ROASTIN’ RECORDS INTERVIEW

Roastin' Records That Analog Feeling

Who is Roastin’ Records?
Roastin’ Records was born out of the shared love for vinyl records. Roastin’ Records is Wentzel van der Gryp and Rouleaux van der Merwe. Wentzel started sourcing and selling new and used vinyls in 2012 and set up a small record shop inside Deluxe Coffee Works. Wentzel asked Rouleaux to help him with some designs for a logo. One thing led to another and Wentzel and Rouleaux partnered up and decided to start a small independent label releasing local music that they love.

What makes vinyl records so special?
It is a combination of the cover art, the variety of the formats (12inch / 10inch / 7inch), the analog nature of the music and the way that you are ‘forced’ to listen to the whole record. You can’t just skip to the next song (like with a mp3), you kinda have to sit through an album and wait for your favorite song to come up. It makes you appreciate the music listening experience so much more.

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What was the motivation behind starting Roastin’ Records?
Both of us are fairly obsessed with music. It is a way to channel our collective obsession into something we can share with other people.

Aren’t you worried that the popularity of records is just a trend that will eventually pass on?
We were collecting and swapping/trading vinyl many years before it became a hipster trend. I don’t think that it will go away. People are looking at vinyl to reignite the spark of owning music. It is one thing to have thousands of mp3’s, and to be completely honest, you never actually own those mp3’s. It was either downloaded, copied or ripped from a CD. Buying a vinyl record gives you the satisfaction of holding the physical incarnation of the music in your hands.

Why do you think it has taken South Africans so long to get into collecting records?
You’ve always had your serious collectors in SA, but kids who grew up in the digital age has caught on to the trend you talk about above.

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Roastin’ Records has recently been acting more as a records label, having released a few records for bands. Is this the direction you’re moving towards?
We definitely want to put out as many records as we can. Because vinyl has become a standard output for international bands we want to give SA bands a platform to be on par with the rest of the world. The music is definitely on the same level. SA has so many amazing bands who deserve to have their music on vinyl.

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What are some of the releases you’ve put out?
Our latest release, the Wildernessking 10inch EP is just about to see the light of day, and we are very excited about it. Roastin’ Records also did a collaborative release for the Pretoria noise punkers Make-Overs with Angry Africa and KRNGY.

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Any sneak peeks for what we can expect from Roastin’ Records in the near future?
We have a couple of 7inches we want to bring out – a split with Cape Town’s Peasant and JHB heavyweights Conqueror. Also maybe a 7inch for the grindcore band Anthropocene Hell. We will also be getting in some fresh new music on a monthly basis which are available on the webshop and at the record bin in Deluxe Coffee. We also DJ regularly in and around Cape Town and try to let the vinyl sound reach as many people as possible. If you are ever at a venue where we are DJing, please do come say HELLO. We also like tequila.

I imagine you guys have your ear quite close to the ground with South African music. Who should we be keeping an ear out for in the future?
The Psych Night guys are doing some great stuff, The Very Wicked, The Dollfins, WEA (but I think they called it a day?), Black Lung, Bilderberg Motel, Changeling, Peasant, The Moths, Death Pegasus, Make Overs, Conqueror, Dead Lucky, Black Math, Bad Drugs etc.

Top 10 vinyl records of all time?
Unfair question. We both have a broad range of musical taste, but I (Rouleaux) tend to like punk/harcore stuff the most. I can have a top 10 in loads of different genres.

Here is my top 10 list :
1. Descendents – Milo Goes to College
2. Fugazi – End Hits
3. Hawkwind – Space Ritual
4. Fucked Up – Chemistry of Common Life
5. Poison the Well – Versions
6. Ceremony – Ronhert Park
7. The Replacements – Let It Be
8. Sleep – Dopesmoker
9. The Monks – Black Monk Time
10. Bad Brains – S/T

Here is Wentzel’s list. But only for today. Tomorrow it will be very different.
1. Led Zeppelin – II
2. Blood Brothers – Crimes
3. Neil Young – Harvest Moon
4. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
5. Nick Drake – Pink Moon
6. Joanna Newsom – Ys
7. Bob Dylan – Desire
8. Kraftwerk – The Man Machine
9. Nirvana – In Utero
10. Beatles – ? all Beatles!

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Thursday 6 March
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Bilderberg Motel Record Release Party
On Thursday the 6th March Bilderberg Motel will be releasing the vinyl edition of their album Lorien. Printed on glorious heavyweight white wax and done in a limited run, they’ll be celebrating this with a party and a show at the RVCA First Thursday’s night at The Pit. Doors open at 7pm and entrance is free. R200 gets you a copy of the LP and the first 50 sold get a free limited edition tshirt, printed by the band, with their purchase.

“The recording does a good job of capturing their alternatively raucous and melancholy sound. To my ears, The Velvet Underground and The Brian Jones- town Massacre are touchstones, but Bilderberg put its own unique stamp on the garage-band template.” – Sean Shuter, style.com.

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PSYCH NIGHT ‘SPIRIT MEDICINE’

In celebration of Psych Night turning 1 years old, they invite you to join them to celebrate.

Bands playing:

The Very Wicked
Holiday Murray
Bilderberg Motel + Sannie Fox
Black Fins (Black Lung + The Dollfins)
Heroine
Psych Night vs. Wild Eastern Arches (DJ)

Visuals by Roundabout Films.

Saturday, 3 August
The Assembly
R40 before 10, R50 after.

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DJ sets:
The Doors / Night Beats / The Black Angels / Tame Impala / BRMC / Shapes have Fangs / UFO Club / Goat / Pond / Jimi Hendrix / Cosmonauts / Spacemen 3 / BJM / Allah Las / Underground Youth / Meek / Dead Skeletons / Place to Bury Strangers / Ty Segall / Clinic / Bass Drum of Death / Psychic Ills / Golden Animals / Elephant Stone / Deerhunter etc.

Link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/611635668868464/

PSYCH NIGHT – TEXAS HEADDRESS VIDEO

Psych Night and The Assembly present Psych Night: Texas Headdress in celebration of Austin Psych Fest that was happening around the same time. Featuring Wild Eastern Arches, The Future Primitives, Bilderberg Motel and Krakatoa. This is the highlight video of the event, which happened at The Assembly in Cape Town on the 4th of May.

Shot and Edited: Barry de Villiers
Music: The Future Primitives

PHOTOS AND VIDEO FROM DOORS OF PERCEPTION

The Doors of Perception art exhibition opening last night, presented by Revolution and Psych Night, was a really good time. There was exceptional art to be appreciated and sold, quality musical entertainment from Bilderberg Motel, a lot of booze consumed, psychedelic imagery projected, and just all-round good times had. Have a look through the photos and video to get a glimpse of what it was like. If you were here, thank you for coming. It was great to see everyone. Thanks to Psych Night, Bilderberg Motel, Simon Berndt from One Horse Town and everyone else who helped make the night a success.

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MUSIC MONDAYS

Psych Night

Here is your soundtrack for the week. In anticipation for the upcoming Doors of Perception art exhibition at the Revolution Woodstock store in Cape Town, here is the latest soundtrack from Psych Night.

This album is the first leg in showcasing South African bands that are forming the fresh wave of talent and psychedelic colour washing over the lands. A big thank you goes to Wild Eastern Arches, The Future Primitves, The Very Wicked, The Dollfins, Bilderberg Motel and Black Lung for allowing us to use their tracks. Please spread this album far and to many. “Meet us at the top of the sky…”

The album cover was designed by local Cape Town artist Simon Berndt.

*All rights of the tracks belong to the corresponding artists involved in the compilation of this album.