Retro Dizzy is a surf rock band from Cape Town, South Africa.
The band consists of Nicolaas Rossouw (Drums), Andre Vlok(Guitar,backing vocals)Stuart Dods (Bass, Backing Vocals) and Richard Liefeldt (Vocals, Guitar). Formed in 2014 in the small town of Hermanus, the band has now relocated to Cape Town and become part of the growing Psych/garage/surf scene. They have consistently toured South Africa for the past 3 years growing their fan base and honing their craft and preforming at festivals such as Rocking the Daisies, Mieliepop, Lush, Smoking Dragon, Endless Daze, Malkop.
Six months after forming the band, they recorded their debut album, ‘Youth is like a Loaded Gun’, which was released to much acclaim in the underground scene, with the songs ‘James Dean’ and ‘Blasphemy’ being the high points of the record. They have progressed quickly from the ‘classic ‘ rock genre into a more surf-rock/garage psychedelic sound, which can be heard on their 2nd record, ‘Creatures of the Black Desert’, which was released to much praise in the middle of 2015. The FUSS magazine calling the album, “one of the best Psychedelic albums to ever come out of South Africa”.
In 2016 they released the single, ‘Feel Alright’, and filmed a music video in the Tankwa Karoo desert with Barry de Villiers of Roundabout Films. It debuted on DJ Fresh’s morning show on 5FM and received rave reviews.
In 2017 they released their 3rd full length album, ‘Just Relax’, with the lead single, ‘Come On Baby’, and has received critical acclaim from independent music sites such as The Fuss and Texx and the City. The album has quickly become a favourite in both South Africa and Australia.
They reached number one on TUKS FM’s local chart with their single, ‘My Baby Got Electrocuted’. And Come On Baby, their latest single, making it to number 3 on the student radio charts.
With their growth as a band, their shows have progressed into more of an art-punk explosion with elements of psychedelia and garage rock with influences ranging from Night Beats to the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Interview: Retro Dizzy
MA: Hi guys…its awesome to be chatting to you guys 😀 How is everyone doing today?
Lekker thanks and yourself?
MA: Before we get started, can you please introduce us to the members of Retro Dizzy? Also, please tell us where in SA do you guys come from?
We’ve got myself, Nicolaas Rossouw on drums, Stuart Dods on bass and vocals, Andre Vlok on guitar and Richard Liefeldt on guitar and lead vocals.
MA: How/Where did you guys meet up to form this formidable partnership?
We met up in the mountains of Hermanus for a jam one day. Richard, Stuart and myself were living in Hermanus at the time, fresh out of school. A couple years went by and we met Andre. Another year or so and he joined he band.
MA: Can you give us a short background on the name Retro Dizzy?
It’s actually quite special to us. One of our uncles from Hermanus inspired us.
MA: Where do you guys take inspiration from in your “sound”?
I guess we take a lot of inspiration from bands we like, and let our own sound grow through that. We also make sounds through whatever emotions we’re experiencing and if it sounds lekker, it sounds lekker.
MA: What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently?
I think it’s pretty healthy as it stands. The more you put in and the less you moan, the better it gets.
MA: Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
Medicine Boy for their professionalism and flawless performances and Runaway Nuns for becoming the hottest band in town. Love those dudes!
MA: You guys are playing at Mieliepop this year… What can you say about this festival? Are you guys excited to be playing at this awesome event?
Mieliepop is really one of the most well-organised festivals in the country. It’s beautiful, it’s clean and always has great music. We can’t wait to return this year!
MA: Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
We have a video coming out real soon which we’re very excited about. For the rest, there will definitely be some more exciting things happening this year.