Our favourite acoustic duo recently released their brand new EP and first independent release – Need to Hear, recorded with the renowned Theo Crous at Bellville Studios. The Original Colette Carr caught up with Bad Peter to find out more.
Congratulations on the release of your first independent release! The last time we interviewed you (re your debut EP) you were working under a record label. How were things different this time around, being independent?
Taking the independent route has shown us over and over to have been the right choice to make. A biggie for us is to have total creative control over our music, especially when it comes to recording and producing in studio. We believe that in the end, even though it might take a little longer to get to where we’d like to be, staying true to our sound is still the only way of getting there. Also, it’s pretty awesome owning our recordings now!
What is the biggest lesson you have learnt in your career since then and now?
We’ve learnt so much! An important one was to have realised that we are the actual product we’re selling and that we don’t need a massive record label with guys in suits and all to get somewhere with our music! If you want something done, just do it yourself.
We believe that in the end, even though it might take a little longer to get to where we’d like to be, staying true to our sound is still the only way of getting there. Also, it’s pretty awesome owning our recordings now!
You again recorded with the talented Theo Crous. What do you most enjoy about working with him?
When we decided to release another EP there wasn’t even a question of where we’ll be recording or who’ll be producing. In his studio in Bellville, Theo creates an environment which enables us to really be ourselves musically and otherwise. Theo also doesn’t like to fine tune everything or do a hundred takes on a specific part, we love that!
Did you ever take time off from the studio and all go surfing?
Yes we did, but as the Vaalies we are, we really sucked! Theo was out surfing the big waves like a pro and we were barely standing up on the board for mere split seconds at a time… During those split seconds of success we did however experience a little bit of magic and we’d both like to try to get better at it at some stage in our lives!
During those split seconds of success we did however experience a little bit of magic and we’d both like to try to get better at it at some stage in our lives!
What is the most rewarding aspect about being in studio?
It’s a great privilege and a life long dream to be able to record in studio. Every moment spent recording is one of those moments where you could just die and be happy! The most rewarding feeling we had was probably when we were done recording all the different parts and we could look forward to sharing the new music with everyone.
And what is the most challenging aspect?
Probably to stay in that fleeting moment where you know you could give your best. In that moment you forget about the microphones, all the equipment capturing your performance and the fact that people might actually listen to what you’re doing right now and just sing/play.
It’s a great privilege and a life long dream to be able to record in studio. Every moment spent recording is one of those moments where you could just die and be happy!
Need to Hear Album Launch
Some great gems of lyrics in these songs. When and where do you write?
That’s the best news thanks so much. I guess that’s one of the upsides to always having our phones on us these days. You can literally write anywhere and that is what we do. Sometimes it’s a songwriting session, other times the song wakes you up (if only it could always be like that) and other times it’s while you are travelling and just sitting around waiting.
Sorry Mama’s topic is something that is very close to my heart. I feel jaded and a little heartbroken every time I think of the state of our world. Do you believe there is still hope to rescue this situation?
It’s obviously something that’s very close to our heart as well and we are optimistic people in general. So on the one side, there’s a massive movement and progress amongst businesses and people alike to take more responsibility for our planet and that’s definitely something that inspires hope. On the other side, many things have happened than can sadly not be reversed. We often talk about this monster that we as humanity brought into existence, and we are forced to keep feeding it in order to survive.
What’s your best Stupid on a Sunday experience you can tell us about. Hopefully this didn’t include jail time 😉
Haha no luckily not. It is a tough one though. I guess there’s quite a few. The one is when we were saying goodbye to a friend who moved to the UK and Sunday parties was sort of our thing. So it was sad and very epic at the same time, but it also had to come to an end haha. Way too much Jägermeister and the Jukebox playing nonstop. It was actually at the pub where we started out gigging. Another epic Sunday would definitely have to be our first Park Acoustics. Anyone who’s ever attended one would know and we were also on this massive high after our performance.
And was it worth it? 😊
On the other side, many things have happened than can sadly not be reversed. We often talk about this monster that we as humanity brought into existence, and we are forced to keep feeding it in order to survive
Where can people see you playing in the coming months? Will you be touring the album?
We have already toured the album in Gauteng, KZN, Mpumalanga and The Cape among others. Looking forward to taking it to Potch, The Eastern Cape, Mozambique and holding thumbs for Namibia. Shows we’re definitely looking forward to now would have to be Up The Creek 2018, Potch Rag, Africa Bike Week 2018 and Strab 2018.
Download Need to Hear
Thanks for the chat and we wish you all the best with the EP, everybody should buy a copy, as it’s something that everybody Needs to Hear.