We all make music for different reasons, and enjoy certain elements of it more than others. I have always found that my love for music, was at it’s strongest while playing it. Now as many will tell you, giging, can be one of the most frustrating things, just getting a date that suits everyone, is hard enough, and has been a thorn in my side, since I can recall.
Now I am not the kinda guy that believes in luck, and if opportunity strikes, grab it with both hands, cause you’ll never know if you get a second chance. Now with this in mind, I ask how can I take every opportunity, that I possibly can…
The answer to this seemed obvious , “Reduce.” The question which follows it, then is how, much to reduce it to. After a lot of thought, and reflection on the wise words, Jed (Lost Dogs and currently the Cheap Bad Habits) gave me, “If you can strip a song down to it’s bare core elements, and it still sounds good, well then you gotta song man.” Going solo was considered, but then I thought about how much that limits you, band gig nights are just not open to a solo artist. The only way around this was two bring in some rhythm and by this I mean drums. Pheto, the multi instrumentalist was found to play drums.
A large influence, with my approach to song writing can be attributed to The Car Boot Vendors approach, as they can perform any of their songs, with virtually any combination of their members, they are a band which I have untold about of admiration for, for numerous reasons.
I have been writing songs for years, which have never been played by bands, for many reasons, some of these songs just aren’t good enough, but some have been gems to me, when returned to, years later. When writing and selecting songs I work hard to keep to two major principals, the first being that, “music is all about getting people to dance and hopefully getting women to take their cloths off’, the second being that, “music is about soul and feeling”.
Songs and music are in everything around us, we just need to be open to it. I have been blessed with the amount of amazing people, gifted song writers and musicians I have had the pleasure to spend time with. My songs are a by product of their influence. Thank you to Brett and Chantell, without you this project would never have happened.
“Zamaleng”, “The Choice”, is about versatility, music with some meaning and power, as well as a good time. We are a light alternative rock band based in Pretoria, South Africa, we have too many influences to name, we are Africans so expect to hear that in our music.
Zamaleng is:Barry on Guitar and VocalsPheto on Drums