Jack Parow

Jack Parow
Jack Parow - Never Gonna Grow Up

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Zebra & Giraffe rocks with Slow Motion!

Zebra & Giraffe`s new EP “Slow Motion” is 5 tracks of heaven. From track one you are taken on a journey of carnival catchy guitar riffs, romantic slow jammers with haunting voices,  rocking beats and heavy guitars and closing the EP with soft melodic piano hooks. Greg Carlin's voice is unique, soft yet, inviting and rough. For me, it is one of the most thrilling albums I've heard in 2015.

The video for the track It's All The Same is haunting beautiful. The music video is a collaboration by Director/DOP Trevor Calverly (who also shot the band's "Sons" music video in 2013), visual artist and photographer Elsa Bleda, and Zebra & Girafe lead singer Greg Carlin. It was produced by Carlin and Alan Shenton for Hoodlum Music and stars actor Adam Heyns alongside Bleda. Additional scenes were shot and directed by Tristan Holmes. The video was edited and graded by Carlin. Initially when Greg and Trevor met up to discuss ideas, they settled on a classic 'road-tripromance' narrative, but both felt the story needed a unique angle. Trevor had been a long time follower of Elsa's Instagram account and the beautiful photos from her numerous train rides around South Africa. They reached out to Elsa to see if she'd be interested in collaborating on the project and bringing her knowledge and vision on board to help adapt the road trip into a train trip. With Elsa on board, the three set about adapting the narrative to ft a train journey and also planned possible routes across SA. It was eventually decided that they'd take the Shosholoza Meyl train from Johannesburg to Matjiesfontein, hop of there and drive down to Cape Town, and then shoot the final scenes on train rides from Cape Town to Fish Hoek. "Planning the routes and ftting everything within budget was quite a task" say Carlin of the planning phase. "We had a very short time to find actors, book tickets, and plan a route that made sense. We also planned to shoot mostly on the fly and in tight spaces, and this meant shooting with a single handheld DSLR camera and only using natural light." Shooting took place over 3 days in early October with the bulk of the train footage being shot on the train trip from Jozi to Matjiesfontein. The handheld DSLR setup meant Calverly had enough space and freedom to move around the small cabins and still get the wide shots he wanted. Shooting on the train also gave the video its unmistakable handheld feel. Actor Adam Heyns was hired to star as the co-lead alongside Elsa and plays the part of a loner musician, traveling around the country busking and playing tiny bars. Along the way he meets Elsa’s character and they fall for one another. A romance ensues but quickly dissolves as she realizes that he’s played this game with many women before. The opening bar scene was shot at the historic, saloon-like Laird's Arms in Matjiesfontein. The crew also shot cutaway sequences in some of the many ornately decorated rooms as well as in the gardens surrounding the hotel. Carlin: "The staff at The Lord Milner in Matjiesfontein were a great help - they let us shoot all around the hotel and grounds with no notice. The town has such an interesting look and feel about it - I'm glad we got to include it in the video". After that the crew headed to Cape Town shooting extra train footage on trips along the coast from Fish Hoek. Additional scenes were shot at Cape Town's infamous Dive Bar Lefty's, and at the Two Oceans Aquarium. When it came to post production, Carlin decided to cut and grade the video himself - "We really maxed out our budget on the shoot days and I thought I'd take a shot at the edit and grade. I'm really happy with how it came out. Trevor stuck really closely to the script and Adam and Elsa did such a great job with the acting that it was easy to cut! I love working with Trevor because he gets such beautiful shots . I had enough usable footage for 3 videos!"

Upcoming Shows:
2 December - Pop Art Theatre (Maboneng, JHB) Acoustic (with Ruby Gill)
3 December -  Pop Art Theatre (Maboneng, JHB) Acoustic (with Ruby Gill)
4 December -  Rumours (West Rand, JHB)
5 December -  Sundowners (Alberton, JHB)


Multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and New York Times best-selling author Sara Bareilles has released her highly anticipated new studio album, WHAT’S INSIDE: SONGS FROM WAITRESS. The album features songs from the upcoming Broadway musical Waitress, for which she wrote both music and lyrics. The musical, which will open at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 24th, 2016. Reuniting with KALEIDOSCOPE HEART producer Neal Avron, the album was recorded in New York and Los Angeles and is Sara’s much-anticipated follow-up to her highly-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated third studio album “The Blessed Unrest.”  The album’s first single, “She Used to Be Mine,” is available at iTunes and all digital retailers now. Sara recently released her first book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song, on October 6th via Simon & Schuster. The book, which made the New York Times Best Sellers List, is a collection of personal essays which among other things, tells the inside stories behind some of her most popular songs, including “Love Song,” “Gravity,” and her most recent hit, “Brave.” Sara recently made a number of national television appearances in support of the book including live interviews on the Today Show, Live with Kelly & Michael, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Meredith Vieira.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

DVD! Frank Sinatra - All Or Nothing At All

Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All” is the definitive account of the life, music and career of Frank Sinatra, the greatest entertainer of the 20th century. Told in his own words through extensive archive interviews, along with commentary from those closest to him, the film weaves the music and images from Sinatra’s life together with rarely seen footage of Sinatra’s famous 1971 “Retirement Concert” in Los Angeles. The film’s narrative is shaped by Sinatra’s song choices for that concert, which director Alex Gibney interprets as the singer’s personal guide through his own life. With the participation of the Frank Sinatra Estate, family members and archivists, “Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All” is an intimate portrait of the singer, the actor and the man.

Steve Hofmeyr - The Country Collection If You Could Read My Mind

Dit is Steve Hofmeyr se sewe-en-twintigste album uitreiking en daar is geen teken van stoom verloor ten opsigte van sy kreatiwiteit, liedjieskryf, toer, film bedrywighede en sterk sosiale kommentaar op vele forums nie. Maar nou, met die uitreiking van IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND laat hy die swaar temas vir ‘n wyle agter en bring hy ‘n bietjie country verligting na sy aanhangers. IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND is opgeneem en vervaardig deur die bekroonde vervaardiger, Jaun “Floors” Oosthuizen, wie ook ‘n Ghoema toekenning vir Beste Vervaardiger, in 2015 ontvang het. Die album bestaan uit 15 van die mooiste country liedjies tot nog toe en bevat een van die mooiste en roerendste verwerkings van die liedjie Teach Your Children wat Steve saam met die Coleske broers Ewald en Arnold opgeneem het. Ander immergroen treffers waarna aanhangers kan uitsien is Heartache Tonight, The Gambler, Have you ever seen the rain, Oh Sherrie, Games people play, Photograph, Hey Mr. Dream-Maker, If I said you had a beautiful body If you could read my mind, Drift away, Gypsy Woman, To make you feel my love, Rhinestone cowboy en Cry to me.

Various Artists - Clubland 2016

CLUBLAND, one of the top club album brands in the world returns with refreshed look and feel and an insane tracklisting. Everyone from ULTRA 2016 Headliners to current favorites like AVICII and local talents MAJOZI and KYLE WATSON. Clubland not only features a ton of exclusive tracks but also very exclusive remixes on tracks from Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Alfons, Bellini and many more. CLUBLAND is your perfect CLUB album to take you into 2016! Do not miss this power club album.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

FOKOFPOLISIEKAR: And now it’s time for an ice cold ‘Fokof Lager’

One year ago, FOKOFPOLISIEKAR initiated the launch of their 4 part Craft beer series produced by Sir Thomas Brewery. The beers in this range were all named after some the band’s most popular songs and became instant hits.  Dagdronk, Antibiotika, Hemel op die Platteland and Skyn Heilig have now been sold out and will no longer be produced. But this is not the end of Fokofpolisiekar and good beer. The band has taken everything that it has learnt in the past year to produce an exceptional Lager brewed by the renowned Devil’s Peak Breweries in Cape Town. The appropriately titled ‘Fokof Lager’ is mass produced and will be sold on tap at various bars and restaurants throughout South Africa. The very first drop will be poured at Capital Craft in Pretoria.  The perfect antidote to the heatwave.

Taste #‎FokofLager:

Aroma: Clean crisp malt character supported by a mild, spicy and slightly floral aroma of the famous noble Hallertauer Mittelfrüh hops.

Appearance: Pale yellow in colour and brilliantly clear. Medium white head with good retention.

Flavour: Very delicate malt profile with an unobtrusive hop character and low level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light in body.  Medium to high carbonation level with a full flavoured mouthfeel as a result of the 100% malt used.

Overall Impression: Easy drinking, fresh and vibrant.

HOT CD! Little Mix - ‘Get Weird’

UK supergroup Little Mix has released their new album, ‘Get Weird’ (Deluxe). The album is currently Top 10 on iTunes in 24 markets and Top 20 on iTunes in a further 38 markets around the world. Lead single “Black Magic” debuted at #1 in the UK, was playlisted nationally and also peaked in the Top 40 of the South African airplay chart earlier this year. Single two, “Love Me Like You”, finds Little Mix putting a modern spin on the classic girl group songs of the Motown era. The retro pop song produced and written by Steve Mac alongside Camille Purcell, James Newman and Iain James showcases the girls incredible vocals with a massive melodic chorus and is starting to build traction nicely across radio in South Africa. The girls describe ‘Get Weird’ as “a celebration of being unique and not holding back”. Standout tracks include “Secret Love Song” (a collaboration with Jason Derulo) and “Lightning”, which has been described by the band as a sister to 2012’s massive single “DNA”. Additionally, the deluxe track “I Won’t” represents an important moment of self-discovery for the band as they realise “as long we’ve got each other that’s all we need”. The girls strived to push everything to its limits on this record and make no mistake: ‘Get Weird’ does not mess about.

Friday, 30 October 2015

SA Hip Hop Just Got Hotter! BK - Phola Debut Single Out Now!

As SA hip-hop heats up, the movement keeps breeding great talent and BK is it’s stand-out gem, paving her own lane with the release of debut single, Phola! Not only does she have bars, a great voice but also a uniquely smooth cadence last heard on artists like Bahamadia and Doggy Style Snoop Dogg, Bk reps in a style that won’t easily be boxed and labelled as female rap, this one qualifies as just straight up dope hip-hop. According to BK her style is... “a mixture of kasi and street rap I suppose, some say I'm gangster...”  My style is influenced by BK is not new to the music scene, she’ recently collaborated with Reason, Tumi of Tumi And The Volume, DJ Shimza (yes she gets down with house music too!) and she gets lots of love with co-signs from DJ Vigilante (Cashtime Life Crew) who took to the artist after he heard her rendition of Anatii’s ‘The Saga’ and Drake x Niki Minaj’s Truffle Butter freestyle. BK also featured in this week’s MTV Base Cypher side Ginger Breadman and Ethikweni’s new kid on the block Raheem Kemet. So, what is this about again? BK’s new single... it doesn’t get cooler than this...“Phola is feel good joint about the thing we do on weekends - just chill... “ BK

Get in the Friday MØØD with these hot new singles

MØ – “Kamikaze”
MØ (pronounced ‘moo’) is a name to remember! After featuring on “Lean On” with Major Lazer & “Beg For It” with Iggy Azalea, this young Dane is taking the industry by storm with her new single
“Kamikaze” has already been playlisted nationally in South Africa and is expected to be a monster hit as we head into 2016.

Parson James – “Temple”
South Carolina-born, Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter Parson James likes to call his music “conflicted pop gospel" and his new single “Temple” showcases just that. As an openly gay, bi-racial son of the South, who experienced a rocky childhood, Parson has frequently found himself drawn to trying to make sense of his past and how it has shaped his identity.

Cage The Elephant – “Mess Around”
Have you missed these guys as much as we have? It’s been over two years since they dropped their last album and fans have been hungry for something new “Mess Around” is the first single from their fourth studio album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, now available for pre-order online.

Shy Carter – “Bring It Back” feat. Aleon Craft
A hot new signing from Sony Music Australia that is starting to make waves in the US, Shy Carter is someone to keep an eye on this summer holiday! “Bring It Back” is the focus single at the moment and it will be serviced to radio in South Africa shortly.

Zebra & Giraffe release new EP and video - Slow Motion

Zebra & Giraffe`s new EP “Slow Motion” will be released on Friday 13 November 2015. Zebra & Giraffe is known as one of South Africa`s finest rock acts, with two SAMA wins and more than 15 radio hits over the past 7 years. Their passion to move beyond what they’re known for musically is evident in the unpredictability of each new release. The good news for fans who are curious to hear what Zebra & Giraffe has come up with on this new offering, is that the EP will be available for pre order on iTunes from Friday October 30th. The first single "It's All The Same" will also be available to buy on iTunes (as a single or as an instant grat track when you pre order the EP). The single will also be available for streaming on Apple Music, Deezer, TIDAL, Spotify, Google Play and Rdio. The band did the pre-production for the new album at Openroom in Greenside and then flew to San Francisco to record the EP with American producer Cian Riordan (HOLYCHILD, The Wombats). – This is the first time that they have worked with a new producer after doing 4 albums with Darryl Torr. Greg Carlin says: “Working with a new producer for the first time in our career was really refreshing and a good step for us. We've worked with Darryl (Torr) on 4 albums now and he and the band agreed it was time to try something different. Initially we were nervous working with someone else, but immediately after our first Skype call with Cian, we knew we'd found the right guy. I think the 2 main things he brought to the table was a fresh perspective on song choice, and a simplification of the production process. We're so used to layering our sound in studio - we'd layer at least 5 to 10 guitars plus effects on any given part. That layering has in a sense become our signature sound, but it also allowed us to hide behind it. I think we got away with a lot. Cian stripped everything back to its core and made sure the hooks and the playing were all super strong. It's definitely given us a bolder and punchier sound.” Zebra & Giraffe spent 7 days recording at Panoramic House in Stinson Beach (20mi from San Francisco) Carlin says that the band loved every minute of it. “The studio (Panoramic House) had some of the best vintage gear in, so it was a real treat to be able to record there” They also got to record the vocals and piano for "You Are" live at Barefoot Studios in Hollywood. “We got a really great piano player named Dan Martinez to come in and play live while I sang in the booth. It was a great experience to record in that room - The piano was the same one Stevie Wonder recorded "Songs In The Key Of Life" on and parked just next to it was Slash's cruiser bike that he was given by Conan O'Brien! Very Hollywood.” The EP really isn't focused on one specific type of song or genre. The sound across the 5 songs is diverse. Carlin explains: “On this project we wanted to push ourselves in different directions and not play it safe by producing the same thing we have before.” The searing "Redefine" finds the bands exploring its heavier side with Carlin pushing his voice to new heights. You Are" and "Slow Motion" find Carlin and the band exploring more positive themes than on past releases, whilst "It's All The Same" and "Won't Break Down" blur the barriers between pop and rock and will be stuck in your head for days. “You Are” also features newcomer Ruby Gill on vocals. The EP was mixed by Riordan and mastered by Emily Lazar at the Lodge, NYC (Vampire Weekend, Sia, Foo Fighters)
Exclusive Apple Connect Music Video Release: Monday 2 November:

The music video for "It's All The Same" will be released exclusively on Apple Connect on Monday the 2nd November. The video is a collaboration between director/DOP Trevor Calverly, photographer and Art Director Elsa Bleda and Greg Carlin. It follows a couple's brief "road-trip romance" but reimagined on trains rather than on the road. It stars Elsa and actor Adam Heyns and was filmed on the Shosholoza Meyl train from Johannesburg to Matjiesfontein, on train rides from Cape Town to Fish Hoek, in bars like Lefty's and the Laird's Arms (Matjiesfontein) and in the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

CD REVIEW! Disturbed – Immortalized

Get your head banging with one of Disturbed's best albums. For real. I had my doubts. Hesitant to listen to it (although I like rock & metal), and now it's the only CD I listen to when driving around and at home. The band sure took their time with this CD. It's their 6th CD but their previous CD was released 5 years ago! One thing I can say is that out of the 13 tracks on the CD more than half are possible rock hits. On Immortalized the one thing I quite enjoyed was the rhythm section of Mike Wengren (drums) and John Moyer (bass). And as expected, the CD has hints of electronic and industrial elements. And it works. And it rocks! The Simon & Garfunkel cover of The Sound Of Silence is one of my best tracks. If I could choose another one it would be "Immortalized".

Monday, 26 October 2015

The Princess of South African music - Tholwana Mohale

While Tholwana Mohale's song Hollywood Guy is zooming up the music charts, The Beat got a chance to speak to her about how intimidating the music scene can be, her secrets and inspirations.

You are starting very young in the music industry, so how intimidating can the music industry be? It can be very intimidating. There are a lot of good artists out there, and you’re always worrying if you’re song will be as enticing to the public as another person’s song. I particularly felt that pressure ahead of the release of “Hollywood Guy”.

What did you find the most difficult when you started in the industry? Maintaining the balance between school and recording. I’ve also had to adjust to a brand new environment this year, having moved from my hometown to Johannesburg. We take things day by day!

Your single Hollywood Guy is scorching up the playlists. Tell us a bit about the single, what inspired you to write it and how you ended up working with FutureKings? There was a guy at my old school that I had a huge crush on. We were just friends but all my friends were rooting for us to get together. I didn’t tell him or anyone I liked him… I decided to rather express my emotions though my music. I was sitting in my room one evening and the chorus just came to me. I started writing the verses but I didn’t finish the song right there and then. The second half of the song is actually about someone new that I met here in Johannesburg! The track has taught me that sometimes things just don’t work out, but they lead you to better things. “Hollywood Guy” is pretty much about finding that special person in your life. I was set up with Ross & Alex from FutureKings via the label and it was a great experience working with them. I’m currently working on some more material with them and I’m excited to see where the partnership goes.

When did you first become interested in music? Well I’ve always been interested in music, but when I was 11 I started playing guitar and writing songs. It’s been the love of my life since then.

Can you remember the first song you ever sang and the first ever CD you bought? First CD I ever bought: Beyonce – Dangerously in Love, and apperently the first song I sang was Twinkle twinkle little star [Laughs]

Who are your music inspirations? Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Jimmy Nevis, Demi Lovato, Sia & ChianoSky.

What do people not know about Tholwana? I’ve done folk dancing before! *laughs* It was compulsory at my previous school and I was never too good at it.

What is next for Tholwana? More studio time, more writing, plus lots of gigs. I just wrapped up a gig in Drakensberg and have a couple more bookings before everyone goes on holiday in December. We’re working towards an EP release early next year and hopefully my debut album will follow from that. Watch this space!

Any advice to those who want to start out in the music industry? Be confident in your craft! If you are, you will succeed. Don’t doubt yourself and go with your gut!