Overtone’s worldwide distribution channels

Press Release:

In a bid to empower the music industry in South Africa, Overtone has set up an exclusive worldwide distribution deal with Swiss Company, Imusician.

With the world focus on all things South African, Overtone believes that now is the best time for independent artists to take their music to the international market.

Imusician distributes music to +200 premium digital music stores across Europe, USA, Asia and Australia.

This includes channels such as:

Last FM
…and many more
“Courageous companies like Overtone are vital to this rapidly evolving market,” says founder and CEO of Imusician, Shigs AMEMIYA. “It’s a particular surprise to see something like this from South Africa, because it’s ahead of many of Europe’s more established players.”
Overtone has set up a deal with Imusician that enables our members to distribute their first album worldwide for free.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to promote South African music worldwide. Working with Imusician will give South African Artists access to new market spaces, grow their international fanbases, and generate additional revenue for them ” comments Tristan Waterkeyn, Overtone CEO.

How does it work?

Register a new account on Overtone.co.za and simply upgrade for full membership. Your first album can then be distributed to +200 online music stores around the world for FREE via iMusician.

Your Overtone Membership will save you ZAR295 / $39 on your first album in music distribution fees as well as give you ongoing industry advantages.

Overtone will also help artists to make international payments, where they are only make local bank transfers as payment method for the distribution of additional albums.

As you sell music across all the many sales platforms your new Imusician account is updated with the latest sales reports and your earnings are made available for you.

Imusician charges a low 15% commission on your music sales for the management of all your distribution and reporting.

In addition to this users will benefit from Upgraded Overtone Members features, ongoing discounts, increased exposure and access to all entertainment industry contact details.

Visit http://www.overtone.co.za to get started and for the full distribution deal details and list of participating sales platform


symphonic class

WITH a name like Symphonic Schizophrenia, one can only imagine that this band produces something out of the ordinary.
In fact, the band creates a brand of instrumental metal, but their music doesn’t lock onto a specific genre and changes often.
The band is made up of Darryl Kruger on drums, Bruce Sonnekes on guitar, Anwyn Bruhin on keyboards and Nico Botha on bass, and have been playing together as a group since April last year.
Darryl says their music is definitely different. “The songs tell a story, even though they are not lyrical,” he says.
The band are modest and it takes their manager, Glen Kruger, to tell you how individually, they are all talented musicians.
Bruce and Darryl are both on their way to study at the Music Institute of Los Angeles (MILA) and Darryl has played since the age of five and has had 12 songs listed on 5FM with his previous band.
Nico, who comes from a very artistic family, provides a tight, solid bass line while Anwyn creates ambience and colour, while providing a string section.
Darryl says playing with Symphonic Schizophrenia is a challenge, as opposed to playing with other bands where the basic music is generally the same.
“You have to be on top of your instrument,” he says, adding: “This band takes music to a whole new level.”
Bruce agrees, saying: “I have more space in this band.”
“Everyone has a place in the band,” says Anwyn. She explains that you can always hear one of the instruments at some stage in a song.
Nico, a graphic designer, says he has always liked the idea of bringing the avant-garde into music.
The band agree that their brand of music allows them to experiment.
Nico says they don’t do what people expect.
Darryl says when they play, people tend to stop headbanging and stand amazed instead.
Symphonic are busy recording at the moment and expect to have an album out in a few months.
Nico will be doing the design work for the cover.
After releasing the album, the band want to get back to the nuts and bolts of music.
Glen is working on setting up shows in Johannesburg, but he believes the band’s music works best in a bigger venue.
“We are fortunate to have day jobs, so we can play what we want and don’t have to rely on gigs,” says Nico.
Darryl points out that every big act has a signature, there’s is lab coats.
Bruce explains that the coats signify the band orchestrating something precise.
To find out more about the band, visit their Facebook page or join the Muzone page to stay up to date with gig dates.

They’ve got that ‘doom, doom, doom’

They aren’t really rock, but hey, these guys are hilarious!

WHAT started out as a cure for boredom has spread like wildfire and has the country in laughter.
Noulen Basson and Pierre Roussouw from Brackenfell and Kraaifontein, make up Die NP Projek.
People might be more familiar with their parodies “Kraaibak 911” and “Doom Doom Pow”.
At the moment, parodies make up the bulk of their set which pokes fun at popular songs such as “Sexy Back” and “Stupid Girl”.
NP Projek have formerly been together for a year, but the two have been creating skits together for much longer.
Pierre explains that their internet was down one day, so instead of browsing for something funny as they usually did, they made their own joke, which became “Vettie Back”.
“We only copied it on to one cellphone,” Pierre says.
The two split up on different travels abroad and by the time they got back, they realised how popular the parody had become.
“When we told people we made the song they didn’t believe us,” Noulen points out.
The two now concentrate on their music full time.
“It’s our nine to five,” jokes Noulen.
They have also performed at prominent festivals like the KKNK and the Kaktus Fees.
NP Projek regularly perform with Jack Parow, but point out that their music is very family friendly, with no swearing.
Pierre says their youngest fan is four years old.
As a father himself, Pierre explains: “I don’t want people to point fingers and say we are part of the zef group.”
He says a proud moment was when an eight-year-old, Leon Riley, interviewed him for a school oral about his role model.
Recently, the NP Projek filmed a collection of adverts for cellphone company 350 50.
They are also planning a television show that will see them collaborating with other artists.
The two are moving away from parodies and writing more of their own songs for recording.
They have already got buy in from artists like Shaun Tait, Jackie Louw, Jack Parow and Brasse vannie Kaap, to do collaborations.
Die NP Projek are offering their services to schools and charities to perform for fundraising shows.
Anybody interested in a fundraising show can contact them on diepeer@gmail.com.
To find out more about the group or hear their songs, visit their website at http://www.dienpprojek.co.za or join their Facebook group: Die NP Projek.
They will be performing at Blizzards in Durbanville on Saturday (24 July) with Boombox Troopers and Alive Drum and Bass Trio.

Jan deel sy emosionele reis

JAN BLOHM nooi sy ondersteuners om die emosionele reis van sy nuwe CD, Die Runaway Sessions, saam met hom te ervaar.
Sedert Jan in 2004 op die Suid-Afrikaanse musiekhorison verskyn het, het hy met elke projek sy onteenseglike talent onderstreep en bewys. As kunstenaar het Jan al heelwat toekennings agter sy naam, maar hy is ook ’n ervare akteur, skrywer en komponis.
Vanjaar het hy ’n SAMA-toekenning gekry vir beste Afrikaanse rockalbum vir 7 Jaar.
Sy projek vir 2010, Die Runaway Sessions, is ’n vars verwerking van die liedjies wat op sy 2006-album, ’n Stille Runaway, verskyn het. “Hoewel die album stewig op sy eie bene gestaan het en uiters positief ontvang is, erken Jan dat hy self nooit ten volle tevrede was met die eindproduk nie,” sê Zinta Kymdell, Jan se bestuurder.
“Dit het tot nou toe gevoel asof elke liedjie nog nie tot sy volle reg gekom het nie,” ver­duidelik Jan.
Hy sê: “Daardie tyd was ook ’n tydstip in my lewe waar ek as kunstenaar deur baie emosionele struikelblokke moes werk.”
“Die album, ’n Stille Runaway, is soos ’n kind van my, dit is deel van my; ons het saam gegroei en ek voel nou rustig en gereed om met trots die nuwe verwerkings uit te gee as Die Runaway Sessies,” voeg hy by.
“Vir my is Die Runaway Sessies meer as net nog ’n album. Dit was ’n emosionele reis en vandag kan ek stil word en tevrede terugkyk na die pad wat ek gestap het, die vriende wat ek gemaak het, die struikelblokke wat ek moes oorkom en die lewenslesse wat ek geleer het,” vertel Jan verder.
Volgens Jan glo en hoop hy dat daar met elke album ’n persoonlike en musikale ontwikkeling te bespeur is “en dat my gehoor voel dat ek saam met hulle ouer word”.
“Niemand staan tog stil nie en ek het nog altyd ’n groot meerderheid volwasse en intellektuele mense gehad wat kom deel het aan die vertonings,” voeg hy by.
Jan sal van 29 tot 31 Julie by Die Boer in Durbanville optree waar hy ook sy nuwe CD sal bekendstel.
Hy sê elektriese rock en blues is maar waarmee hy sy tande geslyp het en hy dwaal gewoonlik nie ver daarvan af nie. “Ons het ook so hier en daar ’n stukkie van my legends wat ons in die set ingooi. Ons speel gewoonlik so wyd moontlik oor al my albums.”
Die Boer is een van Jan se gunstelingplekke om op te tree. “Hulle is seker een van die hartlikste crowds waarvoor ’n mens kan droom om te speel: lekker kos, goeie mense en behoorlike klank.” Kaartjies is beskikbaar by Die Boer, 021 979 1911.

Boulevard Blues

First off, let me just say what an honour it was to do this interview. Sitting in front of Doc John, I got the idea he either wasn’t too phased or had no real idea about what a legend he is. I have always been a big fan and quite frankly failed at acting like an intelligent person in front of him. So, before I gush like a groupie…

Photo: Deon Marteens

Stalwarts in the local blues scene, Boulevard Blues, will be embarking on their first overseas tour on Wednesday 14 July.
The Table View band have been fully sponsored for a three week tour of Belgium and the Netherlands.
Amidst lots of excitement, Doc John, the band’s lead singer, admits that there is lots of work to be done.
“We will be doing a lot of travelling,” he says.
Boulevard Blues are also set to play 11 gigs in 20 days with only four days off.
They will be playing festivals like the Big Rivers Festival, the Tulip Times Music Festival, Krabbenfoor Festival, Eindhoven Blues Festival and Yacht Club Kamperland Open Air Concert.
“In our country blues is very small and there it’s huge,” says Doc John.
He says their aim is to go over and introduce foreign blues fans to their brand of blues.
“Doc is the blues boy, and then we have the other extreme of Richard’s (the lead guitarist) heavy metal and Robbie’s (bass) fusion,’ explains Graeme Abbot, the band’s drummer, referring to all their influences.
Graeme says this is what makes Boulevard Blues different.
“Everyone thinks its wrist cutting stuff, but it’s not like that anymore,” says Doc John, referring to South African Blues.
He says Boulevard Blues interacts with their audience. “We are a visual band,” he says.
The band have played almost every music festival but Doc John says, it all seems to be happening in Cape Town.
He adds though that finding venues to play is getting more difficult. He says venue owners expect musicians to play for minimal fees and the fans are reluctant to pay cover charges.
Boulevard Blues’ upcoming tour has been sponsored by a Belgium man who is eager to hear them again after hiring the band to play for his last birthday in South Africa.
They will also be taking their merchandise with them, which includes their three albums.
The band prefers to distribute their own merchandise. Having had bad experiences with distributors before, they decided to cut out the middle man.
A lot of their local supports will be following the band overseas.
“It’s a bit of a feather in our cap,” says Graeme.
When they get back, the band will be focused on putting the finishing touches to their annual Table Mountain Blues Summit, to be held in November.
To find out more about the band, visit http://www.boulevardblues.co.za. You can also listen to their music on Youtube.

6 Days Later

FOR Durbanville band, 6 Days Later, placing second in a recent song-writing competition was just the inspiration the needed to get serious about their music.
“It just proves to us that if we put everything into it, we can make it,” says Warren Pietersen, the band’s bassist.
Pietersen is joined in the band by Liezl Pietersen on keyboards, Terry Render on acoustic guitar, Jamey Pieteren on drums and Cat Galliers on violin.
Officially they’ve been performing for two years, but the current members have been playing together since the beginning of the year.
Liezl explains that individually, they each have years of musical experience. She says the Flipside music song-writing competition made her realise that “as a band we are something special.”
Terry says the band’s name, 6 Days Later, is actually from a verse in the Bible that is significant to him. He planned to use it as an album name, before suggesting it for the band.
“Lots of energy,” is what Cat says music fans can expect to see when they watch the band.
She says they play a blend of “pop, rock, folk stuff”.
Jamey points out that he notices that people relate to their music.
“People engage well with the simplicity of the lyrics,” Liezl says.
“It doesn’t get boxed in a genre,” adds Cat.
Terry does most of the song-writing for the band but is encouraging the other members to start writing as well. “I have just written from personal experience,” says Terry, adding: “That’s where the energy and passion comes from.”
To find out more about the band, visit http://www.myspace.com/6dayslaterband or find them on Facebook.