With only a few more weeks to go to the end of 2016, South African acts are releasing as much music as possible to build momentum into 2017 and two wonderful people who just get on with it without much fanfare or hype are Mr. Mallum and Caril J Myers.
Mr. Mallum is one of the freshest producers to come out of SA, having started his musical career in 1995 producing jingles for some of the country’s leading radio stations. Far from a newcomer to the music scene, he has produced for many of South Africa’s most recognized artists, including Loyiso, Danny K, Gang of Instrumentals, Auriol Hays, Chad Saaiman and Black Noise. A number of these productions have won and been nominated for Metro FM and SAMA awards. Mr. Mallum has produced music for advertisements (local and international), TV show events (including the Channel O Awards), as well as scoring for movies and documentaries.
Carli J Myers has just released entitled ‘Walls’. Born and bred in Los Angeles, this melodic tune is set to inspire.
‘Walls’ is a powerful track that leaves you filled with hope, inspiring one with confidence that you can overcome any obstacle in your way. With a strong bass line and melody, and exquisitely tasteful lead vocals backed by masterfully played guitar, ‘Walls’ is the song everybody will be singing along with.
“I wanted to write a song that spoke to the big and small struggles each of us experience, which affect our positivity and attitude in the way we live our lives,” says Carli. She wrote the song in Los Angeles with composer and producer L. E. Doug Staiman.
Carli’s fresh sound has already been making waves internationally and has been voted number 1 in the international competition ‘SuperXtar’, taking her into the semifinals and ultimately onto our charts and playlists. “I love learning – it’s lifelong. You never know everything of that which you love,” says Carli.
We Spoke to Carli to gain more insights and asked her some snappy questions:
How are you?
Putting out the fire with gasoline?
Any Scary Monsters?
Aragog from ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’.
Can you be a Hero for just one Day?
Life on Mars?
Would be hot.
It’s our round. What are you drinking?
Hot water, lemon and honey … with my Piña colada.
The song you wished you wrote?
‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran.
Dream gig to do?
Locally: JHB Day/K-Day
Internationally: Staples Centre
What makes you stand out?
I’m short, so probably stilts
If you were not a musician, what would you be doing?
Industrial Organizational Psychology during the week and hike the mountains on the weekend.
Pick five words to describe you?
Energetic. Ambitious. Spiritual. Adventurous. Grounded.
Five desert island discs…
Taylor Swift – ‘Fearless’
Christina Augulaira – ‘Stripped’
World Classic Rockers
Greatest Movie Ever Made?
‘My Fair Lady’.
Who do you love?
What do you complain about most often?
24 hours in one day is not enough.
What is your fear?
Loosing those I love dearly.
Sleeping without setting my alarm clock.
On stage I tend to?
Feel that’s where I belong
Gig of the Week:
You know summer has arrived when the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts Start. Young Jimmy Nevis opens the series this weekend on Sunday, November 20.
Concertgoers are encouraged to take picnics and drinks. Chairs are allowed, but only at the very edge of the concert lawn. Concerts go ahead irrespective of rain.
Venue: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, and Cape Town
Cost: R125 – R165
Visit www.viagogo.co.za for bookings.