[interview] LED ZEPPELIN_TRIBUTE SHOW – We chat with Chris Van Der Walt

[interview] LED ZEPPELIN_TRIBUTE SHOW - We chat with Chris Van Der Walt_ Photo Credit: Claudine Van Der WaltPhoto Credit: Claudine Van Der Walt
Date: Sunday, 5 November 2017
Time: 19h00
Venue: The Good Luck Bar, 1 Fox Street, Ferreirastown, Johannesburg
Price: R80 Pre-Sold | R100 Door
Bookings: Tixsa http://bit.ly/2wiVphv
Facebook Event: http://bit.ly/2k0VS6b
“Music is for every single person that walks the planet.” – Robert Plant.

Robert Plant is rumoured to sometimes sing notes only dogs can hear, while Jimmy Pages shredding skills have inspired generations to pick up an axe and start practicing. Who better to pull off the ultimate tribute show to LED ZEPPELIN than an all star line-up at The Good Luck Bar this November, featuring some of SA’s biggest Rock ’n Roll legends!

Join them as they pay tribute to one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

For one night only, some of SA’s finest will be adding their take to your Led Zeppelin favourites.

Initiated by Jason Oosthuizen (Punk ’n Roll, Lost & Found, Van Coke Kartel), it has always bee his dream to do a tribute to this legendary band. Growing up with a dad who played in rock bands, ZEPPELIN was always a favourite for him. He has always been hesitant doing a tribute due to it being one of the hardest bands to pull off musically and vocally.

After months of throwing ideas around, he called up his desired line-up who were all up for the challenge in a second. Now, on 5 November – fans can see the ultimate line-up pay tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time!

JASON OOSTHUIZEN | DRUMS

“Led Zeppelin is one of the main reasons I play the way I do today, so paying tribute to them was my ultimate goal, combined with people who feel the same way. I feel we 100% the perfect line-up to pay this iconic band justice.” – JASON.

MARTIN CITO OTTO – WONDERBOOM | VOCALS

“Led Zeppelin is one of the very few bands that’s stood the test of time. Their music, their recordings and their performances have influenced so many rock bands. Paying tribute to them was a no-brainer for me. They played a huge role in my development as a musician so getting completely immersed in their world is a dream come true. It is an honour, and a seriously daunting challenge to even attempt to emulate Robert Plant’s vocals.” – CITO.

NEIL BREYTENBACH – PRIME CIRCLE | KEYBOARD

“Led Zeppelin were musical geniuses way ahead of their time. It’s a serious honour to be part of this event, the musicians in this band are insanely talented.” – NEIL.

CHRIS VAN DER WALT – BLACK CAT BONES | BASS

“Led Zeppelin is one of the most important bands in my life. To be able to pay tribute to them is an absolute honour. One night Jason and I saw Cito singing ‘Rock ’n Roll’; we looked at each other and decided it was time to do a tribute. The other members in the band also make it very appealing. I just know it’s going to be an incredible show.” – CHRIS.

WERNER BOSMAN | GUITAR

“It’s a huge honour to do this show; I’ve wanted to be a part of a proper rock tribute show for Led Zeppelin for quite a while now and to pull it off with the incredible line-up of musicians in this band is just so awesome. I’ve always been a big fan of the band and that era of rock ’n roll music in general and I get to play their music live, on stage – I mean who wouldn’t want to do that?” – WERNER.

Interview: Chris Van Der Walt 

[interview] LED ZEPPELIN_TRIBUTE SHOW - We chat with Chris Van Der Walt_ Photo Credit: Leigh Groenemeyer [Texx and the City]
Photo Credit: Leigh Groenemeyer [Texx and the City]

MA: Hi Chris, great to be chatting to you… how you doing today?

 

I’m doing okay. I’ve had a good month of really amazing shows. I’ve got cool shows, and tours coming up. Just trying to keep myself occupied.
MA: Before we get started, can you please give us a short 101 on who CHRIS VAN DER WALT the musician is? What instrument you play and for which/what band/s?
I am a musician who tries to constantly expand my musical boundaries and challenge myself. I studied sound & music, but have also been playing for the last 16 years. I have played with The Black Cat Bones, Boargazm, Albert Frost, TerraZAR, No Requests,  Scicoustic, Piet Botha, Raoul & Black Friday, Gordon’s Suitcase, RhütZ, Stefan Dixon, Mrs. B, Bandoleros, and a couple of tribute shows throughout the years. I play Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, a little bit of keys, and I played drums for a band called FUCK back in the day. I love math and emotion. Music is a great medium where I can bring them together.

MA: You will be involved in the LED ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE SHOW at The Good Luck Bar on the 5th November, what can we expect from the show? 

We’re doing a lot of tunes. All the hits, and some guilty pleasures like No Quarter and Ramble On. We’re bringing in a huge lighting and sound rig. We want this to feel like a concert, and not just a pub show.

MA: Have you always been a huge fan of LED ZEPPELIN?

Yes, since I can remember. It was the ballads that grabbed me. They’re slow and full of mood. When I started playing bass, I thoroughly studied John Paul Jones approach to rock music. Learned a lot from him and Led Zeppelin’s music, and it has played a big role in crafting my musical identity.

[interview] LED ZEPPELIN_TRIBUTE SHOW - We chat with Chris Van Der Walt

MA: Who are the other band members that make up the band for the LED ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE SHOW?

Cito from Wonderboom on vocals, Jason from Lost & Found and Ex-Van Coke Kartel on the drums, Werner from Jess Clegg on guitar,  and Neil from Prime Circle.

MA: What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently? 

Our local artists and bands are amazing. We are musically on par with the rest of the world. We have incredible songs. We’re all working hard together, but clubs are taking a knock, bands are breaking up, people are losing money, people can’t afford to go out, it’s getting dangerous to drive or even take an über, etc. We do need a little help in some places. I would like to see some government support behind the rock scene, sell one of those private jets and we’ll be able to sustain the scene and even a couple of development programs…

MA: Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?

There are loads of cool bands that are in the spotlight, but the underground really grabs me. Strait Jackal, Hawk, Undertone, Georgetown, After Robot, Deon Bakkes & The Stolen Horses, No Comply, Vulvodynia, to name a few… Get off your ass and go to shows. Check out the bands you don’t know. Keep it fresh!

MA: Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?

Boargazm is doing a National Tour with a Swedish band “Prescription Death” in November, and we’re planning on a sneaky little release before that, let’s hope it all works out. The Black Cat Bones will be touring the country in December and we’re working hard on our album. No Requests and TerraZAR have albums launching soon.

MA: Where can we follow you on Social media?
instagram: @christhundervolt
pornhub: …… just kidding 😉

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