THE FIRST WORD BY DALE SMITH
hat is there left to say about LMG that I haven’t said before, either in print or to some of you individually? My experience here has led me into a world for which I couldn’t be more thankful. I’ve met some of the greatest people, gone to amazing festivals, watched some world class acts and more. Despite the empty pockets and depleting energy levels, I wouldn’t trade my time here for anything.
will never die. We’ve accepted that while we will always miss the magazine, we go forth with excitement as we move into the digital world. I can confidently say that after seeing what we are about to put out there, our website is definitely something to get excited about. We have often had to hold back on stories we’ve wanted to write and photos we’ve wanted to publish,
WHILE WE WILL ALWAYS MISS THE MAGAZINE,
Over the past couple of months WE GO FORTH WITH EXCITEMENT AS WE MOVE I’ve been going through the INTO THE DIGITAL WORLD.” motions, trying to think of what we are to do with LMG – the never ending struggle. But the inevitable due to the restrictions of page space. Now, has come and we have decided to call it a more stories, more photos, more content day for LMG as a magazine. The death card and as always, the most comprehensive has been drawn. gig guide in Cape Town (and soon enough South Africa) will be available to you at the It was a very sobering moment, sending click of a button. out those first emails to the supporters of our magazine; people who we have AND! I haven’t even gotten to the best worked with for years. We had to explain part yet. We’re giving the magazine one that, despite support from almost every hell of a send-off. Make a note of Friday, direction, there was one aspect that 8th November – and keep it free - because would prove to be our Achilles heel; our we’re bringing you a party that won’t be lack of financial support. Some people forgotten. An amazing line up of artists have suggested that we operate under and bands will perform on the night in a an unsustainable business model, that we show of support for LMG – so let’s make should turn our focus online. The devil’s some noise! During October keep your advocate view is always welcome, but I eyes glued to our website as we release the still do not agree with this sentiment. We artists. work off a model and format that is seen all over the world (even in a digital world) Thank you to everyone who has made LMG and if you were to study our accounts what it is today; the advertisers, sponsors, you would agree that we do not maintain contributors, artists and most importantly high running costs – although that is the readers. There are, however, a few neither here nor there. Unfortunately loss names in particular we must mention is something I’ve seen all too often in for their consistent support – el Jimador, my 18 months living in South Africa and Webtickets, the Kirstenbosch Summer working in the local music industry. We’ve Concert Series, Hilltop Live and lastly, a very lost MK on TV, boom.fm, radio stations, special mention to Paul Bothner who have publications and countless venues around advertised in EVERY single issue of LMG. the country. Without the support of these people and many more, we wouldn’t have made it five The death card is bitter sweet though, and a half years and 77 issues - Thank you! representing the death of one life to make way for another. The fight and the passion See you on the internet xx
LMG Publisher Mike Smith General Manager Dale Smith Electronic Editor Angela Weickl Designer Storm Farrell
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To our Contributors... I would like to thank some of the other key writers and photographers who have served LMG and contributed selflessly so that LMG could survive. Naturally, limited space prevents me from mentioning everyone: (In no particular order) Lize Hartley, Andrea Buchanan, Johan Smith, Alice Inggs, Greg Evans, Adrian Davies, Naomi Du Plessis, Tamlyn Grey, Lisa Burnell, Girl Banned, Joe Raving Blogs, Stephanie Katz, Piet Smedy, Jade Scully, Laura McCullagh, Michael Ellis, Ronnie Belcher, Zeke Du Plessis, Cornelia Torpsch, Ross Hillier, Matthew Schnetler, Duwayne Smith, Michael Currin and Jaime Bond-Smith.
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Music Industry Insiders Have Their Say Dawid Fourie
RAMfest & RAM Touring
Brian Little Rocking The Daisies & Seed Experiences
MG cemented itself early on as the credible gig guide of choice. It gave voice to artists, venues and promoters alike while providing the fan with relevant and educated comment on all the goings on within our industry. It was a part of the first Rocking the Daisies marketing and has always supported the growth of this festival and many others. This vital local music resource will most certainly be missed.
aving seen free mags come and go over the years, I have to admit to a certain degree of scepticism when I first met Mike. But his passion won through and out came probably the best Free Live Music guide Cape Town, or SA, has ever seen. It has been the comprehensive guide to live music reviews & gigs. We will be a poorer community at the close of this Legendary Publication R.I.P. Long Live their online presence.
Kevin Winder Mercury
MG has become an integral part of the local live music scene. It is certainly a huge blow losing this service. Gutted, totally gutted. This is a sad day for the local scene.
Carel Hoffman Oppikoppi & Hilltop Live
treet print magazines like LMG have always played a vital role in the live music scene â€“ almost anywhere in the world. A thriving street print community implies a thriving live scene. It is a sad day to see LMG disappear from venues and cafes dedicated to live music. We supported LMG as it focussed on a very specific market. I sincerely hope the LMG online venture works out. South Africa critically needs a few crazy independent online voices.
he rise of LMG pretty much coincided with my return to Cape Town after many years in the musical wilderness commonly known as Johannesburg. It was incredibly refreshing to find a publication that could get me back into the Cape Town live circuit so easily. As with any new publication I knew it would be a while before the self-appointed musical media experts would take notice of the passion displayed by Mike and his team. But it never crossed my mind that the self-entitled giants of media and advertising would ever allow such a fine publication - with a perfect market segment sewn up - to struggle for so long. It is safe to say that 90% of the acts I have worked with over the last 5 years were introduced to me by the writers of LMG. I have come to trust the journalistic ability as well as the musical integrity of the staff writers at LMG.I believe that the music industry is losing an incredible asset that will be talked about for years to come.
Pierre Coetzee The Assembly
MG has played a key role in the development of our local music scene since its inception, documenting recent South African music history. It is a testament that our scene exists tangibly on a local & global platform and is growing day by day to pave a road for future and current musicians.
Any magazine is only as good as its editorial team.
LMG has certainly been blessed in this regard. Our aim has always been honesty and integrity. While this honesty has not gone down well with everyone, it has been appreciated by our core readership. But we are only human and have also had to take some justly-deserved flak. But, at the end of the day, we also know that music is a subjective creature and that everyone will have their own views. I am justifiably proud of the three editors who have served us superbly through the years. These are their thoughts as we go to print with the last issue of LMG:
Jon Monsoon (Editor from May 2009 – Jan 2011)
Tecla Ciolfi (Editor from Feb 2011 – May 2013) This is super kak. I’m quite disgusted at how little motivation there was, mainly from the community LMG sustained, to ensure the longevity of this publication. As a small fry who needed the support of the bigger ones, LMG always struggled to maintain a constant financial flow, despite providing an outlet for musicians, venues and independent entities that would’ve otherwise not had one. You bitches know who you are. If it wasn’t for LMG I’m not sure I’d even have a career in this industry and that’s probably the saddest factor of all – who knows how many other individuals this magazine might have paved the way forward for?
Having been involved with Your LMG first as a freelance writer and reviewer and then as it’s editor, I know first hand just how much the local industry will be diminished by the loss of LMG print edition. No other publication has ever so selflessly dedicated itself with such grit and determination to the betterment and promotion of the South African music scene at large as has Your LMG. In an era where literacy is at an all-time low and demand for good journalism and arresting imagery at an all-time high, having to bid this publication adieu (that was always made freely available) is indeed a sad indictment of our times. Long live the Your LMG!
Angela Weickl (Editor from Jun 2013 – present) In my eyes, LMG has always represented opportunity. I hadn’t written anything more significant than an email before joining the team and finding a home for my opinions has been invaluable. LMG has always given more than we have received - providing a free and easily accessible platform for artists across genres and all elements of the music industry. Receiving the news that LMG would no longer exist in print form saddened me at first, but motivated me as well. Our website will allow us to connect to more people, more regularly and the great work we are doing will not go unnoticed. And in the process we will save a few trees. This isn’t the end… it is just a new opportunity.
SPECIAL MENTIONS W
hen the going got tough, the tough get going. It’s always been tough in the trenches here – and anyone in the print media will tell you that. But two individuals have been on LMG’s A-team for longer than most. Tecla Ciolfi wrote her first review for LMG in August 2008 - and never stopped! We all know her as a straight shooter – and yes, that can cause clouds to gather on the horizon and even produce a few thunderstorms. But Tecla, it was never boring having you around! By her side for the last 3 years has been our equally opinionated, but talented designer, Storm Farrell. If you’ve seen maturity in LMG’s look and feel over the years, it’s been due to his outstanding work and vision. Sincere thanks to both of you!
MERCURY TURNS 11 W
hile it’s tough to single out any one venue or person in Cape Town for special praise, I would never forgive myself if I did not take this opportunity to mention the team behind Kevin & Lisel at Mercury. The iconic venue turns 11 years old this month and part of the secret to its success and longevity is the close-knit “family” of Lux, Sidney, Reggie, Norman, Kanya and the many others who work tirelessly behind the scenes. It’s incredible to think that most of this team have been at Mercury for longer than LMG has been around. To all of you, thank you so much for always making LMG and its staff feel at home.
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Steve Hallam - Jump Events (Dubai)
I had already made several trips to SA, visiting both Joburg and Cape Town and met with various venue owners and promoters. I was pretty happy with the landscape, but one thing bothered me. Being originally from the United Kingdom and working in big cities around the world, I was accustomed to seeing event listings in magazines such as Time Out, The Fly etc. In whichever country I visited, these essential magazines were my guides regarding local talent and venues and gave me valuable insights into the local music scene.
Over the last five years, Mike has not only become a good friend, but I know him as someone who lives, eats and breathes SA music. On every subsequent trip to Cape Town, he introduced me to a never ending stream of bands, musicians, venues and many of the people I now know as friends, employees and business partners.
little over five years ago I was looking at expanding my music touring company into a new territory. We had already met with success in the Middle East and parts of Asia.
In April 2008, I made my last reconnaissance trip to Cape Town. By the end of it, I had decided that I still had some concerns, including my thoughts on the music media. On the morning of the day of my departure I was having a coffee in Long Street and came across a copy of LMG. I had a quick look through and realised that this was potentially the missing piece of the puzzle. It was consisted of only a few pages, was definitely rough round the edges, and printed in black and white. But it contained the venues, bands and shows happening in and around Cape Town. I decided there and then that I had to meet these people. The magazine, however, contained no contact details. I immediately contacted my (super efficient) assistant in Dubai and asked her to track down the publishers or owners. Within the hour I received a name and number and called a puzzled Mike Smith. I briefly explained who I was and asked to meet him immediately as I was flying out that evening. I jumped into a cab and met up with Mike in Obs
Cafe. We only chatted for an hour or so, but by then I knew that I had made my decision. I was definitely going to set up an office in Cape Town.
Over the last 5 years, Jump Events have brought a long list of bands and artists to perform in South Africa, including Finley Quaye, Arrested Development, The Beat, Easy Star All Stars, The Christians and The Wailers, with more to come. We have also invested a lot in SA music by arranging overseas shows and tours for the likes of Mr Cat & The Jackal, Prime Circle, Freshlyground, Watershed, Johnny Clegg, Joshua Grierson, Natasha Meister, Simon Van Gend, Just Jinjer, Josie Field, Goodluck, and The Parlotones. Only yesterday, I signed a contract to have Gang of Instrumentals play, next month, on a beach in Dubai in front of 1500 people. Many of these artists were introduced to me either directly, or indirectly, by Mike Smith and LMG. Over the last few years we have been supporting festivals in SA assisting them with their vision. I have seen and met so many talented bands and performers and can honestly say that NONE of this would have happened without that one hour meeting with Mike in Observatory. His enthusiasm and vision for LMG gave me the confidence to move forward with my own plans here. I would like to thank LMG for being my SA music bible over the last 5 years. The market will miss you!
THE (VERY) LAST WORD
BY MIKE SMITH
I do not have the space here to unravel the full story of how LMG came to be – and maybe that’s not important anyway. Let’s just say that, on returning to South Africa after more than 20 years away, I was stunned to find that no concise guides to local music existed – “street press” as it’s known in other countries. As an avid music follower, I realised that here was a specific gap that was begging to be filled. I also knew in my heart that if I didn’t throw caution to the wind and do it, I would forever be wondering “What if…?”.
Well I no longer need to wonder. Would I still have followed this path if I knew what was ahead? The jury is still out on that one. I am considerably poorer in material terms, but thankfully there are other ways to measure satisfaction - and even success. Before this, the world of printing was a totally unknown quantity in my life. I had never published so much as a newsletter. But when I walked into a local printing shop, I had an idea in my head and determination in my step. Distributing the first 1000 copies of LMG – on 25th March 2008 - to about 25 locations was an amazing feeling. Every two weeks, another one miraculously made its way onto the streets, thanks to my volunteer distro team. By our 2nd birthday, we were up to 28 pages and 5000 copies, being distributed to 180+ locations across Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Unfortunately it’s been a battle of survival pretty much since then; every single issue being a
tight-rope walk between the advertising revenue received and the operational costs such as printing, distribution, design and editorial. But despite the endured through I have many fond I have been able
hardships the years, memories. to live my
first Fokofpolisiekar show at The Assembly in April 2008 was an education in itself. Besides the ferocious mosh pit, Wynand act of flinging a brand new electric guitar into the seething pit for one lucky punter definitely raised the intensity a couple of notches.
POSSIBLY THE MOST EXTREME PIT I’VE ENCOUNTERED - AND I’VE SEEN A FEW.”
own personal dream by being able to enjoy the festivals and the music of our country’s abundant talent, as well as being in a position to support the same. This has been exemplified by Bandwatch (a feature that has appeared in every single issue) and by our stage at Synergy between 2010 and 2012. The LMG Stage has recognised and given voice to some of the best emerging talent this country has to offer and we were humbled to have had such a great opportunity. For someone to come up very quickly on relating to SA
who had to speed all things music, my
Another such experience was attending one of the early Van Coke Kartel shows, deep behind the boerewors curtain, at the Eye Of Horus – possibly the most extreme pit I’ve encountered – and I’ve seen a few. A personal highlight was watching old-school conscious hip hoppers Arrested Development. This was the first international act I’d seen since returning to SA, the venue being the Galaxy/ West End complex in Rylands, an unforgettable venue in itself. My first ever Oppikoppi road trip nogal), Rocking
The Daisies and Ramfest complemented my first years’ worth of SA music reeducation. Special memories include watching a very young Isochronous at Koppi, and
of what we hope will become a long-standing tradition. It is also appropriate that pay tribute to some of the people who have assisted me is significant ways. I
Believe it or not, Dale is one of the primary reasons that I decided to create LMG. His decision to study and work in the Australian music industry was ultimately what caused me to enter the South African equivalent. I had made the painful decision to return to SA; painful because it meant leaving him behind in Australia. Suddenly, I had found an opportunity to work in the same field as my son and, who knew, maybe an opportunity to work with him. When he decided to move to South Africa and join me in trying to keep LMG alive, it was pretty much a dream come true. As I said, some rewards cannot be measured in material ways.
OVER THE YEARS, IÍVE HAD MANY AMAZING MOMENTS, BUT A SPECIAL MENTION NEEDS TO BE MADE OF THE SUBLIME TRIBUTE SHOW.”
the amazing view I had from backstage at RTD, watching Goldfish work their magic. Our 1st birthday cover shoot, featuring Inge Beckmann, Francois van Coke and George Van Der Spuy (3 individuals who had made significant impressions on me) was a lot of fun. Shot by Timmy Henny and designed by Pierre Coetzee, that cover certainly has a lot of stories to tell! Personally, another highlight was the opportunity to chaperone Natasha Meister on her first overseas tour. Due to the generosity of Jump Events, Natasha was included in the Back To The Crossroads 2011 tour of the Middle East and shared the headline billing with none other than Jimmy Thomas, of Ike & Tina Turner fame. Over the years, I’ve had many amazing moments, but a special mention needs to be made of the Sublime Tribute Show. While not everyone is into their reggae/ska/dub/punk sounds, we have honestly unearthed a following that is so passionate, that the Sublime Tribute has become one of the shows of the year in Cape Town. LMG is proud to be part
honestly could not have brought LMG along this road without key support and contributions from (in no particular order): Sean Wienand, Steve Hallam, Kevin Winder, Lisel McGregor, Storm Farrell, Mark Rosenberg, Jean Jordaan, Phil Joubert , Peter Lacey, the Finlayson family, Signet Printing, Vrooma (distributors), Photo Hire, Kate Smorenburg, Diana Kotze, Caroline Celliers, Nina-Levi Magnussen, Aidan Harper, Jessica Novotna, Dawid & Henk Fourie, Chantalle Human & Gasoline Graphics, Altstadt Printing, Liam & Marcelle O’Carroll, Arnolds and a special mention to the irrepressible Tammy Walle. Our wonderful editorial contributors are mentioned elsewhere in this issue. Last, but certainly not least, I need to thank the person who has been my inspiration for the last 25 years.
MIKE WITH THE LMG ISSUE #1