Monday, 25 April 2016

Bad Peter [Interview]


Bad Peter released their highly anticipated debut single ‘Month of May’ in April 2015 and within 24 hours secured themselves a Top 30 single on the iTunes Chart in South Africa. ‘On This River’ was then released as their second single in October 2015 and ‘Faithful Lover’ was released as their third single in February 2016.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Park Acoustics With Black Cat Bones [Interview]

Black Cat Bones Interview



Okay - Let's be honest... Mieliepop had one serious local line-up. They basically booked every single great non-commercial band in this country... FALSE! We're excited to welcome Retro Dizzy,The Fizz Pops & Lil' Bow to the Park Acoustics stage for the first time. Then we also have 3 of our favourite live acts headlining the day - Black Cat Bones, BCUC and December Streets.

Plus - Comedy with Hannes Brummer, Nqoba King and Kedibone Mulaudzi! 


We caught up with The Black Cat Bones, who's on the line up at this weekend's event:

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

A Few Words On Nomadic Orchestra's Album Launch

Love At Last

A Friday or two ago, we have a small, intimate braai at our house. I check the time every now and then - We have a gig to attend later: It’s the launch of Nomadic Orchestra’s new album Love at Last. One of my friends, Let’s call him J, keeps on telling me to relax. “The line-up is normally delayed” He says. He wants to party a little longer in the comfort of our small courtyard. But it’s a show I can’t miss. “Come along!”, I try to persuade him to come with us, “you don’t want to miss this!”. But he says he’s broke.

#RTD2016 Tickets To Go On Sale!

ROCKING THE DAISIES TICKETS ON SALE 25 APRIL




In a first for South Africa, Rocking the Daisies Music and Lifestyle Festival has launched a pioneering phased system with ticketing partner Nutickets, aimed at giving its dedicated fans the best chance to get their hands on a ticket before they sell out - and at the best possible price.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Alexandra May - Amazing [Interview]

ALEXANDRA MAY Releases Debut Single



The David Gresham Record Company is proud to announce the release of the debut single of teenage pop sensation ALEXANDRA MAY, entitled AMAZING.

Alexandra has been wowing the South African public since the age of 11 in a number of high-profile theatre productions, dedicating her heart and soul to the arts at a very young age. She describes Amazing as being a fun, bubbly pop song with catchy hooks, retro elements and a positive message. 


DPC caught up with her to find out more:

Park Acoustics - 24 April! [WIN TICKETS]

PARK ACOUSTICS - 24 April 2016


Venue: Voortrekker Monument, PTA 

Date: Sunday, 24 April 2016 
Entrance: R150 online at http://www.parkacoustics.co.za, R150 at the gate
(Free for children under the age of 6, R15 per vehicle at entrance of nature reserve.) 
Time: Gates open 10AM 
Facebook Event: JOIN HERE

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

DPC Chats to Lisa Goldin [Interview]

Lisa Goldin - My Fire


Lisa Goldin has performed across the globe. She started making a name for herself performing alongside the emerging global superstar Ed Sheeran at the 15 Minute Club at Saint Catherine’s Dock in London. She spent 6 months in the dance capital of the world, Ibiza, where she had a residency at Teatro Pereyra opening for the legendary African American house and soul singer Barbara Tucker. After the Ibiza season she returned to London and performed alongside Jesse J & Scouting for Girls.

In 2015 she released her debut single “Really Doesn’t Matter” which would go on to be voted as one of the most exciting emerging acts of the year according to popular South African website “www.MusicZa.co.za and went on to receive radio airplay nationwide.

Lisa Goldin teamed up with British hit songwriter Sarah deCourcy, best known for her work with Armin Van Buuren to co-produce her latest single “My Fire”. 


DPC caught up with Lisa to chat about her music and everything else.


Hi Lisa, thanks for chatting to DPC! 

Hi Dirty Pink City, thanks for having me!

Please describe your music as to someone who's never heard it before, and also tell us a little about yourself?

 
GoldinFans describe it as ‘songs that stick in your head after seconds of listening to it’! I love writing pure pop, with messages that touch people’s hearts. After performing pop music abroad I really loved the infectious melodies, ultimately becoming addicted to singing and writing in this genre. Born in South Africa, studied in the UK and was a jet-setter-artist for a while! About three years ago decided to bring my career home.

You just released a new single, My Fire. What's it all about? And who produced it and worked with you on it?


This song grabs you right from the start. “My Fire” empowers a person to say this is who I am now watch me fly! I just love it. Sarah de Courcy of A&G Songs, Ziggy Adolph of David Gresham Records and I worked so hard on this production. It is a wonder seeing it come to life. 

  "It's really wonderful building this little empire and grateful for the amazing support."

You also released your debut single, Really Doesn’t Matter, last year. How was it received?

“Really Doesn’t Matter” was my stepping stone into the SA music scene. I was nominated No2 Emerging Artist of the Year and had some wonderful interviews with Cliff Central, SAFM, East Coast Radio and Hot 91.9FM. Was fabulous being featured in Grazia and performing nationally including at Radio2000’s Mandela Day. It's really wonderful building this little empire and grateful for the amazing support.


We heard that you performed alongside Ed Sheeran and Jesse J. How were these experiences?

 
EPIC! I met Jesse J at the Pigalle Club, London on 1st December 2008. Patrick Alan of Earth, Wind & Fire ran this high-profiled songwriting showcase. It was my debut year performing in the UK and I was a baby. Well when Jesse started to sing in the soundcheck she blew the roof off, she is an amazing talent and that show was four years before “Price Tag” went to number 1. During that year I also ran a songwriting showcase in St Katherine’s Dock, London featuring 5 artists per night. I’d open the show with my songwriting and then MC the rest of the night. Well one day a father and son walked in and the son was Ed Sheeran. He must’ve been in his teens and literally brought the house down! I loved the London music scene and the platform for new artists to showcase their songs. There’s so much I learnt from being in the London hub. It was a real buzz!


You were also based in Ibiza for some time. What was that all about?


Yes! I did a residency singing at Teatro Pereyra in the old town, Eivissa, for six months. The Harmsen family who own the venue took me under their wing as their own – such beautiful people! Barbara Tucker was the featured artist, who would bring in her friends from the USA to sing with and also take me to the shows she was performing in the clubs like Pasha, Blue Marlin, Space… So I loved that experience as I was singing her songs and learning those hooks on top of performing my own material. It was pretty intense because for three months we literally did 7 days a week straight and I had to be extra careful resting and nurturing my vocal chords! I caught up with Barbara in Dubai when we were both out there a couple of years ago – what an inspiration to watch her perform again!


You are currently based in Johannesburg. How do you find the music scene in this city?


It’s booming! And it keeps growing and growing which is incredibly exciting. I was always watching from afar even when I was away and I just love the potential we as South African artists have. The world has yet to discover what we have :>

 

Do you play any instruments?
 

Yes, I play and write music with piano.
 

Where can we follow you online?
 

Find me, follow & tag @goldinlisa on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. My website is www.goldinlisa.com.
Where can we listen to or buy your music?

It is available on iTunes, Amazon, SimfyAfrica, YouTube and all digital outlets.

 

And lastly, where can we see you perform next?
 

My next performance is at Skoobs Montecasino on 6th April performing a set of originals, a few private functions and touring with Barnyard Killer Queen show (currently at Rivonia until 17th April and then off to Umhlanga until 30th May). Definitely subscribe to my mailing list for gigs and news at www.goldinlisa.com too :>

Thanks and all the success for the new ventures! 


Thank you & all the best to you too :> 

Images by Daniel Craig Johnson
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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Jungle Live [Review]

Jungle Live in Cape Town Review


Kirstenbosch was anything but sold out, but the smaller crowd was buzzing in the cold with talk and laughter in anticipation of Jungle - The fairly new soul-funk collective. Bottles of beer and red wine quickly appeared from picnic baskets and backpacks. The sooner you warm up in the early Cape Town winter weather, the better.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Of Monsters And Men [Review]

Of Monsters And Men Live In Cape Town Review



A few months prior to Of Monsters and Men’s announcement that they will be touring to South Africa for the first time, their song “Crystals” were on repeat in my flat. I have no idea how I stumbled upon the song, but soon after, I discovered their “King and Lionheart”, and that too was added to all my playlists. There is something about this band’s almost fairy tale-like sound and fantasy-filled music videos that remind me of dreamy movies like The Chronicles of Narnia and Where The Wild Things Are.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Karabo Mogane [Interview]

Idols Winner 2015


2015 saw Nelspruit’s Karabo Mogane burst into the spotlight as winner of South African Idols Season 11 winner. Two days after the commencement of the competition, this hard worker took a dive and went straight into the recording studio at Universal, to work on his debut album. A month later and “Love is a Verb” is ready, with his debut single DING DONG having charted on iTunes Top 3.