Oppikoppi Interview: Francois Van Coke

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Photograph: Jaco S Venter Interview: Melissa Griesel

What gave you the idea to start the Francois Van Coke band?
I understand this is a stock standard question, but it is quite tough to answer this as I am a solo artist. I just want to make music.

Who inspires you?
Life, death, love and hate.

Is there a certain trend/fashion you follow in the SA music scene?
I don’t think so.

Where do you get the ideas to write the music you write?
Life, death, love and hate.

What does your music reflect about you?
Everything. I am quite honest in the music and songs I write. The songs are autobiographical.

Where do you see Francois Van Coke in the future?
I see myself on stage, on a couch, on a plane, in a field or in a van.

What is the hardest part about being a band?
Being away from home most of the time.

What is the best part of being in the band?
Writing new songs.

Do you guys get into a lot of agreements/disagreements about the band and music in general?
I have the final say what happens on stage or on my album.

What is your favorite type of music?
Rock music.

What time/day are you playing at Oppi 2015?
Sunday at 22.00 on the James Philips Stage.

Where can fans buy the album and find out more about Francois Van Coke shows?
My album is in the stores and available on iTunes. All my info is at www.francoisvancoke.co.za