The Calders join the extended family at the coast, there’s an update on the triathlon and another gig at the Station. Continue reading Vlog: Beach, Triathlon Update and a Gig
I resigned from my day jobs last year. As a musician and teacher, my income was split between schools as well as gigs, workshops and various other private tuition sessions.
But the bulk of stuff that paid the bills was through my working contracts with schools. I resigned from those roles, and in the last few months I’ve had to do a lot of unlearning. Continue reading Leaving the rat race and coming up for air
Recently, I have had a really good spell of musical shows. Some have been public, some private. All of them have ended with ecstatic audiences.
I find myself reflective. Is the Continue reading Becoming a psychologist
Can a live show make a difference to people’s lives? Continue reading Live show therapy
Before I get into my deep thought for the week, I thought I should pause and say that this past weekend is cause for reflection. I remember blogging at the beginning of lockdown thinking about when musicians would be able to perform again and what it would look like. Continue reading Ramblings about priorities
Author Juan Montalvo puts it best: “There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.”
Any local bands, artists or any working professionals plying their wares out there, can surely relate.Continue reading Musicians’ guide to dealing with audience apathy
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?
Famed as the front man of legendary South African rock export Tree63, John Ellis has performed around the world and decided that there’s just no place like home – Durban, South Africa! He’s come out fighting, in every sense of the word, on his debut solo album, and stirred up important discussion about SA politics and Christianity. But what we like the most about John is that he’s our KwaZulu-Natal homeboy who continues doing what he does best – thrilling audiences with cool tunes. Continue reading John Ellis – music, insight and advice from an honest rocker