15.08.2016

The Mixtape Vol. 69

Rocking The Daisies Main Stage Mix

With more than 20 000 party people planning on turning up at this year's event, Superbalist is cranking it up to 11 for the 11th RTD event, which takes place 6-9 October 2016 at the Cloof Wine Estate in Darling.

The lineup comprises more than 250 international and local acts across 11 stages, so we'll give you our tasters in instalments. For the first of our RTD-themed Monday Mixtapes, we’re kicking things off on the Main Stage: that’s the big one that will play host to Foster The People (US), Beardyman (UK), Mac Miller (US), AKA worldwide, Nakhane Touré, Mango Groove, Grassy Spark, Thieve, Moonchild Sanelly, Diamond Thug, F O L L O W E R, Red Tape Riot, Gangs of Ballet, BCUC, 1st Project, Monark, Sannie Fox, Hugh Masekela, Matthew Mole, Jimmy Nevis, Prime Circle and last, but most definitely not least, Desmond & The Tutus.

We've put together a mixtape featuring all of the Main Stage acts, which serves as a primer of sorts for what you can expect at Superbalist is Rocking The Daisies 2016. We then caught up with the Gauteng-based, internationally acclaimed, feverishly touring, admittedly weird, indie rockers, Desmond & The Tutus, to talk festival tips, catchy riffs and groupies. Frontman Shane Durrant, Mr Angie Batis Durrant, straightened out his famous claw and texted us As to the Qs we sent him, which you can dive into after the jump.

Desmond & The Tutus have sold out shows all over the globe, including Japan, France, Sweden and the UK, where is your favourite place to play and why? 

We've been so lucky to travel around the world playing our weird music for all kinds of people, some who know us, some who had never heard of us before the gig. In the past, I used to hate shows where we were playing to an audience that hadn't heard of us before – I felt that to enjoy us live you needed to have some idea of what you were getting yourself into. But I've started to appreciate the weird ones more, the ones where you really have to work the room. Having said that, it really warms my heart to have a sweaty, heaving mass of kids crammed into a club all screaming "Peeeeeeeeeterrrrrr" back at me.

You've been doing this for a while now, how different is it being a rockstar when you're married with children?

There are some key differences. Now when girls come up to us after the show there's a 70% chance they want to look at baby photos. 

How do you guys prepare yourselves before stepping out on stage? 

We don't really have a ritual but lately I've been forgetting lyrics, so I go into a flat panic before going up that I'm going to forget lyrics on stage. I sit there trying to sing the songs in my head and I can never get them right, by the time the show starts I'm a wreck. I walk up there and somehow muscle memory kicks in and I start singing but up until that point I'm totally wigging out. I guess that's sort of my ritual at the moment. 

What are you most excited about this year’s Rocking The Daisies?

Playing some songs live that we haven't ever played live before. 

What should every single festival goer make sure they pack in their backpacks?

I caught a glimpse of my face in a mirror recently and I didn't like what I saw – so I've gone all skincare nuts. I'm going to say a good sunblock. But a camel pack of brandy and Coke is also a solid move.

Tell us about your new album Enjoy Yourself.

Well, we think it's our best stuff yet, and it's really encouraging to write songs ten years on and feel like you're getting better at this thing. We just went out and had fun with it. In the past we've felt that our albums need to be an accurate depiction of what we do on stage – i.e. it has to be four-piece indie rock, but with Enjoy Yourself we decided to do whatever we want with it. So as a project it's all over the place, but the unifying factor is that at the core it's good old Desmond just having fun with the thing. 

We really liked that song 'Youth Group Leader', great storytelling, fairly creepy, what's the backstory here?

Craig and my dad are ministers, and we all grew up in the church. My dad told me a weird story about one of the ex-youth pastors Whatsapping high school girls and I thought I've got to write this story. It's a love song, a story of great sacrifice in the name of being in love, told from the perspective of someone that isn't a bad guy, but really just overstepped the boundary. I want to put this one on radio to see what the general masses of South Africa think.

What's the secret to staying together for a decade and in all that time, have you had any face time with Desmond Tutu?

I think the thing keeping us going is that we have never met Desmond, the minute we meet him our main goal as a band will be achieved and we will have no reason left to make weird indie rock.