Closing off what has proven to be a very special year for the band, comes the announcement that Johannesburg’s Deity’s Muse has joined the Atonal Music Agency bookings roster, opening more doors into the international touring market for the South African rockers.
2018 saw many highlights present themselves to Deity’s Muse. They supported Seether during the band’s brief South African sojourn in May, had their video for 'Walls Down' premiered by the legendary Metal Hammer magazine, embarked on a successful UK tour in August which culminated in an unforgettable performance at Bloodstock Open Air festival on the Sophie Lancaster stage, followed by a local headline slot opening for SikTh and Miss May I in September at the ever-popular Krank’d Up music festival.
Watch the official video for 'Walls Down': youtu.be/zuHB2FnA1Qc
Atonal Music Agency is a UK-based talent booking and management company representing a sophisticated roster of diverse acts including the likes of Animals As Leaders, SikTh, VOLA, Heart of a Coward, Marty Friedman, Plini and more. Deity’s Muse frontman, Wayne Boucher sums up the band's excitement at the signing:-
“We’re extremely thrilled to be represented in the UK and Europe by Atonal Music Agency. We’re all big fans of their roster and joining their family is not only an honour for us, but the next logical step into opening doors for Deity’s Muse into the international arena.”
Various tours for 2019 are in the pipeline for Deity’s Muse thanks to this new deal, so be sure to watch this space for upcoming announcements from the Atonal Music Agency camp.
Deity's Muse is a melodic alternative rock band based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The band is an absolute juggernaut live and has featured on every major South African rock music festival. The band has shared stages in their home country opening for revered international acts such as Seether (US), Dead Letter Circus (Aus), Rise Against (US), Bring Me The Horizon (UK), Blind Guardian (GER), Unearth (US), Protest The Hero (CAN), Knorkator (GER), Affiance (US), Monuments (UK), 36 Crazyfists (US), Karnivool (Aus), Miss May I (US), SikTh (UK) and Blindside (SWE).
In October 2012 Deity’s Muse took part in their first ever international tour where they performed at world famous venues such as The Viper Room in Hollywood and The 100 Club in London. In April 2013 the band shared the RAMfest main stage with international heavyweights, Rise Against and Bring Me The Horizon. In September 2013 Deity’s Muse played two shows with Australian rock legends, Dead Letter Circus at The Assembly in Cape Town and Krank’d Up music festival in Johannesburg respectively.
In August 2014 the band made their first ever Oppikoppi Festival appearance. In September of the same year they performed on the main stage at Krank’d Up 2014 with Unearth and Protest The Hero. In November 2014 Deity’s Muse embarked on a South African tour with Australian heavyweights, Dead Letter Circus.
Deity's Muse supported Australian prog-rock giants, Karnivool at the Johannesburg leg of their South African tour at the end of April 2016. 2016 also saw Deity’s Muse tour South Africa extensively in support of their latest release. The band supported UK prog pioneers, TesseracT on the Johannesburg leg of their South African tour in April 2017. In July 2017 the band was featured on Metal Injection’s '10 Great South African Bands You Have To Check Out' list. Following this, Deity’s Muse made their first European music festival appearance, performing at the 2017 edition of the annual Euroblast festival at Essigfabrik in Cologne, Germany in October which was headlined by Twelve Foot Ninja, Textures and Devin Townsend Project. In July 2017 Deity’s Muse received the ‘Album of the Year’ award for Convergence at the annual South African Metal Music Awards ceremony. The album was produced by Clint Vincent, guitarist for Dead Letter Circus.
In May 2018 Deity’s Muse opened for Seether to 6,000 people at Marks Park in Johannesburg. Soon after, it was announced that Deity’s Muse had been confirmed to perform at Bloodstock Open Air 2018, effectively making them the first South African band to perform at this prestigious festival. Following this, Metal Hammer debuted the band’s video for 'Walls Down' which received 15,000 views in 4 days on the metal publication’s Facebook page. In August of the same year, Deity’s Muse embarked on their first ever co-headlining UK tour with Sumer announced as tour mates. This UK tour culminated in the band’s performance at Bloodstock Open Air 2018, opening the Sophie Lancaster stage on the Friday to 2,500 people.
Deity’s Muse is:
Wayne Boucher | Vocals & Guitar
Sashan Pillay | Drums
Alvin Boucher | Bass & Backing Vocals
Kyle Engelsman | Guitar & Backing Vocals
South African singer-songwriter Kaien Cruz releases her brand new single, the alluring ‘Dangerous’, via Platoon.
Seamlessly fusing pop and nu-soul elements with an infectious electronic beat, ‘Dangerous’ radiates flickers of summer melodies, lyrically echoing the sentiment of ‘Maneater’ (both Hall & Oates, and Nelly Furtado versions).
“I wrote ‘Dangerous’ during a very frustrating time in my life. I’d just realised that a lot of people in this industry that I thought had my back, actually didn’t. So this song is about those people and and other things in my life that I thought were good for me, but were only holding me back. The chords I started with gave me a Michael Jackson kind of vibe which my dad absolutely loved! I built on this to give it more of a pop feeling.”
‘Dangerous’ is the first new music to come from the Durban-born artist, following the release of her 8-track debut EP ‘Mansion Mind’ last year.
Kaien Cruz has played guitar since she was 8 years old. By the time she had reached 16, having written and performed songs to her family, her sister suggested that she uploaded her music to Soundcloud. It was around this time that she began to put a voice to her creations.
The singer-songwriter’s big break came when she was discovered on Instagram by Durban-based producer Aewon Wolf of the Wolfpack. “Aewon gave me my introduction to the music industry and I have met a few people through him who have taught me a lot of things, good and bad. I’m a lot wiser since meeting Aewon and I definitely believe everything happens for a reason” she says.
At the tender age of 19, Kaien has already opened for Justin Bieber on the South African lef of the global megastar’s Purpose Tour; collaborated with Kyle Deutsch (of ‘Back to the Beach’ fame) and South Africa’s top rapping sensation Nasty C, and had her collaboration with producer Sketchy Bongy, ‘Love Me In The Dark’, nominated for the South African Music Award.
Kaien Cruz is currently working on a brand new EP out in LA.
Sipho the Gift makes his return to music in full force today with the majestic new track ‘Hold Up’, released via Pontoon.
'Hold Up’ is the first new music to come from the South African rapper and MC in 2018, following the release of 2017’s acclaimed sophomore collection ‘Kintsugi’, and sets the tone for his upcoming third project ‘INDIGO’ - with more tracks and videos to follow.
“Hold Up is an exciting song about love. A resilient love that’s withstood, not only the test of time but, any obstacles thrown its way. I’m in love myself and this was a huge inspiration to me. I think not enough rappers talk about it for fear of appearing soft or wearing their hearts on their sleeves. The sound is fun, melodic and very rhythmic which is something I’m hoping to explore a lot more in the future as I play with more sounds”.
Initially setting out to make music that sounded like the artists he loved, Sipho quickly learnt that he wanted to tell his own story. On his first EP, Sterkspruit-born MC sought to distance himself from the pack. His skill-set betrayed his age; at 21 years young, eyes fixed upon an uncertain future, he released the self-produced Coming of Age EP (2015).
"I wanted to give a glimpse into the mind of a 20 year-old turning 21, measuring himself against the world and learning what it is to be a man while making your own destiny,” he says of it.
Coming of Age showcased Sipho’s ability to employ words, rhythm and melody to “tell people about themselves, while using myself as a mirror.” Following the release of this debut, Sipho suffered a period of depression - frustrated by the perceived lack of success for his music, and fueled by the loss of his laptop and two hard-drives worth of music.
It was two years until he would return with a palpable determination and the follow-up release ‘Kintsugi’ - the Japanese word a source of strength and sharpened focus.
As well as producing his own music, Sipho has also achieved production credits on music by the likes of Well$, Deniro Ferrar, and King Mez, who featured prominently on Dr. Dre’s Compton album.
'Hold Up’ is the result of Platoon’s incredible ‘Lab’ event in South Africa, bringing together rising artists and incredible talents from across the country to celebrate and create.
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