to also showcase the African artists. The Line-ups might change slightly due to this postponement, however please note that all confirmed artists for Woodstock SA 2012 will still get the opportunity to perform, and will not be dropped from the line-ups that had already been announced. In order to try and keep everyone excited, we will be hosting a few “Pre –Woodstock” events specifically to give the confirmed artists as much exposure as we possibly can through intensive marketing and advertising campaigns as well as through our international broadcasts. We will send out details of these events closer to the time. We hope that this will not affect your decision to attend the festival in any way, but will make you even more excited as to what else we have in store for you, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this have caused you. Yours Sincerely Woodstock SA Management Team

We made our journey to the other side of the "Boerewors" curtain on Saturday when the Cape of Storms was in full force. Our drive was hectic, with rain and all but we still maintained high spirits as we got all emo seeing the beautiful mountains, some serious waterfalls and snow on the peaks of the mountain. But before we get too emo like ginger Brendan Fraser in“Bedazzled”, let’s move on to the actual gig. Arriving at "Die Balke", we settled in, had a few drinks and observed the locals. We already felt a little out of place as there were very few girls but luckily that changed a little later that night. While we were putting on our signature make up, some local ladies were admiring our antics in the bathroom. We also had our very first video interview. First up, was Arc Reactor, a band we haven't seen before? At that time, we were all back Stage (well at the back of the club, what felt like kilometers away from the stage) setting upfor our set. They provided us with nu-metal sounds that took us back to the days some of us just got into heavy music, listening to Korn and being angry at our parents. A good warm opening to a very cold evening. By then the intimate bar also started filling up. We were up next. The sound was not the best we’ve had so far but we tried to make the best of it, especially with the drum kit. We believe in giving our all and tried best to entertain a crowd that seemed very confused by a bunch of girls playing heavy music. Nevertheless, it seemed like the crowd got comfortable with the idea and some patriots became too comfortable, if we may add. In typical Afrikaans tradition, some jocks shouted “Wys jou m**s, wys jou t**te”. Afrikaners is indeed “plesierig” and quite demanding. I guess they are not only deprived of heavy music in the platteland. What was great is that after the show the intimate venue provided the crowd to spot us and to talk to us. It's great having conversations with the people that just watched you, and it does provide a good level of satisfaction. The mighty offensive ING was up next and boy did they give Worcester a seriously “woes PK”. They say it like it is, without really giving a sh*t or making a big issue about it. They just play and annihilate their listeners while they are at it. The recent transition to thrash metal has been great for them as you can hear every single politically incorrect word vocalist Bryan shouts out, the music fast and aggressive thrashing at you like a machine gun. The crowd loved them and there was even a mosh pit. I guess the Springboks’ k*k performance provided a tense atmosphere with ING providing the platform to let go of the anger. We head banged until our necks couldn’t anymore, singing along to the songs we heard ever so often while they were busy mastering their upcoming album “Ingquisition” in our shared bandroom. Much respect to these thrashers, we are looking forward to the execution at your album launch 29 September, a true honour to be a supporting these legends. After their set, we have to admit, it was as if all our energy has been zapped by the metal gods, moshed out of our bodies onto the grimy floor of “Die Balke”. From the back we caught a glimpse and a good listen of Forgive us Not’s set. Even though metal core is not at the top of our list of genres we listen too, this band exudes contagious energy with their stage performance, forcing your neck to move that one last stretch into borderline tendonitis. We would like to give a special shout out and huge thank you to Event Horizons Management for being on top of their game. The amount of organization, dedication and professionalism by this team will ensure that they reap the fruits of their hard work.

Review done by : Junkyard Lipstick Lucinda Viljoen Photography done by: Walter Kahn Photography

entertainment at 10 – movie review with a difference. It may come back sometime, not sure. I just got tired of looking at the Uni for an hour across the desk, it was tiring for my poor shattered eyes.

What do you like about Zone Radio? I LOVE the music. And I love that I can shout out a song I haven’t heard in ages, and the next thing it’s playing in my very ears! Well, all except ONE song, which no-one will play for me…sigh. What I love MOST is that the Unicorn gives everyone a chance.

What do you like about your job at Zone Radio? What a vibe! I’ve never worked with such a mad crowd of people in my life – I’m sure it’s illegal in some countries to be so happy in your job! Everyone likes everyone else, it’s great. I suppose it’s because we don’t see each other very often? I’m sure if we saw each other regularly, it wouldn’t be so great. Personally I don’t think I could be in the same room with the Uni for more than 5 minutes without choking him!


Nick name: Shirls, but ONLY if I say it’s OK. I don’t appreciate randoms calling me Shirls after 2 minutes of meeting me!! My school friends call me SAM (my initials pre marriage) and when I was very young, my Dad’s family called me Robbie. I really have no clue why, I think they may have been mentally unstable. My kids call me Mom, hubby frequently forgets my name (even after 26 years) and calls me Sweetie! What the Unicorn calls me, is not fit for printing.

Occupation: Administrator/go-to-gal – anything the Unicorn throws at me. Unicorn, affectionately known to me as the MultiPrawn, the OmniCorn, the CrumpledHorn, amongst other names.

What do you do at Zone Radio? As little as I can get away with, actually. I source people for interviews - musicians, people of interest, charities, etc. I juggle the calendar for all the interviews. I keep all the admin current and up to date. I’m actually not sure what I do! I do as much as the Uni throws at me. I’m at the ready for whatever fresh horrors he brings to my life. Anything administrative is my area. I used to have a Friday slot,

Did you always want to work in radio and why did you decide to work behind the scenes? No, it never occurred to me to work in radio, because CLEARLY I have a face for TV. I’ve known the Unicorn since his previous radio station days with Steve Wood. When this came up, we got it on, so to speak.

DJ’s often get all the credit for their shows, tell us how the people behind the DJ’s make things happen? They would be NOTHING without me, NOTHING I SAY! Actually, I don’t have much (or in fact anything) to do with the studio side, but I keep the calendar and let them know about interviews, give them the info they need not to make a complete ass out of themselves, keep them updated on what’s happening with the Zone Crew, chase them when necessary, slap them when unnecessary, but gratuitous. I direct the new music on when it gets sent to me, so that it’s loaded on the system for airtime. Anything admin is my domain.

How many people does it take to make one show a success? Everyone on the Facebook page, and all the listeners make the show a success. The presenter is secondary, but the guests are important. After that, I think admin is important and studio management is important. Of course, it helps if the presenter is good – and all of ours are!

What’s your fave genre of music? 80’s – is there any other music? I also LOVE country and Afrikaans music (no, I don’t have an Afrikaans bone in my body – I’m part Lebanese, part German). Not keen on heavy music, or this rap dub stuff, whatever it’s called. It’s like someone has been buried alive, it’s horrible. Also love new-age classic. But 80’s RULE. My worst music EVER is Bob Dylan, and the BeeGees.

What would be your dream play list if you had to play your top 10 songs of all time? Crikey! I’m struggling with this, okay, so here it is, but subject to change depending on my mood – and in no particular order… My daddy was a rock ‘n roll man – Johnny Gibson (local IS lekker) Wanted – the Dooleys I love the Nightlife – Alycia Bridges I am what I am – Gloria Gaynor (my theme song) Bobby McGee – Kris Kristofferson, or in fact ANY Kristofferson Loslappie – Kurt Darren (have you SEEN how people rush the dance floor when this plays??) One night in Bangkok – Murray Head White Wedding – Billy Idol Forever in Blue Jeans – Neil Diamond Delta Dawn – Helen Reddy Any Bob Seger, Springsteen, and Queen…but NOT BOB DYLAN

Do you have a fave DJ to work with? Oh hell no! If I gave a name, the others would sob into their beers, so I’ll just say they’re all nice. Though to be honest, I’m partial to Nick Snow simply because he had the B***S to play Loslappie on my birthday, on air, loud! Well, either he’s brave or damn stupid, I’m going with brave. The others are too scared of the Uni to try it. Our Pirate Dave also plays it regularly, but he does INDEED have big b***s, so that’s all good.

Do you have any funny stories about the Zone Radio DJ’s Well, Bryan O’Pines once pushed me off the stage at an outside broadcast. He was getting jealous of my popularity, but it’s all good, because the paramedic was all sorts of fine! Brett Kannemeyer expects me to be lying across his desk when he gets to the studio. Adrian is forever making inappropriate moves on me (well, not TOTALLY unwelcomed) The Unicorn loves greeting with a ‘what the …do you want?’ and when I talk to him on the phone and he’s finished, he says ‘go away now, I’m bored with you’. I don’t mind, because usually by then, I’m WAY bored with him too, so it’s all good. I have many stories to tell, but then I’d have to kill you. Suffice to say, they’re ALL b****y mad. I think it’s a criteria for working on Zone Radio – I certainly fit in well.

Now is your chance to sell Zone Radio. Tell us why we should tune into Zone Radio...123 go!!!? Seriously? Where else would you be able to hear music that YOU want to hear, when you want to hear it, and not music that some nutter has decided is to your taste? Fun presenters, a hopping Facebook page and a concept made in heaven! If you record a song in your shower, send it to us and you’ll be GUARANTEED airtime.

Zone Radio is the best radio station….why? We really DO care about the charities. We really DO care about local musicians and we really DO care about the listeners. And because I said so, and I’m NEVER wrong.

Do you have any last words for the readers and your listeners? Yes as it happens, I do! It is going to take you 2 minutes to log onto the website and tune in. I can promise you, you’ll NEVER want to leave! So do it, just flippin’ do it! LOCAL IS LEKKER!!

What made you get into radio? It stemmed from a pure love for music. I would listen to Rock Radio years ago and the way that it was presented by radio legends such as Chris Prior, Rafe Lavine, Phil Wright and Barney Simon was truly inspiring. It hasn’t been like that for years. Hopefully we can bring some of that magic back to radio.

What’s your favourite genre of music? There is very little music I don’t love but primarily I listen to Rock, Blues, Jazz and I am a HUGE 80’s Music Fan.

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What would be your dream play list if you had to play your top 10 songs of all time?

The Supercharger

Very Difficult...but here goes:


The Doors – Light My Fire

Radio DJ/Entertainment Company Owner

Iron Butterfly – In A Gadda Da Vida

Adrian Larger

Carlos Santana – Europa

Your show name and time/day: The PM Zone Mon-Fri 3-6PM SA Time

Gary Moore – Parisienne Walkways Miles Davis – Blue In Green Pink Floyd – Marooned

What do you do at Zone Radio?

Carl Orff – Carmina Burana

I am very proud of the fact that Zone Radio is an integral part of pioneering the way forward in terms of internet radio in South Africa.

Eagles – Can’t Tell You Why

The fact that we are doing things very differently from what traditional terrestrial radio stations have been doing for years up to now is very special.

Elvis – If I can Dream

Most importantly we are not subject to the programming restrictions limiting terrestrial radio. Our listeners have a say in the playlist and get to listen to the music they want to hear.

Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms

Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head

If you weren't in radio what would you be doing? I’d be in Jail. Seriously, I would run my Entertainment Company Bright Midnight

Furthermore Zone Radio is like a family, listeners and staff alike and it’s very special to be part of this experience.

Entertainment, do voice over’s and find other

When the book is written about Internet Radio in South Africa the name Zone Radio will be there in bold print.

Check out for

things to do to keep me out of trouble.

entertainment for any event.

I love interacting with all the listeners and that is the fun part of it. You can play a part in Superchargers Weekly Artist/Album Feature every Mon-Fri 16h30 – 5PM where you can vote for your favourite songs on offer on the zoneradio voting poll Do It Now!! It’s Loads of fun!! Anything can happen and it usually does.

Zone Radio is the best radio station….why? As I previously mentioned. We play the music listeners want to hear. They have a say in the music that gets airtime on the station and the special thing is that you can expect to hear anything from the 50’s to the 00’s You say it and we play it. The Zone Crew, DJ’s and staff are a family and our listeners are part of that family. It’s a very special and warm environment to work in.

Do you have any last words for the readers and your listeners? Zone Radio is addictive. Once you tune in you will never leave. Try it!! It will make a difference in your life. Internet radio is still a fairly young radio platform but it is growing and will be the next BIG thing. Don’t miss out. Get connected NOW!!

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It is well presented entertaining radio where you get to choose the tunes and enjoy a wide range of music genres.

Now is your chance to sell Zone Radio. Tell us why we should tune into Zone Radio...123 go!!!?

The PM

We are very proud to announce that South Africa is beaming with talent, and of those talented musicians is singer and songwriter Tailor. She has released her debut album called ‘The Dark Horse’ which is already doing very well. Tailor is also such an awesome performer. To see her on stage is something you have to experience for yourself, her shows are so vibrant and real and you can often see her singing and playing her tambourine on stage. Enjoy this interview with her.

Interviewed by : Duwyne Clayton

First of all thanks so much for doing this interview with Fanbase Music Mag. It truly is a great honour, where did it all start as a musician, do you come from a musical background? Thanks for the oppurtunity to do this interview with you guys. I knew from a very young age that I was going to be a performer of some sort. I knew I had it in me to perform infront of millions and give so much of myself musically and physically. My parents had a huge passion for music. They loved every kind of genre. My Mom has a very good vocal range I guess that’s where it all started for me, vocally. Some of my family members have had experience in theatre and studio work . You do a very powerful performance when you’re on stage, if I was someone who has never been to one of your gigs, what would I expect from one of your gigs? A lot of raw emotion. I give so much of myself in each performance. If I didn’t, my performance would feel very empty and boring. As a musician do you still get nervous on stage? I get more excited then nervous. Do you have any rituals before going on stage? I warm up my vocals and box in open air like a boxer going to a ring. It gets the blood flowing and definitely gets me pysch’ed. You are currently on tour around S.A, can you tell me how that is going for you? It is a lot of hard work but so worth it. Touring with Zebra & Giraffe is great. Its very liberating seeing people singing along to your lyircs all over South-Africa. From small towns to big towns it’s all been awesome.

How can people get hold of you? Link to my Facebook - thisistailor and Twitter - @thisistailor or my website or for any bookings email Natasha on

Where do you get your inspiration from for song writing and what is the process like? My inspiration is definitely drawn from other people’s stories. If someone’s life story inspires me I would go and sit at the piano and the melody would come very naturally. It’s not at all a forceful experience. I only write when I know I have enough inspiration in me to get something out on paper. Who are some of your musical influences?

“my inspiration is definitely drawn from other people’s stories!”

To name a few Johnny Cash, Sterophonics,The National, Cardigans,Kimbra Who would be your dream collaboration? The National without a doubt If you could have written any song from any other musician, who and what would it be? Anything written from The album Boxer from the band The National Do you have an album out and where can people get hold of it? The Dark Horse which is my debut album is available at any Look and Listen or Musica store and, available online on Itunes and Look and Listen Online store.

Thanks so much for doing this interview Thanks for the support , much love!

It’s OCTOBEEEEER!!!!! I hope you all are ready for some awesome interviews ahead!! There is a lot to read so best you all get cracking ;) Thanks to all the special people who helped make these interviews so fun and rewarding. Oh and PS my lovelies… DON’T FORGET RIOT FEST! (I am a tad excited…can you tell??) Happy reading! <3 Danni xx

Coffee Shop Poetry‌‌ I no longer feel the urge to write of sadness and grief anymore, My life is happy, My life is now sweet, All because you are simply here with me.

Written by life lad


So if I mention the name Jason Hartman, I bet you all think back to the time when he graced the stages of SA Idol. This man has managed to keep his name in the South African Music industry for so long because he has a talent that is rare and unique. I know you will all enjoy his interview. I must send out a big thank you to Lyn (Jason’s Mom) for helping me with this interview. Happy reading kids! X

O N H A R T M A N Interviewed by : Daniela de Almeida

Who are your musical inspirations? So many!! Nirvana was possibly what got me to take music seriously but playing the amount of shows we did and the songs we played taught me so much. Dire Straights, Gary Moore, Seal, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and the list goes on!!

Name 3 things you love about South Africa? The food, the culture, biltong.

Where is your favorite place to travel? The best place I've been to is Zimbabwe actually!! I haven't traveled there since the late 90's but it was the most diversely beautiful place I've seen!!

Can you tell us your biggest achievement? My biggest achievements are idols, standing ovation opening for the Eagles for the Royal wedding in Monaco and opening The Black Hollywood Film Festival with A Million Colours, which I played the part of Norman Knox the famous actor from Elolipop

Tell us a personal secret!!;) It wouldn't be a secret if I told you!!

What is your favorite song to perform? Depends on how I feel. My favourite song is one that comes together!!

Is there any advice you can pass on to any up and coming artists? Tell us about your rise to fame! It was an incredible life changing experience in more ways than you can imagine!! Idols pushed me to a new level. I learnt so many valuable lessons through the experience. I've been performing with my family band for over a decade and to finally share a stage with bands such as The Eagles, Kelly Clarkson, the Parlatones and many more!! What a dream.

Describe your relationship with your Dad! Sounds like a psychology session. We've been down a long road and its had it's ups and downs, but the truth is he is as much a part of my legs!! Its the most rewarding experience to have him on stage with me. He's a rock and never lets me down. A true soldier that holds the fort.

What is your daily routine like? There's very little routine in my life which I'd say has it's pros and it's cons. It suits my lifestyle.

Write, perform, create, practice, stay positive, be nice!!

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? On a farm somewhere beautiful

If you could hang out with any person, living or deceased, for a day who would it be? Steve Irwin

How do you remain so humble? Life is a humbling experience

Why is music so important to you? It's my life, my savior

So tell us a little about your background I was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany. Fell in love with music, started DJ’ing at the age of 14. Moved to Cape Town, South Africa in 2007. Now I am based in Johannesburg. I have a passion for performing live on stage while facing new crowds and challenges on a regular basis.

When was your last gig? Last night as a matter of fact. I am doing a solid average of 4 shows per week. Sometimes more.

Which country feels more like home, Germany or South Africa? Germany will always be and feel like my home, but South Africa has grown on me and it feels like a home away from home. Many of my friends even say that I am more South African than German by now.

DJ Leo Elgar

What would you consider to be your greatest achievement? My greatest achievement is who I have become to this day. I prefer not measuring milestones but rather looking at the journey, but if I had to pinpoint one achievement it would be my move to South Africa. I went from not knowing anybody in this country to the whole country knowing me within only 4 years.

Name the most random fan encounter you have ever had? The most random fan encounter was the day after I performed in Port Elizabeth last month. I was just passing through the boarding gate, when the flight attendant said: ‘You are Leo Large right? I heard you on radio last night. I love your music. Whow! How was the show last night?’

Who do you think the best DJ is at the moment? I think internationally Avicii is on top of his game. Amazing live performance and hit singles on the billboard charts. What more can you ask for? Locally I am a big fan of Black Motion as a DJ performance. The incorporation of live drums with their sound is simply mind blowing.

How do you keep up to date with all the latest music trends? I do my research online, read music magazines, watch music shows on television, but most importantly I talk with my friends about music. I read Hype Magazine, browse on, read various blogs, check my twitter timeline and much more.

Describe what it is like when you see people enjoying your music. It is the most amazing feeling, especially when you keep the crowd on their toes with your music. The thrill of dropping a song at the right moment and hearing everybody go mad about it cannot be described in words.

What CD is in your car at the moment? I have a compilation of four Anthony Hamilton albums and Khuli Chana Motswakoriginator Deluxe Edition.

When are you going to visit us here in Durban? I was in Durban last year after the Rock The Boat 2011, but another visit is long overdue. Unfortunately Cape Town is demanding a big piece of me at the moment.

Who have your performed with before? I have performed with a huge amount of artists locally and internationally. Just to name a few: DJ Fresh, Kent, Black Coffee, Slikour, Morafe, Khuli Chana, Jozi, R Kelly, Ne Yo, Maino, Trey Songz, Aka, Lulo CafĂŠ, DJ Milkshake, DJ Dimplez, Teargas, Ice Prince and many more. But most importantly is my live performance crew consisting of Fritzz The Cat (live producer) and JJ Fresh (dancer and hype man). They join me in on DJ sets on the regular.

What is your favourite genre of music? My favourite genre of music is Hip Hop.

Tell us three random facts about yourself! I like partying in place where no one knows me and just meeting random people. I used to have a mullet haircut as a kid and I was very proud of it. I recorded my first DJ mix on a TEAC 4 track tape recorder. One of those old school machines.

Is there anything you would like to say to your fans? I would like to say a very huge thank you for all the support and loyalty. Without God and you I would have not made it this far. However the journey has just begun. Larger and better things are in the making. Follow me on twitter ( @leolarge) for random snapshots and comments out of my life. Additionally visit my website for free downloads, videos, gig guides and much more.

You all have a lot of reading to do!!!! Shaun Richards is a real treat and his interview will have you all giggling like creeps. Enjoy xx

Interviewed by : Daniela de Almeida

Tell us about Folk Punk as a genre of music. Folk Punk is a loosely defined genre combining elements of folk and punk rock music. I think the term was first used in the 80s. I think Sloppy Folk is more on the “Riot Folk” side of Folk Punk. I think Woody Guthrie and Crass have something in common. Three chords / Three Thoughts

How did you come up with the band name “Sloppy Folk”?? When Mike and I started jamming we both commented a few times on how “Sloppy” the sound was. Our performance later backed up our name pretty strongly!

Name all your band members and give us a fact on each of them. A lot of the time people just join in which I have always loved. We play a lot of informal street / park gigs. We have played shows at the Bohemian in Richmond as a 7 piece band before, but it started out as just Michael and me. Later Chris joined on upright bass and banjolin. Clint after leaving The Sunday Punchers jammed harmonica. Cami, Zam, Storm and Brent have also been regulars. Cami's xylophone playing with Zam jamming his home made box drum is the SEX!

Who is the craziest person in the group? If by 'craziest' you are referring to the person most frequently inebriated, Mike would win hands down. If by 'craziest' you are referring to the person who scores the most points on “The Weird Scale”, I would answer that by saying that I don't think any of us had many friends in high school.

Beer...or food?! Smoked tofu

Where do you find your sources of inspiration? When we started for Mike (I think) his writing was influenced mainly by his brother Johnny passing away. Mine... well... listen to the songs if you would like. They are all online for free download. Check out : or find them on

Dedication gets you far in the music industry, so how do you guys keep motivated? Motivation... That's another one of “those” words. Well I guess we do it by Chris moving to Cape Town, And Mike working on his project The Leftovers and me on All These Wasted Nuts. Sloppy Folk has and will be jamming from time to time but we are taking a step back for a bit. O and our friends made us a cool music video. It's up on YouTube. They put in a lot of work! Check it out.

What's the idea behind "all these wasted nuts"?

I had some songs that didn't fit anywhere. I needed a box to put them in and my friend Zameer said that I should name them “All These Wasted Nuts” because he had seen lots of wasted nuts on the pavement while walking and was wondering what was up with that.

How old are you?

Thirteen! (in maturity anyway) Name your top 3 bands in the world! It changes daily...Today I have been listening to a lot of :

“Songs For Moms” who are an all girl DIY folk punk act

from somewhere in the USA. There isn't much about them online but they are F**KING AMAZING!!! take a listen!

“Alice Donut” - A New York City art punk band who have been active since 1986

And “This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb”

What are your practise sessions like? Practise ! What is this concept you speak of???

When did you start your band? Sometime in 2009 after ContraMundi and AWOL had split up.

“folk punk is a loosely defined genre combining elements of folk & punk”

What's the deal with your love of cats??

They urinate on my things. My guitar distorts now without needing overdrive. Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii... the primary host is the felid (cat) family - Wikipedia This parasite can cause schizophrenia and can also make you like cats! a funny article I found : http://

What is the first thing you do when you wake up? Curse the universe for I was not created as a teacup!

When did you first become interested in music?

When I was given a cassette tape player walkman in primary school

Describe the happiest moment of your life! Honestly I have no idea what my happiest moment in life so far has been.

Where can we find your music?

There is a little self recorded sh**ty sounding EP up on for free download. It is called “No Gods, No Masters, Just Cats!�

By 10am I was wondering whether I was going to be able to make it to the Album Launch this evening. The rain was pouring down and by lunchtime there were some heavy thunder storms going on, but this is one of those bands you want to see and you won’t allow bad weather to get in your way. I tried to get there early so I can set up camp and get my night started. As I arrive at Tanz Café, around 6pm, I could already hear the band rehearsing and setting up the sound to ensure its all perfect for the main even. It’s always good to witness this as you can see how much work actually goes into a sound check before the gig. After a while the band sounded good, they walked off stage and were happy to sit and talk to the crowd. I was meeting up with my girlfriend so decided to wait at the entrance for her. Standing there, I was able to meet some people that I usually only get to interact with on Facebook. It was good to meet photographer Connie Baiao from Turtlephin Photography who is actually responsible for the pics taken for this gig review. Eventually my better half arrives and we proceed to get a free cocktail, handed out on arrival, a nice little gesture to start the evening with, I get to meet more people in the industry and we bumped into Riaan Vorster from the Riff Magazine. What a great guy and it was good to exchange war stories of running a music magazine. More familiar faces arrive as Michael Naranjo from band “One day remains” comes over to say hello. Also at the gig was a band by the name of Leven. It’s good to see bands supporting each other, which is something unheard of lately. Eventually at around 9pm a video starts on the big screens around the stage which, allows the band members to creep on stage and start playing the killer song called “Tricky”, this is it, the band is on and straight off there is a rocking presence and we’re not even halfway through the first song. Son of 1000 are rocking each song and seem to be enjoying themselves. Interacting with the crowd and making sure everyone is having a good time. They go into a song called “Velvet”, which is a great song in itself and I remember it being one of my faves when I heard it at the peak show a few months back. But what made this song even better on this particular night was that halfway through the song a pole dancer got on stage and started doing a sexy little number, much to the delight of the men in the crowd. As the night went on I’m in awe with how good this band sounds live. But even being as good as they are and with Federico Fernandez becoming a celeb overnight, with various advert appearances, the band don’t seem arrogant, instead they have the attitude that they really care about their fans and appreciate the part they’ve played in their success. Among the fans were supermodel Christina Storm, dancing in the front row with the crowd. Songs played on the night were i.e. Tricky, Freedom's wine; Nothing like we used to be; Velvet, Butterfly; Give it away (love you until it gets sore); Time will show you; Nu; Merry-Go-Round; Heist); Cry and Voodoo Chile. The good thing about this set is that they played a lot of the new songs from the album but also played a few old ones as well. It was cool to see a video being played on songs such as Nu wave and Heist. Talking of Heist it is officially one of my fave songs at the moment and it left me singing that song for the next few days to come hehe It was such a great evening and after the set the band got together on stage, opened up a bottle of champagne and toasted to a great night and a great album launch. All I can say about this Album Launch gig is, if this gig is anything to go by you are all in for a treat with this new album. Watch this band, they are going to change and revolutionise the state of South African music. They have just set a standard and they mean business. Well done Son of 1000 on a great album launch!!!

Review by : Duwyne Clayton Photography by : Connie from Turtlephin Photography

Album Launch review

son of 1000

Article by : Duwyne Clayton

What is up with the S.A music industry of today? Actually I think it has always been like this but I thought in this day and age we would at least move up in the world… Now don’t get me wrong, as some of you know I am a huge supporter of South African music and I would love nothing more than to be a part of getting S.A music on the map, and that is my mission with this Magazine, but it’s hard when there is so much that needs to be fixed and I name but a few:

NO PAY NO PLAY There seems to be a stigma out there that venues and promoters seem to think that bands should play for free, excuses range from: Venues think that by giving the artists a place to play it is somehow enough payment because at least the musicians have a place to get there music out there, right? This is not entirely true and definitely not right, although it’s probably appreciated by the bands that there are venues out there to show case your music, people tend to forget that these musicians play music for a living, they also have families to feed, rent to pay and need petrol for their cars. They also have to pay for expensive equipment, this is their industry. I don’t think a cashier at the local supermarket would be OK for not being paid just because there weren’t enough customers in the store that day, so then why should the musicians accept any less than 50/50 split of the door sales? Things don’t come cheap, so to tell a musician to play for free just for a chance to receive recognition for their talents and maybe a dinner and drink seems slightly unfair for the musicians. I ran a poll and it seems the majority of people (granted majority were musicians) are saying at least 50/50 of door sales should go to the bands although in my opinion 80% of door sales or full door sales should go to the bands as the venue normally makes enough sales at the bar drinks and food. I am however talking about the popular venues who always have good turnouts and good sound. Then there is also the question of what if the venue does not have a good turnout. What if it is a relatively new venue and they are still trying to make a name for themselves as well. Who should be the one to promote this gig? Because let’s face it, you need people paying at the door and buying drinks at the bar because without that no one will get paid. Bands can only do so much advertising at their own cost but the same goes for the venues who can’t always find themselves at a financial loss because they need to stay open for the bands to perform. In my opinion bands and venues should work together and help each other out so it’s a win, win situation for everyone. We live in a “social network world” where Facebook and Twitter are good ways to promote the gig venues, but do bands and venues promote this enough? Are they making use of the social networks? Are they handing out flyers and putting up posters. So who is the one to blame when there aren’t enough people at the venue? The band who didn’t punt their gig venue enough but expects a big crowd, or the venue who failed to punt it in their own way. So as I said, bands and venues need to work together to help promote their individual needs. The bottom line is, the bands need to be paid to provide for their families and the venue owners needs to survive – working together will benefit both parties.

I MOAN ABOUT THE STATE OF SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC BUT I DON’T GO TO A SINGLE GIG! Another reason why South African music is in such a state is because there is not enough support for our local artists. Time and time again I go to a gig that was well advertised but the turnout is really bad. We are talking about top name bands and our local up and coming bands alike. We need to support our bands. Go to a gig in your area and support the venues featuring them. So many live venues are closing down and a lot of it is because of lack of supporters piling through the doors. Take for instances, Burn night club and Unit 11. But yet we complain when these venues close down and we complain that South African music is nothing compared to overseas bands. We forget that overseas fans actually support their bands and venues. Something to think about next time you hear a band is playing in your area, even if you don’t know the band, still go and support, granted you might walk away not liking that particular bands performance, but you will never know until you actually go and support. Who knows? You might really enjoy the performance. Another topic that popped up is the issue of how much should you pay for a gig. After speaking to some fans on why they don’t go to gigs, the reply is always, it’s too expensive. Now I ask you, why is it we as South Africans are willing to pay over R700 for a Lady Gaga gig but yet we can’t pay R50 to see our own South African bands that are equally talented and put on an equally good show. Just because it’s a big international band doesn’t mean it should get more support compared to our local musicians. Please I urge you. SUPPORT SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC!!!!

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MEDIA RELEASE Pink Fur and the Black Coats: Galleries EP Tour Garage duo embark on east coast gallery tour Pink Fur and the Black Coats are embarking on their first national tour with an unusual twist. Throughout September, October and November the band will travel up and down the East Coast to support the release of their debut EP Galleries. The tour will take the band to some of the east coast’s more unusual venues as every show on the itinerary is linked to an art event or exhibition. The two-piece garage outfit self-described as ‘Guitar, drums and dancing fur’ hails from Brisbane and isn’t scared to take a leaf out of Andy Warhol’s book by mixing art and experimental rock’n’roll. This is nothing unusual for Pink Fur who have already performed at numerous art exhibition opening nights since the inception of the band just a few months ago. “We are inspired by the collaboration of art and music” says singer and guitarist Joel Chant. Pink Fur and The Black Coats approach this concept with integrity. Their sound features 60’s influenced guitar jams and experimental drums (played by Callum Roza). The band draws inspiration from timeless artists of the past. From experimental elements of The Velvet Underground to the raw fuzzed out guitar jams of The Stooges. This first Ep certainly retains its own distinctive sound. ‘‘We play fuzzed out rock and roll, Galleries is raw yet quite a personal first record” says Chant. To complete this 60s picture the band's debut EP was recorded live in one day. One session captured live to tape in a small basement home studio in Brisbane. The collection of songs were mixed and produced by two engineers who go by the names of Dr Rock and Mucho’s. Recording in a basement studio surrounded by vintage guitars and analog recording equipment was an inspiration to the duo. “It surely helped bring out those raw 60’s sounds in our recordings as each song was recorded in one take”, says Chant. The Galleries Tour will be taking the band up and down the east coast with 12 dates throughout September, October and November. The band’s EP will be available at every show and the boys promise they have many strange surprises in store. “Be sure to don your fur”, says the duo. Pink fur and The Black Coats set themselves apart from today’s indie band trend through their raw sound and experi-

mental live shows. “Improvisation makes music feel real” says Chant.


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The “Simone” Factor My name is Simone Factor and I’m a budding business women, freelance writer, Zone Radio presenter, belly dancer and in my spare time a really rad chick to share good times with. My love of music was passed down to me from my hipster Dad who continually spinned Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Santana records on an old turntable. I hail from Cape Town, I love animals and travelling the globe in search of adventure and high heels.

Interviewed by : Simone Factor

My Band Crush – The Natasha Meister Band This is my latest musical obsession, the record or artist that ill place on a constant loop until I’m dreaming the music in my sleep. It’s the sound that I’ll hear in the recesses of my mind every time I’m driving or in a quiet space between my hectic life. I’ll find any excuse to bring it up in a conversation just so I can get my head around why I think they rock. I’ll Google the hell out of them and then search them on You tube as well. I will double like them on Face book and tweet out my fixation to my hearts content until my little love affair has simmered down to slow burning smoulder. How do I love thee ? Let my social media count the ways . Yes, The flames burn high in the beginning but once I find a band crush the coals will never go out. I’ve been waiting a long time for this type of voice and talent to come along in a local female artist. The Natasha Meister band makes me giddy with the excitement. Immediately her soothing bluesy vocals and catchy arrangements grabbed me and hooked me instantly and now when I am in front of the mixing desk I can’t resist playing my favourite track “safe in the silence” every Sunday. I can’t believe how quickly it took for her and her fellow band mates Roger Bashew (producer and bassist) and Paul Tizzard (Drummer) to find such thrilling success and nationwide fans. Well I almost can’t believe it. Natasha’s talent shines in through in every note that leaves her throat so it’s not a real stretch that they are adored the way they are and the music is so soulful and mellow, it’s like slipping instantly into a bath of hot milk and honey. This amazing group has bolstered the blues to new heights, moulding its sound into a more accessible genre for all music lovers, crossing that threshold between vintage and modern with a distinctly African twist It’s a superb triple combination, that of talent, beauty and entertainment value. It’s a classical formula yet they still have their own unique sound and character and for me, nothing beats chilling out to their sweet sounds on a balmy Sunday afternoon. Natasha grew up in Canada but returned to her African roots and to pursue her career as a musician and performer and well, this lady knows that home is most certainly where her heart is and where her passion is ignited too. She certainly has my heart and as I stick with this band on their musical journey they will become one of my all time favourites. Durbanites can look forward to performances by the band at the Durban International Blues festival on the 5 th Of October. Sadly Ill be in Cape Town at Rocking the Daisies festival but I’ll be with you in spirit my darling Natasha – love your Newest Biggest Fan , the S Factor.

How did you get into photography?

What camera are you currently using?

Look at the stars…..look how they shine for you….. COLDPLAY

Canon 550D

I was 7 years old when I bought my first little pocket camera, taking photos of anything that interested me so I guess that was the first step. Much later on in life bought myself a point and shoot, taking photos of my friends band when he played at local pubs. I started going to local gigs and followed Wonderboom for some time randomly photographing them and sending them their photos, with no intention but being the moment and having fun. Somehow, I can’t recall how it happened, I began photographing THE CELLARDOOR events at various venues in Jhb. Suddenly I was photographing more frequently, never had a proper camera and some friends of mine lent me their SLR to pursue the opportunities. Next thing I knew I was I photographing FALL OUT BOY Ampli 5 concert and the rest is history.

What do you like about Photography? I enjoy capturing emotion and a moment in time that can never be relived. When I look back at the footage captured over the years, it’s amazing to see the ageing process over time and how a picture can say a 1000 words, how people and band have developed since and how they look now to how they looked then. Photographs are the only memories we have when Alzheimer’s sets in. “Will you take my picture, cos I won’t remember….” - FILTER. “ Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow. – Imogen Cunningham

What style of Photography do you like? The style of photography that has grabbed me is hot sweaty rockstars. I have loved music since I was a kid. My parents were avid fans of music listening to their vinyls (Springbok Hits ) over weekends and I would dance in the lounge and record cassette tapes and listen to them on my walkman. Something just magnetized me to this style, photographing bands / musicians – I can’t explain why - it’s at a soul level. I have dabbled in wildlife, weddings, babies, celebrities and publicity photos etc and I do enjoy the various styles of photography, however, musicians (People) is definitely rated on the top of my list. Black and white has always been my favourite – a rich timeless classic. Sometimes manipulating an image in black and white speaks louder than the image in colour.

Where do you see yourself in five years, in terms of your photography? A lot further than I am now LOL! I hope to have a studio setup and have travelled overseas to continue photographing some international artists and festivals. I don’t know, the road will lead me where it’s supposed to. I would like to write a book on my photographic journey.

Who is your favourite photographer and why? I can’t pinpoint a favorite. There are many photographers that I like. I admire their artistic eye and interpretation of how they see the picture.

Describe a day in the life of a photographer? Whoever said been a photographer was easy – they lied! It’s hard work. People think that you just take you camera along and snap away. There is preparation involved. I need to know exactly what the setup is at the venue, what is the lighting like, what do I want to achieve. Ensuring my equipment is ready. The camera can be quite heavy to carry around all night when doing a concert. Once I get to the venue, I do an assessment of what the area I have to photograph in, where I am going to stand, what is the best angle to capture the shot, what lighting is in my favour. During a concert I can take up to 400 photos in literally 9 minutes.

As you never want to miss that shot I keep snapping, snapping, snapping. At the end of the evening when it’s time to download- only then do I really get to see what I have captured. For international performances it is standard rules that only the first three songs can be photographed. That averages at about 3min per song. During the performance I will often change lenses to either zoom in or get a more landscaped shot. As you are on your feet the whole night by the end of the evening you can feel exhausted. You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper. - William Albert Allard

What advice do you have for upcoming photographers? There is no lift to heaven, so you have to take the staircase. The music industry is a difficult one. In my experience, start local by attending gigs at small venues. Take photos, test yourself and play with the settings on your camera. Often the stage lighting is really good so you want to avoid using flash as that just kills the mood of the photo with blow out.

Start building up a portfolio of work. Mine took many years to build. I started with a “muk en druk” Sony Cybershot…. I didn’t know any better, only to find out that I need and SLR. It’s not all about the camera, it’s about how you take that shot, what your eye sees and make the most of the equipment you have. Ideally an SLR is your starting point, as its fast and pics are clear and you can take do continuous shots. You will need to purchase at least a 75-200mm. Don’t forget the drummer in the back and wear ear plugs! Everyone has a photographic memory, but not everyone has film. - Anonymous

How can people get hold of you? I don’t have a dedicated webpage set up as yet, however you can find my photos on Facebook under Tarryne Rautenbach.

The other day as I was listening to Adrian Larger’s show on Zone Radio, it was interrupted by the Unicorn to do an interview with a very good organisation. I thought it was weird that he is doing this interview now in Adrian’s show but now I know why. The guy he interviewed was Les Ruhrmund the Chairman of the board of Nazareth House!!! So you can understand why they had to slot the interview in this time as Les is so busy that it was hard to find time do this interview. I’m so glad that they got to do the interview because what they spoke about really touched my heart and I’m sure many other listeners’ hearts. Nazareth House is an organisation who takes care of disadvantaged, vulnerable people who have no close family or anyone else able to provide the care they require. These people fall into three main groups:

Frail aged Nazareth House is open to all frail elderly people, regardless of race, religion or culture. However, as demand far outstrips capacity, priority is given to those in the most desperate circumstances – elderly people who are also mentally or physically challenged, those who need full time nursing care and those who are destitute with no family able to care for them. Terminally ill adults St Michaels Hospice in the grounds of Nazareth House, Vredehoek, provides short term palliative nursing care for the poorest members of society – those in the final stages of AIDS who are homeless after being abandoned by their families, and refugees with nowhere else to go. Many arrive with nothing but the hospital gown in which they have been transferred, and remain at St Michaels Hospice until their death.

Children's Home Most of the babies and children cared for at Nazareth House have been abandoned, orphaned or abused. Many are infected with HIV and/or have special needs, problems or disabilities such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral palsy, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, Epilepsy, Deafness and Blindness. They also function as an emergency after-hours place of safety for children who have to be urgently removed from dangerous or abusive situations, new-born babies found abandoned in toilets or on railway lines, and those whose parents die suddenly in the night.

Community Cottage The healthier HIV+ boys and girls live together as a family unit in a house in the community, under the care of a Housemother and an Assistant. The children attend local schools and interact with their peers in the community at the local football and gymnastics clubs.

Family reunification programme We all know that institutional care for children should be the last resort; wherever possible we try to help families to cope long-term, or place children in the care of their extended families.

FANBASE MUSIC MAG ALONG WITH ZONE RADIO WANT TO HELP, AND WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!!! So as you can see the organisation is in great need of help as it is not easy to support such cases without the help of financial support from the public, and this is where Fanbase along with Zone Radio wants to help. We are organising a Charity event for The Nazareth House in Cape Town. In the few months to come we will have a day festival where bands will perform and all proceeds from the door takings will go to this awesome organisation. We are still in the process of organising this event so dates have not been set but what we can tell you are that it will be held at The Zulu Bar in Cape Town. We have already managed to secure 5 confirmed bands but we are keeping the names of the bands a surprise to create excitement. This event will be a good way to not only support your local bands, but also to support this awesome organisation that desperately needs your help. If you would like to help sponsor this event or would like to place your band on a short list to play at this event then please email Duwyne Clayton at There are tons of ways to help, money is just one important factor to help but donations of nappies, blankets food etc is also welcome. We are planning on having a donation basket at the door where you can maybe drop of any of the items to help out. So keep watching this space and listen to Zone Radio via to find out more info on when worthy cause event will take place.

Can’t wait for the gig but still want to help? You can check out the Nazareth House Cape Town website by logging on to Or email them at: You can contact them on 021 461 1635

And ask them how you can help? It really is a good organisation to support!!!

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