Floors is a Cape Town based duo that play lush, mood-based electronica. Their rich, organic sound stems from the use of vintage synthesisers and guitars, soulful vocals and a detailed production style. Their live performance is a highly immersive audio-visual experience combining cutting edge lighting and visuals with a rich and sonically diverse musical backdrop. Their musical style is influenced by a range of different genres including contemporary-classical, jazz, alternative and downtempo electronica, ambient and folk.
Greg Abrahams: Guitars, synths, production, mixing.
Mikhaela Faye: Vocals, synths, pianos, production.
More info: www.floorslive.co.za
We had a chat with Mikhaela Faye Kruger & Greg Abrahams from the Floors, who will be at Park Acoustics this weekend. Get to know them with a small interview:
• Hello there, how you doing today. Its awesome to be chatting to you..
G – Brilliant, thanks.
• Before we get started, can you please introduce us to the members of Floors tell us where in SA you come from and maybe a quick history on where you all met?
G – I’m Greg Abrahams and this is Mikhaela Faye Kruger. We’re a live electronic act. We met a while ago at UCT while studying music there together. It was only recently however that we decided to collaborate and now we have Floors.
M- Greg and I didn’t cross paths much at varsity. He was Classical and I was Jazz. Greg looked like a cowboy and was into minimalist composers and Impressionists. I looked like a hippy and listened to singers and horn players that were long dead. Nomadic Orchestra is where we first met properly, I was dating the drummer.
• Who plays what part in the band/group?
G – I play guitar and do live sequencing, effects, beats and everything else computer related
M- I sing, play the keys and fiddle with knobs on my synthesiser
• Whats up with the name Floors? Any cool meaning or reasoning for the name 😀
G – I recently renovated my flat and we pulled up the carpets and found some amazing herringbone parquet flooring. The reveal was pretty amazing. Kind of like Extreme Makeover Home Edition but quieter.
• Where do you take inspiration from in your sound?
G – I’m personally inspired by how technology is effecting nature and how nature is fighting back and losing. Everything is in this precarious balance which we only become aware of after we destroy that balance. Our production style and song writing often deal with concepts around organic vs inorganic.
M- We draw inspiration from sensory experience; tapping into an emotional space that is unpredictable and complex but that we feel is so relevant to try and express. I think we both just really love sound, sound that comes from an honest place and that represents the struggle between different elements.
• 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?
G – Theres a definite shortage of venues in Cape Town and artists are trying to make new spaces. I find that really exciting and inspiring.
M – More venues. More diversity in sound. More collaboration. Better quality
• Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
G – Card On Spokes is really one of our favourite acts, he’s really doing incredible stuff in the electronic and Jazz scenes.
M – Yeah, I second that
• You are playing in Pretoria this month at Park Acoustics.. Are you guys excited for this gig? What can we expect from your set?
G – We’re incredibly excited. I’ve performed at Park Acoustics numerous times with Nomadic Orchestra and it’s always an incredible event. It’ll be interesting to bring something totally new to the Park Acoustics audience
• Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
G – We’re working on some new music and a few music video concepts but the big thing that we’re working towards is a series of performances at the Cape Town planetarium and if it goes well hopefully we’ll be able to bring the show to the WITS planetarium.
M – Finding new, interesting, unassuming spaces where we can make music.
• Where can we follow you on Social media?
G – @floorslive on Instagram, @floorslive on Facebook and floorslive.bandcamp.com. You can also get our debut EP Fade on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and Deezer.
• Lastly, if you could collab with an artist in SA, who would that be with?
G – Nonku Phiri, Card On Spokes, Christian Tiger School.
• Thanks for your time guys…!!
G – No problem!