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"In One Basket" - Debut album
"Let You Down" - Single featured on Radio Awesome and Radio Six International



07 April 2010

Dimeshift is a four piece suburban indie rock band straight out of Benoni. The band was started in 2006 by Morne’ Nortje’ (Mo), Mark Booysen and Duncan Erfmann. They originally started as a cover band and gradually became the band that they are today, more concerned with original music than ever before.

Finding a drummer was a hindrance to their progress from the outset. At one stage they were using three drummers who belonged to other bands but were happy to help out where they could. Ultimately though, due to Erfmann’s involvement with the opening of a new Cool Runnings in Benoni and the endless search for the right drummer, front man and guitarist of the band, Mo, decided to take up an offer by the Sasha Lee Band and joined them full time. This meant that plans for Dimeshift were put on hold indefinitely. In his time with the Sasha Lee Band, Nortje’ pulled a three month contract in Bahrain playing six nights a week in the 5 star Gulf Hotel. These three months were trying but yielded in the guitarist/singer a renewed passion for writing original material - in fact two of the tracks on the debut album, “In One Basket”, were penned in Bahrain. Upon their return to South Africa the band resumed playing cover gigs, but things soon disintegrated due to a failed relationship between the drummer and singer. The drummer left and was replaced by Mark Neethling. Sasha Lee then left for the empty promises of another band, leaving Nortje’ with no other choice but to replace her with another bassist/singer, Adam Thomas. The band continued to function under the banner of Dimeshift, but the new members were not interested in pursuing a more original path. They had other projects that required most of their attention and finally when the cover gigs ran dry their interest and loyalty to Dimeshift faded leaving Nortje’ at a loss for what to do next. This had all happened by July of 2008.

In December of 2008 Nortje’ decided it was time to resurrect Dimeshift and literally start again. Booysen was available as a second guitarist, but due to his time consuming schedule Erfmann (on bass) was regrettably unable to commit. This time though the band’s main priority was original music and the search began once again for a bassist and drummer. Over 2009 they managed to have some stable moments, the recording of the full album was renewed at B# Studios. After a few hopefuls on drums, the right man for the job, Geoff Smith (formerly of Sean Hayz Band) joined as their full time drummer in November 2009. Earlier in the year, Kevin Jenkins joined the band and was a perfect fit as their new bassist.

Morne’ Nortje, 34 years old, was born in Benoni and teaches guitar from home to pay the bills. He was a professional drummer for many years but towards his 30’s found guitar playing and song writing the ultimate challenge. Mark Booysen, 31, currently resides in Benoni and has played for a few original bands in the past including the Memphis Heds. Kevin Jenkins, 26, resides in Benoni and has only been playing bass for 2 years. He is an incredibly fast learner and a committed individual (he even has a tattoo of a bass clef on his arm). Geoff Smith, 24, resides in Killarney but spent 12 years of his young life growing up in Benoni. He has been playing drums for 9 years is currently a student of acclaimed drummer and clinician, Georg Voros.

Dimeshift is a group of young men who know what they want and aren’t scared of working diligently to achieve it. They have performed at numerous venues including Cool Runnings Benoni, Cool Runnings Victory Park, Tango & Tequila Kempton Park, Keg & Lion Kempton Park, Club Café Brakpan, Street Café Edenvale, Knight & Dragon Boksburg and Roxys Melville. They were on the bill for the Joburg Burning 3 event and also performed at the Splashy Fen 2010 music festival in Durban. They will also be performing at the Lusito Land festival towards the end of April this year.

The band has been interviewed on Radio Midrand and in March 2010 their song, “Let You Down”, was featured on a US based online radio station, Radio Awesome. The track made it to number one on their chart where it remained for three weeks. “Let You Down” was also featured on the Splashy Fen 2010 Compilation CD and in April 2010 it was playlisted on Scotland based Radio Six International.

For more information and bookings, contact Mo on 083 398 3445 or email mo@dimeshift.com