[interview] Hanu De Jong – Blood Brothers 2018

[interview] Hanu De Jong - Blood Brothers 2018

Date: Saturday, 22 September 2018
Venue: Zip Zap Circus School, Cape Town
Time: 19h00
Tickets: R180
Facebook Event:https://bit.ly/2tcWkR6


Date: Saturday, 29 September 2018
Venue: Platteland, Centurion, Pretoria
Time: 19h00
Tickets: R180
Facebook Event:https://bit.ly/2toPBCQ

Interview: Hanu De Jong

[interview] Hanu De Jong - Blood Brothers 2018

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… 🙂

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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 🙂

[interview] Hanu De Jong - Blood Brothers 2018
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*** Photo Credits: Andre Badenhorst ***

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