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Capital Craft 2019: An interview with Deon Bakkes


Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses will be jamming at Capital Craft Beer Festival on the 15th of June 2019 in Pretoria. The event is happening at the National Botanical Gardens.

I recently had to chat to Deon Bakkes about beer, the beer festival and a few other things. This is what he had to say:

What have you and the Stolen Horses been up to?

We just launched our latest release, ‘The Striped Mare’, and have played those new tunes as much as we can. We’ve also worked on a set of videos with Dizzy Khaki from our Cape Gypsy Injection tour last year and are excited to release them.

Deon Bakkes & The Stolen Horses by Henry Engelbrecht
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Photo by Henry Engelbrecht

Dizzy Khaki always gives us ace-level work! Besides that, I’ve been moving in and out of bursts of inspiration and have been writing a lot of new material for the next release which we hope to put out next year some time. Oh yes! And I’ve been making friends with punks in hospital! Commiserating about our various ailments and taking inappropriate hospital selfies.

How many stolen horses have you encountered along your musical journey and how did you steal them?

At this time, the stolen horse count has reached 16. That includes all the musicians and dancers that have worked on this project so far. How were they stolen?

Well, basically it boils down to me explaining the music and the general idea of the band. Then I get way too excited while doing that, and somehow, by the grace of spades, they’re lured into my pony trap where I whip jazz improvisation and speedy chord changes into them. More or less…

Who would win in a celebrity deathmatch between Post Malone and Machine Gun Kelly?

Machine Gun Kelly hands down! I mean he was a total gangster. Charles Bronson is a legend.

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What are your thoughts on the current state of SA Music?

I think the music scene in South Africa has taken a hit along with many other sectors. See, music is basically a consumer-driven market.

What makes it especially difficult is that it requires a special emotional connection with its target market for business to be made.

This works fine when there’s plenty of money to go around the economy, but when consumers are strapped for cash (petrol increases anyone?), it makes them less likely to spend time and money on certain luxuries because they’re already running as fast as they can to stay afloat. My two cents…

That said, I always have hope for music because that special emotional connection which music can form with its audience is really capable of a doing great things. Plus, the bands coming out of our local scene these days keep getting better and better. Ruff Majik is a great example of musicians staying true to a conviction to make great music. That kinda stuff inspires people. They certainly inspire me to keep going.

What is your favourite craft beer and why?

Striped Horse. No further comment.

What is your favourite quote about beer?

“Fight for your right to drink pure beer!” Tankard, Chemical Invasion

What can we expect from you at the 2019 edition of Capital Craft Beer Festival?

Mainly, a lot of wrong notes played just right. We call it gypsy jazz punk.

I’d like to thank Deon Bakkes for this interview and I wish him and his stolen horses all of the best with their set at Capital Craft 2019 and their future musical endeavours.

If you don’t have tickets for Capital Craft 2019 yet, get yours HERE. It’s going to be one of the biggest parties of the year in the capital city and you shouldn’t miss out.

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