SOWING THE SEEDS 2013
It was a sunny and warm day in Johannesburg even though it is middle of winter, it was pretty warm I thought to myself whilst packing the car and getting ready to take an hours drive from Johannesburg to Balfour. That’s where the SOWING THE SEEDS 2013 Music Festival was taking place over the weekend.
We had made a mission earlier in the morning to fetch a 2 man tent from a friend that we had planned to use for the weekend. Me not being the biggest of campers was kinda dreading the whole making a tent and putting all the pegs and poles together, in fact It reminds me to much of manual labour and that is the last thing on my mind over this weekend. But to my surprise it was one of these new design tents that fold up like a car sun viser and all I had to do was fluff it up and Viola it would be up and ready and the best part is that it was a 3 man tent and not a 2 man tent so more space to stretch our legs.
The drive took us only an hour to get there and we had the best of luck because, as we arrived the sun was setting and I was able to capture it on Camera just before finding a spot and setting up camp for the weekend.
We then decided to go and take a walk around the Estate and check everything out. The layout was pretty awesome with the Stage on the left of you as entered the Arena with a chill lounge to your right and a bar straight in front of you. Next to the Bar area there was the Electric dance area along with some more chill areas and then the food stalls. The Decor was pretty epic with these Huge statues of the BIG 5 placed all around. If you had attended the “WE ARE ONE colour festival” you would know what I’m talking about, if you didn’t make the colour festival then below is a picture of one of the Statues.
After our little mission around the Estate we decided to head back to the tent as all the walking around had made me Hungry and it was time for dinner. I think it must have been roughly 45min and then I was out cold for the night. Upon waking up it was freezing cold and desperately needed a warm cup of coffee. We got dressed and took our little urn Backstage to be filled up with water and to make coffee and by that time the first Band BACKLIGHT PANDA were starting to set up and do a sound check. I was in a good mood as I was informed that I was going to be able to interview the Band after their performance. (Interview to follow these images)
Interview with the Band Blacklight Panda
An indie/alternative comet from space with funkwarts on it
Members are: Tiago Rodrigues, Andy Odeon, Tony Montes, Bunny Movongovious and Francho Emery
DK: What’s your Favourite Cartoon? BP: Collectively they all answered Lion King. DK: What is your biggest inspiration? BP: The Beetles Anthology, we live by it like a Pastor reads the bible. DK: How did you come up with your band name? BP: Well it’s due to us being Black White and Asian, Laughing all round. DK: If you could collaborate with any Artist who would it be? BP: Snoop Dogg, Andre 3000, Mumford and Sons but only if Markus Mumford plays the Tambourines. DK: What’s your biggest fear when on stage? BP: The biggest fear we have is the Sound not working as it should. DK: If you had one wish what would you wish for? BP: We would wish that our fans would be as Supportive towards us they would a Famous Band so that we could sing for our Supper. DK: Are you for or against Groupies? BP: In unison they all answer Definitely For Groupies. DK: What has been your biggest Achievement to date? BP: Playing at Splashy Fen and also the fact that we have won 3 out of 4 Battle of the Bands. DK: What can your fans expect from you later this year? BP: Our fans can expect an Album as well as a Music Video on MK.
end of interview After an interesting yet funny and enjoyable interview with the members of Blacklight Panda I was making my way back to the Media tent when I noticed a man with a Dreadlock hairstyle just standing around patiently, waiting for someone. As I get closer he says “Are you Dale? I think we have an interview scheduled for now I’m Dubmasta China” to which I reply ” Yes that’s me, Nice to meet you.” Where would you like to sit and I pointed to a Sunny spot on the grass not to far from the Media tent. We decided to take a seat on the grass and in the Sun and I began to start my interview… (Please note that All interview Questions are the Same for all Bands)
Interview with DJ Dubmasta China
DK: What’s your Favourite Cartoon? DC: Speedy Gonzales . DK: What is your biggest inspiration? DC: Life experiences, Music is part of me, it’s my universal source. DK: How did you come up with your DJ name? DC: Dubmasta China came up because I was a Reggae dj and Dubmasta comes from “Dub” music so was better than just being Dj China. DK: If you could collaborate with any Artist who would it be? DC: Damian Marley, Rage against the Machine. DK: What’s your biggest fear when on stage? DC: Don’t really have one but I would not want to alienate the crowd. DK: If you had one wish what would you wish for? DC: Peace and Happiness. DK: Are you for or against Groupies? DC: I don’t have an issue with groupies because they can be of great help most of the time, and I also try not to judge people like that. People come into our lives for different reasons. We determine our own destiny. DK: What has been your biggest Achievement to date? DC: Laughs and says actually don’t know, I don’t think of life that way. I’m a restless soul DK: What can your fans expect from you later this year? DC: More of my own Ragga-Style Mc stuff and more performances. DK: If you could play anywhere in the world where would it be? DC: Definitely in South America- Brazil
end of interview The ShortStraw were already on stage doing what they do best, the crowd was jumping, singing, totally enjoying Sowing the Seeds 2013 so I had to take this opportunity to get some Expressions from the Band and off I went.
Once the Band had finished I was informed that I would be interviewing them as well, I now think to myself that maybe just maybe I keep asking the same questions to the rest of my interviewees , just to keep things simple. Here is what ShortStraw had to say:
Interview with the SHORTSTRAW BAND
ol – drums, some singing al – guitar, singing tom – guitar, ukelele gad – keys, synth russell – bass
DK: What’s your Favourite Cartoon?
SS: Frisky Dingo.
DK: What is your biggest inspiration?
SS: Nicholas Cage and Girls, Girls, Girls.
DK: How did you come up with your Band name?
SS: After going through a series of bad luck and getting new members we came up with ShortStraw.
DK: If you could collaborate with any Artist who would it be?
SS: Joshua Homme of the Queen of the Stone Age, and Mark Ronson
DK: What’s your biggest fear when on stage?
SS: Being too drunk or hangover and broken Guitar strings.
DK: If you had one wish what would you wish for? SS: World peace from the bottom of our hearts. DK: Are you for or against Groupies? SS: For Groupies….. Do you mean Like Mathew Mole standing over there (hahahahahaha) DK: What has been your biggest Achievement to date? SS: Opening for the Kooks at the 5Gum Concert 2 months ago. DK: What can your fans expect from you later this year? SS: Music Videos, Hilarious ones and to play at more festivals DK: If you could play anywhere in the world where would it be? SS: Lagos (hahahaha LOL) no we kidding would like to play in OZ. End of Interview The Interview was over so whilst laughing we all started to make our way back to the crowd. Albert Frost was on Stage at the time and he doing his thang. Until I was a little closer to the stage did I realize that Albert Frost in fact can play 4 different Guitars one after the other making beautiful music with each one.
It wasn’t long before I was to interview the Awesome Panic Sisters vs Your Own Asian dj’s. We decided to go and sit in the Garden of this magnificent Estate and I began. Here is what they had to say:
Interview with the PANIC SISTERS vs Your Own Asian
Jenny and Chrissi vs Ying-Poi De Lacy
DK: What’s your Favourite Cartoon? PS: The Simpsons and Tom and Jerry DK: What is your biggest inspiration? PS: Little Dragon DK: How did you come up with your DJ name? PS: We were at a gig and setting up and we looked very nervous and worried and the pub owner turned to us and said that we should call ourselves the Panic Sisters. DK: If you could collaborate with any Artist who would it be? PS: Caribou, Ben Dax DK: What’s your biggest fear when on stage? PS: Yo way too many, “Laughing” we are the Panic Sisters after all. But the sound and cross fader moving during the set. DK: If you had one wish what would you wish for? PS: Be appreciated and acknowledged for our work. There is too much Mediocrity. DK: Are you for or against Groupies? PS: Why not “Laughing” FOR to a certain level. We stay away from the Creep Factor. DK: What has been your biggest Achievement to date? PS: Getting the whole dance floor filled and on their feet and crowd loving our music DK: What can your fans expect from you later this year? PS: Play at more festivals and better beat matching. DK: If you could play anywhere in the world where would it be? PS: NYC of course End of Interview That felt like no interview I had ever conducted, I guess its because the four of us Laughed and Laughed at each question and went off pretty well. Unfortunately I was only able to get a picture with 2 of the 3 members but Alas I still got one. The Final Band I was to interview would be the Fruits & Veggies. Yes you did hear correct the Fruit & Veggies and don’t be fooled by the name, they are a Heavy Rock group and I did not expect to hear that from a group called Fruits & Veggies. After there set I got hold of 2 Members and had our quick interview before heading into the crowd to go and enjoy the rest of the evening. Here is what they said:
Interview with the FRUIT & VEGGIES BAND
MEMBERS: Purity – Vocals Loopy – Bass James – Guitar/Keys Cameron- Guitar Big Bear – Drums
DK: What’s your Favourite Cartoon? FV: Andy Cab and Bobs Burgers. DK: What is your biggest inspiration? FV: We get our inspiration from other bands like the Strokes DK: How did you come up with your Band name? FV: We were sitting around my place drunk & we came up with the name. DK: If you could collaborate with any Artist who would it be? FV: Lead singer of the Hives. DK: What’s your biggest fear when on stage? FV: Pedals f*#^k out, bottles thrown at us, or my tampon falling out on stage. DK: If you had one wish what would you wish for? FV: We would wish for a Publishing Deal, or have someone truly invest in us. DK: Are you for or against Groupies? FV: for Groupies, they make us feel alive DK: What has been your biggest Achievement to date? FV: Having a 13 page article on our band printed in the Rolling Stones Magazine October 2012 DK: What can your fans expect from you later this year? FV: An album year end DK: If you could play anywhere in the world where would it be? FV: Glastonbury UK End of Interview
So after a very long day of Awesome Music, Awesome crowd and not to mention awesome interviews with Talented Musicians it was now time to put down the camera, shutdown the laptop pack the notebooks and go and enjoy the rest of the festival.