We’ve done some cool things since I last blogged. Played Splashy Fen, opened for Matthew Mole and Watershed and also performed at the Knyna Oyster Festival… etc etc..Whooo soo much of business >insert African accent<
Splashy fen was bloody darn great. We were on the main stage after the awe inspiring Vusi Masahlela. The stage had cleared and so had the people. 5 minutes before we started there were 3 people excited to see us. My heart sank. We played our first song, taking our time and I soon lost myself in our first song, Northern Lights. My eyes were jerked open by cheer and applause. Our once audience of 3 had mutated into a beast with a 1000 eyes!! Then more and more people joined in, men in green and pink banana hammocks, ladies in tie die dresses, drunk fellas and even old men in straw hats and gumboots joined in, lang arming with the first female on site. Jaaa maan, it was raaad.
In July we opened for Matthew Mole at the stunning Green Market Cathedral (thanks Patrick Craig). It was vloeking kiff, the audience traveled with us on the whimsical musical journey that we had prepared and when we returned them back in their reality they showed us so much love my heart just swelled. In fact, it swelled so big that it squeezed my tear ducts and they began to water sweet pure joy. Beautiful moment. Then Matthew performed and killed it (in the best way) with his world-class tunes and lovable awkwardness.
The next week we opened for the legendary Watershed, with years of experience and award winning song writing under their belts, the group was surprisingly down to earth. The show was had a subtle but powerful atmosphere a lure clearly developed with years of skill and thought. Myself and Gazza learned lots from the wonderful gentle lads of Watershed. Great skills and down right nice guys.
We also have a new guitarist, his name is David, he’s nice and shows some skills on the axe :).
Currently we are planning our first 3 singles and a video! With much excitement!! Stay tuned cos I’m putting on my BIG girl undies and bringing on the what whaat!
We all have to face change.. and though sometimes it feels as if life has ruthlessly impaled our character with a ‘’big-stick-of-let-down’’ we all have to suck it up, get mad (and in my case) write a song and get over it and then do even BETTER.
In August 2012, Gazza and I set out to begin what was supposed to be the BEST adventure of our lives! We signed a contract with Universal Music and we were totally beyond ourselves. Finally we got our break! but alas it didn’t work out that way. We worked for 2 solid years, gigging our hearts out, writing new music, trying out different things and while initially we made some good progress with shows like Top Billing and Omage with big shot names like Lira, Dozi and Chiano Sky and Craig Hinds, that was about the last bit of effort that was launched in our direction. We were massively disappointed, heart-broken and discouraged BUT… having said that the break up with Universal was a civil one and for that we are truly grateful. And just because it’s the end of the road with Universal does NOT mean it’s the end of the world. Quite the contrary actually and I hope to prove many people wrong with our success and many people proud with it too.
So here’s to our new found freedom, doing what WE want and making our own Album the way we want.
Again.. thank you so much for your support! And here’s to sucking it up, writing a song, and doing even BETTER!
per ardua ad astra!!!!
Hey there good people. We thought it would be Kiff if we posted some pictures of our performance here before we loaded the write-up / blog entry on the event from Paige, so here goes…. enjoy
Yes its true people:) The Paige Mac Band has been confirmed to play Splashy Fen 2014 ….. Paige and Garry head to their Home land of Kwazulu Natal to entertain friends and fans alike for this years SPECIAL REUNION Festival AND WILL BE PERFORMING AMONG THE LIKES OF JUST JINGER SPRINGBOK NUDE GIRLS ETC! We are also looking forward to showing our master drummer GIOVANNI SERCI all the way from Sardinia (Italy) how the berg rocks!!! Catch you all there:)
On Wednesday the 12th of Feb, we had the astounding privilege of opening for Civil Twilight. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock and have not the foggiest who this bigger than life SA group is, they opened for Florence and the Machine. Enough said.
The event took place in the breathtaking Edwardian styled Center for books. On arrival, I met the guys from Civil Twilight who were surprisingly amiable and humble for all their success
We then did our sound check which was really difficult because of the height of the room but alas we prevailed J, grabbed some dinner and then it was show time! I found myself surprised by my nerves and I could see that Garry too was a little nervous. I walked on stage wearing a Grecian inspired black gown and no shoes, which got a few judgemental looks but I admit I enjoyed that a little.
After having performed our first song we had the longest applause we’ve probably ever received in.. pretty much ever. The audience seemed to just drink us up! We proceeded with the rest of our set, which was quiet serious and sombre, and finished with our song Love Makes You Fat to make our exit on a happy note. The audience was quietly tickled by the idea and we received a few giggles which always makes us feel all warm and fuzzy on our insides cos it means we’re doing it right J
Then Civil Twilight took to the stage and well… they were just superb. A quiet assertiveness was radiated through a properly pitch perfect vocal and haunting sounds of violin bows on electric guitars. The show was perfect for the venue.
Honestly had such a wonderful time! Thanks soooo much to Patrick Craig for organising everything, what a winning chap!
Here are some nice words from Katy Scott of Whats on in Cape Town
Thank you for your love and support
Paige Mac Band performing live at The V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre on the 14 Dec 2013. Here are some of the Pics from the Show.
I am a lost.
Lost in Life,
Lost in emotion,
Lost in Music
The last month has been an evolutionary one. The more I become aware of how I can be better for myself and the people that I love, the more I find myself thinking I do not have enough time. Fair enough I’ve only just turned 21 but the people who point that out generally have to admit that the gap between 21 and 41 resembles of a worm hole.
So my guys and I (Gazza and Giovanni) flew 2 hours then drove 4 to the beautiful white river to celebrate something super duper special with the kids of CMDA, at their first (and hopefully many more are to come) Annual CMDA Festival called Route40. http://www.mpuma-music.org.za
Now Picture this
You’re surrounded by lush green, densely forested, Avatar resembling mountains and feint behind the rota-trim trees you hear a groovy bass line accompanied by an emotion manipulating vocal. And Like the Pied Piper you find yourself being compelled to follow the music. You do. What you see next both destroys and inspires you. All the musicians are under 14 years old. All from gang dominated, dream crushing, hopeless and hard knock communities. And then here they stand ironically the epitome of happiness, you believe every word they say, every note they play. That tragic world that they were born into, bound to repeat some bad role models terrible mistakes, doesn’t exist here. They found a way out. Music is their way out. I’ve literally learned from these guys that there’s nothing more liberation than losing yourself in something that makes you feel whole with hope. Maybe it doesn’t sound like much to you. Music is just something that happens in the background in the restaurant while you’re trying to have conversation with a long lost mate but for these kids, this is hope, this is the porthole to something better, a chance for them to experience and achieve more in life, to be apart of those crucial successes and failures that can produce in themselves pride and courage.
I was left inspired and emotionally exhausted in the best possible way.And here I am.. thankfully I’m lost
Lost in Life,
Lost in emotion,
Lost in Music
Thank you all so much for sharing it all with me
Always with Love
Some more great news everyone…. We have been booked to play Synergy Live this year. Please remember to catch us live on the Marshal Music stage from 3pm on Saturday the 30th Nov. We cant wait to see you all there:))
Join us for a magical evening of live music and lyrical storytelling by acclaimed local duo, Chloë Kiley and Matt Samson of Take Cover and their talented friends, Lexi Frame (www.facebook.com/