See Howie while he’s hot

2015-05-05 06:00
SAMA-nominated Howie Combrink will be heading to Cape Town this week.

SAMA-nominated Howie Combrink will be heading to Cape Town this week.

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Johannesburg artist Howie Combrink will bring his SAMA-nominated debut album to Cape Town this week.

Capetonians may recognise his songs Change and Don’t be sayin’ goodbye, which have been receiving considerable radio play since the release of his album Eat it while it’s hot late last year.

The 11-track album recently picked up two SAMA nominations in the best newcomer and best adult contemporary album categories.

“I’m so excited to be nominated in the two categories at the SAMAs this year,” Howie says.

“I’m a huge fan of all the artists who are nominated in both my categories, so to be on that list among the likes of Jeremy Loops, Beatenberg and many more, is such an honour.”

Right timingReleasing a solo album and pursuing a music career were always dreams for Howie, but he needed to make sure the timing was right.

“It’s been so awesome to be able to get upfront on stage and talk to the audience and share my stories with music-loving people such as myself,” he says.

Eat it while it’s hot was recorded and produced at The Hit Lab, a studio Howie co-owns with Prime Circle drummer Dale Schnettler.

He was only 19 when he started the studio, but before that Howie played drums for New Academics, Mel-Function (now Tailor) and Soil 7t7 along with session work for acts like Gang of Instrumentals. He also did a lot of theatre work before joining Watershed, for whom he also still drums when he isn’t busy with his solo project.

Howie describes his sound as feel-good music. “Most of the songs have a bounce to them with uplifting lyrical content.” His aim is to make listeners smile when they hear his songs.

Besides his upcoming Cape Town shows, Howie hopes to tour as much as possible this year to get his music to new and current fans.

“After all, we write songs in order to play them live, so I’m really looking forward to that.”

He’s also looking forward to producing and working with other artists in The Hit Lab.

“I love working with new artists and seeing what they have to offer musically and lyrically and the process of building music in studio is a magical experience, especially when it’s with others.”

Feel good musicWhen he isn’t working with music, Howie supports Rada (Rape, Alcohol, Drugs and Abuse), a non-profit organisation that takes a holistic approach to helping people heal. “It’s an amazing company fighting the good fight,” he says, urging readers to find out more about them at

“So 2015 is all about touring and playing feel good music and spreading the word about people making a change in world,” he says.

Howie will be at Weinhaus and Biergarten in CBD today from 19:00. He’ll be at Alma Cafe in Rosebank tomorrow. Tickets for this show cost R50 and can be booked by calling 021 685 7377.

He’s being joined on tour by fellow Johannesburg singer Michael Lowman who will be performing at Weinhaus and Biergarten tomorrow and at House of Machines, also in the CBD, on Saturday. V

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