This weekend is the first Park Acoustics of 2018 and we are super excited to announce that the rad local band, Foxtrot, will be performing live this Sunday. We managed to chat with them ahead of the show, check what they had to say:
Foxtrot is currently burrowing at Pretoria, SA. Launched in 2016. Their sound consist of FOXPop with a scent of jazz, African grooves and theatrical inspiration.
The outfit consists of regular performers from the South African jazz and contemporary music scene (so no freebies). Book them in advance.
Before we get started, can you please introduce us to the members of Foxtrot and where you guys reside from?
Foxtrot consists of Ronald Davey on cello, trumpet and vocals; Siobhan Lloyd-Jones on vocals and violin; The James Robb on drums and percussion and Mart-Marie Snyman on various keyboards including one seriously bad-ass analog bass synthesizer. We’re all pretty much born and bread from Pretoria except for James who grew up in KZN.
How/Where did you guys meet up to form the band?
In early 2016 Mart-Marie and Siobhan started playing numerous jazz gigs together and decided that they wanted to broaden their musical horizons by composing original music. Siobhan’s partner Ronald Davey wanted in on it too and joined the group soon after. James joined us a while later. He stays at an artist residency among other creative friends and musicians. We officially started the band Foxtrot in August 2016 recording our first single and music video Carnival.
Can you give us a short background on the name Foxtrot?
It was derived from the Foxtrot, a type of ballroom dance. We wrote down countless names, amongst some of them were types of dances. At the time Ronald and Siobhan did ballroom dancing and we thought the name Foxtrot was the catchiest name!
Where do you guys take inspiration from in your “sound”?
We are all active musicians outside of Foxtrot and perform a wide variety of genres including classical, jazz, folk, rock, Afro-French and electronic music. All these styles have a profound influence in our compositions which can be difficult to pin down to a specific genre. To name some inspirational wizards: Tuneyards, Snarky Puppy, Hiatus Kaiyote, Bjork, Aphex Twin, Skunk Anansie, Hella and Massive Attack.
What have been some of your highlights from 2017?
Firstly, producing two limited edition albums: our EP – Fresh From The Burrow and an original live soundtrack to the 1929 silent movie Piccadilly. Secondly, performing Piccadilly at the iMPAC 2017 Film Festival hosted by the Open Window Institute, the African Beer Emporium (both in Pretoria) and Art on Target (in P.E.). All of the above projects were nerve-wrecking rollercoaster bonanzas! Thirdly, organising our first tour over the December 2017 break! It was centered around the Wild Spirit Festival Of Friends 2017 new years gathering where we also performed and collaborated with various artists. We also shot a gritty tree-house / forest music video which will be released later this year. Other tour locations included venues in, P.E, Knysna and Nature’s Valley.
Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention, that did amazing work last year?
Adelle Nqeto, The Lectric Monks, Dave Knowles, Urban Village and Charl du Plessis Trio.
You are on the bill for the first Park Acoustics event of 2018… Are you excited for the gig?
- What can we expect from your performance?
Don’t want to let the fox out the box, but you can expect some pretty sweet visual surprises and some pretty sweet audio devices!
Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
YES!? We are working on two new music videos, a tone poem for a Diek Grobler, our second EP: Clean As You Go, a Cape Tour for April and our oficial EP launch coming to a spot near you soon…
Where can we follow you on Social media?
You can follow us on Facebook & Youtube as Foxtrot Band and Instagram & Soundcloud as thetrottingfox12. Our soundtrack is also available to buy and download at www.cdbaby.com and our EP at www.symphonicdistribution.com. Come check out our remaining limited edition CDs and merch at Park Acoustics and see what freebies we’ll have in-store that day…
FOR FOX’ SAKE!