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Interview: Chris van der Walt
MA: Hello Chris, rad to be chatting to you, how you doing?
I’m doing very well thank you. Busy as ever, jamming my fingers to the bone.
MA: Do you mind starting with a quick 101 on who Chris Van Der Walt, the musician, is? Where in SA are you from and how did you get started in the music scene?
I am a guitar & bass player from Wolmer. I started out as a roadie for bands like Jack Hammer & Not My Dog. Eventually started my own bands, studied music, jammed with everyone I could find. Nowadays I mainly play bass for The Black Cat Bones, Vulvodynia, and guitar for Boargazm. I’m also involved in Blood Brothers, Led Zeppelin Tribute, No Requests, Albert Frost, Albert Meintjes and a few other smaller side projects.
MA: Was music always an inspiration in your household growing up?
Yes, my whole family is absolutely crazy about music. There was always music playing through the hi-fi, or concerts on the TV. Everyone played an instrument. It was always rock ’n roll or heavy metal. We built a venue for bands to perform at. As a family we also go to rock/metal concerts together.
MA: What were/are some of your musical inspirations?
I love music in all it’s forms. You can learn something from every artist, song, or playing situation. The synergy between math and music has always been my inspiration. Bands or artists are Pantera/Dimebag, Meshuggah, Hendrix, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Coltrane, and musicians I get to jam with everyday. We have some cooking and inspiring musicians in our country.
Currently: The Black Cat Bones, Vulvodynia, Boargazm
Past: No Requests, Pitvirus, Profoundly Dumb, Dead Lucky, Albert Frost, Gerald Clark, Jonathan Peyper, Fuck, Gordon’s Suitcase, Couch Potatoes, Kite Rider, Stefan Dixon, Underbelly, RhütZ, Mrs B, Scicoustic, Jack Hammer, Akkedis, Raoul & Black Friday, GunsNRoses/ACDC/Pink Floyd/Led Zeppelin/Jimi Hendrix/Janis Joplin/Elvis/Springsteen Tributes.
MA: What are your thoughts of our local music scene at the moment?
We have incredible musicians. We have amazing festivals, and we have great clubs. We are just very far from EU, USA, or AUS, so this makes it expensive to tour. Government funding or corporate investors into rock/metal development will be great. We have a few metal bands who are touring the world, have won the world wacken metal battle, and rock bands who are doing the same, yet our minister of arts & culture has no clue about these bands. It’s all Gospel/Pop/HipHop/Electro. Don’t get me wrong, I dig my dancing grooves, but let everyone have some cookies…
MA: Any acts/bands/artists that you think need a special mention?
Strait Jackal, Wonderboom, Son of Hawk are running high on my radar.
MA: You are once again part of the incredible production called the Blood Brothers, which brings some of South Africa’s best musicians together to form what you can call a “super group”. This must be something special for you and the others involved? Can you give us a bit more background on the Blood Brothers?
Blood Brothers is an initiative by the Vrede Foundation to raise funds for cancer. It’s a group of musicians from different bands that get together and perform some of their own hits along with song popular covers.
I think it will be a powerful event, like it has been so far, and it’s all for a good cause. The new vocalists definitely have great flavours to offer, and we have a couple of tricks up our sleeves with the songlist. It’s a very diverse setlist with everything from Hip Hop, Ballads, to Rock n Roll,
MA: Anything else you currently working on that we may be interested in?
The Black Cat Bones, Boargazm & Vulvodynia will be releasing albums this year. There will also be some sneaky side project EPs coming. Video, music, and gigs. That’s on the agenda for now.
MA: Where can people follow you on Social Media?
*** Photo credit Andre Badenhorst ***