This coming Friday, 12th May, you can watch the next of The Nice Guy Sessions in PRETORIA. This edition we got to interview an awesome local band called Jerry & The Bandits, who will be one of the acts performing at the event. Here is a short bio and interview with the band, letting you get a slight “behind the scenes” look into their lives as a band:
Jerry and the Bandits, formed in 2013, have been slowly playing more and more shows through the cities of Johannesburg. They have recently expanded their audience by travelling to and playing in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and the Western Cape, South Africa in March 2016. They were also booked for Splashy Fen festival 2016 in Underberg, Kwa-Zulu Natal and have recently been announced for Oppikoppi 2016.
In mid-2015, Jerry and the Bandits released their first EP, Ghosts, which was and still is well received. The bands fan base increases after every show, as they insist on laying all their energy on stage, as well as making sure the crowd has a memorable time, as the audience is the main driving factor behind the band.
Each member of the band brings their own unique influences, ranging from blues and jazz all the way to alternative and indie rock.
These influences are what drive the band and essentially are Jerry and the Bandits.
Interview: Jerry & The Bandits
MA: Hi guys… it is such a pleasure to be featuring you guys on the site!! Is everyone doing well today? Before we get started, can you please introduce us to the members of Jerry & The Bandits, tell us where in SA you are from and how you all met to form the band Jerry & The Bandits?
So first off, the band is made up of myself, Jerry (Jerard Quaintmere), Jason Chadinha, Kirstin Walters and Danny Helsig. Its strange how the band kind of formed. I started this band with our old bassist and he knew Kirstin from Wits University, so he invited her to join the band as our saxophonist. I then introduced Jason to the band, who I knew from high school. Then later on, our then bassist left, so we brought Danny into the band.
MA: What are your influences and inspirations as a band to the ’sound’ that you create? Do you look up to international artists for inspiration?
Yes of course we look up to international artists, we are so in love with so many of them. We just recently watched the Lumineers at the Dome and we were blown away. We knew they were amazing but dam! Also Mumford and sons are one of our favourites. But with that said we try to create our own sound and be unique, however you can definitely hear The Lumineers and Mumford influence in our songs. Usually I write about things close to me, often things that I have felt, but sometimes I just make up stories and write about that. We don’t usually explain what our songs are about because we want people to form their own connections to the songs.
MA: Can you give us a short background on the name Jerry & The Bandits?
Its funny about the name, I wish we had a cooler story to tell. Jason literally suggested it as a joke and we thought “hey thats pretty folky” and it stuck.
MA: What have been some of your recent highlights as a band? Any favourite shows you want to mention?
Ahh we have had so many shows that we have been so privileged and grateful to play. Last year we opened for Rubber Duc, Goodluck and Pascal & Pearce at the Durban Botanic Gardens, which was my favourite show. We have also been fortunate enough to play Splashy Fen, Lush, and Oppikoppi.
MA: 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?
Yes it is growing quickly I agree and if it can keep doing what its doing that would be amazing. We would love to see the South African music scene gain international recognition and appreciation.
MA: Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
Local acts have to be Bad Peter, Georgetown, Rubber Duc, The Motherland, Justin Serrao, We are Charlie and Following Fiction.
MA: You will be playing at the next The Nice Guy Sessions, on the 12 May. Are you excited for this gig? What can we expect from your live set on the 12th?
You can expect a flippen party!! Haha! We are super excited to play on the 12th of May, and its a Friday so what could be better to start the weekend.
MA: Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
Well we have been working on some new songs, one of which we will be playing at the Nice Guy Sessions. Hopefully sometime this year we can look at recording our 3rd EP which will be great. We also recently got some merch which we will be selling at all our shows, including CDs, Hoodies, and T-shirts. We have also got some really cool shows coming up, 16th of May we will be on Etv Sunrise, also 26th of May we’re in Rustenburg at Kenny Gs for the first time, that same weekend we’re at the SA Bike Festival at Kyalami and also for the first time we will be in Limpopo at Pinotage on Tap.
MA: Where can we follow you on Social media?
Well on facebook you can find us under Jerry and the Bandits, instagram: @Jerryandthebandits Twitter: @JATBMusic. We also have a website that you can visit which is www.jerryandthebandits.com and you can also find our music on iTunes, AppleMusic, Deezer, Google Play and Shazam.
MA: Thanks for your time guys…!!