We had a conversation with Oooth Entertainment Owner Jason Oosthuizen! Although he owns Oooth Entertainment, he also Owns Oooth Wine, Oooth Coffee and he’s been a drummer for a vast variety of well-known bands in South Africa.
Take a look at the conversation we had with this busy, but successful member of our society.
What would You be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
” To be honest, I don’t even know. I have been playing music as a career since I was 15. I tried a day job once, stayed for a few hours and then left.”
What is your creative process like when writing your songs?
”Oooth band is not one of my main focusses, however I have setup a full studio next to my office so at random times of the day while working I’ll get inspired and pop in there and lay down some stuff.”
Who would you most like to collaborate with? If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
You have performed in so many places? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
”Favourite shoutouts go to The Music Kitchen, News Café Rivonia and Grid & Grill Benoni. They have showed so much support and loyalty during this COVID time and it’s just amazing to work with them.
You can catch my 2 cover bands, ‘City on Fire – Stripped Down’ every Friday at Grid & Grill and ‘Speed Wagon’ every Sunday at News Café Rivonia. I have a country-wide December tour with 3 of my bands doing the full circle.
Least favorite I won’t mention, but would like to put it out there that there are a few venues not paying musicians for their performances.”
In July 2018, You launched your own signature snare drum range, entitled J.O Drums. What inspired this?
”I really just wanted my own custom snare as I am an avid collector of snare drums. It came out so great, I thought I had to share it and so JO Drums was born.”
You have played for and done session and live work for Jack Parow, Fokofpolisiekar, Die Heuwels Fantasties, The Narrow and many more. What life experiences/lessons have you learnt while playing alongside such big names?
”I definitely learned a lot about my music and playing style, being able to adapt to these various bands and genres. I also learned a lot from a business point of view, good and bad.”
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
”First of all, I am more than happy for the growing musician to follow in my footsteps and I hope I have put out enough out there for someone to learn from. Biggest advice though is to be yourself, find your own path and make those mistakes, you learn from them. Also, only you can make it in this world and industry, don’t rely on others. Then, most full-time musicians don’t have medical aid, gear insurance, disability insurance or pension fund – get saving or planning for this as young as possible.”
What would you change about the South African music industry & why?
”I wish there were more loyalty and care amongst musicians, promoters, labels, fans and government. There are no support systems in place, and everyone looks out for themselves. You are almost guaranteed to be disappointed by someone on a regular basis. I have worked in UAE and America and it’s completely different there. Also support in terms of education & options pertaining to retirement.”
Coffee, Drums, Bands, Merch… What is Next for Jason?
”Next is focussing on my Oooth Wine with the 2019 Pinotage being the first to have gone on sale last week. This combined with Oooth Entertainment (comprising of 9 of my bands), Oooth Coffee, Oooth Clothing, Oooth Music and JO Drums is pretty much where I will be drawing the line for now.”
We would like to personally thank Jason Oosthuizen for chatting with us & you can find his social media links below:
Oooth Music – www.ooothmusic,com
Oooth Band – https://www.facebook.com/OoothOosthuizen
Oooth Entertainment – https://www.facebook.com/OoothEntertain/
Oooth Wine – https://www.facebook.com/OoothWine/
Oooth Coffee – https://www.facebook.com/OoothCoffee/
City On Fire Band – https://www.facebook.com/CityOnFireBand/
Punk N Roll Band – https://www.facebook.com/PunkNRollBand/
Bob Marley & Lenny Kravitz Tribute SA – https://www.facebook.com/BobandLennySA/
Speed Wagon Band – https://www.facebook.com/SpeedWagonSA/
ACDC vs Deep Purple Tribute – SA – https://www.facebook.com/ACDCvsDeepPurpleTributeSA/
J.O. Drums – https://www.facebook.com/JODrumsSA/