We’re an odd combination of personalities with a varying range interests that somehow got brought together by our love for music.
Hello gents, rad to be chatting, how you doing?
Hi! We’ve never been better, thanks for having us.
Do you mind starting with a quick 101 on who Little Ringo is? Where in SA are you from and how did you get started in the music scene?
We’re 4 best mates from Pretoria that started playing together in 2016, each with our own influences and backgrounds.
3 of us went to school together (Niel, Neil and Cobus) and then we met this random Greek dude at varsity who could play sax and sing a bit – so we decided to give this band thing a whirl.
Niel (vocals and guitar) used to be a member of a band called The George back in high school, which Dimitri (saxophone) also joined after school in 2013, and it was then when Niel and Dim had the chance to play some pretty cool shows including Park Acoustics in 2014. For a while we went our separate ways until 2016. Niel got us all together and pitched the idea of us starting our own group. We started out with a lot of covers that we played at restaurants and weddings. But it was only when we recorded our first single “When the Rain Comes” that people started paying attention to us. We pushed our first track as hard as we could and were lucky enough to establish a partnership with our booking agent who got us on some rad line ups at venues like Hard Rock Café, Neighbourgoods Market and Railways Café. We kept pushing and playing wherever anybody was keen to have us, and eventually we started playing some bigger shows at venues like Arcade Empire, The Goodluck Bar, Lush Festivsl and Park Life. We recently played at The Oasis Experience alongside GoldFish and Shekhinah which was nuts!
Our influences transcend most genres including pop, rock, hip-hop, funk and jazz. So some artists would be Kings of Leon, Jungle, Red Hot Chili Peppers,Tom Misch, John Mayer, Beatenberg, Bloc Party and John Coltrane. A pretty crazy assortment really.
Can you give us a short background on the name, Little Ringo?
At first we just wanted to be ‘Ringo’, simply because it had a ring to it, but when we found that there was another artist in the country who goes by that name (shout out Ringo Madlingozi!), we decided to add something to it. So we threw a few words in a hat, drank a few beers, pulled a word out and it happened to be the adjective, “little”. We wish the story was cooler – but it what it is.
What are your thoughts of our local music scene at the moment?
South Africa’s music scene in unreal! Everywhere you look there’s another fresh act that makes you feel like you’ve only been playing your instrument for two weeks. The scene is tough as musicians, but as a fly on the wall, our country is bursting with talent! We just need more venues!
Any acts/bands/artists that you think need a special mention?
We are Charlie (always), Tidal Waves, Boxer and The Southern Wild, Each of these acts never fail to bring the house down, no matter where they play.
You will be playing at Park Acoustics event this month…. Are you excited for the gig? What can we expect from your set?
We’re pumped! Our goal was to hit the Park Acoustics stage before the end of 2018 and we’re so grateful for the opportunity to play. You can expect a high energy show, a new track or two and possibly even a couple of handstand push-ups and poorly timed on-stage dad jokes.
Anything else you currently working on that we may be interested in?
We’ve just written a couple of tracks that we think sound like what we want to sound like. Every day we’re getting closer to nailing down our identity and we plan on recording at the end of August. Hopefully by year-end we will have taken some big steps towards where we want to be.
Where can people follow you on Social Media?
Thanks for your time.
Thank so much for having us, we’ll see you at Park!