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
Image Provided -Jason Oosthuizen

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.”

Image Provided -Jason Oosthuizen
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?

Image Provided -Jason Oosthuizen
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/

 

Ultra Natives Interview

The Ultra Natives, who formed in early 2014, play catchy energetic tunes that tell entertaining stories with total disregard for genre.

“The Formation of the band was as a result of a number of factors”, says Greg Hadjiyorki Georgiades( nylon string acoustic guitar, ukelele, oud, vocals). He continued by explaining that the main motive for the band formation was to kick against the status quo with regards to the industrial classification of music into genres.

“One could describe our main objective as being genre free creative and entertaining music that transcends the industrial restrictions of genre and transports audiences to new areas of experience and enjoyment. We do this using instruments such as acoustic and electric soprano ukuleles, acoustic and electric guitars, North African fretless lute (oud), bass, drums, percussion and vocals”.

Their album ‘Ultra Natives’ is also a collection of strong vocal tunes mixed with hot acoustic instrument work on steel string and nylon string guitars, ukelele, oud, bass and drums. Their new material introduces electric soprano ukelele and electric guitars with surprising and exciting emerging sounds. The sound is unique with a variation of distinct African flavors that seem to transcend the borders of the continent thus creating the concept of ‘Ultra Natives’.

The album can be downloaded from various sites and is in the process of being re-pressed into hard copy to coincide with our new album release early in 2020. “We have a few single releases planned that will precede the album and eventually be part of the collection on the new album” Greg Explained.

Almost all of the artists and bands that Rock Tot has interviewed have mentioned that the main issue that they have had to face is lack to music venues; ”the lack of venues and the genre based bottle neck crush in getting to play festivals, is one of the biggest problems our band has had. An additional problem is the almost impossible task of successfully obtaining airplay on radio stations with strictly defined genre requirements”, Greg continued by mentioning that they overcome this by playing wherever they can and whenever there is an opportunity to open ears, hearts and minds of the many keen audiences ‘out there’.

When asking Greg what the best and worst parts are of being a musician, he explained that the best part is simply the fact that one is busy with being who one is as a creative that talks the beautiful language of music, ”This goes together with the pleasure of sharing music with all who are able to hear it and watching the happiness as people experience it”.

”The worst part of being a musician is the part where industrialization has created a cover mentality where audiences are cultivated to demand that musicians play covers. This is a big downer for an artist who is attempting to be creative in offering a fresh unique story, especially when it doesn’t fit in with the industrial genre status quo”, Greg believes that music is the most ‘captured’ art form and really needs to be set free for the benefit of the artists, audiences and the growth of the language of the music itself.

The time has come… We ask everyone we interview one simple question:

If you could change anything about the music industry in South Africa, what would it be?

”Music and industry are two words that should not be used in the same sentence,.. except for the sentence that I just wrote. It is a Frankenstein stitched together with money staples….and it walks funny. I’d like to see a relaxing of by laws that restrict the opening of music venues where the public can get up close and experience more than what they are ‘allowed’ to in the few available venues” says Greg.

The Ultra Natives have played many ”wonderful” venues around South Africa including some beautiful festivals, ”We have enjoyed every one and each has a special place in our hearts. Great times were had at African Beer Emporium, Market at the Sheds, STRAB, Oppikoppi, FORR, Rock Music Bistro, Good Luck Bar, Tings an Times, Rocky Ridge, Wolmer Rock Lounge, Up The Creek Fest, Solstice Beer Fest, Park Acoustics, Dullstroom Winter Fest and many more”.

Photo: Henry Engelbrecht

What’s next for Ultra Natives?

”..onwards to more fun, happiness and the liberation of peoples ears, hearts, minds and feet with lots of live shows and tours planned to promote our new album in the 2020 new year. VIVA MFF! (Music Freedom Fighters) Be on the look out for the MFF as it is something that we jokingly started but which seems to now show some promise as a grouping or gathering of like minded adventurous souls”.

Follow The Ultra Natives: HERE

Contact Them: Greg Georgiades – 083 7336849

Interview with Voodoo Kudu

Voodoo Kudu is a Rock ‘n Roll, Nelspruit based band with the love for old-school music.
They play original songs and covers and describe themselves as “a group having fun playing great rock music and sharing this with other like-minded folks.”

After many suggestions and disagreements, Alan Wicks (Bass) compares it to being in the same difficulty league as naming a baby! They wanted something that related to the Lowveld, hence the “Kudu”. “Voodoo just rhymes and has a bit of a Rock n Roll Jimmi Hendrix kinda vibe. So the name doesn’t really mean anything, we just thought it was cool….and of course we give it horns!”.

The band members are all mates who enjoy music and have played in various bands. When they met Mike (Lead Vocalist), who had just moved to Nelspruit, they got together for a jam and Voodoo Kudu was born.

Brett Coates

When asked what they enjoy the most of being in the Local Lowveld music scene, they mentioned that they get a real kick out of seeing people having fun and relating to the music. “The local music scene is like a big family and we’ve met some really special people though being part of it.”

From left to right: Michael Clarke, Alan Wicks, Trevor Thompson

We asked them some quickfire questions: 

Who are the bands biggest influences?

“Many influences ranging from old style blues, classic rock bands like Hendrix, Bad Co etc,  through to more grungy stuff like Collective soul. Also South African gems like Springbok Nude Girls and Seether.”

What is the craziest thing that has happened while playing a gig?

“Besides the technical gremlins and power cuts etc, there was one crazy night when we played Puddle of Muds’s “She F*cking Hates Me” a bunch of old folk jumped up from their table and bounced around the dance floor singing the chorus in full voice…..the benefits of Tequila ha ha!”

What is the song-writing process like?

”We play mainly covers, but the few originals that we have written have started out with Brett coming up with a guitar riff and lyrics. Once we try it out each band member interprets it in his own way and it morphs into something unique.”

How would you uniquely describe your music style?

”Basically old school rock. We like to play the songs that are not generally covered by your typical Pub band, but of course you need to play the familiar favorites as well, It’s what a lot of people want to hear.”

When can we expect an album from Voodoo Kudu and will it have cover songs on it or only originals?

”We are heading to the studio to record a few original numbers next month, not an album as such, but maybe when we have enough tracks down.”

From Left to Right: Brett Coates , Michael Clarke, Alan Wicks, Trevor Thompson

Contact Mike For Bookings:

Mike 071 764 6181 or Brett 082 774 5821

Like their Facebook Page: HERE

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/

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

Interview with Hollowbody

Hollowbody is a Bluesy Pretoria based acoustic duo with the love for old-school music.
Tomas Taljaard and Dirk Jordaan play original songs and covers – mostly “pre-war blues and vintage folk”, but you might also find the occasional bluegrass tune and some “foot-stomping swamp music”.

Hollowbody sings interesting and innovative music using combinations of a Dobro resonator guitar and a mandolin.

Hollowbody covers songs by Howlin’ Wolf, Leadbelly, Doc Watson, Dylan, John Hiatt, and many more. Their originals are composed with “more modern lyrical content but the same honest grounded feel.”

We had the pleasure of speaking to the lead singer, Tomas Taljaard.

I asked him some quickfire questions about Hollowbody- 

How did you guys get into music? What was that one thing that made you think “This is what I want to do”?

“This is a tough question and I don’t think I can answer it accurately. I suppose it’s just something that happened naturally. Some of my earliest memories are of me listening to some of my parents’ tapes.”. Tomas went on to explain that as a toddler, he would listen to artists such as Guns & Roses and The Rolling Stones. He carries on, “There’s never been one defining moment. But there’s an honesty in playing music and performing that I haven’t experienced through any other endeavour.”

What has been your favourite place to play? 

“We were lucky enough to play STRAB in May, in Ponta Malongane.”

He explains that the other half of Hollowbody, Dirk Jordaan, couldn’t make it, but that he was quite blessed to have Peter Toussaint and Dale McHardy join him on stage. He explains that it was an “Overall a life-changing experience.”.

Photo courtesy of “Hollowbody” FB Page
Dirk Jordaan & Tomas Taljaard

Tomas goes on to explain that they like to call themselves blues musicians if they had to describe their music style. As per the explanation, the band’s style draws heavily from the early 20th century and even late 19th-century swamp and delta blues, but also folk revivalist, country, bluegrass and all of these elements can be found in their songs. “We like to make music that comes from a time before machines became part of our everyday lives.”.

Photo: Helene Cilliers
Dirk Jordaan & Tomas Taljaard

Their plans for the future are to try to keep busy in and around their hometown Pretoria. Tomas mentions that he wants to “write new songs and play them as often as possible. That’s pretty much it”.

They are going to be at Kaapsehoop this weekend to play the Rocking the Trails festival at 15h00 – 15h45 on Saturday.

Contact Dirk For Bookings: 082 776 6856

Like their Facebook Page: HERE

Jonathan Peyper Interview

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.

Jonathan Peyper –
Dedre Photography

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.

Jonathan Peyper – Photo by B Stevens

 

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.”

Jonathan Peyper – Dedre Photography

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“‘

Listen to the song here!

Contact Jonathanpeyper.artist@gmail.com for bookings!

Like his Facebook Page here!

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