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If Rudi Engelbrecht was my psychiatrist…

Rudi Engelbrecht

As you know, I am intrigued by people’s stories. I much prefer autobiographies over anything else. There’s nothing more interesting, I find, than hearing someone’s story and their own personal journey: what they’ve been through and what are the things that have made them who they are.

And if our drummer Rudi had a biography, it would be well worth the read. Continue reading If Rudi Engelbrecht was my psychiatrist…

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Forget Chuck Norris… Jon Calder is the man for the job

Jon Calder

They say that Chuck Norris grew a beard at the age of 18. Seconds.

Now, I’m not here to diss Chuck (we all know what kind of suicidal mission that would be)… but I just can’t help wondering whether Mr Norris ever considered world domination? Continue reading Forget Chuck Norris… Jon Calder is the man for the job

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Five reasons I would invite Roberto Hemmero to dinner

Roberto Hemmero

We often get asked at gigs (mostly by white people) where Roberto comes from. The answers are wide and varied.

Rob, Berto, brother, bass ou, bruin ou… whatever you want to call him, seems to have mystifying power over our audiences. Continue reading Five reasons I would invite Roberto Hemmero to dinner

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Music industry observations by Niall Doorley (Future Music Forum)

Niall Doorley

The Future Music Forum, which I attended in September in Barcelona, is the brainchild of events co-ordinator Niall Doorley. Niall is an energetic personality, and has created a important space for the music industry to come together and share ideas. Continue reading Music industry observations by Niall Doorley (Future Music Forum)

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The international doors open

Donate towards the RCB's Spain expedition.

I am normally circumspect when it comes to statements such as “living by faith” or “God will provide”. But as I type this, I find myself in the middle of an unfolding miracle. You may or may not believe it, and I am still trying to come to grips with it myself. It all started on Monday. Continue reading The international doors open

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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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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 WeLoveYourSongs.com 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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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!