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“I am constantly in awe and confusion as to what music is and where is comes from” – Watkykjy interviews Dead Letter Circus

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Ons het op’n moerse lekker band van Brisbaine, Australië afgekom. Dead Letter Circus is die perde se naam en ons het vir hulle so paar vragies geskiet. Obviously in Engels – ons gaan mos nou nie soos Beeld of Rapport maak en sulke simpel woorde soos “vertonings” en “toeskouers” in hulle monde sit nie. Hulle tunes is voorwaar piele en hopelik bring ons tjommies in die musiekbedryf hulle so bietjie oor Suid-Afrika toe volgende jaar. Hulle klink lus…

dead-letter-circus-2You guys made your start in 2007. What has your musical journey been like for you from then until now?    
In reflection the journey as a whole has been like a rock n roll dream come true.  We didn’t spend long in the beginning stage playing to no one at our local bar  as we chose to do things another way.  Instead of jumping out and playing our first show the moment we had 10 songs,  we wrote nearly every day for a year until we had 10 really good songs and entered the scene sounding like a mature band.   We put 2 songs on Myspace and things exploded, our eighth show was touring nationally as a support to one the biggest bands in the country and ended up clocking in over 100 shows that year and had supported every relevant band in Australia. Both our  debut album This is the Warning and our follow up The Catalyst Fire somehow came in at number 2 on the charts in Australia and then took us around the world touring to some places I’d dreamed of visiting since childhood.  But I guess that is the journey music took me on.  As far as my relationship with music has been,  it is still as mysterious as the moment I felt the call.  We are writing our third album right now and I am constantly in awe and confusion as to what music is and where it comes from.  Is it an expression and extension of personality? Or is it some infinite  ever evolving presence somewhere in the ether that you learn to tune into,  and if you are lucky become the vessel for a particular shade of it’s voice? Honestly I lean towards the latter and feel grateful everyday for being one of the lucky ones.

You’ve cited Deftones, among a few, as one of your influences. South Africa had a chance to watch them perform recently. In what would you say they influenced your music and songwriting?   
We love the Deftones and I have to say what I loved most about them when I discovered them was the contrast of the lighter vocal over the heavy moments. They were undeniably pioneers of so much modern rock and so original. We got to watch them perform on a touring festival day from side of stage for a couple of weeks and even in 40 degree heat where people were fainting,   they were bringing it so hard without compromise every single performance. I think about this often when I am gasping for air on a hot stage.  They are very inspiring.

Take us through the concept behind and imagery of the music video for Lodestar from your album The Catalyst Fire.
We wrote the clips for Lodestar and I Am as a continuous storyline revolving around a possible bleak post apocalyptic future where a boy has an awakening of sorts. The concept of the album The Catalyst Fire was ‘the spreading of an idea, a fire for change burning from one person to the next. Basically capturing the way this slow burning revolution that is in place around the world at the moment is happening,  person to person.    In the clips the boy is walking awake painting these fiery mandalas in the view of masses who are in varying stages of extreme control and waking them up to confront their hidden masters. These things are hard to convey in short spaces of time but we’ve learnt a lot and will be taking all this into our next album of clips.

Your latest EP is Stand Apart. You do you feel this, your latest offering stands apart from your first self-titled EP?
Well,  it being an Ep of re-imagined acoustic based tracks from the last album,   I’d say quite a bit.

You’ve had 3 guitarists over the bands career thus far, why the changes and how have they affected your work process?
Very positively.  Each change brought a new level of evolution and deeper connections within the group. The changes occurred due due to the state of the industry,   it is a very hard time to be a musician at the moment financially due to the moral grey area of what music is worth. I’ve read a lot of commentary from people with impressive vocabulary’s regarding musicians needing to toughen up and not be greedy in expecting anything in return for all the work. Living the truth of this moment is a very different perspective though. Things need to change in favour of the artist or culture will suffer, it’s that simple. Streaming sites like Spotify claiming to be the modern answer to anti piracy and the artists champion are simply making these claims to tell you what you want to hear so they can make money from artists. What do I think the answer is? I’d say it would start with education through example of the next generation of listeners. Don’t illegally download, don’t stream, find a way to directly support the music you love as the soundtrack to your life. Going to a show is great, grabbing a T is great, but if the most time you spend with music is in your iPod or device immersed and tapped into that place where only music can take you,  show your gratitude by not stealing it and especially if you like non pop as their is no machine behind those artists.

Are there plans for another full length album?  
Most definitely, and it will be next year.

Can South Africans hope to see you guys soon, and if you are planning to pay us a visit, what should we expect from you guys, and what would you look forward to? 
We fell in love with the country and the people, invite us anytime and we will come!
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    Mila Kunis – Woensdag se warm bokkie

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    Sekerlik een van die mooiste chicks op aarde, huh?

    Tit-bits:
    Toe sy vir That ’70s Show  in 1998 ge-audition het, was sy 14. Sy moes agtien wees om die rol te kry. Sy het hoog en laag gesweer dat sy op haar verjaarsdag sou agtien word en die execs het vir dit geval, want sy het hulle nie getune watter verjaarsdag nie. Sover boyfriends aanbetref het sy  Macaulay Culkin vir agt jaar lank ge-date tussen 2002 en 2010, maar die bra wat deesdae sy piel in haar druk is Ashton Kutcher. Hy het haar sommer pregnant gemaak ook. Dit moes ‘n fokken lekker job gewees het…
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      Ek soek Almera Volkswagen

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      Volgens Pa Charlie bou Nissan goeie bakkies en kak karre. Ek het nog nooit ‘n Nissan bakkie gery nie, maar kan julle verseker dat die karre af soos brood is. Veral die Almera. Wat ‘n loutere stuk kak kar.

      Die naam ‘Almera’ laat my dink aan die meisie op skool wat net te mollig en te vaal was om ooit noemenswaardige belangstelling te ontlok. Plus haar trui het nie lekker geruik nie en haar hare was in ‘n ongeïnspireerde lae ponytail vasgebind.

      *pisgril*

      Dus het ek nie juis my jean pant bekom toe ek by die Lanseria Internasionale Krimpie Kollektief die sleutels na ‘n Nissan Almera gegee word nie. Nogal ‘n ‘upgrade’ alhoewel ek in retrospect die Hyundai i20 of ander Koreaanse wannabe sou verkies.

      Wat my al opgeval het in die verlede van Nissans was die groot, swaar bakwerk en die underpowered enjin. Of dalk is die enjin net so swak dat die body te swaar voel. Hierdie wit Almera was geen uitsondering nie. ‘Bak op die stuurboord!’ soos my pel Skipper Glen sou roep. Nul krag. Baie afgear. Jy vloek jouself basies by die steiltes op. Met moeite.

      Die styling is egter meer die ding wat my maag laat draai. Toe ek inklim skrik ek my dood vir die stuurwiel. Lyk soos ‘n 1980 bakkie stuurwiel, wat dalk is wat dit was.
      almera stuurwielIn dieselfde styl, ‘n plastic blokkie agter die handrem, wat ek aanneem iets met ventilasie te doene het. Ek weet nie, maar dis nie mooi nie.
      almera middelEn dan hier, hier teen die deur, blink dinge wat soos stiebeuels lyk. ‘n Actual perd sou actually bietjie help om die kar te laat beweeg dink ek wrang terwyl ek daaraan peuter. My fok ou perd, dis ‘n deurhandvatsel! Hoekom dit blink is en die res van die dash en interior plastic is beyond my. Wat ‘n gemors.
      almera deurOm seker te maak jy ry so ongemaklik as moontlik (behalwe net so stadig as moontlik), kom die sitplek in twee verstellings. Een wat jou laerug seermaak en een wat jou bo-rug seermaak. Slim dose soos ek wissel dit af dan is jou hele rug net halfpad so seer op die einde.

      En die Nissans is nie goedkoop nie pappie. Ek dink mense wat sulke ene koop voel Almera doos soos wat die kar ouer (en nog stadiger en leliker) word. Kyk die lyne, kyk die wit, kyk die lelik…

      Ek verlang Almera my GTI. Die jirre weet.almera kar

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        Lekker tos Maandag

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        Verlede week het effens kak afgesluit, so daar gaan nie te veel gepraat word vandag nie. Daar gaan pille gesluk word en geslaap word. Zefspotter submissions sal hopelik oorstaan na more, so stuur in as jy nog kak afgeneem het. Die res van die week op Watkykjy hang maar af die res van die team se dratiekapskedule…
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