Many of you reading this probably follow this blog via @rwrant or me via @hennokruger on Twitter. From time to time I feature some Interesting Tweople on Running Wolf’s Rant and it seems that time has come today. Today’s person from Twitter-land is my good friend @SniperMime (a former Pretorian, now living in Cape Town).
She faced the intense heat with me at Up The Creek this year (near Swellendam in the Western Cape) and Oppikoppi (near Northam in Limpopo) in 2011. She shares my love for SA Music and festivals. She recently started her own blog at http://www.snipermime.co.za, feel free to check it out. You can also follow her on Twitter via @SniperMime.
I recently had the privilege of interviewing her, this is what she had to say:
So, you are kinda new to Cape Town, what are your thoughts about the Mother City so far?
I’ve never been this broke this often! Cape Town offers a whole bunch of ‘I gots to see’ events and I’ve been making an effort of attending as many as possible. As winter sets in and the surreal sensation of living here starts to wear off I’ve started to feel at home in one of the most beautiful cites in the world.
You have a huge love for SA Music, which acts would you say are going to be big in 2012?
Next to go huge? Tricky. I’d love to see Two Minute Puzzle get more exposure and I have a lot of admiration for Wild Lettuce’s guitar solos. Shortstraw are already hitting it big as I’ve hoped and hopefully The Little Kings and Legatos will follow a similar path.
What would say you was the coolest thing that happened to you in 2011?
Going to New York and embarking on an impromptu beer-hunt only to find Interpol playing an unannounced gig at a nearby bar. Also being forced to stay indoors during ‘Hurricane Irene’ which was nothing more than a typical SA rainstorm when it reached NYC.
What are your thoughts in general about the SA Music industry?
Musically speaking – I think by growing up in South Africa and soaking up extremely diverse cultural influences has culminated to forge a wonderfully strong, artistically rich youth, very positive as a whole. Display is definitely on par internationally, whatever that entails and I’m excited and honoured to witness our growth and mutual encouragement.
Would you say that social media has changed your life? And if so, how has it changed your life?
Twitter in particular has opened a lot of doors, I’ve met my best friend after tweeting for advice on headphones (got a whole breakdown of which Sennheiser to go for regarding my needs) and you get first notice of any freshly surfaced tunes, upcoming events and news. I’m totally addicted.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank @SniperMime for her willingness to answer my questions and her bubbly responses. If you’re in Cape Town and you bump into her at one of the mother city’s fine live music venues, buy her a Black Label for me. Feel free to comment on this post if you have an opinion you would like to share.