“Love to dream” has been gaining traction recently on 5fm charts. What do you want audiences to know when they listen to the song?
In life, all of us dream, whilst some continue to dream, others have given up on their dreams. People have different dreams and goals in life and the ‘you’ in the song is only a metaphor.
We can say that the success of the song is like a dream come true for us or and as the cliché goes: “If you can dream it, you can do it”. If the song can inspire someone to start dreaming again, we will be happy. We should all love to dream about what is special to us.
Your second single “From a gun” has just been released. Tell us more about this tune?
“From a gun” plays around the continued struggle for good times in love and speaks about the many trials in a relationship and how destructive forces affect it in certain ways.
Capetonians, unlike the rest of the country, are very much aware of the Cape gang culture and it is estimated that there are over 130 gangs in the Cape Flats area alone. It so happened that one night we found ourselves outside Pollsmoore Prison. The sounds drifting from the prison, where the fathers and sons on the inside, are the loved ones of someone out here, evoked a lot of emotion in us. As such the song was inspired by the lost dreams and opportunities of these people.
Love is both happiness and sorrow, but the flavour and journey should always stay inviting. In relationships and love, women suffer the most and ultimately the song was written for them.
Has the 90% SABC radio quota helped you as a new band?
The ‘90% SABC radio quota’ created some controversy and has sparked a lot of discussions amongst people in the industry. The quota most probably has helped us. As we had not released anything prior to the introduction of the quota, we don’t know what the reaction to our music would have been like before the introduction.
However, we are extremely grateful for being on air, as it serves to further inspire and motivate us as a group. Musicians love to share their music with others and there is no better place than radio.
What do you believe your biggest challenges are as a pop rock band that hails from Cape Town?
Cape Town has many talented musicians and great bands, but lack enough live music venues to allow them to display their goods to local audiences and to grow from here. Further it can be said that the music industry in Cape Town is diverse and quite genre specific. As a pop-rock band, we are competing with other genres such as Hip Hop, Kwaito, and Afrikaans.
Cape Town is a truly unique city and our music is greatly influenced by our personal everyday interaction with the people of the city. Our biggest challenge is that we would like to convey these stories in a universal manner that people can relate to.
What do you believe separates you and your band from other pop rock artists?
We are privileged to have some of Cape Town’s finest musicians in the band and we are extremely “tight” in our music.
Hannes is an exceptional songwriter. AD (Adrian) our drummer and André the bassist, refer to themselves as the “Groove Police”, whilst Jeandré is a truly amazing guitarist. The use of the violin and our somewhat different vocal sound definitely contributes to something unique.
From the start we did not want to write and play according to the so called “recipe for successful pop-rock”, but rather focused on what we wanted to do that felt and sounded good to us and that we could relate to, and be proud of. We wanted to create and not copy.
We further pay a lot of attention to stage performance as we would like our live acts to be something special.
I think above all, that our management and support people, called “Team Slow Jack”, are exceptional and they are simply the best.
Other than that, we can’t really say what separates us from the rest, as we have some amazing artists on the scene.