Richard Mulholland
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Reclaim yourself, question everything...

Show the fuck up… A guest post by Motheo Moleko

Just over a year ago, I was walking though the Old Biscuit Mill with two of my closest friends, Don Packett and Motheo Moleko. Mo saw some guys jammin’ in the square, he went over, picked up a microphone, and started rapping with them. He still is…


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I rap in an act with Jeremy Loops and Jamie Faull – a pair of talented Cape Town-based musicians – and I’m currently working on my solo project. A few months ago, after a successful tour to Johannesburg where we played (and impressed) at a music festival called Sowing The Seeds 2012, I wrote a status on Facebook about the doors you open by giving your all every time you do your job, whatever your job may be. That status, reprinted below largely untouched bar some additional info for context, chronologically follows how our effort opened doors for us, allowing us to go from an act that busked to 10 people to an act frequently playing to 7000+ people at major music festivals in just 18 months.

I hope something of my tale resonates with you like it did with Richard and some friends on FB.

When Jeremy and I started this music thing a year and a half ago, I used to always tell the guys we had to put on our best performance bar none at the most recent show because you never know who is watching. I still tell them this.

Why? Well…

Jeremy asked me to try this music thing with him because we had a cool crowd at The Biscuit Mill when we were busking there. I only asked if I could rap with them because they were playing nice tunes. We didn’t know each other at the time so, in essence, it all started with him impressing me, and I impressing him in turn. This was the start…

Main stage at Rocking The Daisies 2011 – our biggest gig to date at the time – happened because the event owners watched us kill our ‘audition’ at Sowing The Seeds 2011. Sowing The Seeds 2011 itself happened because that very same event organiser saw us kill our fortnightly shows at a packed Rafiki’s, and figured we should at least get to audition at STS2011 for the big time.

Our many Assembly gigs happened because we killed Assembly the one time we got a chance there through a party hosted by GreenPop. We made sure to impress at the venue every time we were invited back thereafter.

Our KZN gigs in Pietermaritzburg, opening for The Parlotones at Maritzburg Day, and Durban, opening for Freshlyground at COP17, happened because the director of the events company hosting those events saw us at the aforementioned Assembly gigs. He was impressed, and contacted his CEO to urge him to book us. He checked a YouTube vid from an Assembly gig, and was convinced enough to book us. We killed those performances, by the way. [Those performances also played a big role in our securing a slot at Splashy Fen 2012, a big KZN music festival that recently took place.]

Oh, and now talks of massive things are ongoing because we killed Sowing The Seeds 2012 in JHB. If you’re still connecting the dots here, Sowing The Seeds 2012 happened because we killed Rocking The Daisies 2011, which itself happened because we killed our ‘audition’ at Sowing The Seeds 2011 in CT, which itself happened because we killed our fortnightly gigs at Rafiki’s.

Lots of killing going on here. Consistent killing, mind you, and with greater precision/violence each subsequent occasion.

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My point is you never know who is watching, and you never know what doors you could open by just putting your back into it. We’ve played for an audience of 10, and we’ve played for an audience of 3000-7000, and we give equal effort every time. Every. Fucking. Time. No off days. Ever. The audience deserves no less, irrespective of its size, and you owe it to yourself, too.

Seriously, people are always scouting in any career. Just, please, show the fuck up if you want it badly. And I don’t mean play-play badly. I mean really, really want it. We cannot completely control how much longer our amazing journey will continue for, but we will control the only thing we can control: our unrelenting effort.

Everyone has unrelenting effort within…!

(You can listen to the studio recording of “My Shoes” on Soundcloud)

April 12, 2012 at 9:09 am | 79 comments

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