This weekend sees the final instalment of the OneSight Acoustic event which has taken over The Goodluck Bar over the past 2 months. The man who is keeping the vibes going in-between the live music this weekend is none other than Half n’ Half, DJ and band manager who has a knack of getting you dancing. We caught up with this gent for a quick chat, this is what he had to say:
Interview: Half n’ Half
- Hello dude, how you doing? It is such a pleasure to be featuring you on our site!!
Awesome to be featured man. Always a pleasure chatting to you guys.
- Before we get started, can you please give us a short background on who Half ‘N Half is and how you got involved in music?
I have been a big fan of the SA music industry from a young age. Sneaking in to shows when I was 16/17 to see bands like New Academics, Fuzigish, Desmond and the Tutus and Taxi Violence. I was fortunate enough to meet a man who showed me the ropes and I worked hard at building networks and learning about the industry. One day a friend jokingly asked if I’d be keen on DJing at a dive bar in Greenside called Bob Rocks. I said yes and really fell in love with the craft. Playing at band shows and working on a sound that I made my own really helped push me. The rest, as they say, is history.
- Whats behind the name Half ‘N Half?
Half n Half came about as a joke name and it kinda stuck. I’m half Swiss half South African so it was a play on that as well as the fact that I liked mixing Indie bands and Hip Hop jams with with Electro beats.
- Our local scene has been growing positively over the past few years… What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently?
Bands are working really hard at upping their game and putting out the best possible product. Venues are also coming to the party to help up the production of shows. The only thing I’d like to see change is how people engage with the music and support for the scene. People go out with the aim of spending more on drinks than actually supporting the live scene. Hustle your friends to come to shows. Support the scene. Force bands to up their game.
- Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
Loads man! There are various genres coming out at the moment. Classical music there is an exciting young composer called Caroline Leisegang, Sol Gems, Sutherland, Go Barefoot, Bye Beneco, We Are Charlie are doing interesting things in the indie scene. Johnny Cradle is an exciting band that speaks to the Hip Hop and Rock scene. Josh Kempen and Adelle Nqeto are some of the most exciting singer song writers I’ve heard. Easy Freak are my act to watch for 2017.
- You are also the manager for those cool kids called SHORTSTRAW… Can you tell us a bit more about this? Also, on a fun note, who of the band is the most unruly when on tour?
I work with Shortstraw and it’s kind of become a machine that runs itself so I’m less involved than I used to be unfortunately. It’s allowed me to work with some exciting new acts who approached me like Sol Gems, Josh Kempen and Johnny Cradle who I’ve been helping over the past year or so.
In terms of who is unruly, they’re all great guys and a cast of characters. Each with their partying style. The last tour in Japan usually ended with Fabian, Al, Tom and myself playing darts and getting excessively drunk.
- You are playing at the last OneSight Acoustics event at The GoodLuck Bar on the 27th Nov… are you guys excited for this gig? What can we expect from your set?
Hell yeah. It’s the last one so should be a nice way to round off the series. I’ve got some new tracks to try out and will be making it a really special and fun set. It’s all for a great cause so everyone should get involved and support. And it’s flippen Freshly Ground. Who doesn’t want to see them live. They are amazing.
- Where can we follow you on Social media?
I’m on most social platforms: