Park Acoustics: An interview with Basson Laubscher

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Basson Laubscher & The Violence Free Peace will be jamming at Park Acoustics this coming weekend in Pretoria. They are part of a great line-up of artists which includes Van Pletzen, We Are Charlie, Matthew Mole and others.

I recently had a chat to Basson Laubscher via e-mail about Park Acoustics and a few other things. This is what he had to say:

How exactly did you come up with “The Violence Free Peace” bit in your collective’s name?

I have always liked the idea that the backing band has its own identity too not just the front guy, like Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, etc. So when the first version of the free peace was formed witch was Fred Den Hartog (from Die Heuwels Fantasties) and JC Visser (from Mr Cat & The Jackal) we were sitting around at Fred’s garage playing around with names when Fred said what about “Die Wrede Vrede”. I thought it had quite a ring to it, but needed to be in English. So that basically how we got to it…

Basson Laubscher

If someone asked you “What is Park Acoustics?” what would you tell them?

I would say the best party in town! It has everything you need. Great music, a great vibe and P-town’s awesome party people!

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If someone asked you to describe your style of music, what would you tell them?

R&B / Soul, infused with a heavy dose blues boogie and rock ‘n roll.

In your mind, who should battle it out in the ultimate edition of Celebrity Death Match?

Jack Black vs Seth Rogen. (I agree that would be epic Basson)

What is the funniest thing that you’ve ever experienced during a live show?

Mmm I’ve been on the road since I was 18 years old and I’m 34 now. So there has been many things, so many things hahaha! There’s been fights, ladies stripping, stage dives gone wrong & many other stories.

If I have to choose one… it’s tough, but I would say the best thing I have seen happened when my previous band (Zinkplaat) played a 21st birthday bash in Vioolsdrift (the Namibian border post on the West Coast) with 10 other metal bands, for a a crowd of I think 20 folks.

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If I remember correctly, the one band played but couldn’t finish one song. They kept stopping and shitting each other out on stage. Then, to top it, they brought a guitar to throw out but there was no audience. So the guy walked to the edge of the stage and just dropped it. I must admit that it was hilarious! I’ll never forget that one!

Star Wars or Star Trek?

May the Force always be with us.

What can we expect from you guys at Park Acoustics on the 28th of October?

Well… we will definitely be delivering our dose of rock ‘n roll / blues / boogie / soul gospel! So get ready to get on your feet, boogie down with us and spread the gospel of rock n’ roll baby!! TESTIFY!

I’d like thank Basson Laubscher & The Violent Free Peace for this interview. I wish them all of the best with their set at Park Acoustics this weekend their future musical endeavors.

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