This mesmerizing track by K-Jo was the first audition to give me goosebumps. The recording was just voice and acoustic guitar and her vocal was beautifully suspended in the middle of all that space. We’re planning to shoot a vid for The Dilemma in December 2018.
Songsmiths’ first single is this rocker by Club of Suns. Spaceman’s Vertigo contains a couple of themes that are echoed in songs we’ll release later, so keep listening. These guys think big picture.
Chris from Beautiful Losers discusses his approach to songwriting, finding your voice and the importance of getting ideas down before they’re gone.
Please see YouTube video description for Songsmiths’ audition feedback.
Recorded at www.thecooler.co.za.
Musicians!!! Always read the fine print before signing anything! You don’t want to find yourself legally obligated to open beers for the company brass.
Mix FM chose The Dilemma by K-Jo to be their SA Pick of the Week on September 7, 2018 and invited both of us to their studio in Midrand for an interview. They started by playing the song, then talked to me about Songsmiths before turning to the guest of honor, K-Jo. Due to the poor sound quality of this recording, I have edited out the song, but you can. . .
LISTEN TO THE DILEMMA HERE: https://youtu.be/Bw-QRmhsxHI
The Dilemma is available on all major online music platforms.
Chris manages the Exclusive Books at Clearwater Mall and Olerato works there. At the first event of this kind that Chris held at the store, he discovered that Olerato was a talented singer, so they teamed up for a few songs this time around. Continue reading “Songsmith Chris and Olerato Performing at Women’s Day Event”
This original instrumental’s sound is driving and the mood is pure open road. Continue reading “Songsmiths Ep28 – dEfUNKD – Driving”
A few years ago, an opportunity came up for RazorKutt to enter a competition sponsored by MTN (South African cellular network). The contest was to create a theme song for an annual soccer tournament (MTN8). We only had a couple of days to prepare a song to submit, so the guys wrote some new lyrics to an existing beat and we entered it into the contest. A group of music industry folks and MTN big-shots chose RazorKutt, who were virtual unknowns, to be one of the final 8 artists in the competition!
This video documents their journey through the contest and features their public performance of the track. It was great to see the guys share the stage – and hold their own – with some of South Africa’s top artists.
Another one from my Live@TheCooler series. I like the “unplugged” approach to this rock song.
Original YouTube decription:
This is Wesley Reddy of The Born performing an acoustic version of Bleed. Thanks to all of you for a great performance.
Wesley Reddy: Lead Vox and Guitar
James Daubeney: Lead Guitar
Caitlin Jessica Liebenberg: Backing Vox
Recorded live at The Cooler.