Jason Oosthuizen Interview

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.

Jason Oosthuizen has been/ is the drummer at City on Fire, Punk n Roll, Bob Marley & Lenny Kravits Tribute SA, Speed Wagon, ACDC vs Deep Purple Tribute – SA and so much more!

Jason Oosthuizen, Oooth Band, Music Interview
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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?

” I would love to collaborate with Arno Carstens. Opening for Foo fighters, Queens of the Stone Age or Biffy Clyro would be pretty epic.”

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.”

 

Image Provided -Jason Oosthuizen
Image Provided -Jason Oosthuizen

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.”

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Image Provided -Jason Oosthuizen

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?

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Image Provided -Jason Oosthuizen

”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/

 

Pedro Barbosa Interview

Whether you’re in Nelspruit, Pretoria, or Mozambique; chances are… You’ve heard of Pedro Barbosa & have had his track ”Crazy Love Is” playing in your car on full volume.

Pedro was born in Maputo, Mozambique in 1979 and discovered his love for Music at an early age. He started writing his own songs and learnt to play the guitar at aged 15 but didn’t know that music would turn out to be his career until he was 20 years old. Pedro has also recently been nominated for best Pop Performance at the IPMA awards, and has been selected for the people’s voice awards.

Photo: Keshli Lindemann

He studied Marine Biology for a year before realizing that Music
was his calling. We asked him what his turning point was and what made him decide to start a career in music, ”Funny you ask this my mom asked me that question yesterday. At first I didn’t think that Music could be a career. I knew how hard it could be and in Mozambique there wasn’t much prospect in that”. Pedro Explains that while studying Marine
Biology he realized that his focus was more on the shows than in the studies, ”and at some point I had to choose between a exam and a massive show for 6000 people. And then I realized my heart was in the music”.

Pedro did a 3 year National Diploma course in Jazz, Performance and
Sound Technology. When asked how has this helped him come where he is today, he explains that it helped him a lot in understanding the technical part of music, especially in the writing and arranging of Music, as well as his guitar playing improved, ”Jazz is the most complex style of music and to go through that process adds so much vocabulary to your playing and enriches your musical language. With the sound part I never really worked in sound but I do my own productions at home so it helped me a lot in a personal level recording wise”.

Photo: Keshli Lindemann

When asked how he would, in detail, describe his music style and sound, He explains that he doesn’t have a sound per say, ”I think I started in a Rock background and I have released songs that go from African to Dance music”. He goes on to explain that he doesn’t like to be associated with one specific sound and that he appreciated music from a deep emotional aspect, ”luckily I have always been open to many styles of music, for example my new thing is I want to rap, so I have been practicing writing rap tunes, and I love it. So there might some rap tunes coming out sometime, you never know”. Pedro explains that it all depends on the mood or phase of his life which in he’s going through, ”SO to describe my sound is kinda hard. Maybe the best way is to say, SUIT MY MOOD MUSIC”.

In January 2017, Pedro decided he wanted to record a few songs with a more international flavor and with higher standards than his previous recordings so he approached Mark Beling, a well known Producer in South Africa and who is also a SAMA (South African Music Association) winner.

We asked Pedro what it was like working with Mark Beling and how this helped him career wise. He described their relationship as ”now inseparable”. Pedro explained that Mark wanted to work with him since
the Mrs. B days, ”I had no idea, but working with him changed everything,
that was the tipping point of my career, working with an international sounding producer just elevated my Music to a new dimension, and it was the first time I felt ok this sounds great! I owe him a lot in that respect”.

Photo: Keshli Lindemann

There are a lot of crazy things that can happen on tour or during a gig, and Pedro describes two of his craziest; ” I once had to stop a gig cause I started crying on stage, and I had to stop the show walk out and come back. Just randomly, I still don’t know what happened but I couldn’t stop crying” and the other being when opening for Brian McFadden from West life and him inviting Pedro on stage during one of their songs, ”I didn’t want to go and realized I didn’t know the lyrics so I rapped in Portuguese when we came out of stage he was saying that was probably the best version of the song, I think it was called world of our own or something like that”.

A few other questions were asked such as his favorite venue to play, his being Platteland, and our signature question which we ask in every interview we do: If you could change one thing about the South African Music Scene/Industry, what would it be and why?

”I would try make musos realize the importance of a quality recording. And a good producer. Reason being is I don’t think musos realize that, they just want to release music, but we don’t see the importance of quality and international standard. And I saw that with me how it changed everything, yes its expensive but save up and record properly”.

We asked Pedro how he has been able to get through the Lockdown and how he has ensured that he stays on top of his music game, ”I am not sure I have been able to get thorough it yet” he says with a laugh, ”I have been exercising and studying online and I have been writing quite a bit, I haven’t
been playing much though but a break is good when u were coming from 5
shows a week”.

Photo: Keshli Lindemann

We asked Pedro where his fans could donate to him during this difficult time, a time where musicians can’t play to earn money, and he said ”if you
would like to donate I would say please rather give to a fund that really helps those who are in need”.

You can follow Pedro Barbosa on facebook by clicking HERE, and inquire more with him through fatgrooveproductions@gmail.com. Take a look at his brand new Music Video “Lock Me Down” HERE,

We thank Pedro for sitting down and chatting with us!

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Monkeys in Boots Interview

Do you fancy a bit of folk rock?  If your answer is yes then Monkeys in Boots are the band for you, and if your answer is no… Then Monkeys in Boots is still for you.

We had a chat with them to find out a bit more about the craziness that makes their music unique.

Jeannie Erasmus – Messaru Studio

We asked them what made them fall inlove with the art of music, and while they say that none of them were forced into it, they had interesting motive:

“We started playing instruments to ‘impress’ girls while having a good time entertaining our families and friends”.  Only somewhere along the way, Monkeys In Boots fell in love with music and once that happened there was no switching off.

The band had some special and favorite venues that they played at, but one place that still has possession of their musical hearts is Ponta Malongone at STRAB.

How would Monkeys In Boots uniquely describe their music style?

“Our music is driven by Vocals, two guitars, bass and drums, garnished with the occasional banjo and harmonica. The result is an instantly recognizable blend of rock and roll and folk designed to make you feel good, have a jol with your mates and hum the melodies on the way home.”

On an embarrassing note… Morne (Vocals, Guitar & Banjo) once bought a bottle of Jägermeister for the audience. “Mid gig Luan (guitar) announced free shots for everyone! With that  Morne jumped on the mic with a slur in his voice trying to explain to Luan that the bottle was finished not wanting to admit that he finished it before the show. What started as a full house ended with like 10 people left in the crowd. It’s a bit of an inside joke as Morne isn’t really a drinker and we were blown away by surprise.”

Jeannie Erasmus – Messaru Studio

Apart from impressing the ladies and drinking themselves into trouble, this folky blues band has serious plans for the future:

“We are writing some fresh tunes at this very moment and plans are to record and release a new single soon.”

BAND FORMATION

Justin Snyman – Drums
Morne Erasmus – Vocals, Guitar & Banjo
Reinard Truter – Bass
Luan Erasmus – Guitar

FOR BOOKINGS:

monkeysinboots@gmail.com
061 503 7269

https://www.facebook.com/MonkeysInBoots/

The Xpierreience Interview

The Xpierreience

Yes, it’s happened! We had a conversation with The Xpierreience, and now you can also get to know them a bit more!

The Pretoria based band talk gigs, band stories, and their new EP, “The Morning After”.

These ultimate rockers describe themselves in the most simplistic way possible: “We are just 4 musicians from Johannesburg who’s trying to make the world a funkier place”.

Pierre Coetzee
The Xpierreience

When The Xpierreience just started out, it was only Xander (Lead guitar and backing vocals) and Pierre (Vocals). As everyone is probably wondering, what’s up with the name?

“Long story short we had a festival coming up but didn’t know what we were going to call ourselves when the organizers asked us for a band name. So we just decided to use our names to form something..and that is why its called The Xpierreience”. We at Rock Tot love the personal twist on the names, mixed with the word “Experience”; and we can bet your drumsticks that they are exactly that!

Pierre Coetzee & Xander Van Zyl
The Xpierreience

We wanted to get a bit more… personal with the guys and asked them what their favorite road memory was.

Pierre mentioned that it had to be their first tour to Nelspruit in January.

“We had a gig at The Pub on the Friday, Fat boys on the Saturday and Bohemian Groove Cafe on the Sunday so we headed down on the Thursday as it was our Drummer’s birthday.” When they got to Nelspruit, they didn’t have a place to stay, (total rock stars, right?), they ended up phoning Pierre’s cousin and asked if they could crash on his couch.

“After a tedious battle with the GPS we finally got to Sabie about 3 hours later. Once we settled in we went out for a drink an on the way back we have this super duper amazing idea of taking a detour through the tree plantations and wouldn’t you know it we got a flat tire in the middle of nowhere at 12:45 at night.”.
Just as we thought it couldn’t get any worse… The guys said that next morning heading back to Nelspruit, one of their car’s wheels fell of while driving…. YES Lowvelders, you read right. “And to make matters worse when the tow truck driver came the car’s battery was dead”.

Ouch.. that’s quite an… Xpierreience.

Ivan Meyer
The Xpierreience

All jokes aside, the guys said that their inspirations range between “Uncle Jimmi Hendrix, as well as The black Cat Bones with their unique Blues sound so its a huge honor to be on the same stage as them”. We are so Xcited to see you guys at Woodcrock 13.1!!! (okay, we will stop with the “X” jokes now.) Get your tickets here!

Pierre also said that “the best way to describe our music is like a hormonal teen, you never know whats coming, is it going to be some blues, some funk or some reggae.. We just don’t know… We just try to jam and whatever sounds cool we play”.

Xander Van Zyl
The Xpierreience

The guys mentioned that they usually write their songs in the spur of the moment, but like to occasionally get together and just jam and write songs. They are actually in the process of finishing their mixing and mastering of their EP: “The Morning After” (which will be released in September) and also have a single dropping on the 9th of August called “Mary Jane”.

I think we are right in saying that The Xpierreience is going places, and we are confident that they are going to be all over radios and festivals near you in the future! Take a look at their Gig Guide and contact details below:

The Xpierreience Gig guide

Call :
061 272 7910

Xpierreiencebookings@gmail.com

Dagdroom Interview

Dagdroom is an Afrikaans Rock n Roll and English Cover Band from the West Rand. Performing cover versions from the ’50s to the present time and founded in January 2015.

Dagdroom / Facebook

They have prolific voices which helps them sing great songs and we find our way to the repeat button whenever we hear them play. Yet few have received the same accolades as Dagdroom. They won the radio 702 up-and-coming artist challenge in 2016, garnering more than a few stories along the way. Dagdroom released their first single in the form of a music video which has reached the charts of radio stations such as RSG, 702 and All Campus Radio. According to the band, what sets Dagdroom apart from the ocean of cover bands available, all comes down to their business-orientated approach, professionalism and flexibility. This Afrikaans Rock & Roll, Indie and Pop band got signed with “The Jim records” record label and continue to amaze their close-knit fans.

When Rock Tot asked the band what made them decide that music was what they wanted to do, they said that “We’ve all had music in our blood from when we were youngsters. Playing music is incredibly fun & therapeutic. The moment you realize that you want to do something for the rest of your life especially in music happens through playing music & that’s exactly what happened”.

Dagdroom / Facebook

The three of them spend nearly all of their free time practicing in Adriaan Schoombie’s (drummer) studio at The Jim Records. “This is a proud display of our dedication towards each other, our fans, followers and clients”.

We asked the men of Dagdroom what their favorite memory is from travelling on the road, “Our first night on tour in Mossel Bay in late 2015 we ended up at Big Blu for a bite to eat & decided to have a jam session in the restaurant. Heyden on banjo, JJ singing & Adriaan made percussion with the use of 2 spoons. While we were playing the power cut off leaving us all in pitch black darkness but it didn’t stop us from continuing to jam “.

Dagdroom / Facebook

Dagdroom can be booked as anything from an acoustic act to a full-piece band, offering much needed flexibility in terms of performance, cost and venue size. If required, Dagdroom can provide their own sound rig fit for performances of any nature.

Contact them here:

Adriaan Schoombie 
Cell : 0817097804
E-mail: schoombie.adriaan007@gmail.com
Bands E-mail : 
dagdroomsa@gmail.com

Soul Taxi

If you are a Lowvelder and you are a fan of music, you must have heard of Jaime Negrao.  The man who carried Gibraltar as well as Johnnie and the Latin Blues Express for years.  We all were in shock when they announced their breakup in late 2018.

However, Jaime is not a man that rests, he is a musician with a passion to leave the crowds in awe.  Hence the birth of Soul Taxi.

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Jaime Negrao

Soul Taxi has a very diverse sound, you can easily find them at a Sunday afternoon gig performing soft Latin blues; right after you have experienced their magic on a Saturday night of Bob Seger’s old time rock ‘n roll.  In just a couple of months, they have already been receiving recognition, they entertained Nelspruit at the InniBos 2019 pre-show and rocked the socks off as the only local band at InniBos 2019 itself.

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Soul Taxi

Jaime has always been known to experiment with different guitar styles, anything from Brian May’s “Red Special” tone to deep swampy blues.  His young and inspiring nephew Sunny, on the bass, is one of the young leaders of the Lowveld music scene.  He has done session work for Jonathan Peyer as well as Tuin and also had local music projects in the recent past.  The musical jack of all trades a.k.a Neil, whose vast knowledge of instruments stuns the crowd every time.  He can pull out a harmonica, wooden block, cowbell and heaven knows what else at any given time which gives Soul Taxi that special sound.  Wynand behind the drums, is like a metronome.  It will be difficult not to feel his many years of extensive experience behind the drums.

If you ever want to experience a soulful taxi joy ride, feel free to check out Soul Taxi at the links below:

SOUL TAXI

Facebook: Soul Taxi

Contact: 082 808 9727

Email: soultaxisa@gmail.com

Website: soultaxi.webs.com

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