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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa | SELF

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa | SELF
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SnS can best be described as a collaboration between five individuals from five very diverse musical preferences and musical backgrounds. Three of the members of SnS are classically trained and they all bring experience to the table from diverse
backgrounds. The style can best be described as progressive atmospheric Afrikaans pop rock with an epic edge. It’s rock with a spacey edge and easy melodies that can be sung along to.
The songs deal with universal emotion and experience that transcends race, religion and political views. It appeals to anyone from all walks of life and references nature, the atmosphere, human relation, redemption and light is common.

Frontman Justin Gibb - a talented writer, composer and music graduate recruited SnS in mid 2008 to help him perform and arrange original Afrikaans material that he had composed in over a decade. Classical virtuoso Andries Butzbach shared his childhood at a private music academy with Justin and
had been invited by Justin who knew that he could harness Andries’ musical knowledge to add a new dimension to the existing songs. Another friend with whom Justin had shared a stage at school is Jaco Muller, an actor and bass player from the West Rand. He joined and worked on the conceptual
creative points off the collaboration.

The aim was not to recreate or sound like anything else in the Afrikaans market and music scene, but
to rather create a sound that is fresh and unique, whilst experimenting with European styles.

To add to the groove, Leon Lourens, a highly committed drummer from the West Rand, joined the ranks of the band, who was then known as Saam ‘n Sein.

The band then spent a year rehearsing, writing, arranging, rewriting, rearranging and rewriting material. After getting comfortable with their sound and style, Saam ‘n Sein performed at a couple of open mic nights on the Johannesburg live music scene. It’s here where 70’s rock icon Julian Laxton
approached the guys with the prospect of recording a demo for them.

After some stylistic insights it was agreed upon that the band needed a fifth member and Jaco Niemand, another musician and friend from the West Rand, was asked to do a few parts for the
demo recordings. His work on the keys added a new dimension to the band that they just could not do without, and Jaco then joined the band in 2009. Changing the name to just “SnS”, they went back to the drawing board to rework their arrangements,
complete their set, finished their demo and surfaced on the live music scene in mid 2009.

To date, they have gigged at venues such as Back 2 Basix, Café Barcelona and Tanz Café, amongst many others. They then hosted their own gig with St. Mary, called “Back 2 School” in an attempt to create more of a West Rand rock-scene as opposed to the existing Metal one.

They have also performed at festivals such as Aardklop and Oppidam, and have shared the stage with the likes of Glaskas, Gently Scar’d, Epic Illusions, Die Tuin Dwergies and Scintillatte, as well as fellow West Randers St. Mary, Stander and Oursilence.

SnS has released their first EP that they recorded with producer Joe Foster at Big City Studios. Mr.Foster is also the founder of Recycle Records.

Their first single "Die Ruimteman" was recently released on a compilation album called "Jam in the Traffic".

The musicvideo for "Die Ruimteman" can also be viewed at