BLOOD BROTHERS PRETORIA:
Interview: Hanu De Jong
MA: Hello Hanu, rad to be chatting to you, how you doing?
H> I’m good thanks!
MA: Do you mind starting with a quick 101 on who Hanu De Jong, the musician, is? Where in SA are you from and how did you get started in the music scene?
H> I’m from Pretoria North. The in thing to do growing up in PTA-North was to hang out at a friend’s house, drink beer and make music. We had a few local pubs that supported the scene and we all took turns playing shows and being in a band. Some bands like Thysis, Jack Hammer, Not My Dog, Boargazm, Rhutz, TheNarrow, The Black Cat Bones and others went on to do bigger things.
MA: Was music always an inspiration in your household growing up?
H> I remember my parents had a lot of dance parties at our house and we often snuck out of bed to hide behind a couch to listen to Shakin’ Stevens, Queen or Wham!
Some of my earliest memories is of my brother and me bathing together as toddlers and making up songs.
MA: What were/are some of your musical inspirations?
H> I love something dissonant. If a musician can make something weird work and still convey an emotional message, I get chills! Bands like Radiohead and Death From Above 1977 always makes me want to write tunes.
MA: What bands are/were you involved in?
H> Not My Dog, The Narrow, Brothers of thunder, Fire At Will… well those are the ones with released albums.
MA: What are your thoughts of our local music scene at the moment?
H> The local scene gets good crowds because the organizers get really nice watering holes for people to come hang out at. The venues have a nice vibe and everyone loves a good festival. It feels like it is the festival or the venue that attract the patrons and not the bands/music.
Although the musicianship has improved over the last 20 years I think the song-writing and performance levels have gone down. I am generalizing of course… there are acts that are amazing!
MA: Any acts/bands/artists that you think need a special mention?
H> Nope… 🙂
MA: You are once again part of the incredible production called the Blood Brother, 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?
H> Well it’s a fund raising and cancer awareness campaign organized by Frede Foundation.
The idea is to create a party and sing-along atmosphere where fans and musicians can have fun together. We’ll be performing our own tunes as well as song that have inspired us over the years.
MA: What can we expect from your shows this year?
H> My shows? I’ll be touring all over SA with The Narrow in between the Blood Brothers shows in September and early October and I’m really looking forward to that!
MA: Anything else you currently working on that we may be interested in?
H> The Narrow recently released a full length album called “Dream of Perelandra” and we are still touring and promoting that master piece 🙂
*** Photo Credits: Andre Badenhorst ***