I think we can all agree that it's been FAR too long since Just Jinjer played in Knysna. Well, we have found the most incredible venue, The Lost Plot on Brenton Hill, and we are planning an amazing show for all you Garden Route people on the 23rd of March. Tickets are R150 at www.webtickets.co.za and gates open at 2pm. Bring your own picnic if you like, but food and drinks will be on sale. (Please only purchase drinks on site though).
Now in it's 11th year, the Just Jinjer show at Dunes, Hout Bay has become an absolute Cape Town institution for December holiday makers, both local and international. After taking a break for much of 2012 to make time for solo projects, the members of Just Jinjer are excited to be taking to the stage for the first time this year. "No matter how busy we are during the year, it just wouldn't be the same without the Dunes show, it's an amazing setting and the fans get really amped. A great ending to a busy year without a doubt!", says Denholm Harding, bass guitarist for Just Jinjer.
This year saw both Ard Matthews and Brent Harris recording and releasing solo projects with their own distinct flavors, and a decision was made to rest the Just Jinjer name while promoting and touring their own albums. "Just Jinjer never actually broke up, despite what was said in the media, we just all needed time to explore our own energies and focus on what we needed to get out personally, and we couldn't do that in good conscience while trying to play Jinjer shows in between, it wouldn't have been fair on anyone to dilute the name", says Ard Matthews, lead singer. "When the Dunes date came up it just felt right to get the guys together and end the year off with a big one, as much as it's important to our friends and fans, it's even more so to us", Brent Harris, drummer, goes on to say.
Just Jinjer live at Dunes Restaurant and Bar, Beach Road, Hout Bay
The annual Dunes show will be taking place on the 22nd of December 2012 at Dunes Restaurant & Bar, Beach Road, Hout Bay. Starts from 4pm (Just Jinjer will be on at Sunset) It is the band's first show of the year so expect fireworks!
We thought it was high time to catch you all up with what the Jinjer boys have been up to of late! Things may have been quiet on the Just Jinjer side, but the guys have been setting a blistering pace with their solo endeavours!
Denholm has joined forces with Vernon 'Hodge' Hodgetts to form Bird in the Hand Productions - a production and recording studio based in Joburg, and with over 40 years worth of experience in the music industry, spanning studio & live work across the globe, and having worked with with local artists such Just Jinjer, Watershed, Danny K, John Ellis, Jesse Clegg, Elvis Blue, TKZ, Joe Niemand, Clout, Rocco de Villiers & more, they are already a force to be reckoned with on the local scene.
The guys do everything from Music Composition, Recording, Engineering, Mixing, and Voice Overs, to On Hold Music, and Production for all aspects of audio for Radio & TV ads to film. Basically a crazy wild one stop shop!
In his personal capacity Den has been doing freelance production and session instrument work on a multitude of projects including Brent Harris's solo record (news on that below) and up and coming local band Saving Silence. Busy Busy!
You can contact Denholm on +27 79 038 2456 or email email@example.com / Facebook page HERE
Brent has been busy completing his solo album over the last couple of months and it's sounding HOT! Operating under the name Brent Harris and Thee Jam, the album will be coming out in the next month or so to good music stores near you (and at his shows!).
Take a sneak listen to this insane track below!
You can also stay up to date with album release dates, upcoming shows and other news on Brent's facebook page here -
He will also be playing live at Corner House on Witkoppen Rd, Joburg tonight! (Saturday 5th Aug) so if you're in the area make sure you get down there, and then next Friday the 10th he'll be at the Keg in Bedfordview.
The Jinjer front-man has had an insane couple of months getting his solo album completed and out into the world. The physical album will be available at all Musica and Look 'n Listen stores in South Africa from the 9th of August onwards, and it's also available world-wide through his online store - http://store.ardmatthews.com
Ard says of the album -
“This album has been a diary of my life in a way. It is a musical depiction of where I've been over the last couple of years, and I'm really excited to share it with you all. I hope that the public are ready to listen to raw, unpretentious, brutally honest music, because that is what this is about " says Ard of the album. "It also turns out that the general theme is love again, I guess that's just me - no point in changing that now, right? While trends and fashions come and go, love always prevails.”
He has also released an iPhone and Android app which has proved to be a runaway success, with streaming of all the album tracks, show dates, latest news and other interesting things - you can search "Ard Matthews" in the Apple App Store or in the Android marketplace.
His live band is going under the name The Ard Matthews Affair, and he is supported by John Ellis (Tree 63) on guitar, and Josh Klynsmith (Gangs of Ballet) on drums.
The Durban album launch is coming up on Monday the 6th of August at the Gateway Shopping Centre Barnyard Theatre - you can book tickets for this at 031 566 3045 - Tickets are limited so make sure you call them ASAP!
So what does all of this mean for Just Jinjer? The journey is not over yet, but a time has come for the huge forces that comprise the band to explore their own solo projects away from the Jinjer brand. Rest assured there will be more music and more shows in the future, but for now please enjoy what's on offer from the guys above!
Welcome to Just Jinjer's new home on the world wide interwebs!
We took a lot of time trying to work out how best to stay as close to you, our fans and friends, as possible and we hope you like what we have created.
You'll notice at the top of the page there are a tons of little buttons which will connect you to all the important bits such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Soundcloud. We would love it if you could take the time to 'Like' the facebook page and follow us on twitter, as everything is going to be integrated with the website from now on, and we'd love to interact with you as much as possible!
There is a members log-in area on the right of this page where we would love you to sign up and register for extra content such as guitar tabs, bonus videos and tracks, and also so that we can have your email address to inform you about upcoming shows and promotions (In the most non-spammy way of course).
We've pulled through some of the favorites from the old site like "Denholm's Inspirational Picks of the day" - you'll find that in a section on the right hand side of the home page, and we'll be introducing a whole bunch of new and exciting features on an ongoing basis. Most importantly, you can now subscribe to our posts via RSS and Email to stay up to date with the latest info and news straight into your mailbox!
We will soon be starting the recording of a new Just Jinjer album which is hopefully going to blow you away - expect sounds and arrangements that you've never heard before from a Just Jinjer album. We'll be putting up little previews and sneaky demo tracks as we go.
Above all, we want to thank you all for the years of unconditional support and making sure we have as much fun as possible doing what we love.
Such a big fan of this guy and his records and, in this brilliant performance, the band replicates that perfectly.
Hooray for real music making a comeback! Hooray that there are still artists out there brave enough not to care about fitting into the radio format and yet still making it onto mainstream media platforms.
All is not lost… Happy Monday everyone. I hope this inspires your week.