Talent, persistence and entrepreneurial drive, all combined to create the music career of Jonathan Peyper.
Jonathan ‘confesses’ that the guitar is his favorite instrument to play. He is living proof one can earn a living as a professional musician. Jonathan has a Blue’s vibe with a mixture of rock, pop, and a few other things too. He and I chatted it up about a few different things to do with his music career and his upcoming gigs.
Rock Tot has been following Jonathan’s career for a while now and it’s clear that he is a staple in the Lowveld community. He’s an artist known for live-infused bluesy twist to his music.
Two of his well known and hit singles on is “Watching Over You” and “Dear John Deere”.
Jonathan’s vocals are raspy in an old timey kind of way.
It’s a vocal range that’s rare and not heard often. It reminds me a lot of those old blues singers from the 1930’s.
Jonathan is singing as the main event at Rock The Horse Trails on the 8th of June at 8pm.
We asked Jonathan a few questions:
How would you describe your music style?
“My approach to the Blues Rock genre stems from deeply personal experiences and I have proven myself to be not only a superb instrumentalist but also a masterful songwriter and lyricist.” Jonathan says.
He evokes emotion with every note and his top class guitar playing rounds off the album with soul and power. Throughout his career there is evidence of musical, emotional and lyrical development. This helps send every listener on his/her own journey when experiencing his work.
Where was the first gig you played and when?
“I played my very first show as Jonathan Peyper Blues Rock band in Pretoria at Steak and Ale, just before they burnt down about a month later.” He goes on to emphasize how fortunate he was to have Jorik Pienaar on drums (Not My Dog), Chris van der Walt on bass (Black Cat Bones), and Heine van der Walt on keys (Borgazm & Son of Hawk).
What are your plans for the future?
When asked what Jonathan’s plans are for this year he said, “I will be releasing my second album this year and we are currently busy with arrangements for a tour of the new album.”
It’s clear that Jonathan has big plans for his future as he already has a plan in mind for an international tour inn 2020, along with a possible third album!
“Next week I will be flying to the Cape to play with Jan Blohm and his band for the Jan Blohm Revue show, together with Roan Ash, Albert Frost, Arno Carstens and many more, also to commemorate the passing of Piet Botha, at the Grand West Theatre. This will be on the 22nd June. Then back in Nelspruit I will be performing with Jan Blohm and his band at Innibos on the 28 June as well as a possible feature with Martin Bester. From there I will be touring with Jan Blohm and start the proceedings for the launch of my second album “Saltation” proudly produced by Dan Patlansky.
As we rapped up the conversation, Jonathan had one more statement:
“R.I.P. Piet Botha! I used to jam along to Jack Hammer in my early years of learning to play the guitar and you will be missed sir. We dedicate this song off the new album to all the family, friends and fans of Piet. He will be “Watching Over You“‘
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