This Sunday, from Park Acoustics 5th birthday, you can catch the Cape Town folk band, SONS OF SETTLERS. They will be playing alongside a host of talented musos from all over South Africa, with a special appearance by Stelth Ulvang from THE LUMINEERS. We managed to chat with the band ahead of this Sunday’s festivities. Give it a read….
” Sons of Settlers is a folk band based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Their style draws from their diverse range of influences locally and internationally, and they embrace this juxtaposition in their approach and sound. They combine African rhythms with Western melodies, hint towards Kwaito beats while swooning melodically in old 50s crooner styles. First and foremost the band is a fan of good songs rather than good artists and therefore strive to take the essence of what makes a good song and turn it into something that can get your feet stomping to.”
Interview: SONS OF SETTLERS
Would you mind introducing us to the band, letting us where you guys are from, as well as giving us a quick background on who SONS OF SETTLERS are and how you guys came together to form the band?
We call ourselves Sons of Settlers, we hail from in and around Cape Town. Gerdus and Le-Roi were part of New Holland and Foto na Dans respectively, when the projects started drying up they started jamming together and soon after brought in the rest of the guys to make a full band. It started as a casual get together to jam, but we soon reached a point where we needed to start playing to people.
What are your influences as a band, that plays a big part in your awesome sound?
The bands that each member have been in play a big role in our current sound, we all have our influences and things we listen to. Between all of us we have a very eclectic music taste, we listen from ethnic world music, through kirtan music, through all the genres all the way to the most repetitive techno, when its good, we’ll listen and it all affects us.
Our local scene has been growing positively over the past few years… What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently?
I don’t think our music scene has been growing positively over the last few years, but if it has, the growth has definitely not been enough, or too little too late. Under different circumstances we might not have needed to seek our livelihood elsewhere. Our scene is small and the bigger players are using artists as commodities to sell liquor at their venues. People in South Africa go out to drink and take drugs and not to specifically support music, it is the sad truth and the biggest change I would like to see as an artist would be a revenue share from venue for liquor sales. It makes perfect sense and it is a model that is followed by some, the more people are there, the more liquor sold, the better the music, the more liquor sold, give us a cut there man.
Why do you think South Africa is such a growing stage for all these amazing international acts making their way down to our beautiful country?
After the 2010 World Cup South Africa became a prominent location to visit for people all over the world, I think our growing tourism has made South Africa a place that artists are more open to visiting and play at, just for the sake of seeing our country. The trend of having an international artist or two at festivals has also presided and this is great.
Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
The only new bands we’ve seen recently that have excited us are Black Math and Original Swimming Party. Local acts we enjoy include Nomadic Orchestra, Felix laband,
You guys are coming us to Pretoria this weekend for Park Acoustics’s 5th birthday. Are you guys excited to be playing this gig? What can we expect from SONS OF SETTLERS?
We are very excited! We will definitely be playing some songs that the people don’t know and all the ones they do, it is going to be awesome!