Friday, September 19, 2014

Drift Prism EP on it's way.

Drift Prism is (in my books) the most exciting new face in South African electronic music. I've been lucky enough to see this fantastic monster growing for the past few months and now, a debut 5 track EP is being released next week. A teaser video's been put together to give you a taste of what you can look forward to:

I, for one, am incredibly excited! You should be too!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hi5 present "An Indie Thursday Throwback"

Next month will mark Sassquatch's 9th birthday. Almost a decade ago, Ri and I teamed up to play our first set as Sassquatch and Data Takashi at "The Secret Pirate Party".

We quickly found ourselves very happily involved in the musical adventures of the phenomenal little scene that The Secret spawned. Most notably, we landed a weekly residency playing Tokyo Star on Thursday nights.

Playing alongside The Klassikist and King of Town, Ri and I had the best possible time on these Thursday nights. Fueled by adoration for the wave of new bands (LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, !!!) re-inventing dance music, classic bands who'd created the blueprints (Gang of Four, Talking Heads, A Certain Ratio) and cheap alcoholic frozen-ice beverages, these nights were, week after week, pure magic. Alongside the music and slush that made these times so great, the final ingredient was the people involved. Wits students that wouldn't miss a night, young professionals in business wear turning into sweaty messes, Pretoria kids that would drive all the way to Melville to dance with us; week after week, the people that packed out that tiny venue made us the happiest guys in Joburg.

The scene would inspire a whole generation of new DJs (Brother Grimm, Nathan Scott Phillips, Kodiak and so many more joining our ranks) and surely had a heavy hand in how night-life changed in the years since. But, like all good things, the nights would come to an end. Tokyo Star would leave Melville, along with it's lack of dress-code, alternative spirit and our ragged gang of DJs and dancers. I focused more on throwing parties in cities beyond Joburg. Ri would land up creating multiple alter-egos (Data Takashi, Plaat Japie, Danger Ingozi) for his expanding musical tastes. Kids grew up and time moved on.

Now, we're casting our gaze back to this golden era. Ri, Cam and I are throwing one of our Hi5 nights next Thursday, with a classic lineup and cheap alchoholic frozen-ice beverages in tow. We're mega excited to put on "An Indie Thursday Throwback" and can't wait to get slushed with all our old friends!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Good Weekend: Star-crossed Lovers was born.

It's been more than a year since the last time I got one of these "Good Weekend" posts out. In the time since then I've had some pretty dam righteous times, all un-blogged about. So many excellent shows and DJ sets and out-of-town adventures and chill-sessions and moments I've loved and surely should have written about but didn't. So what did I do this past weekend that's got me amped enough to do another one of these? I made alien planets smooch.

Yeah, I've started making games now. There's a long winded life-chaning-event catch-up blog post somewhere in there (it can get in line alongside other fine installments like "I turned 30" and "I moved to Cape Town" and "I adopted tiny kittens").

To quickly summarize as best I can:

1) Matt and I simultaneously realised we should be making games and set up Token Games as an interactive sister-company to Cool Your Jets.
2) There's an amazing community of people making games in this country.
3) I've met some members of the Cape Town contingent of said community. They proved to be welcoming and excellent beyond my wildest expectations and I've enjoyed some grand adventures hanging out with them and (here and there) making things together.

This swiftly bring us up to last Friday, where Ryan (one of my excellent new game-making friends) asked if I had plans for the weekend and if I'd like to join him in creating something for the Ludum Dare 72 game jam. Considering my plans included just staying home and teaching myself Game Salad, this sounded like a far better option so I said "Uh. Yes!" I roped Jason in on music and sound duties and Team Perfect Match was born!
Ludum Dare is an international game Jam, primarily focused on individuals making games in 48 hours or teams doing the same in 72. The theme for this past one went live at 3AM on Saturday morning. It was "Connected Worlds" which made us think of a planet-hopping space imigrants, inter-stellar delivery men and dimension-shifting paper-boys. Ultimately we went with the concept that made us laugh the most - a dating show for lonely planets.

Star-crossed Lovers surely won't go down as one of the greatest games created during Ludum Dare 30, but we had mountains of fun making this thing. Reactions from the LD and MGSA communities have also been super encouraging and we're toying with the idea of taking this concept a bit further than the jam. But enough talking about it, let me rather just say;





Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cool Your Jets 2014 update!

I feel I owe this old blog an extensive apology for my absence this year. Unfortunately, I don't really have time for that. And I guess that's really a huge part of this forthcoming extensive apology; I'm very busy. Busy with what? Cool your Jets!

Things have been going pretty great for our little animation/ illustration factory. In the past year we've landed our biggest jobs to date and done a bunch of work we're very proud of. We've collected all this into a shiny new website and fun showreel for 2014. And now, for your viewing pleasure, here they are!


That's that!

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Johnny Foreigner are a noisy, fun band of magicians who I've shared many of the best moments of my life with. There was that time they came to South Africa in 2010 and there was that time we toured through The States in a Winnebago and that time we toured Europe and I documented everything and that time we went back to America and I documented nothing and then that time we traveled through the UK earlier this year.

I'm incredibly happy to announce we'll be adding to this list of adventures. Jo Fo are coming back to SA in October, aptly in time for Halloween. In putting the tour together, I've teamed up with my super-pal Henk from Not Bad. We've got a really fantastic set of dates lined up, and everyone's understandably mega-excited.

RSVP here!

Tell your friends!

Loads of details and updates and news to follow. We've got some really fun creative projects planned for the build up to the tour and the shows themselves.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SMAC 750!

Well, this is it, my 750th post on my dear old blog.

I've been watching this milestone approaching for months. In May I posted animal call 749. From there, I planned a super elaborate 750th post, catching you up on the massive new developments in my life over the past while. It's been a crazy time this past while, with a lot of big stuff happening, so much in fact that I never did get through that monster "this is my life now" post between May and now. Now, with massive news on the horizon, I just have to get past this milestone so I can share that in SMAC 751!

So yeah, happy 750th post to me! Thanks to everyone that's been along for the ride at any point over the past 7 years, it's been swell! And now, let me leave you with this single update from Bensville:  

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Batelur Moves On!

Next Friday I'll be putting on my Sassquatch suit for a very special night out.

Joburg's (absolute) finest, The Brother Moves On, are making a trip down to Cape Town. In turn, The Mother City's (scientifically-proven) greatest band, Bateleur have invited TBMO to team up with them in ripping apart the the fabric of reality at Manilla Bar next Friday. Supporting these guitar-wielding titans, a lovely sellection of support acts have been assembled in the form of Cutting Gems, Seferino, Haus DJs and your friendly neighborhood Sassquatch. Needless to say, this is going to be sheer magic.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Days Like Television: Beach Party - I Want To

The Cape Town awesomeness-generating wonders known as Surfing Looser Space Cult have done it again! The gang's latest creation is a major double whammy; a stellar new Beach Party song and an ace-as-all-hell music video to accompany it.

The song is produced by The Cult's Andrew Esterhuizen (Gateway Drugs, ex-Beach Party). In my books, it's the best sounding thing he's done with Beach Party over their (soon to be) three album career. "I Want To" is the lead single off Album 3 "Ribs or Death" which SLSC will be dropping within the month. Based on how awesome this first song is, I think it's safe to say that I'm more than a little excited to hear what the gang have put together this time around.

In the video, it's great to see the band teaming up with Dylan Culhane again. The results of Dylan and Beach Party's previous adventures were plain awesome and things are no different this time around. The piece is edited by Beach Party's drummer and The Cult's resident moving-image-machine Xander van der Westhuizen. An incredibly beautiful little journey, this video too might be a highlight for Xander who's previous creations with SLSC have been solid gold time and time and time again.

A literal Beach Party featuring parallel-universe versions of a gang of Surfing Looser Space Cult members, the show is frequently stolen by Rocco (of The Dollfins family), but before I get too caught up in talking about puppies let me just present to you:
another wonderous gem of African rock and roll magic:
Beach Party's "I Want To":