Speaking with The Least Important by Joseph Dludla

Who is Theleastimportant?

Theleastimportant is a character I created to help me be the darkest, creative lyricist I could. He’s a lost soul who was outcast by an unknown village. He represents the hurt emotional individuals who are shunned for seeing light in darkness. He’s an expiramental being as well though, basically a character I can put in any scenario without any limits in the imaginative rhelm. But Theleastimportant prides himself for being a cult leader of the disparaged youth and a Lord of the Dark Arts. He’s weird cause he’s got a Napoleon and a God complex, quite peculiar.



Where do you get your inspiration from for your outgoing fashion sense?

People around me and just the influence of military gear. I like things to hang off me and be more loose than usual and dark colours are cool as fuck too.

Who is Choji Akogawa? 

Choji Akogawa is an instrumentalists and producer. He’s random with his beat progression as well as the sounds he chooses to use. He’s an Asian character who makes beats for Theleastimportant, almost like a side kick of sorts but more ghoulish and unbothered. He’s influence mainly lies in electro, underground rap, jazz, downtempo, alternative rock and other funky elements. He loves the piano, I’m not sure if you noticed.



What is the meaning behind your song, I stabbed a bully?

It’s a scenario based on a metaphor. Maybe about the industry, maybe friends, maybe the world or my emotions haha it’s a bunch of things in one but ultimately I’m just saying that I’m killing my demons…



What would you describe your music as, to someone who has not heard your type of sound?

Uhmmm I don’t really know. I’d just tell them to give it a listen. I mean it’s basically storytelling rap with a lot of different genre elements.

Why the name theleastimportant?

Because it’s cool as hell when you say it. People who don’t know me hear some people say it and think their assholes but that’s my name lol. I represent the underdog, the one who wasn’t really given a break, the nerd, the loser, the kid with no ambition to go on and so on. But the crazy thing is it’s a paradox because I think I’m going to be very important some day.



Are you working on any new projects?

Yeah, many. I try to spend as much time making music as I can, even if it’s just a beat tape. But yeah there’s a lot more in the works. But for now Death of a Rapper is the most recent body of work I’ve been putting my time in.



Where do you see your music career in the next 2 years?

I don’t know but hopefully I’ll be happy with what I’m doing. I’m not waiting on something huge cause I’ve manifested my path and I’m happy growing and learning all the stuff I can while I’m still around.



When/why did you decide to start dropping more instrumentals and less rap?

It wasn’t a conscious decision. I just did it and I ran with it. Choji works overtime sometimes Theleastimportant wants to give him a chance to come up with the right remedy.



How has your childhood influenced the person that you have grown into?

Damn I really don’t know. I just know that I learn a lot by being immersed in the places I’m in as I grow older. Music influenced me from a young age and studying at made me understand art movements more. I fell in love with surrealism, avant-garde and the renaissance art movements. A part of me wanted to tell stories and write novels but I hated writing so I realised that I could combine my love for storytelling with my love for music. I starting using life experiences to come up with imaginative stories.



Do you have any plans to collaborate with more artists?

Yeah I do I’m actually making beats for some friends and you’ll hear a lot more features in 2020. I really like what the underground artists are doing, we’re unheard of yet but soon everything will come together and perhaps we could revive South African rap music and the overall artistry within that culture, not saying that there aren’t any pioneers holding it down but we need a chance that no one is giving us, a chance to introduce new themes and ideas.

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Award-winning Americana musician, Shakey Graves heads to South Africa for the first time this April and is set to perform at the inaugural Cape Open Air Festival in Cape Town on Good Friday – April 10th, and in Johannesburg at the Rivonia Barnyard Theatre on Easter Monday – April 13th.

Austin-based Shakey Graves first garnered attention with his one-man band set up, which originated after he grew tired of having to borrow kick drums and high hats in order to perform. His solution consisted of a modified suitcase that functions as both a kick drum and a tambourine stand built by a close friend. Most of his 2011 self-released debut album Roll the Bones features him playing solo.
 
Watch the video for “Shakey Graves – Roll the Bones – Audiotree Live” – https://youtu.be/sD72LbIk02M
 
His unique style of performance led to him being asked to be the official “busker” for the Edward Sharpe and Mumford & Sons Railroad Revival Tour in 2011, where he played music for patrons entering each venue.
 
By 2014 Graves had his trio band set up and made their TV debut on “Conan”, along with performances on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers”.
 
Graves won the Best Emerging Artist award at the 2015 Americana Music Awards and has since released two albums and an EP, including 2018’s “Can’t Wake Up” album.
 
Cape Town is treated to a brand-new festival as Shakey Graves headlines the first-ever Cape Open Air Festival on Good Friday, April 10th. The festival will take place at Muizenberg Park with more artists to be announced.
 
In Johannesburg, Shakey Graves will be joined by Australian duo Pierce Brothers and Shadowclub front man, Jacques Moolman – who’ll be performing a solo set – at the Barnyard Theatre in Rivonia on Easter Monday, 13 April.
 
Here are the details for the Cape Town and Joburg shows:
 
Cape Open Air Festival
Date:     Friday 10 April 2020
Venue: Muizenberg Park, Camp Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7905
Time:    12:00 – 18:30
Line-up:
Shakey Graves (USA) – Headliner
…plus more to be announced
 
TICKETS:
Ticket link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/event.aspx?itemid=1500234101  
Ticket Price: R295 (excl booking fee)
 
Official Website: https://capeopenair.co.za/

Socials:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capeopenair/
Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/196055998253320/  
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capeopenair/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/capeopenair 
 
 
Shakey Graves Live – Johannesburg
Date:     Monday 13 April 2020
Venue: Rivonia Barnyard, Rivonia Crossing 2, Witkoppen Rd & Rivonia Rd Sunninghill, Rivonia, 2056
Time:    (Doors) 17:30 – Show ends 22:00
Line-up:
Shakey Graves (USA)
Pierce Brothers (Australia) 
Jacques Moolman (South Africa) 
 
TICKETS:
Ticket link: https://www.barnyardtheatre.co.za/show.aspx?sid=1110&vid=1
Ticket Price: R395 pp (standing and seating)
Ticket Phone #: 087 236 3088
 
Website: https://breakoutevents.co.za/

Socials:
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Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/784390805395391/  
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abreakoutevent /
Twitter: https://twitter.com/abreakoutevent
 
 
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Huawei Joburg Day in the Park with 947 – Joburg all set for a medley of Mzansi’s greatest sounds and many more.


Johannesburg – Huawei Joburg Day in the Park is set to kick the 2020 South African music-festival calendar off in on a high spirit. The cultured musical experience will take place on Saturday,16 May 2020 at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens in Emmerentia. Legendary groups like Bongo Maffin, Prime Circle and new age sensations like Holly Rey are among the local musical stars confirmed for this exciting family day of sound.
 
Following hugely successful Huawei Joburg Day in the Park events since 2017, the fourth annual Huawei Joburg Day in the Park will boast a contingent of ten local artists at a family-friendly sound explosion. The festival will feature an array of musical genres from the upcoming afro-pop soul musician Ami Faku to the rock electro sounds of Jesse Clegg, while BET best international new act winner Sho Madjozi will share the stage alongside acclaimed House music international DJ, DJ Fresh.

Indie singer songwriter Josh McDonald better known as Jeremy Loops and Black Motion add flavour to the line-up.

Huawei Joburg Day in the Park has become a major showcase of excellence in the South African music industry and gives fans a chance to support and to experience their local music icons in a live environment.

Thando Makhunga, 947 station manager,said that947 is a proudly Joburg brand and Huawei Joburg Day in the Park affords the station the chance to support local music on the biggest stage.

Every year, thousands of music fans join us in a beautiful Joburg park to have an epic party and we up the ante with an A-list line-up and 2020 will be no different.

We’re especially excited to welcome the legendary Bongo Maffin to the Huawei Joburg Day in the Park stage for the very first time as well as familiar favourites Jeremy Loops, Sho Madjozi, Prime Circle, Black Motion and DJ Kent,” Makhunga concluded. 

As Joburg’s most anticipated family event, Huawei Joburg Day in the Park serves as a celebration of more than two decades of music evolution which transcends time. Stay connected to the awesome side of Joburg through music, fun and friendly 947 personalities and enjoy a day in the park with your friends and family.

Penny Diao, Marketing Director, Huawei Consumer Business Group South Africa said, “Huawei is extremely proud to be associated with bringing the best music talent in the country together to perform for the Joburg fans.”

Diao said that each Huawei Joburg Day in the Park has gotten bigger and better and Huawei is certain that the up and coming Huawei Joburg Day in the Park is going to be massive and will deliver an experience never to be forgotten.

“As Huawei we want to continue to give our fans the best music experience in the country,” Diao concluded.

Tickets to Huawei Joburg Day in the Park are available on TicketPro, priced from R150 – R1200

Ticket prices:

Family package (2x adults; 2x kids) – R900.00

General Access – R350.00

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Kids (ages 3-12) – R150.00 under 3 enter free of charge

Package of 4 – R1200.00
 
For more information on the Huawei Joburg Day in the Park, please visit Hu awei Joburg Day In the Park with 947

Interview with Lo-Ghost by Liam Horn

Jozi-Deep caught up with Lo-Ghost coming up to there Performance of Lo-Ghost this year at Smoking Dragon, We spoke a bit about what drew them to the industry, why they love what they do and everything the hope to accomplish.

  1. What drew you to the music industry?

The long hours, financial instability and risky career prospect

2 How did you meet?

We met in 2011, when we were both working as performing waiters to support our music habits.

3 What does your band-name mean?

Very little. It’s an empty vessel for us to full with all the meaning that we’d like.

4 Who are you inspired by, who are your biggest influences ?

LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Perfume Genius, Bon Iver, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Tyler, Baths, Boots, Sharon Von Etten

5 Please explain your creative process

We are very lucky to have such a high-functioning collaborative creative process. Both of us produce separately to sketch out our pre-production work and then come together to consolidate and topline together. This album cycle saw us using some new tools to contextualise our work (and to ensure everything sits in the same thematic world), such as narrative outlines and images to guide the sonic aesthetic.

6 What’s an average day like for your band?

Bootlegger coffee. Some music to open the ears. Gear unpack and setup. Bootlegger coffee. Plan to take over the world and maybe another Bootlegger coffee. Actually start to get some work done. Realize we’re way behind our schedule. Crisis. Work all night.

7 Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?

We’re pretty open, clear-cut and honest in our music and themes, but we have been working on an EP of subliminal verses (you won’t have a choice but to love it).

8 Do you collaborate with others? What is that process?

On ‘Cult Pop’ we brought in some brilliant musicians (and friends) to work on the vocal side of the recording process: Ntokozo Mzimela, Jamie Heneke and Amy Hoffenberg. It was such a pleasure to learn from such incredible vocalists and arrangers and to create a space that’s open for collaboration like that.

9 Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans

We love chatting to anyone who enjoys our music. We always hang out after the show and have met some of the greatest people in our lives through that. Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of people reaching out from across the world via Instagram, which feels wild, and beautiful. Connection is a large part of why we do this, so we’re really happy to hear from new fans/friends.

10 What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why?

We love creating and we love performing. They’re both incredibly cathartic processes for us and we owe a lot of who we both are to those crafts. Least favourite = gear + stairs.

11 Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?

Anxiety, certainly. Performance anxiety, not so much. 

12 Tell me about your favorite performance venues

The Raptor Room (CT)

Mercury Live (CT)

The Chairman (DBN)

Snatch32 (JHB)

13 What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Try to build systems and skill-sets that enable you to keep as much of the work ‘in-house’ as possible. When we started Lo-ghost we could barely mix a bowl of Pronutro, but we knew that we didn’t have the finances to pull in producers and engineers to record and mix every time we wanted to release something, so we set out to upskill ourselves. That’s been the culture ever since. Go for broke and learn to find success and happiness in the journey, rather than the outcome. Because the more happiness and satisfaction you can find in the day-to-day  process of trying to get where you want to go, the more likely you’ll be able to sustain the project across time until you reach the outcome you want,

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Speaking with the Graffitiville Team by Joseph Dludla

Jozi-Deep got to speaking with the team from Graffitiville this week take a look at what Sharlene and Tanya had to say:

What was the inspiration behind Graffitiville? Graffitiville is the brainchild of two friends who love art, vibrant colours, creativity and a unique taste for individuality and style. We absolutely love the street art you see on walls in the city and decided to take this art “off the walls” and make it a part of people’s everyday lives. Instead of just admiring art on walls we want people to own this art in different forms and on various mediums. We want people to own a piece of art from their favourite graffiti artist, originally painted, 1 of 1 art pieces.

How do you see Graffitiville changing the way people see graffiti? We want to demystify this image of graffiti being vandalism, illegal and defacing the city streets. Behind those images painted on walls are incredibly talented artists who just want to show the world their amazing skill and what is in their heart and on their minds. And not all painting is illegal; nowadays you “buy” walls from the owners of the properties and come to an agreement to turn a plain wall into a remarkable piece of art for everyone to appreciate and admire.

What is the ultimate goal of Graffitiville as it grows into a bigger success? We want to create a platform for artists to showcase their art pieces. We understand not all artists have opportunities where they are exposed to the world where people can see their art and purchase it. We want to be this entity for the artists. By having their art pieces on our website, people can purchase art they would never have come across by just searching the “world wide web”.

Why use graffiti artists when there are painters? Graffiti artists bring real art to life by using different techniques, paints and mediums to the project.

How many artists are involved in the creative process? There are 3 “groups” of artists involved in creating a finished product. 1. The artist creating the canvas. 2. The owners of Graffitiville, Tanya and Sharlene choosing the colour schemes and materials for the final products to match the art supplied by the artist. 3. The manufacturers taking the art piece and relevant materials and manufacturing the final product which is then available for sale.

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Time with The Crooked kind by Natalie Botha

Natalie got to speaking with THE CROOKED KIND coming up to the 10th anniversary of Smoking Dragon Festivals,
Excited for the build up and letting us know more about what it takes to preform live and love the music industry.

Here’s what they got to talking about:

1.       What drew you to the music industry?
   As colossal rock fans we had no choice but to make something of ourselves, beyond a shadow of doubt. As a diverse band we believed we could bring something fresh and totally different to the music scene in South Africa.
2.       How did you meet?
  2.            The Crooked Kind formely known as Stasis met as 4 High School students at St Benedicts College. Stasis then recruited a 5th member by 2017 at Pretoria University.
3.       What does your band name mean?
3.   The name is a play on society. Whether we like it or not we have all shown signs of crooked behaviour. You can interpret The Crooked Kind the way you like.
everything. Why settle for one when you can get twenty !!!
4.       Who are you inspired by, who are your biggest influences ?
                4.            What makes us special is that the band consists of 4 members who share a love for bands such as The Arctic Monkeys to the likes of Tool. These constrasting tastes in music have shaped The Crooked kind into a band that gives you a bit of
5.       Please explain your creative process ?
5.  We believe we possess a rather unorthodox approach in terms of writing music. We are more riff-to-chords-to-lyrics orientated. Alex would whip out a tasty bass riff or Geoff would noodle something on guitar and we would work from there. We believe the music is what captivates the attention of the listener first before the lyrical content is developed,
6.       What’s an average day like for your band ?
6. Half of us are finishing up our studies , the others work full time. We dedicate most of our free time to the band whenever we get the opportunity to rock out after a heavy days work !!
7.       Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?
7. Our music is closely related to our day to day experiences as a band, analyzing our music might help the listener develop a broader spectrum of who we are as individuals and what we have gone through, even if you were referring to our track Adolescence 😉
8.       Do you collaborate with others? What is that process?
8. We are currently collaborating with Vincent from Sumo band and Vinn Rijn. Building relationships with other artists helps us build a greater connection with the music industry. We aim to be trusted musicians and we are enthusiastic about helping out any musos on the way.
9.       Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans
9. Social media ! Social media ! Social media ! Instagram and Facebook play a critical role in our fan-to-band communication system. We are very responsive to direct messages and we advertise every gig and track release. 
10.    What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why?
10. We could go on forever but there is nothing like being in a band. The ability to get on stage and exercise your passion is the greatest reward there is. We feel as if we are spoilt by our fans and support system and we have enjoyed every second of it; from recording our first EP to messing around with your best mates !! The positives definitely outweigh the negatives but sometimes we ask ourselves if music today is for the people. We live in a day and age with no music on MTV and no hard copy CDs left to purchase.
11.    Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
11. Debut performances for bandmates are always the trickiest . They are tasked with a  notion that they have to overly impress. Its safe to say that every band member in The Crooked Kind has experienced some form of performance anxiety but not to an extent where it affects our performances.
12.    Tell me about your favorite performance venues ?
12. Railways, JUKES, JARR bar, Rumours, Sundowners… the list goes on we love performing and we don’t mind where we do as long as we give the people what they want !!!
13.    What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
13. We would advice youngsters to maintain healthy relationships with other musicians. Its all about who you know in this line of work.  
Maintain a facebook and instagram page, update your social media platforms at least every second day in the evening and refrain from nonsense. Invest in quality equipment. Better equipment will serve as a valuable asset over time. Quality gear is a long term investment and will help an artist feel more confident on stage.
 Keep your music relevant. If you want your presence to be known open your eyes to music around you and you will be able to combine all the tricks of the trade.

 

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Speaking with ASH HOLMES PHOTOGRAPHY by Liam Horn

A little while ago we had the privilege of speaking with yet another amazing creative from JOZI Photographer and Creator Miss Ashleigh Holmes,

We spoke a bit about her passion and drive with in the industry, a few of her influences and some details on what it takes to create in our City.

1.When did you first find a passion for the art of photography?

I remember earlier instances when I was interested in photography, but it was only around 16 years old when I started getting into it. We had one of those old school digital cameras, that was never really being used. So, I picked it up and started snapping some pictures of family, friends and our little trips and then the passion started as I just really began to love being able to savor a moment in time through photography. It also prompted me to start looking at things in a different, more creative way to try and capture the essence of a place or person and make it art.

 

2.Coming up in Jozi who has been your biggest local and international influences & why?

My influence is guided by many varying artists from all corners of the world and all walks of life. So, there are no specific influences that I can point out, because I rely a lot on what is out there on social media and photographer communities to be inspired and to see what others are doing or how. This is more due to the fact that a single image may speak directly to the sort of style that I am always trying to achieve, or it inspires me to want to push more and do better and keep growing. Therefore, instead of focusing on a few specific photographers, I am more focused on the content that is out there and saving these collections of images as reference points or inspiration.

 

3.Are there any tricks you know now that you wish you knew when you started your journey into photography?

All the little tricks I know now come from speaking to other photographers as well as just generally practicing, so I would first suggest putting yourself out there. My first proper shoot I did was with a family, which was a bit crazy, thinking of it now, as there are a lot of things to think about and a lot that could have gone wrong. Though, diving in like that meant that I just had to remain calm and needed to use it as a learning experience… It needed to happen eventually, and I had to move past the fear and doubt. You also need the practice in order to get comfortable with the settings and how to use your camera… get off of automatic mode and start using your manual mode. When you see the finished results, look at them against other images you love. This comparison is just a way to see where you can improve or what you like about your own photo style. If we are working in a location, I take one or two test shots to see how it is framed, if my settings are right and if its working as an image I would love. If not, I direct until it works to a suitable aesthetic and just always look for soft lighting in areas.

 

 

  1. Could you explain a bit about your vision/artistic process before starting a shoot?

I try to always aim to get clear and clean shots, where you can see details and someone’s face or expression, the colors and the textures. I really love the artsy and edgy photographs that I see from fellow photographers and sometimes wish I had that edge with my photography; though for me it’s about having the person I am shooting with, feel comfortable while I try to bring out aspects of their personality through their shoot. It’s also a personal process as I want to portray them as best as I can, in the way that I see them and just hope that they like what I see.

 

5.What kinda gear do you recommend for aspiring photographers?

Start small when starting out. The camera is usually the most expensive item you will carry, but you don’t need big fancy equipment to take stunning photos. When you work with the basics, it will push you more to always think about the right lighting, to figure out which settings work in which situations and how to make the best of the location you’re working in. Get your basics, like a good camera bag, a good 50mm lens if you’re interested in portraits and then its all up to you to get creative.

 

 

6.Where do you see your work in the next 5 years?

The goal now is to hopefully own my own studio one day. I have set out a basic objective’s plan and the things that I need to achieve within certain time frames which keeps me on track and keeps me pushing forward. It’s a long road but I am determined to hopefully have my work known enough and out there to create such a space.

 

7.What about photography caught your eye?

Photography is so beautiful, it can create a story, make a statement, keep memories, create art and set a mood. You can use it for business portfolios, social media content, marketing, blogging, stock images, in events, in your home… and more; The creative possibilities in photography are endless, it’s just a matter of exploring and I think that’s so freeing.

To see more from Ash J Holmes Photography or book your next Shoot follow the links below to get in touch:

Website www.ashholmesphotography.com

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/photographerashholmes/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ashj_holmes/

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Speaking with JANKO DE BEER by Liam Horn

This week we had the opportunity to speak with an incredible SA artists doing amazing things both creatively and for the community around him.

Here’s what Janko had to say with us:

When did you first discover you had a passion for the arts and what would you say was the first project you remember working on?

I was born in 1980 in a little town called Villieria in Pretoria, South Africa before permanently relocating to Cape Town in 1997. I grew up in a family that appreciates art, my parents have always collected art and we attended many exhibitions when I was growing up. I was especially inspired when my parents took me to visit the artists at their studios where I was able to watch them hone their skills in their personal space. There are also several talented painters in my family and my great-grandfather, Dr. Theo Wassenaar, was a renowned poet.

I always practiced art, even as a child. For high school, I went to Pro Arte a well-established art school in Pretoria, where I was exposed a variety of art forms. However, after school in 1997, I decided to study law. I was a practicing advocate for more than 10 years, while maintaining a passion for art and continuing to create.

To pursue any career successfully, I believe one must give 100%. I reached a point in my art career where I had to fully commit, so I stopped practicing law to pursue art full time in 2016. My formal career as an artist began with sculpture, but I now balance both the practice of painting and sculpting equally. I believe that as an artist it is your duty to explore all creative avenues during your artistic career. I believe that you are not only a sculptor or a painter but an artist equally deserving of both.

Having such a unique mastery of your craft how you describe your style as a sculptor/painter?

I believe it was Picasso who said, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” I try not to be governed by preconceived notions of what is popular or critically acclaimed in art. In the end I believe this could result in a monotonous duplication of the same thing over and over. I have learned that it is better to be guided by the process, rather than to force it one way or the other. The result, I have found, is much more fluid and stimulating. If I create something that I personally find beautiful, without over-thinking it too much, other people will also appreciate it.

My sculptures are visually stimulating, bold and dramatic and influenced by the precepts of contemporary futurism in sculpting. I believe that they convey the history of the medium through strong individual characters, with a subtle touch of surrealism. I do all my own sculpture patinas by hand, using both conventional and unconventional methods, which result in unexpectedly rich and unusual colours.

For me the process of applying the various patinas to the raw sculpture is very similar to the process of applying paint to canvas. My paintings usually start with a colourful abstract defined against a solid backdrop that establishes a base for the overlaid image of a face, figure or bust. When I paint, I also try to be guided by the application of the paint, rather than to force it one way or the other.

2019 has been a year of growth in painting for me. My current body of work is a two-dimensional expansion of my sculpture series titled “Subjectivity – to be in the mind of a subject”, which relates to our consciousness and portrays the idea of how internal thoughts are shaped by perspectives, feelings, choices, beliefs, and symbols in our everyday lives.

The series consists of mixed media paintings done on both canvas and archival paper. All my paintings are also available as limited, personalised Giclee fine art prints .

Could you take us through your artistic process when starting & completing a project like “Ambivalence”?

“Ambivalence” forms part of my series titled Subjectivity, and portrays the idea of how internal thoughts are shaped by perspectives, feelings, beliefs and desires. The series was inspired by how our subjective consciousness and the brain interact to shape our objective reality.

My artistic process usually starts somewhere in nature. I love the ocean and the mountains and spend a lot of time outdoors, I believe that it is the time spent outdoors that best influence my work both in sculpture and in paint. It is necessary for the mind to see new things if it is to create new things. When sculpting, the shapes occurring in nature inspire me and I attempt to build my armature in accordance with the flow and characteristics of the material.

 

I often see figures and faces in the natural objects I collect. I will then use these found objects, in combination with conventional sculpting methods, to create my sculpture. The result is then cast into limited editions of resin and bronze using the lost wax casting technique. All my sculptures are hand-finished – I especially like working with bright, contrasting yet complimentary colour schemes.

How has being from South Africa defined and moulded your unique, colourful sense of expression?

Being from South Africa, one needs to look at the African diaspora. All the people who came before us contributed to our identity and had a vast impact on what we consider our African identity to be. Indigenous cultures, immigrants from neighbouring countries, adventure seekers, even the power-hungry colonizers at one stage made the African continent their home. They all left behind small remnants of their own personal and cultural heritage, which over a period interweaved with one another, and collectively contributed to what I consider to be our African identity today. It is this unique African flavour that translates back into our colourful sense of expression.

So yes, it’s exciting being an artist in South Africa especially at this moment. SA art is definitely attracting collectors from overseas, many of them with deep pockets. Big names and up-and-coming artists alike are doing well – most of the clients who collect my art are also foreigners.

I think there are a few factors that contribute to this popularity. Globalisation is definitely one of them, there are expats from SA everywhere. I also think there’s heightened interest in art from all emerging markets, not just SA. What I find really exciting, apart from all the foreign investment, is that young South Africans are also spending money on art. Because they can’t generally afford the more established names, they are supporting young, exciting artists. Just look at the turnout one gets at events like First Thursdays and pop-up exhibitions all around our country.

Who would you say locally & Internationally are your biggest influences in the industry?

Except for the obvious industry influencers like Vermeer, Kandinsky, Picasso and Warhol to name but a few, I love collecting art myself and supporting emerging artist locally. I have a wide variety of influences. I would like to think that the art I buy and hang on my walls somehow influences me.

The term “international artist” is not as clear cut as it used to be. Just take into consideration what some of the social media platforms like YouTube, Instagram and Facebook have done for artists and collectors on an international scale. You can now post an image of your painting or sculpture and instantly reach hundreds of thousands of people across the globe. With that level of art influencing going around I suppose I get influenced daily, whether it be nationally or internationally.

What can we expect from Janko in the future?

I would say that my aspirations and goals as an artist is to be able to wake up passionately, with the drive to create art every day. My future goals are to explore more, to increase the quantity and quality of art I can produce, to better my international exposure, to maintain financial success and to enjoy a balanced lifestyle.

We would like to thank Janko for speaking with us and sharing his story if you would like to get in touch with him please use the email below or find him on Social Media :

studio@jankodebeer.com
info@jankodebeer.com

 

Interview with Performer Red Robyn by Natalie Botha

Our newest Journolist miss Natalie taryn Botha conducted her first interview with the ever talented Red Robyn on the build up to the 10th Anniversary of SA’s dopest music festival Smoking Dragon, Here’s what they go to talking about.

1.       What drew you to the music industry? I love that music gives you a direct Chanel to people’s souls , it’s a great responsibility to be a musician you can really change peoples lives with a great song. I always wanted to use music to give people hope for better days.

2.       Who are you inspired by? I am inspired by Jesus and his commitment to what he believed and to love ,  even to death

3.       Please explain your creative process / My creative process is quite erratic I can be inspired by almost anything a song , a colour , a quote and I will generally hum something into my voice noted and later work on it with my guitar.

4.       What’s an average day like for you? An average day for me consists of exercise , stalking fashion blogs on Instagram, listening to music , probably some cleaning and lots of tea. I don’t always work on music but most days I spend evenings working on music weather it’s actual songs or admin.

5.       Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? I guess so , I don’t intentionally hide meaning but I think people should take away what they’re interpretation of the song is. I always write about my actual experiences and I enjoy writing in metaphors so I guess there are hidden meanings if someone wants to look into that.

6.       Do you collaborate with others? What is that process? Yes I do but I haven’t really in the last year. I did one collaboration with The World of Birds called ‘2020’ and we loved working together so much that they asked me to join the band full time and I couldn’t be happier to now be part of that collective. The process is different every time sometimes it happens over email piecing things together other times I will sit with Ben who is the producer and we will write something together sometimes it starts with a lyric sometimes a drum pattern it just depends on the day.

7.       Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans : I don’t really think about my followers as fans I like to just think of them as cool people who identify with my story or my music I sort of just reply or comment back as if I would a friend or anyone else that sends me love. I have a blog where I share my stories more in detail and would imagine that is my primary medium for communicating with people who follow my music.

8.       What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why? My favorite part is getting to meet all kinds of people with the most interesting stories and connecting with them. My least favorite part how unpredictable it can be you can have such a busy season and out of nowhere be doing nothing for a while and it can really affect your emotions having to be up and down all the time.

9.       Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety? I do I think every performer deals with it on some level. There is always pressure to perform and be better than you were the last time , the fear of failing or not being able to entertain is always something that tries to paralyze me before performances.

10.    Tell me about your favorite performance venues : As far as venues go they are quite limited but I really like the waiting room in Cape Town and Moral Kiosk in JHB , Khaya records in Durban

11.   What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps

I would say to that person that they should just commit to what it is they believe they want to do. Always know what you want to do and why you want to do it and everything else will fall into place when you have a clear objective. It’s always a balance between hard work and a bit of serendipity you have to be ready for your opportunity always.

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Oasis Experience goes big in Pretoria this Summer with Lady Zamar, GOODLUCK, PHFAT, Crazy White Boy and many more on Saturday 30 November by Hlumelo Ntshebe.

The fifth instalment of the Oasis Experience takes place in Pretoria on Saturday the 30th of November and features a tantalizing line-up that will have you dancing all the way through summer. Join Lady Zamar, GOODLUCK, PHFAT, Crazy White Boy, Cinimin, Mark Stent, Jethro Tait, Apple Gule, and more live at the beautiful Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Tickets are on sale now from www.lovemusic.co.za 

 

To compliment the natural beauty of the Pretoria National Botanical Garden, the Oasis Experience has been created to offer an exclusive outdoor family festival experience unlike any other.

 

GOODLUCK are really looking forward to returning to Oasis Experience with their incredible live performance and Jules has a special love for the festival. “Oasis Experience is the most epic festival in Pretoria. They pay such close attention to making sure they have the best line-ups, with a variety of music that so many different people can enjoy. I love it when festivals give you something you know but also give you something you can discover for the first time… That’s when the magic happens! We can’t wait to be back for the 2019 Summer season!”

 

The line-up promises to have everyone’s favourite act on stage with Lady Zamar, GOODLUCK, PHFAT, Crazy White Boy, Cinimin, Mark Stent feat Justin Chalice, Jethro Tait, Apple Gule, Jab A Jaw (Sake Of Skill), and Onny to entertain the thousands that will take to the Oasis to quince their party thirst.

 

Tickets sales have launched and are selling fast, so get yours now before they completely sell out.

 

Oasis Experience Live In The Garden

Date: Saturday, 30 November 2019

Venue: Pretoria National Botanical Garden, 2 Cussonia Ave, Brummeria, Pretoria

Line-up: Lady Zamar, GOODLUCK, PHFAT, Crazy White Boy, Cinimin, Mark Stent feat Justin Chalice, Jethro Tait, Apple Gule, Jab A Jaw (Sake Of Skill), Onny

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Phase 1 – Adult General Access – R130
Phase 2 – Adult General Access – R160
Phase 3 – Adult General Access – R180
Phase 4 – Adult General Access – R220

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Phase 1 – Adult VIP Access – R300
Phase 2 – Adult VIP Access – R400
Final Phase – Adult VIP Access – R450

> Kids Tickets < LIMITED to 500 Tickets
Infants & Small Children – R20
Phase 1 – Kids Aged 11 – 17 years old – R80
Phase 2 – Kids Aged 11 – 17 years old – R100
Phase 3 – Kids Aged 11 – 17 years old – R130
Phase 4 – Kids Aged 11 – 17 years old – R160

> Table Bookings <
R3 000 (R750 per Person x 4 Adult Guests)

Includes: VIP Entry for 4 x Adult Guests, Express VIP Queuing, 1 x Standard Bottle (750ml) & mixers, Private Table Area with seating & VIP toilets. Strictly Adult Only

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A limited number of Tickets may be made available at the door for R300 (Adult Tickets Only).

> Physical / Promoter Tickets (Cash – STRICTLY ADULT TICKETS ONLY) <
Physical tickets are available for R160.00 (No Booking Fee) at Aroma Gourmet Coffee Roastery & Aroma Gelato and Waffle lounge – STRICTLY ADULT TICKETS ONLY.

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This Event is catered for ALL AGES, ID on request.

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