Most people have been to Cape Town but not everyone has been to Kommetjie (Afrikaans for “small basin,”), a small suburb of Cape Town. It’s smaller than White River to give the Lowvelder an idea but it’s an excellent place for surfers. Out of Kommetjie came a young man, a musician never the less that started making music when he was working on yacht. With a guitar and a loop pedal he started to record some jams, making notes and in general just made music.
He never intended to be a musician and his first gig was at Assembly (Cape Town) for a Greenpop celebration part but one thing was for certain, his tunes are catchy. Soon Jeremy Loops (not his real surname) became a little more well known, busking in and around Cape Town or while bringing his actual day time job of Greenpop (a tree planting project for Zambia and a few other places) to its feet with 2 friends. Now a few years down the line and a handful of festivals later Jeremy is quickly growing into a house hold name.
Anyone who listens to 5FM in recent weeks might have heard this happy song called “Power” or maybe you don’t and need me to explain it to you. Now Jeremy music will make your feet move, doesn’t matter if you know him or not. The next thing you know it will get stuck in your head, his tunes of course. First time I saw him was at Up The Creek (a music festival in Swellendam, Western Cape), the crowd was small and I didn’t know his music from a bar of soap but there he was. And it bit me, the “Loops Fever bug” – what a fantastic thing it was. Of course 3 years later, 2 EP’s, about ± 7 festivals and three international tours later mister Loops songs are making waves.
I wouldn’t label his music as hippy, I would label it as happy, foot stomping, good anywhere music. It reminds me of sunshine after a week of rain of swimming in the Breede River with a Titanic in hand and Jeremy’s laugh. One which he shares on stage with Motheo Moleko (the cool cat rapper) and Jamie Faull (a real Swingsetter) on saxophone. “Power” is not his first song “Mission to the sun (Howling)” was the first I would say was a YouTube hit. It played on MK and Jeremy was voted the Best Solo artist at the MK Awards this year and that is purely public voting. And Jeremy he makes music with a baby’s toy, guitar, banjo, harmonica, his own beat boxing, his feet, his hands and at his shows he loves using the crowd to help make some noise. Oh yes and did I mention this all goes onto a loop pedal machine ?That is like one whole band in one device without band politics.
Jeremy will be making his first trip ever to Nelspruit (aka Nelsparta) on the 1st of September 2013. You can’t afford to miss this guy, you really would miss out. Make a mission to the Blue Moon for some Spring sunshine, come see how beautiful the valley and the mountains are during daytime hours.
“Cause you so cool how you gonna be in my shoes? You so cool”
While fighting those winter blues, it may seem that spring is far away, but we have some great news. Spring is actually around the corner and before you even begin to wonder what you want to do for the coming of spring, let Blue Moon make things easy for you.
Being surrounded by nature and a beautiful view, far away from the city’s pollution. The sun shinning bright and you are sitting on a blanket with a picnic basket accompanied by acoustic sounds from South Africa’s hottest artists being echoed through the Blue Moon mountain.
Date: 1 SEPTEMBER 2013
Place: BLUE MOON
Tickets: R100 at Look & Listen Riverside Mall
R150 on the day and at the gate
Contact: 013 744 9033
082 455 0674
Tickets Sales Open 15 August 2013
Pre School children’s entry is free.
Family of 3 (2 Parent + 1 child) = R240
Family of 4 (2 Parents + 2 children) = R320
Family of 5 (2 Parents + 3 children) = R400
COMPETITION: Since we appreciate that you always come to Blue Moon events, we in association with Royal lens photography 2013 is giving away tickets to ANY upcoming Blue Moon event this year. That’s right ANY event in 2013! How to enter? Its simple go to Royal Lens Photography 2013’s Facebook page and tag yourself in the NIGHT WITH THE STARS photos.
So you didn’t go to night with the stars or there wasn’t a photo taken of you at the event? YOU CAN STILL WIN. Now: All new LIKES on ROYAL LENS PHOTOGRAPHY 2013 will also stand a chance to win the tickets.
So what are you waiting for?
When news hit the street that Tailor would be performing at the MK Sage with Innibos this year, I did my geeky happy dance. I mean Tailor, in my hometown, my Innibos 2013 experience was set out to be amazing! Wednesday night arrived and the whole day was filled with getting word around to be at the MK stage at 20:00 sharp. An act that should not be missed will be on.
With a surprisingly large crowd for such a new up and coming act, Tailor’s voice rang through the air and everyone’s attention was immediately on her. Awestruck faces where planted on the stage and every note she sang was soaked up by fans made there and then. With every note perfectly on key, ever guitar strum played with such enthusiasm and all the sounds meeting each other in perfect harmony to create what might be South Africa’s finest duo. With ‘Shaped like a gun’, the fans who were watching her for the first time didn’t know what to expect when she put down the drumsticks and tambourine and sat down on one of the speakers facing the crowd. And then they heard it. A song so filled with emotion that one could not listen to it with feeling the pain and misery her voice rang with. Ladies becoming teary-eyed and men hardly blinking, Tailor shared the audience with her most raw and beautiful song.
Keep an eye out on local festival line-ups, as Tailor will be making major waves with events to come!
Many people search for great music overseas. Not having the faith in our local South African artists and then becoming fans of over commercialised music which they don’t truly enjoy.
It’s pointless searching for great music overseas. There are millions of amazing acts, don’t get me wrong, but why support them when you have local acts that are equally amazing, maybe even more so right here under your nose?
Tailor is one of those acts. With her raspy voice and perfectly-tuned notes she is the Janis Joplin of South Africa. Suddenly entering our music scene unannounced she has proven that great quality music will always be the preferred. When first heard, you don’t quite know whether you fancy her deep and emotional lyrics, but when you hit ‘replay’ you immediately fall in love. Her CD will be on replay in your car for weeks if not months on end. Her live performances will leave you teary-eyed and touched but most importantly her lyrics will speak to you and comfort you in times of need.
‘Wolf’, the song that made many South Africans open their hearts to her, is not your usual music video. It’s setup in a forest with her singing in a bathtub a lot and wearing a wolf mask while running from something – it’s different and alternative which shows us why it was nominated for an MK Award for Best Video.
Whether it’s indie you’re a fan of or whether you’re always on the lookout for unusual artists, Tailor should be on the top of your list for acts to look out for. (Suné Halderman)