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Mark Haze: Cape Town rocker talks music industry

Mark Haze

From the outset it was clear a certain Mark Haze wasn’t going to be on the fringes of M-Net Idols. We’ve enjoyed watching his journey so far, but also how well he has engaged with his rapidly-expanding fan base. He’s used the internet to communicate regularly and connect with people while on his Idols journey. We caught up with him to chat about how he views music and life in general. Continue reading Mark Haze: Cape Town rocker talks music industry

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Cape Town shows

Ryan Calder

Last year’s Cape tour was an incredible experience for me personally. We performed in a packed-out 25m2 café of wine drinkers. We opened for Plush at the Assembly to hundreds of young boozers. We performed a supper-theatre show for an audience where the average age was 65. And we set up on a verandah in Paarl and performed for a group of orphaned children. Six nights out of seven, and Rudi made it through alive.

That seems a lifetime ago. Continue reading Cape Town shows

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A time for quiet reflection

Winter leaves

As I type this, I look over a bed of decaying autumn leaves on the front lawn, and in the distance the brown-speckled hills of the KwaZulu-Natal countryside. There’s something just so intoxicating about winter out here. Blue skies, dry chilly air and the warm mid-day sunshine which lulls one into laziness. The crisp, bitingly cold air at night which chases us towards the fireplace.

It’s a strange season, I find. Continue reading A time for quiet reflection

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We won! Now what?

RCB Sales Chart1

There’s good news and there’s bad news, and then there’s the “who knows?”…

The Ryan Calder Band emerged official winners of the international online competition! And first prize includes free access to the super awesome Future Music Forum, held in Barcelona, Spain. That’s the good news. Continue reading We won! Now what?

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Erin Fourie on Idols – pop culture revolutionary?

Erin Fourie

The pop TV show South African Idols is without doubt the best way to gain exposure as a musician. In recent years, a couple of musicians and singers have cottoned on to the fact that you can milk the multi-million rand production to gain exposure par-nowhere else. Pixie Bennett exemplifies this, as she explained in our Web Buddies interview a few months ago.

I admire people who have the courage to go on Idols. And I was very encouraged to read my friend Erin Fourie’s Facebook status update on 14 February 2011: Continue reading Erin Fourie on Idols – pop culture revolutionary?

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New album, songwriting and finding inspiration

Yamaha CP33 Keyboard

It’s never a perfect science as to what makes a hit song. Some say the key to good songwriting is the melody. Some say good songwriting is the combination of a catchy melody with the right lyrics. Some say songwriting has little to do with it – it all depends on the artist… some artists will sell plenty of copies of a new album no matter how poor the songwriting is.

For me, Continue reading New album, songwriting and finding inspiration

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Help the RCB’s final effort on We Love Your Songs!

For those of you who have been following the RCB for more than a week, you’ll probably know that we’ve been in the running for a top spot for the We Love Your Songs competition. It’s basically an online contest which invites fans of unsigned indie artists to vote for their favourite music on the website in order to give exposure to a worldwide audience. The competition ends on Tuesday! Continue reading Help the RCB’s final effort on We Love Your Songs!