Photo Credit: Vetman Design and Photography
Who is Bam Bam Brown??
Kieron “Bam Bam” Brown is no stranger to danger.
Too much hip to shake and too much earth in his quake, he can be found in the dusty basements of colour cornucopias, amidst a rush of steaming whizzes,whooshes and whollops… Strain your ears enough and you may hear the gears turning in his kaleidoscope ear, and, given time. A song will find you.
Raised in a city tickled by the oceans salty purr, the whirr’s and stir’s of the young doodleknocker have led him on a quest to uncover the work’s of Pappa Terra Firma’s brightest and most exciting young stone steppers, ie: The Wild Professors. These cat’s have been known to hang out in tunnels, on rooftops, with leather boots or flip flops,doing swing dance, rockin, lockin and hip hop and thrashing till the cops drop.
Dear Mr Brown see’s these fog jumpers and invites them to spark and crackle at his gatherings, where it is said, the very theories of evolution were first entertained.
For you, my friend, are a Wild Professor.
Interview: Bam Bam Brown
Photo Credit: Bob Loves Dylan
MA: Hello guys, rad to be chatting, how you doing?
Whats happening!? Things are going swimmingly! We actually just finished our rehearsal for tour and the set is sounding so gorgeous. We’re amped.
MA: Do you mind starting with a quick 101 on who Bam Bam Brown is/are? Where in SA are you from and how did you get started in the music scene?
Well I, the singer and founder go by the title of Bam Bam Brown, it’s a band at first glance, but over the years has become to grow to be a huge family of artists and musicians that expand beyond just the stage and the speakers. I’ve been blessed to have an infrastructure in my act that allows for a rotating door of crazy talents that are contributing to the music and art. I myself started out playing in a handful of local Cape Town acts, Saintfearless and Feverstone – and have transferred this energy into a solo project that focuses heavily on cross collaborating with as many artists and sounds as possible.
MA: What are some of your musical influences?
Eish, what isn’t at this stage of the game? Imagine trying to keep up in a poker game where Thom Yorke, Fela Kuti and Dave Grohl are all holding equally great hands, and Tom Waits is the dealer. That’s one table at the casino in my musical brain. I’ve learnt to embrace it, rather than focusing on recreating one particular sound.
MA: Do you have any major highlights in your musical career thus far?
I actually think that playing a show in Roma, Lesotho last year at the end of an epic solo tour was personal highlight for me. I’d driven solo and done 5 shows in 6 days, nearly crashed the bakkie, got lost, slept outside in below zero temperatures, and the culmination of that was to play a worn out, solo show to a a large group of kids that didn’t know, and will probably never remember who I am. Berlin was a huge vibe too, as was India. These days I think it’s not so much about gaining some kind of accolade, but more about where, and to who the music can take you, or me, if that makes sense?
MA: What are your thoughts of our local music scene at the moment?
I think things are on the up. And I firmly believe that if everyone, from artist to spectator to venue owner keeps at it, that we’ll have a richer seen in the years to come, in more than one sense of the term. It’s perpetual, you know? And I think anyone who shows up to make excuses, or spread negativity, shouldn’t be given any attention. That’s not why we came to make music in the first place.
MA: Any acts/bands/artists that you think need a special mention?
Southern Wild are on fire this year, and deserve everything they get. Those gentlemen are some of most sincere,warm and talented individuals I have ever met. The Brother Moves On, if you don’t know, get involved. Also The Runaway Nuns are just such a steady good time skate soundtrack, and I just discovered Urban Village last weekend. Maximum thumbs up!
MA: You will be playing at a SOLD OUT Park Acoustics event this month…. Are you excited for the gig? What can we expect from your set?
You can expect me to put absolutely everything I have into making sure that the 45 minutes worth of attention you give us is like and orgasm on Christmas, like the first slurp of hot buttery porridge oN cold winter;s morning, and like someone stuck your thumb in a wall socket. We’re over the moon, and I can’t wait to look everyone in the eye and show them just that.
MA: Anything else you currently working on that we may be interested in?
When I get back to Cape Town we start work on recording this debut EP. I am so meticulous about song and set choice – more so that I can be as articulate as possible in the musical and human messages I would like the music to send. I’ll also be opening for Kyp Malone(TV On The Radio) as well as Dave Depper (Death Cab For Cutie) in April and am doing a suped up symphonic rework of a brand new set. We are looking to film and release that, and are working with a few close friends and amazing musicans to make it one the most beautiful shows of the year.
MA: Where can people follow you on Social Media?
or InstaBam @thebambambrown
MA: Thanks for your time!
Thank you for yours, we’ll see you in the Park!!