Interview: PHFat

They say it’s not over, till the fat lady sings. Well it not Fat, unless it’s PHFat. We chatted to Mike to get an update on everything PHFat.


Lalelani: First off, Mike. How you doing man?

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Competition: Maribou State live in S.A.

It’s almost the end of 2017, and what a year it’s been. The festive season is almost upon us, and we can’t wait to get the party started. In the rare event that you haven’t heard, Maribou State is playing live in South Africa in a few weeks, so it’s time to Save The Date, buy your tickets, and put on your dancing shoes. What better way to kick off the holiday season, than jamming till your feet can’t take anymore, and then some.

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Interview: New Hero

Is it a bird? Is a plane? Nooooo! It’s NEW HERO! That’s right folks, we caught up with the music industry’s NEW super-powered HERO’s, to discuss their origin story and their plans to eradicate the tyranny of the industry’s vile villains. In-case you don’t know, or have been living under a rock in the middle of Timbuktu, NEW HERO is the dynamic duo that comprises of Keaton Carelse, aka “Grimehouse“, and Scottie Moore, the lead singer of “REBURN“. “NEW HERO is non genre specific, armed only with the common goal of creating music that takes you on a journey to make you feel good”. Ok, enough of the riff-raff, check out the interview.

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Interview: Francios Van Coke & Albert Frost

These two need no introduction. They have collectively been rocking South Africa for over 14 years, and 2017 has been great to both of them. Albert Frost released, “The Wake Up” last year, and walked away with a prestigious SAMA award this year for best rock album, while Francios Van Coke has numerous projects on the go: Fokofpolisiekar just dropped their new album, he played the last nationwide tour with Van Coke Kartel, and his solo career couldn’t be stronger. Now, on the 27th of September 2017, these 2 legends come together with the rest of the Blood Brothers crew, to rock out for a great cause – “to unite as one to battle against the terrible cancer disease, in support of the Vrede Foundation”. 

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Interview: Trancemicsoul

Trancemicsoul, is a legend! His mixes got me through some hard times in 2016, and seeing him live in Johannesburg and Cape Town, made me realise how big of a career he has ahead of him. With his love for house music and techno, he has infused the two, and the result is insane. It will undoubtedly get anyone on the dancefloor moving. Basically, he induces an uncontrollable urge just to move to the beat. His mixes are a true musical journey, that will uplift your soul, and ultimately your overall mood. The mix that I have listened to repeatedly, and that caught my attention, was filmed by Militia Broadcast, for Red Bull Studios in Cape Town, and trust me when I say – you WANT to watch this.

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Interview: Moonchild Sanelly

I remember it was like yesterday – Johannesburg, 1 Fox Street, September 2016 – this vibrant energy came on stage, my attention shifted and I was glued to the stage for the next 45 minutes. It was electrifying! It could have been the best performance I saw live in 2016. I met her yet again at an event in 2017 and yet again, she stole the show! So it was no surprise that when the lineup for Grietfest dropped, I took the opportunity to interview Moonchild Sanelly in an instant. One thing I know for sure, come next week Saturday at Grietfest, don’t miss this amazing lady on stage. 

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Win tickets to Grietfest 2017

Oh yes, Olmeca Tequila presents Grietfest is back for its 7th year, and this promises to be more of a banger than last! There have been a lot of lineups announced for the South African festival season but this is one party you do not want to miss in 2017. The crew at Griet have worked endlessly to craft an eargasmic lineup, and who knows how they will pimp the venue before the 26th August, to give you the ultimate party experience. 

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Russian Bear presents #IAMNEXT

Russian Bear Vodka had entrenched the brand within the local Hip-Hop culture when they signed superstar Riky Rick, and last year to celebrate his limited edition bottle we saw the birth of the #IAMNEXT competition. They put out an APB calling all the lyricists in South Africa. The #IAMNEXT crowned champion would stand a chance of winning their own limited edition bottle, just like Riky. 

Now Russian Bear is taking things to the #NextLevel by providing a platform to expose the hidden local talent, and bring their flow to Russian Bear’s custom designed mobile recording studio. Its journey began on June 16th, and we will see a new champion crowned in mid-September. Live recording sessions, battles and live performances from the RapLyf crew and King Kwesta himself, is what you can expect when you get down to selected venues mentioned below.  

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Q&A – TesseracT

Two days remain before TesseracT take the stage for the first time in South Africa! Yes, the time is finally now, the place is actually now, and our faces our finally about to be melted.

If you don’t know about this, or you don’t know who the band are, please don’t worry your pretty, little head about it; you’ve clearly been living in isolation for far too long.

We got shot these answers this morning (shortly after TesseracT landed in our fair country). James Monteith was kind enough to forsake some in-flight entertainment, and indulge us with a Q&A picking session of his brain.

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Interview: Fokofpolisiekar

“Passion. Liberation. Independence. Fokofpolisiekar.”

Looking back, it is difficult to imagine a South African music scene without the watchful presence of Fokofpolisiekar. The FOKOF -machine grew faster, and cast a larger shadow than anyone could have ever anticipated. Kicking, screaming, and beating down false ideologies, the rambunctious Bellville quintet apologised for nothing, questioned everything, and changed the history of South African music (for better or for worse).

11 years have passed since the band dropped Swanesang, leaving their fans family wondering if there would ever be more music on the horizon. Skip forward one EP, 2 singles, and a shit-load of maturity-inducing years, and FPK is back in studio to record their long-awaited third, full-length album.

Sidestepping the normal funding model, the band has placed the creation of the upcoming album in the hands of those that matter: the FOKOF fans family. Relying on a (highly successful) crowd-funding campaign the band raised the needed R500K in just 9 days, with the money still rolling in (at the time of writing, the amount sits at a jaw-dropping R700K!).

With more activity going on in the FOKOF camp than we have seen in years, we caught up with Hunter Kennedy and picked his brain about all things Fokofpolisiekar.

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