The legendary South African rock band, Van Coke Kartel, are about to tour the Netherlands with fellow stars Bittereinder and Jack Parow later this month. It was not long ago that they successfully completed their Duba Bike Tour and opened for Metallica in Cape Town at the end of April, now gearing up to represent at the Afrikaans Verower Harte Tour. They will also be doing a Winter acoustic tour when they get back, all info on that to follow.
13 June – Melkweg, Amsterdam
15 June – Spot, Middelburg
19 June – Chesters, Kreuzberg (Germany)
20 June – Paard Van Troje, Den Haag
21 June – Victorie, Alkmaar
22 June – Poppodium Underground, Lelystad
We caught up with Francois van Coke, this is what he had to say:
MA: Tell us a little bit more about your journey to where you are today.
That is a crazy question. Me and Wynand started Van Coke Kartel when we took a break from Fokofpolisiekar(Our other band) in 2007. We just needed to make more music and we wrote songs together that became our first album. That was released at the end of 2007. We have played with amazing musicians along the way, played great shows and festivals, went on a shitload of tours in SA and abroad. In the beginning of 2010 Jedd and Jason joined the band as full time members and we wrote an album together called WIE’S BANG, it was released at the end of 2011. At the moment we are working on our fifth album and it is going to be our greatest.
MA: What are your music influences?
All of us grew up on Rock music. I think that we are influenced by all the music that we listened to growing up and it comes through in our music. There is a bit of punk, rock, grunge & metal and there is old school and new school elements.
MA: Your music has taken you around the world, how is your music accepted abroad compared to the local scene?
We don’t have a big following anywhere in the world, besides for South Africa, but we are trying to change that. We are going to Holland for the second time now and we have a couple of fans that are excited to see us back there. Germany for the first time.
MA: What has been your most memorable moment as a band?
Playing to about 100000 people in Taiwan at the Hohaiyan festival in 2011. Or opening for Metallica. One of those two.
MA: We watched you recently rocking Park Acoustics in PTA, do you enjoy coming to rock the capital?
We LOVE to play in Pretoria and our Pretoria fans have been great and loyal over the years and our favourite radio station TUKSFm plays our music.
MA: You are gearing up to tour the Netherlands alongside Bittereinder and Jack Parrow, are you guys excited about this?
In about a week we hit Amsterdam. We are very excited to go. As I said it is our second time there and Jack Parow has a proper following in the Netherlands, so we will have people at our shows, cause we are playing with him. Boom! While we are there we are going to see Queens of the stone age and Iron Maiden live and that is a bit of a bonus.
MA: Are you working on any projects at the moment that you would like to tell us more about?
We are currently working on a new album. Most of the material has been written and we are very excited to take it to the studio. Theo Crous will produce the album again and it wil be out late September.