Rubber Duc are one of the acts who will be performing at Parklife Festival in Johannesburg tomorrow. In case you’re not familiar with their music, imagine Mango Groove and Mumford & Sons having a love child. Rubber Duc makes you want to dance with their cheerful and catchy melodies and quirky lyrics. I had first hand experience of this at Mo Rock in late 2015 and Lush Festival (near Clarens in the Free State) in April 2016. Yes, ladies and gents, this 40 year old photographer / blogger actually danced…
I recently had a chat to Nick Jordaan from Rubber Duc about Parklife Festival and a few other things. This is what he had to say:
Where does the name “Rubber Duc” come from?
Rubber Duc came about when Nick and Brendan were aspiring DJ’s but had no clue how exactly to do it. They would produce “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That”, a dance track at first, so they could bang it out at very well known pubs in greater Roodepoort area. What was stopping them was the severe inability to mix on decks, but they had a plan.
They would pre-mix onto a flash drive, wear duck suites, flap their wings as the beat dropped and put on a show for the whole 15 people to see. They were going to call this act “Rubber Duc”. What they COULD do was play guitar and sing. When asked to fill in for a band that dropped a friend last minute, the friend needed a name to go out. Then it was obvious. The name would be “Rubber Duc”.
What have you been up to lately?
We have been super busy. We have been on the road a hell of lot, all the while writing music and doing pre-prod for album number 2! We have travelled abroad and hope to do so again really soon. Other than that, we wake up at about 10 AM, have a cup of coffee, send very inappropriate content to one another on all WhatsApp groups and just act like typical male tweens.
What are your thoughts on the current state of SA Music?
Wow, we are loving SA music at the moment. There’s great music coming out from really talented artists! Whether they win SAMA’s or not, that you will have to take up with Babes. But yeah, we saw Amanda Black live at the SAMA’s and holy shizzle, she was incredible! Afrotraction – Love and Respect. Now that’s an album worth listening to. That man is all soul!
What can music lovers expect from you at Parklife Johannesburg?
We will be playing a few songs off our latest album, The Secret Sunrise, as well as some older bangers. We just love performing! So we will be bringing the full DUC experience.
I’d like to thank Nick and Rubber Duc for this interview and I wish them all of the best with their set tomorrow at Parklife Johannesburg and their future musical endeavours. If you’re not familiar with their music, crank up their song “Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That” below.
Want to check them out at Parklife tomorrow? Get your tickets here.
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