Monthly Archives: May 2012

Short Song For My Ex

I hate hurting people. Sometimes remorse just hits you at like 9.30pm and you can’t sleep until you do something like this.

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Keep It In Perspective

Just burnin’ some spare paints in spare time.

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Rasta Robot Rocker

Bored while invigilating exams.

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The Saga of the European King

The European King doesn’t speak. He SCREAMS. Everything. All the time.

On his son’s birthday, he’s so overjoyed that he makes it illegal for the whole kingdom not to attend the party. After all, there’s a jumping castle, circa 1089 AD.

Chapter One of the comedy radio play was masterminded by British-born Terome McNally and his band of mischievous voice artists. I helped a bit on the audio side and am a pretty big fan, too! Hit the link to download it up for a couple quid.

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Kid Sketch

This is the first proper pencil sketch I remember doing, I think around 1998. It was from a black and white photo I took of some cute kid.

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Fire on the Horizon

New Zero7 soundalike track, co-written with Jennifer Waescher.(Msg for download)

Vocals & lyrics Jennifer Waescher

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The Birth Of Inventor Mr Fox

I’d like to introduce Inventor Mr Fox to the world! He’s a strange case, a bit of a mad scientist, open to almost anything (except cooked chicken – it ruins it). Also a perfect alias for all the experimental production, recording and audiovisual creation I do.

Here’s the techno set put together for Elaine’s rooftop birthday party on Saturday.

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What Happens When I Hit The Cape Town Music Scene?

From December 2012 to February 2013, I’ll be recording and producing material in a rented studio space in Cape Town with the intention of creating an electro-swing-polka-tango album called Modern Folk under the Pravda23 alias. Come and hang out.

I gotta go home in a few months, back to Cape Town. Teacher time’s up. I wanna make music. Lotta feelings come with this. There’s my old friends, I’m Stoked That The Scene Is Growing and Can’t Wait To Rock This Shit, but I also checked Am I Good Enough and This Is All Cool But It’s Nonsense lurking around at the back.

It’s mostly fear of failure, of embarrassment. I’ve done all these different jobs, but always writing lyrics on lunch-breaks and watching audio tuts in the cracks. This is my vulnerable life.

Did the CPT music industry for two years with Overtone, basically full-time volunteering for most of it. I learned I wanted to be a musician instead. So I sorta began changing tracks, and now, five years later, I’m glad I did. But now I gotta find a place among all these dudes who have been rocking it for the last 10 years, and I feel like I’m playing catch-up. I know I got exactly what it takes to make something of this, but damn it’s a scary idea stepping in front of these fuckin hipster gatekeepers and tastemakers and saying “here I am”. I wanna transcend it all, blast off instantly, but apparently the only way up and out is through the venues to the festivals and beyond, with a very specific brand of Cape Town niche cool to light the path.

Pay me in time. I’m not greedy, I don’t care who gets the limelight. I just want to make a living from being a musician, producer and performer. That’s all I’ve wanted and worked for for years now. I research these dudes. I’m fanatically interested in Die Antwoord, Goldfish, Markus Wormstorm, Sibot, Freshlyground, Niskerone, the whole Red Bull scene, Richard the Third, Das Kapital, Narch, the Van Vok King Tasties brat pack, Ma’or and Balkanology and Rocking the Daisies, LMG, African Dope, Overtone, Rolling Stone SA – in a word, the Scene!

But I never got how to connect with these people. I don’t wanna seem false, like, “Hey, I love that thing you do, by the way, can you do this for me?” Is there such thing as sincere success, or all just fake it till you make it?

So I gotta learn how to pretend that it’s just another Friday evening for me, instead of, you know, they “keys to the golden kingdom” kinda thing. Which is tough. You chase it, you invest your ass in it, but somehow you have to be lighthearted about it.

In seven months, all this talk is gonna be put into action and transmute into an album called Modern Folk by Pravda23. It’s time to take a risk and give myself the time that I’ve been promising myself. Wish me luck. I’m going in.

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New Things

Couple of new experiences lately:
– bike stolen, fuck you too, korea.
– joined a new band, Figure 8, and played a show last Wednesday. played a new venue with DMZ Picnic too.
– saw Blonde Redhead perform live
– sold 2 space paintings, one to a couple getting married, who said they’d cherish it
– cut my own hair. bad pony forming.
– finished producing new downtempo track with Jen, embed soon
– got offered a violin slot in an amateur orchestra. joy! 1st rehearsal next Monday, Beethoven’s 6th
– put together a tech house set for Elaine’s housewarming on Saturday, 1st time doing that too

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