East City Live: An Interview with Hatchetman

East City Live is a weekly treat in the centre of the Cape Town music scene. It’s happening at Harrington’s Cocktail lounge and showcases a selection of talented and extraordinary musicians.

In the next few weeks, music lovers can look forward to a phenomenal line-up including Hatchetman, The Tiny Fantastics, Jules Terea, Nick Turner duo and Liam McDermott.

You have the opportunity to sink your teeth into a delicious meal or just relax with a few glasses of wine, all the while feasting your senses on the marvel of live music across a myriad of styles and genres. Jazz, blues, gypsy blues, folk, light electronica, to name a few, with much-anticipated solo performances by musicians from well-known and established acts.

I recently had a chat to Hatchetman (who will be jamming at East City Live tomorrow night). This is what they had to say…

Tell us how Hatchetman first came together

We all met at Alma café while in different bands / projects and discovered a mutual love for harmony singing, acoustic music and found that we had an incredible vocal chemistry.


What has been the highlights for the group so far?

Getting to play some of Cape Town’s premier venues, Kirstenbosch Gardens, City Hall, the Baxter Theatre and also winning 2 Silver Ovation Awards at the National Arts Fest.

Artists often say that they “just want to be true to themselves.” Do you think that Creativity should have moral boundaries eg do you write the songs or do the songs write you?

I suppose my answer to the moral boundaries question would have to be does the human condition truly have boundaries in an objective sense? Or do we weigh ourselves down with these fairly arbitrary standards that often do not keep pace with the development (or lack thereof) of the current level of civilisation.

With regards to artists in this context, they ought to be the ones stretching what is permissible to any degree. Songwriting, I tend to let the songs come to me, I don’t fight them or try and force them out.

What can fans expect from your set on Thursday at East City Live?

A relaxed atmostphere, some familiar covers and quite possibly some insanely bad jokes.

What are your plans for 2019?

We have an album in the works, figuring out a strategy for completing and releasing it. We are also always looking to collaborate with other artists, recently teaming up for a hugely succesful show with Jennifer Eaves.

I’d like to thank Hatchetman for this interview. I wish them all of the best with their set at East City Live tomorrow night.

More info about East City Live

East City Live happens every Thursday. Featured acts start playing at around 8 PM and the DJ session kicks in after 10 PM. Entry is FREE. Half Price Tapas & Happy Hour 4-7 PM. Reservations for tapas and bigger groups are recommended. Call 0214612276 / e-mail harringtons@thefirmct.co.za.

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Henno Kruger

Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant

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