A quick Pre Mieliepop chat with Shortstraw

Shortstraw are having a good 2017 so far. They launched the Bowsie Foundation earlier this year and have already been doing what they do best: entertaining music lovers all over South Africa with their amazing live performances.

In case you did not know, Shortstraw have been named as one of the artists who will be playing at Mieliepop 2017. I recently had a chat Alastair Thomas (the lead singer of the band) about the festival and a few other things. This is what he had to say:

You have real done something special with your work with the Bowsie foundation. You have gone far past your set goal of 15000 views on your video. Good job. What’s next for the Bowsie foundation?

Thanks so much! Yeah, we’re trying to do our part in helping out. Next up, we’re just going to continue to try and raise as much awareness and funds for the foundation. We’ve teamed up with Unsung Hero’s to make the Bowsie Dog – a delicious hotdog sold at their stall at Market on Main where all the proceeds go tot he foundation. And we’re busy figuring out how some proceeds from Boosh can go to the cause as well. We’re an open book though, if anyone has any ideas on how else we can help, we’re all ears!

You guys definitely deliver when it comes to making great music video. Excluding Bowsie what has been your personal favourite so far?

I think the Say Anything video was a favourite because we got to play with all that fake blood and guts. And we got to see Glen Biederman-Pam die, which was awesome.

Who has been your favourite Bikini Weather guest on stage?

Crazy Jay from the Grind Radio is always a treat to have on stage with us. He’s always got a ghastly (read: beautiful) outfit on and knows how to get the crowd riled up. But our favourite moment has to be when the Satanic Dagga Orgy dudes joined us on stage in their speedos at Oppikoppi 2015.

Favourite memory of a Mieliepop so far?

Mieliepop just has the best vibe of any festival we’ve been to. Our favourite memory happened after hours last year when just about the whole of Grassy Spark joined us in the jacuzzi at the chalet we were staying at. It was a real, er… bonding experience.

If Jagermeister and Tequila got into a bar fight who would win?

No one would win that fight, my friend. No one.

I’d like to thank Alastair and Shortstraw for this interview and I wish them all of the best with their set at Mielepop 2017 and their future musical endeavours. If you’ve lived under a rock the last 5 years and you’re not familiar with their music, crank up their song “Boo” below. The video was released 4 days ago on YouTube

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Mzi Van Staden
Animator / graphic designer. I make pretty pictures dance. Disc spinner at The Grind Radio.

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