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A quick interview with Adventure Man


Adventure Man’s new album, Dog Daze was released today. The 6th of March saw the official release of a music video for the first single off the album entitled “Let’s Stay Home, Let’s Stay Home”.

The video was shot and directed by Rick Joaquim and Alison Martin from Duck Rabbit Studios, and was one of the first songs written for the album. The song also features Rebecca Taylor, who originally was only meant to sing on this song, but impressed the band so much that she is now a permanent member of Adventure Man.

The video was filmed in January in the band’s practice room over the course of 14 hours. Its a fun, fast paced video, shot on a green screen whilst using slick cuts and special effects to incorporate a split screen effect; resulting in a combination of the band, Shaniqua and all Gad’s toys to create crazy, hybrid, dancing monsters.

Around 30 extras also arrived for the shoot, and were filmed individually dancing and lip syncing to the song. They had no idea which body part of theirs was going to be seen in the video. Shaniqua was left for last, but she was better behaved than the extras and features in the video playing miniature drums and a tiny keyboard. The video was edited by Brian Mason.

I have to admit that this is one of the coolest music videos that I’ve seen in 2017 and I think many of you will agree with me.

In case you did not know, Gad de Chombes started playing as a solo musician in 2011 as King Dinosaur and he set a challenge to himself to write and record a new song every 2 weeks. After joining Shortstraw he changed his name to Adventure Man and those songs become his debut album ‘Out Of Order’.

After playing solo for years, Gad recruited drummer Po-Chung Chen and bassist Cole Matthew, and recently singer, Rebecca Taylor to complete the full band line-up. The band has played at Oppikoppi, Splashy Fen and most of the venues in Gauteng and their song ‘Sorry Shaniqua’ (all about Gad’s adorable pug), was play listed on 5FM in December 2015.

That song inspired the new album Dog Daze, which contains odes to all of Gad’s creatures. The album also features collaborations from Grassy Spark, Jon Shaban, Gad’s brother DDC and two songs featuring Rebecca.

I recently had a chat to Gad about the band and a few other things. This is what he had to say:

Where does the name “Adventure Man” come from?

When i was a kid i used to play the Nintendo game Adventure Island a ton! The hero was Adventure Boy, and I assumed he grows up to be Adventure Man.

What is your definition of an “Adventure Man”?

Being adventurous means taking chances and doing new things. I’m writing songs about the simple things people tend to gloss over, hopefully we can make people see different perspectives of things…

If someone asked you what Adventure Man’s music is all about, what would you say?

We sing songs about all your favourite things as a kid. Nostalgia is heavy with us, but nothing beats the pure joy of a child, and that’s what we’re trying to capture.

What are your thoughts on the current state of SA Music? What’s good and what’s bad?>/strong>

Our scene is definitely experiencing a new golden age. With bands like Sol Gems, Go Barefoot and Following Fiction, amongst many others, we’re hearing the best music in South Africa in decades. We’re in a great place

Tell us about your new album – what was your most exciting part of making it? What can the world expect from it?

It’s been almost 3 years since our first album, but the songwriting got inspired when I got my beautiful pug Shaniqua. She is the topic of our first single, which led to me writing songs about my other dogs, and then i knew we had an album.

Where can music lovers catch your next live show?

We’ll be launching our new album at Rumours on my birthday (the 24th of March), at Arcade Empire on the 25th March (and both those shows will be with the Plastics and Shortstraw), in Cape Town on the 31st of March at Manila Bar and on the 1st of April at Aandklas Stellenbosch with Diamond Thug and Veladraco.

I’d like to thank Gad and Adventure Man for this interview and I wish them all of the best with their future musical endeavors. Make sure that you catch them live at one of their gigs for their album launch.

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