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Jonathan Joel Ueckerman
Interview: Yndian Mynah
MA: Hello gents, rad to be chatting to you guys, how are you doing?
We are all doing great thanks!
MA: Do you mind starting with a quick 101 on who Yndian Mynah are? Where in SA are you from and how did you get started in the music scene?
Yndian Mynah is an instrumental band based in Cape Town. We started out as friends jamming after work at home, sharing music we had just found and wanting to be part of a project that resonated the same feeling we got from bands we all looked up to. We started hosting shows in town called Get New at The Waiting Room, which was basically a party for friends and anyone who wanted to join in, and from there the band grew into what it is today.
MA: What are some of your musical influences?
We take influences from everything we find, sharing old and new music we like, and improvising over ideas. Although we also try to have nothing as a boundary when writing our music, we feel by being instrumental, we can get away with using as much dynamic as we see fit.
Bands we are listening to are: Mogwai, And So I Watch You from Afar, pg.lost, Khruangbin, Kikaguyo Moyo, King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard.
MA: Do you have any major highlights in your musical career thus far?
We have always tried to look ahead and see whats possible, from making our own shows, designing stage setups, having total out of amp floor parties, or just making great relationships with bands in the scene we look up to. Some highlights that come to mind are seeing how we have dealt with mistakes, like when a bass string snaps, or a mic cuts out, and how we’ve been able to still use it as an advantage to make the show special for everyone there. Otherwise its a huge highlight for us that the next event we look towards is the amazing line-up we are joining at Park Acoustics, as well as playing at Endless Daze Festival in November.
MA: What are your thoughts of our local music scene at the moment?
There are so many new alternative and experimental bands coming out, starting as DIY bands and seeing them move up and get the stages they deserve is the greatest feeling. I think when kids practising in their room can see how something like that is possible, it populates the industry with more people giving their own flavour. The music scene is slowly growing to that thanks to event organisers that listen to the music and not look at the amount of followers. It puts different minded people in the same room, and thats important to create more opportunities for integration whether its where people are from, or what style of music they play. That kind of community building is how we can break the divide between international bookers, and local upcoming bands. We feel the SA music scene in this way is still young, but its growing, and thats amazing.
MA: Any acts/bands/artists that you think need a special mention?
In terms of people doing great things, we’d like to mention how well Manny Walters is being received for his amazing work. Julia Robert is infectiously fun to watch. We recently played with Runaway Nuns in Stellenbosch for their current tour, and they are sounding absolutely incredible. Honeymoan’s music they are releasing is getting great exposure overseas in scenes that are still pretty young in SA and we are super happy and excited for them.
MA: You are playing at Park Acoustics, BOO! 21st Birthday bash…. Are you excited for the gig? What can we expect from your set?
We cannot wait! All the acts we are playing with have been bands we have known for ages and to play with them in this setting is pretty surreal. BOO! has always been something to look up to for pushing boundaries, so to share a stage with them even is super dreamy. We are probably going to play as hard and loud as possible, we coming up to Gauteng to have as much fun as we can.
We are finalising some new music at the moment and cannot wait to share it! It will be out in the next month.
MA: Where can people follow you on Social Media?
You can find us on Instagram at : https://www.instagram.com/
or Facebook at :https://www.facebook.com/
MA: Thanks for your time!