Great news music fans! Eternal SA rock music supporter and award-winning journalist, Gary Cool, has spread his wings and landed a time slot on international radio station, Team Rock Radio (which is based in the UK).
I’ve always looked up to this former Capetownian (who is now living in the UK). He’s one kief oke and he is always pushing to bring South African music into the spotlight through cutting edge music journalism and has always been an advocate for local music and a wellspring of information on anything and everything in the South African music industry.
To quote Wayde Flowerday “Gary Cool is one of the music journalists from South Africa that we all look up to. This new venture of his will certainly put South African music on the map – I cannot wait to see what he cooks up on Team Rock Radio.”
Gary Cool will be DJ-ing alongside the likes of Bruce Dickinson (the lead vocalist of Iron Maiden), Chris Jericho (the editor of Metal Hammer magazine) and many others and he will be bringing his own South African flavour to the station. He will be utilising this platform as a springboard for SA artists and showcasing SA music to the world with anything from interviews to reviews, opinion pieces to debut play-listings, etc. He will definitely be giving the South African music scene the international exposure it has always deserved.
To quote Gary: “I have been fortunate to do a lot in the South African music scene – from having my open letter to Bruce Springsteen result in him touring the country, to emceeing some of the biggest stages in South Africa, but none of that seems as surreal as having a show on Team Rock Radio. This has been a dream of mine for years, and I look forward to sharing my love of South African music on an international stage; hopefully opening doors for South African artists across the globe. Plus, who wouldn’t be excited about being on the same station as Bruce Dickinson?”
To quote Francois Van Coke: “Gary Cool is one of the local legends that has been supporting local music for as long as I can remember. His new show will be a great opportunity to get SA music to the masses, and I know he’ll be giving it his all. I’ll definitely be tuning in.”
Even after interviewing the likes of the Foo Fighters, Slash, Bring Me The Horizon (and many more), Gary’s focus remains firmly on bolstering the South African music scene, with special attention always being given to unsigned and underdog artists.
While getting a slot on Team Rock Radio is certainly a notch in the belt for Gary Cool, it’s an even bigger opportunity for all South African artists. The future of the international music is looking bright, and with Gary Cool in the mix it is sounding particularly South African.
His first show will feature the legendary Barney Simon and a kief selection of banging South African tunes. You can catch Gary Cool on Team Rock Radio this Sunday (the 31st of January 2016) at 2 PM GMT. Click here to find out how to listen.
Bands can submit their material for potential airplay to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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