Home-town vibes

2011-03-04 00:00

Durban act Catlike Thieves recently released their new music video for the upbeat tune 'Maybe Baby', produced by iKind Media. RYAN CALDER caught up with the band to talk about the video and life in Catlike Thieves.

Who does Catlike Thieves target as its audience?

Justin: Anyone who’s willing to have a good time and feel good about themselves.

Shane: It’s like Steri Stumpi ... Everyone has a favourite. There’s something for everyone.

Where does the name for the band come from?

Justin: Jax panic was taken.

The new video is out and doing the rounds. Who produced the video and how did the concept for it come about?

Gareth: We had the guys from iKind Media help us out on this one.

Philip: Devin Carter (producer) has a great track record, working on videos for the City Bowl Mizers, Red Light Stereo and La Els.

Justin: We came up with the concept together. It’s a performance video that aims for a retro look based on the era of swing and Elvis, with a modern kind of twist to it.

Shane: We wanted the song to be represented as the happy feel-good song that it is. We think that Devin and his team did an amazing job of portraying this.

What feedback have you had on the video?

Justin: Tons of people are turning heads; it’s taken us to a new level of professionalism and respect as an up and coming band.

Shane: We were able to rack up over 1 000 hits in the first two days of the video going live. People are finally sitting up and taking notice.

Gareth: Yeah, it got 2 000 hits after the first two weeks.

How did the band take to the transition of making music to making something visual?

Justin: Very well actually. Everyone in the band is confident with themselves and what they do, so it was natural to come out of our skin and to do what we do best, which is performing.

What were the biggest obstacles to making the video?

Shane: The biggest obstacle for this specific video was probably the funding.

Philip: It’s quite an expensive process, but we’re determined to release as many as possible.

Gareth: We’re looking at hopefully getting some sponsors on board for the next one.

How have local KZN audiences responded to you guys and your music?

Justin: They seem to have a proudly Durban-Toti feel; they seem almost patriotic toward us and love the home-town vibes.

Upcoming gigs? Any other news or plugs to share?

Philip: Some festivals later the year. And hopefully some smaller tours. We’re pretty keen to go see the fans in the smaller towns that don’t get live music that often.

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