Kabaal klankbaan is Gauteng-based musician Floris Groenewald’s folk-rock music project.

“It’s not a stage name,” says Floris, “but a band, of which I’m the only permanent member.” They play acoustic, alternative folk-rock, which varies from indie-pop songs, folky dystopian love songs, bluesy rock & roll, to songs about robots and video games. Most live performances consist of one guy with an acoustic guitar, harmonica, and stompbox, rocking and rolling and folking in an attempt to ignore \ genre limitations. His next show might be Afrikaans, English, bilingual, folky, rocky, accompanied or solo. In 2015 Kabaal klankbaan performed several times as a duo, joined by saxophinist Andre van Coller, and for a special Halloween show in October 2016, they pulled out all the stops as a four-piece band.

Floris Groenewald, songwriter, frontman, and vocalist, describes the song with his tongue in his cheek: “Robot Girlfriend is simply about how flippin’ sweet it would be to have a girlfriend who’s a robot.” “But it’s also about when your love life is so completely disappointing that you just retreat into a fantasy world and reject all sense of reality – or so my doctors say.”

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We had a chat with the band. Check it out!

How did Kabaal Klankbaan start? Was it your brainchild?

Yes. I found myself going to gigs, getting more and more envious of the people on the stage.

How did you come up with the idea for the Robot Girlfriend song?

Weirdly, my computer desperately needed an upgrade at the same time that my girlfriend dumped me. Fantasizing about robots is the natural reaction to that situation, isn’t it?

Weird… Has the recording of the new song been different to your previous songs?

Yes, completely. Where my last album was home-recorded and self-produced, this time I decided to call in expert help. With Peach van Pletzen as producer and multi-instrumentalist, Robot Girlfriend was guided into existence at Planet Awesome in Greenside. Peach’s input was invaluable and he added so much to what the song ended up as.

How would you define the word “success” as a band or an artist?

Ideally, you’d want your band to self-sustain and not cost you any money. But hey, I’ll settle for “success” being as simple as people showing up to your gigs – that’s the biggest thing that counts.

The feels, bro! Does it ever get competitive between artists out there?

Not in my experience. If it does, you’re doing it wrong.

What’s the most bizarre thing to happen while you were on stage?

Not technically on stage, but once I played an extra few songs in a pub to some people who came late and missed the show, and one woman untied my shoelaces and took off one of my shoes while I was playing a song. Bizarre!

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You win. What shows stand out for you the most? And why?

Festivals, basically. There’s a huge difference in the audience’s interest; you can really tell they’re there primarily to listen to music, and that just makes the experience so much better for everyone.

Where can people find Kabaal Klankbaan next?

My next few confirmed gigs are:
30 November at Sinkshack in Bronkhorstspruit
24 December at The Cockpit Brewhouse in Cullinan
12 February at Otterlake German Restaurant in Kameelfontein, Pretoria

Any last words for people who haven’t heard your music, or people who want to get in touch with you?

How have you not heard Kabaal klankbaan’s music yet? It’s all over the internet: like iTunes, YouTube, Google Music, Deezer, Soundcloud, & Bandcamp. We’re also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for day-to-day info, and news about releases and shows. Oh, we’ve also got a website and email newsletter for old-schoolers.