One could argue that winning a battle of the bands competition could be the best way to spend your birthday.
Milnerton bassist and frontman, Ryan Cheeseman, had a very happy birthday when he and his band, Still to Fall, won the Battle for Netfest competition in Montague Gardens this weekend.
Ryan, Kevin Hopkins (guitar) and Linden Jacobs (drums) have been playing together for two years and are all fresh out of Milnerton High School.
All three band members agree that while they plan to study, they hope to make a career out of their music.
Kevin describes the band’s music as impacting.
“We want people to feel the music,” adds Ryan.
“All our songs are about what you deal with in life,” Kevin explains.
Their main influences are bands like Rise Against and Underearth.
Song writing is a team effort for the band and they all add to the process.
The band write their music first before adding lyrics.
“We make up a riff and play until the music makes us feel,” explains Ryan.
Linden says they have a punkish sound and says one of the highlights of the band’s career for him, was playing at Mercury earlier this year.
As part of their prize for winning the Battle for Netfest, Still to Fall have won recording time with DLK studios and a six-month booking contract with Kega events and artist management.
The band are excited about what this means for their future.
“We finally get into studio and we finally have a chance,” says Ryan.
Kevin adds: “We finally get to do what we have been trying to do.”
The band will be playing at Mercury in Cape Town on Wednesday 15 September and at ROAR in Observatory on Saturday 18 September.
To find out more about the band or to stay up to date with events, join the Still to Fall Facebook page.
Photo: Coral-Leigh Stuart-deLange
12 bands battled over four weeks, but in the end, there could be only one.
The last band standing are “Still to Fall”.
This Milnerton band are the winners of the Battle For Netfest competition hosted by Kega events and artist management at Leonz Pub in Montague Garden.
The final was held on Saturday where Still to Fall competed against Autumn of August, K, Ray and the bird and runner’s up, Your Lost Dog.
The evening also featured performances by Llevado, Gavin Edwards, Heldervue and 12th Avenue.
Besides the chance to play with well known local bands at the next Netfest show, Still to Fall also walked away with recording time at DLK Studios, a photo shoot with RandomTams Photography and a six-month booking contract with Kega Events and Artist Management.
Gareth James, from Kega, says: “The crowds have been amazing, the response has been amazing.”
The competition was judged by Marcel Smit, from Marcel Smit’s Guitar Workshop, Gail Knight, from Pavlov’s Music Management and top South African producer, Fernando Perdigao.
The bands were judged on performance, arrangement, their look, vocal ability and audience input or crowd appreciation.
“The entire thing was generated with a tremendous amount of fun and joy,” says Knight.
She points out that the competition was an educational experience for her as she was exposed to what is happening in the Cape Town music industry at street level.
Smit says that he was disappointed with the level of performance by local bands.
“Cape Town needs better bands,” he says.
Perdigao urges local artists to be original.
“To all the bands, don’t try to be, just be,” he says.
The next Netfest event will be held on Saturday 27 November. For more information, keep an eye on the Facebook Netfest page, or visit http://www.kegamanagement.com.
Photo: Autumn of August by Coral-Leigh Stuart-deLange