MonArk to play Franschhoek Cellar on Sunday 23 April 2017

Without a doubt one of the most exciting acts to break out from 2013, MonArk are changing the face of pop music in South Africa and they will be playing Franschhoek Cellar on Sunday 23 April 2017

Franschhoek Cellar has over the last few months hosted some of SA’S top acts including Watershed ,Ard Matthews ,Prime Circle ,Arno Carstens ,and the Parlotones and now MonArk on Sunday 23 April ,starting at 3pm -Book at webtickets.

The shows have been curated by James Stewart and Martin Myers with support from Paul Bothner Music and Franschhoek Country House and Villas and sound design and operation of each show by Abdul Burton

Mixing Eugene Coetzer’s uniquely characterful vocal delivery – polished with his distinctive falsetto – and Ewald Jansen van Rensburg’s unmatched, global production style, MonArk craft songs rich in meaning and soul stirring hooks. Performing as a 4-piece band, MonArk deliver something completely fresh and unique, and are setting trends sonically and stirring up tastes in the South African music landscape.

The band has dominated the South African airwaves with their singles;

Smiling (5FM Top 3)

Build It Up (5FM Top 5, #1 on JacarandaFM, 947/KFM, AlgoaFM, OFM)

Something (947/KFM Top 10; OFM/JacarandaFM Top 5)

You Make (Algoa Top 20, ECR TOP 40)

Their debut album NEGATIVES, was released worldwide on 14 July 2014 and peaked at nr. 1 on the iTunes Album Chart on its release day. Their latest single, Hush, was released in May 2015.

The band was formed when producer Ewald Jansen van Rensburg teamed up with friend and vocalist, Eugene Coetzer. For a couple of years they patiently developed and worked towards finding the specific sound they were after and once they had discovered it, they gathered together the musicians that were needed to grow and perform the music. The band officially formed in August 2012 intent on making popular, yet tastefully engineered music with a cinematic feel and a musical twist of realism.

MonArk was nominated for a MK 2014 Award for Best Newcomer, along with being chosen as one of the artists in iTunes’ exclusive ‘New Artist in 2014’ campaign.

The band were also recently nominated for Best Pop Album, as well as Record of the Year at the 2015 SAMA’s (South African Music Awards), along with a nomination for Ewald Jansen van Rensburg for Best Producer for the NEGATIVES album.

Their energetic and polished live performances have been incredibly well received by their fans, with MonArk performing on some of the top stages in the country – including 94.7 Joburg Day, KFM 94.5’s KDAY, Splashy Fen, KKNK, and the Durban Botanical Gardens, to name but a few.

pic – Franschhoek Country House and Villas

World Class Producers Tristan Keyte, Brian O’Shea, Charles Webster Talk 21st Century Production at Music Exchange

World Class Producers Tristan Keyte ( UK, USA ), and Brian O’Shea ( USA, Germany, UK ) and Charles Webster (UK, USA) discussed the new challenges in producing commercially viable music in the age of technological equality.

The trio, who all have extensive international experience at the highest levels of the industry, shared some of the psychological aspects that go into the 21st Century creative process.

Tristan Keyte, (Roger Daltrey, Westlife, BoyZone) was particularly candid saying ” It really isn’t a dictatorship anymore” when discussing production. He went on, ” The vibe of the people in the room is the critical part” and ‘ If the feeling in the room isn’t optimal, its time to leave the room for a while”. He also described the teamwork ethic 21st Century artists require these days. ” It’s no longer a process that has any authoritarian component to it “.

Keyte, who is based out of Cape Town and London continued to discuss the dynamic of the new technology and its effect on the artists ability to engage in the production process, “The artist can now engage in pre-production themselves while creating the ideas for a track, which can help guide the production into the original vision of the song” and also added ” It becomes a total team effort these day”.

Brian O’Shea, ( Seether, Watershed, Elvis Blue, Arno Carstens, Lloyd Cele ) added that artists are seriously interested in designing “commercially viable tracks”, whenever possible, in order to put themselves in position to profit immediately. He went on to declare ” The New Artist has a clear vision of what they want, when entering my office. They come in with several well developed tracks and want me to design a “Radio Hit” with a few of them”. It has become clear, that the 21st Century Artist is a quasi – producer, who is more interested in participating in every specific step of the production process.

World Class Producers Tristan Keyte, Brian O'Shea, Charles Webster Talk 21st Century Production at Music Exchange

World Class Producers Tristan Keyte, Brian O’Shea, Charles Webster Talk 21st Century Production at Music Exchange

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