Head start for local, independent musicians

2015-05-05 06:00

Local independent artists will get a career boost with TLC Productions’ Indie Showcase Series.

The company will be launching the series at Slug andamp; Lettuce at The River Club in Observatory tonight (Tuesday 28 April).

Although the series will only be running from August to October, the launch on Tuesday night will give audiences, prospective sponsors and artists an idea of what to expect from the series that aims to promote local independent musicians and help them “make it” in the music industry.

The Indie Showcase series will run every Tuesday night over three months.

“This is not a competition but rather a process to give exposure, experience and guidance to artists,” says organiser Johnny Ray.

Independent artists who want to be part of the series need to send three songs to admin@tlc-productions.co.za between Friday 1 May and Wednesday 30 September to be considered.

“The quality of the recording is not an issue,” Johnny says.

The series will feature a resident band that will help acts selected to take part in the series to flesh out the arrangements of their songs. For now this band is made up of Blake Hellaby (keyboards), Alex Mayers (bass), Jaryd West (drums), Morne Kahts (guitar), Francois Botha (keyboards) and Diana Neille (backing vocals), but this may change throughout the series.

Selected artists will also get to perform in front of a full sound and lighting rig with video mixing on a big screen, giving them the chance to perform in a professional environment.

Each night of the series will see three acts perform three songs. The best song from each act will be recorded and uploaded to a video sharing site (like YouTube). The live mix will also be streamed and made available for free download.

The launch will be streamed live and Zone Radio will be broadcasting from the event which will feature performances by Josh Prinsloo aka The Fruit Vendor, Wyatt Peters, Noa Milan, Andrei Damane, the band Della with frontman and songwriter Dominic Meddick and FritzHerbert with Diana Neille (vocals and violin), Alex Mayers (bass), Jarryd West (drums) and Francois Botha (keyboard). V

The evening starts at 20:00 and entry is free. Visit http://tlc-productions.co.za/events for more information about the launch or the series

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