“We keep the tracks pure and play live instruments like the trumpet to the music Richard makes.”
The eclectic musical duo started working together in 2007 after meeting at ‘A night of 1000 drawings’. Their first tour brought together by Hammer Live Brands saw them touring five different cities and doing twenty five gigs per tour, which they repeated over three years in a row due to the great success they enjoyed.
The style and deliverance of live instrument performances along with electronic tracks spun by a DJ has become something of a music and genre busting trend.
To get down to the juice of what their sound is made up of they play me a snippet of something they have been working on for their upcoming album that is due out this year.
My first impression is the unpredictability that pops out to me of the song structure and the purity in sound that goes from complicated then back to simple. Complimented by the extraordinary Jazzy ear pleasing trumpet.
“We like to keep it like a freestyle when we are busy with a production. We like to take an organic and pure approach to making this music of ours. So I (Richard) will come up with a beat production and Lee will come along with the trumpet and just play along to what I have already come up with.” Richard lets me know.
“The blending in this process will then determine the composition of the track.”
Their appeal is largely to the discerning more matured Urban audience along with and thanks to their combination of Electronic Lounge Jazz that is neither down tempo or fat ridiculous in sound yet somewhat edgy in its African Deep House delivery appeal.
Seriously, you need to check this out for yourself to understand what I’m on about here.
Both Richard and Lee enjoy wonderfully successful solo careers alongside their teamed effort. Catch Lee regularly gigging at Asouka in Kloof Street and on tour with his other Alternative Rock band the Hog Hoggidy Hogs too.
Richard is a Fez Club Resident and had been there since the start back in 2001. You can also check him out at Blakes Bar, Trinity and for sunset gigs at Sapphires in Camps Bay in Sundays.
WORDS: Mary Honeychild