Friday, August 27, 2010


Ventomat conducted an interview with the relatively new and upcoming band, The Lottery Tickets. Their album launch is tonight at the The Hidden Cellar (Die Akker), 90 Dorp Street
Stellenbosch. Youth will be playing the opening slot. 

This is what the boys have to say:

1) The Lottery Tickets... What's the origin of the name? Have you changed the band's name before?

The Band was originally called "The Revered", which was an acoustic project between James and Rob. Became The lottery tickets when the band went electric.

2) Please list the name, age, school, and respective instrument of each band member.

Well, none of us are in school any more. James Regout (Somerset College, 2005) - Drums. Robert Volker, James Acker (both Paarl Roos, 2006) - Both guitars and vocals. Mike Tymbios (Paarl Roos, 2006) - Bass. Dean Bellingham (Paarl Valei, 2009) - Synths and Saxophone.

3) What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

People would probably say we are Indie Rock, i don't know. What ever sounds good, no matter what genre.

4) How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

High School. Dean i met through my brother.

5) When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?

2006, we had some songs and played about 8 shows and broke up. Then got back together in 2008 with James on drums and recorded our first EP "The Lone Shark"

6) Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

I rate we've played everywhere in Stellenbosch and Cape Town. Only Venues we still need to play is Bohemia and The Assembly which will hopefully happen soon.

7) Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?

We only play one or two old ones from the 2008 EP, and then just new ones we have on the Album.

8) Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

Rob Brings the Skeleton and we Flesh it out! On the spot writing takes very long and ends up becoming frustrating. helps when someone brings an idea that is simple and can be experimented with.

9) Could you briefly describe the music-making process (how you all would go about crafting a new tune)?

a song idea is brought - talk about it - try ideas - different arrangements - vocals added last.

10) What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?

Depending on shows, we practice when we like, or when James Regout isn't hungover.

11) How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?

I rate you can still tell it's us, but just being more experimental. There are already new songs and ideas we are thinking of for the next album.

12) What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

Money has been the one thing that has bleaked us out many of a times. Makes you grow tired and frustrated a lot of the time.
Not to sound Materialistic,but money helps a lot and brings happiness. We would really love to tour and record as much as we can.

13) What's your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?

I won't lie, that would be nice. To play music you like and get noticed for it is a wonderful feeling.

14) How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?

We have a myspace and facebook where you could hear some songs. Like Reggy said. Buy a CD. It's a awesome Package.

15) Is there anyone you'd like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?

Family and Friends and the awesome team who did our music video.

16) Any last words?

27th August! Hidden Cellar! Be there!

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Northern Ireland has once again gifted us with sweet comfort for our ears. Before it was the dance pop trio Two Door Cinema Club and now there's a new buzz band in the village. They go by the name of Not Squares. This Irish punktronic trio makes beats that forces your body to move in-sync even if your head says no. Its rapid bursts of nervous energy intertwined with dirty synths, double beat drums and disco baselines in a non generic fashion. Music by the band Liars suddenly seem like bedtime lullabies.

Earlier this year they signed to The Richter Collective and released the single  Asylum under this label. Recently they released the video for the track "Release The Bees", which was directed by Andrew Woodby.

From: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Members: Michael Kinloch, Keith Winter, Ricki O'Rawe
Sound:  read the description above
Label: Richter Collective

Not Squares - Asylum [Download]
Not Squares - Release The Bees [Purchase]

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Stereo Silence is a Russian based artist (unsigned) who creates sweet electro beats using analogue synthesizers and computer sequencers.

When I chatted with him via e-mail, he mentioned that he uses cut and paste techniques to create his music. He finds this ideal as it helps him to take music that means a lot to him, divide it into small pieces and  then connecting it in new ways, drawing his own pattern of sounds. 

Both tracks "Flying Stones" and "Scars on Stars" are mellow but energetic. It makes for perfect driving  music and is a perfect antidote for road rage. Download the two tracks from the links below. Befriend Stereo Silence on his lastfm profile and find more of Stereo Silence's work on his Sound Cloud account (see links below).

Stereo Silence - Flying Stones [Download]
Stereo Silence - Scars on Stars [Download]

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Recently a  new video for the remixed version of Johnny Neon's Hearts surfaced on the net. Have a look at the 80's themed video below and download the track from the link below. If you're all new to Johnny Neon, here's something I posted on the band in the earlier days of this blog.  If you like what you see and hear, follow this link to download more tunes from the artist.

Johnny Neon -  Hearts [Download]

Johnny Neon - Hearts (Who Killed JRs Tony Danza Remix) [Download]

Sunday, August 1, 2010


A little something I've crafted earlier this week to get the ball rolling again on this blog. So please download and enjoy.

1. MIT - Pudong (Radio Edit)
2. O. Children - Ruins (Jokers Of The Scene Remix)
3. Fenech Soler - Lies (WolfChild Remix)
4. Curry and Coco - Sex is Fashion
5. Herpes - Keine Experimente
6. Palais Schaumburg - Telefon
7. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
8. The Neat - In Youth Is Pleasure
9. 1000 Robota - Hamburg brennt
10. Stereo Total - Everybody In The Discotheque (I Hate)
11. Daft Punk - Short Circuit