By Martin Myers
And there was this village called Cape Town…I heard a story at a meeting last Friday in London that a studio in Cape Town wanted to charge more for a session than Abbey Road Studios in London. Mad! And the studio in Cape Town has had how many hits? So sad, yet so true.
I could spend all day name-dropping the world leaders in music that I have held in-depth discussions with over the last few weeks and taken a selfie with. The latter activity is so prevalent in the village, but that is so counterproductive. Village artists thrive on their own magnificence, which is really sad.
London and the better part of the UK thrive on satire from ‘Monty Python’ to ‘The Goon Show’ to ‘Private Eye’. No one is sacred, yet the village has the attitude that “once my song has been played once on radio, I am a star. You dare not poke fun at me in the village.” Well get over yourself, please.
The truth hurts, so no one wants to tell young artists that you need to have songs and the only way to fix self-perceived magnificence is to give the world hit songs, or develop serious credible chat in your market that people sit up and take notice in other markets. What was our last big global export? Seether and Die Antwoord come to mind. Black Coffee is making some traction now and Goldfish are seeing action in Europe. That is about it I am afraid. Sad really, is it not?
Once you get some traction with a song you need to slog it out for minimum of three summers in Europe on the festival circuit. That’s three years minimum and you cannot pop over for two
weeks at a time. These summers we are talking about are three to four months of gig after gig each year, so that you stand a chance of making a breakthrough. So leave the village mentality behind and see what happens. You could be pleasantly surprised.
Gig of the week
First Annual Hip Hop & Reggae Sunday
Fresh off hitting the right notes with the Heritage Music Picnic, Woodstock Live brings you the Annual Hip Hop & Reggae Sunday.
The Annual Hip Hop & Reggae Sunday forms part of the Woodstock Live series of events.
On Sunday, October 30, the historic Trafalgar Park will feature an incredible lineup, which includes: Hemelbesem, Youngsta, EJ von Lyrik, The Rudimentals, Sons of Selassie and Crosby. Dj’s include Dubmaster China, Dj Real Rozzano and Dj Yellow of Triple Crown Soundsystem.
“Woodstock Live is a series of multi-genre music events showcasing the finest Cape Town musicians in a park setting. This installment, once again in the beautiful Trafalgar Park, presents the best of the Hip Hop and Reggae scene,” says Christopher de Vries from Woodstock Live.
Tickets can be booked at Webtickets.
Early bird: R90, thereafter R100 online or R120 at the gate.