Park Acoustics in association with Southern Comfort and GauFest proudly presents Dan Patlansky & friends!! 1 October 2017 will be known as the day of blues, folk & reggae at Park Acoustics. Their lineup includes legendary blues guitarist Dan Patlansky, SA’s biggest reggae act Tidal Waves, the soulful blues combo of Gerald Clark & Guy Collins, Pretoria’s folk lords The Oh So Serious, Bloemfontein’s dirty blues four-piece Wolfgang Marrow and Centurion’s Searching Silence ft George Sax and Soosh on the turntable. Comedy will have you laughing with Martin Jonas, Mum-Z, Warren Robertson. With that said, I had a chat with the iconic Tidal Waves. You guys are regarded as the hardest working reggae band in South Africa, touring relentlessly from 1999 and releasing albums in between. How have you maintained that schedule and lifestyle throughout your almost two-decade career? Tidal Waves has this thing of being a band that keeps the momentum strong so we make sure that every gig we do, the band performs at its best. To anyone who has seen your shows, you are definitely seen as a live band, as an album can’t really encapsulate what transpires on stage when you guys perform. Would you agree with that view? Yes, we do it intentionally, the way we sound on the studio is kinda chill but then when we on a live stage, we automatically change the moods of songs. Being in a band for close to two decades in an ever-changing country like South Africa, you’ve seen the music scene change multiple times. Have you ever struggled with maintaining relevancy or has it just been more of a ‘Doing what you love’ kind of thing? Not at all, because the trick is don’t follow the crowd, the crowd should follow you then you won’t struggle to be relevant. Back in 2010/2011 Tidal Waves were one of South Africa’s hottest exports, touring to Europe and even performing at the iconic SXSW festival in Austin, Texas as well as a tour through the United States. But lately you have focused more on touring South Africa and playing shows closer to home. Was this a conscious decision based on the toll touring takes on you as individuals? No, no. We sometimes work with people who don’t have a vision, people who can’t see the future y’know. I blame the management we worked with then, because our signing off from him affected us a lot. We started touring internationally in 2003 when we were doing New Zealand, and all contacts we got we passed them through management. We lost all our contacts especially the ones we got in Europe. But we love playing in SA. The crowds are always great. You released your sixth album, Tomorrow Starts Today, in August last year. Barely a year later you are back in the studio. Are you busy with a new album or were those teaser videos you posted part of something else? Yes, we are busy recording the new album of which is halfway finished. We thought it would healthy for Waves to give an album 12 months to run, then bring another. You were always a five-piece, with Jaco Mans previously the lead guitarist. Has the dynamic of the band changed since he left or has it been more of the same regarding the live performances and recording process? Tidal Waves music is like waves, it can be played any how or any which way. The nice thing about it, it doesn’t lose its essence. Having toured extensively through South Africa, you have played at some of the most iconic venues and festivals we have to offer. Is there any show you have played that stands out specifically? Tjoo, that’s a difficult one. We have a few nice nice festivals around the country y’know, so I can say for now the show that was extra amazing to us, Oppikoppi crew once gave a heavenly show at Bassline Newtown, we performed for the deaf people, the setup of the stage, the communication with people who don’t hear you but hearing you, that’s crazy and it blew my mind. Thank you for the chat. We’ll see you Park Acoustics!