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"Locnville: South Africa’s Latest Music Sensation Coming to the UK"

The shipping agency Cape Town has loaded their CD’s onto the sea freight ships and we can expect Locnville’s debut album to hit the shores and shelves of the UK before the end of the year. Locnville isthe latest music sensation to come out of South Africa and word on the streets is that these guys are headed for global domination! Check it out…

Locnville is Andrew and Brian Chaplin, twin brothers who were born in New York and raised in South Africa. The Locnville recorded their first single by the age of SEVEN and have continued to experiment with a variety of music genres until finally settling on the sound that is Locnville today. The Locnville style of music can best be described as a fusion of electro and hip hop music, drawing influences from the likes of similarly talented all-round musicians such as Timbaland and Calvin Harris.

The Locnville debut album Sun in my pocket is due for release in the UK within the next two months. The album was remarkably written, performed and produced by the talented duo who are in fact distant relatives of the late Charlie Chaplin. The Locnville debut album, Son in my Pocket, went platinum within the first month of its release in South Africa and the Locnville guys are hoping for similar success in the UK.

Keep an eye and an ear out for the UK release of the debut Locnville single, also titled Sun in my pocket, which is set for release in the UK early in September. To get a taste of what you’re in for, you can check out the Locnville video below: - Freshly Social


"Locnville release long-awaited second album"

Locnville twin brothers Andrew and Brian Chaplin launch their second album, 'Running to Midnight', today

They've got the sun in their pockets and the moon in their hands, so of course the Locnville twins are bound to shine.

In fact, 21-year-old Andrew and Brian Chaplin's careers have the trajectory of shooting stars.

Today sees the launch of the electro hop duo's second album, Running to Midnight.

It follows their phenomenal debut Sun in My Pocket, which went platinum locally and did well internationally. The single even made the soundtrack of EA Sports' Fifa 11 video game.

The boys, who have been making of music since the age of six, believe their new release will follow suit.

"We wanted to release this album with a bang, and that is why we didn't release any singles so far. It has been ready for a month now and we love it so much," said the younger twin, Andrew.

The boys are jovial, laugh easily and are trendily dressed in jeans and high-top sneakers.

Their hair is untidily styled with Justin Bieber-like long fringes. Apart from the fact that they also invade the dreams of young women, any similarity with the teen idol ends there.

They have deep voices that belie their 21 years, and their edgy and funky music is for mature, discerning audiences.

"My personal favourite on the new album is Staring At The World Outside. We did a collaboration with a Canadian folk singer, Natasha Meister. She has an amazing voice," said Andrew.

"A lot of dance tracks have the same kind of repetitive, nasal female voice. Hers is a proper singing voice, with great tenors."

Brian's favourite track, City Lights, almost didn't make it onto the album.

"It took so long to get it right. It just wasn't working. But we wanted it, like we insisted that Sun in My Pocket be the first single even though we were advised differently. It felt right," he said.

The new album is different from the first.

"We have added a ballad, which is really melodic but with a tribal beat," said Andrew.

"This album is different also because we sang together a lot in the first one. On the new one, you'll hear separate influences."

Although the boys say their voices are very similar, they have totally different styles.

Brian explained: "It is a difference in flow rather than sound. My lyrics are short and choppy, Andrew's are long and melodic. The verses will show that."

They are set to hit the road soon, so the public can decide on the new offering for themselves.

After two or three months of touring South Africa, "especially the small towns we haven't been to before", they will do an international tour. Touring is hard work, they say, but the two have a routine figured out now.

"We are waybetter than last year, when we got ourselves into a frenzy and were rushing around. I'm sensitive to my surroundings, so if things aren't in order it gets to me," said Andrew.

"Now we have a sussed out strategy for convenient travelling. We know how to pack bags and live out of a suitcase," Brian laughs.

Watch out for their music video, which aired for the first time last night.

"It's really cool, with CGI animation and it has a movie theme, which we haven't done before. That was fun to make," said Brian.

"Actually, making the whole album was everything we wanted and we hope everyone out there will want it too," said Andrew.

Locnville - A fact file:

THEY are mirror twins, meaning they are identical but similarities, like a slight lazy eye, are on the opposite sides of their bodies.
Their grandfather was the first cousin of Charlie Chaplin.
They grew up in Cape Town and New York.
Locnville doesn't mean anything, but is a metaphor for the American and South African influences in their lives.
They turned 21 in May, and celebrated with a "four-day-long party at a Camps Bay mansion, with 30 of our closest friends".
They respond personally on Twitter and Facebook.
They don't read the tabloids.
Their favourite escape is a holiday home in Caelis, on the West Coast. - Times Live - Shanthini Naidoo


"2011 South African Music Awards - WINNERS"

Last night winners in another 23 categories for were announced at the 17th Annual South African Music Awards (SAMA) at the events ceremony at Monte Casino in Johannesburg. The event has been split over 2 nights this year. The 2011 SAMA Awards were also streamed live via Livestream for the first time in its history. Both nights of the event were broadcasted live on SABC 1 in South Africa. Running Wolf’s Rant would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all winners that were announced last night. You are welcome to check out the post featuring the 2011 SAMA Nominees to refresh your memory. You can also check out the post featuring Friday Night’s Winners.

This is a list of the winners that were announced last night for the 2011 SAMAs:

Best African Traditional Gospel Album: Sechaba – Thank You
Best Contemporary Jazz Album: Ological Studies – OS Freedom
Best Maskandi Album: Bhekumuzi Luthuli – Imali Yabelungu
Best Sokkie Dans Album: Kurt Darren – Die Beste Medisyne
Best Pop Album English: Jax Panik – I am Jax Panik
Best Urban Dance Album: DJ Kent – I can’t survive
Best Urban Pop Album: Kwela Tebza – Gauteng Made In South Africa / Mzansi
Best Pop Album Afrikaans: Juanita du Plessis – Engel Van My Heart
Best Pop Album African: Theo Kgosinkwe – Grateful
Best Rock Album English: Prime Circle – Jekyll & Hyde
Best Kwaito Album: Professor – University of Kalawa Jazmee
Best Rap Album: Amu – The Principal
MTN Best Selling Mobile Music Download: DJ Cleo & DJ Mzi
Music Video of the Year: The Parlotones – The Stars Fall Down
Best Selling Album: Locnville - Sun in my Pocket
Newcomer of the year: Locnville – Sun in my Pocket
Duo / Group of the Year: Liquideep – Fabrics of the Heart
International Achievement Award: Die Antwoord
Lifetime Achievement Award: Sipho Gumede and Lance James
Female Artist of the Year: Thandiswa Mazwai – The Forgotten Free (Live in concert)
Male Artist of the Year: Professor – University of Kalawa Jazmee
MTN Record of the Year: Professor – Imoto
Album of the Year: Liquideep – Fabrics of the Heart - Running Wolfs Rant


"Locnville all set to hit Big Time!!"

A couple of months ago, the Chaplin twins weren’t anything out of the ordinary. They did what they did, like most teens do… but fast track 6 months and Andrew and Brian aka Locnville, have become household names in South Africa. Their album Sun In My Pocket is one of the fastest selling albums and they keep churning out hit after hit- and selling out shows. So obviously the New York-born twins are keen to get their music out there globally. The action plan? Head to L.A. to meet with a series of hit producers and record label execs. And the result? A massive international deal with Sony Music International- home to stars like Britney, Justin and Usher to name a few. Big up to the guys. This is huge. Here is the official press release for your reading pleasure:
South African chart topping duo, Locnville, have signed a worldwide deal with Sony Music International. Locnville were the “buzz act” at the Midem International Music Conference in Cannes in January 2010 which sparked huge international interest from major and independent labels around the world.

Locnville’s debut single & album, both entitled ‘Sun In My Pocket’, will be released around the world on Sony’s Jive Records imprint over the coming months, except in the United Kingdom where it will be released on Sony’s Epic Records imprint. Jive is the home to some of the world’s biggest recording artists including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Usher and R Kelly. Epic is the home of Scouting For Girls, JLS, Paloma Faith & the No.1 selling Glee Soundtrack.

Commenting on the signing, Kevin Lawrie, President of Sony Music International, Europe & Africa said: “The Locnville guys have written and recorded the album on their own and approached it from an independent standpoint. It’s incredible what they have accomplished to date, working with Just Music in South Africa. Sony Music’s role is to now broadcast this great story to the rest of the world.”

“Signing with Sony/Jive for the world has really proved for us what determination and hard work can bring. To be on the same roster as so many fantastic artists is literally a dream come true and the passion that Kevin and the Sony/Jive team have shown Locnville is truly amazing.” Comments Brian Chaplin.

Andrew Chaplin adds: “Landing a deal with Sony/Jive is an absolute dream come true! We’ve been working long and hard for this, so to finally have it happen is just phenomenal to say the least. We’re honoured to be on the same label as so many of our favourite artists”.

Locnville, have made South African chart history in the past few months by becoming the highest charting debut album ever from a local artist on the Musica Album charts. They also peaked at #1 on the official SA albums charts and reached Gold Status (20 000 units) in the first month of release. - Jason Von Burg


"Locnville signs with Sony"

Johannesburg - South African duo Locnville has signed a worldwide deal with Sony Music International. Locnville were the "buzz act" at the Midem International Music Conference in Cannes in January, which sparked international interest from major and independent labels around the world.

Locnville's debut single and album, both entitled "Sun In My Pocket", will be released around the world on Sony"s Jive Records imprint over the coming months, except in the United Kingdom where it will be released on Sony"s Epic Records imprint.

Jive is the home to some of the world"s biggest recording artists including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Usher and R Kelly. Epic is the home of Scouting For Girls, JLS, Paloma Faith & the Glee Soundtrack.

Commenting on the signing, Kevin Lawrie, President of Sony Music International, Europe & Africa said: "The Locnville guys have written and recorded the album on their own and approached it from an independent standpoint. It"s incredible what they have accomplished to date, working with Just Music in South Africa. Sony Music"s role is to now broadcast this great story to the rest of the world."

"Signing with Sony/Jive for the world has really proved for us what determination and hard work can bring. To be on the same roster as so many fantastic artists is literally a dream come true and the passion that Kevin and the Sony/Jive team have shown Locnville is truly amazing." Commented Brian Chaplin, one half of the band.

Partner Andrew Chaplin adds: "Landing a deal with Sony/Jive is an absolute dream come true! We"ve been working long and hard for this, so to finally have it happen is just phenomenal to say the least. We"re honoured to be on the same label as so many of our favourite artists". - News24


"Locnville. double trouble or twice as nice?"

"I started making music because I’m fascinated at how powerful it can be…”- Andrew Chaplin.

Locnville is New York born and South African raised twins Andrew and Brian Chaplin. As their surname suggests the two are in fact related to the late and great Charlie Chaplin and with a connection like that one wonders if that has affected their success or how people perceive them, Andrew explains “For people that know Charlie Chaplin and what his ethos was, I would definitely say that the relation affects their view of us. In terms of whether it has affected our success or not, I’m not too sure. If it did, I would hope it’s for the best!”

I have to know, are the twins, double trouble or twice as nice? Well, that all “depends on the day! laughs Andrew.

How they picked the name, Locnville “Is quite a long story” says Andrew “but basically it’s a metaphorical way of saying that we have both American and South African influences in our lives.”

As to their music influences Brian explains “There isn’t one specific artist or group as a main influence…” he adds “I like to take a little bit of everything and interpret it into our music.” He describes their sound as “Melodic Hip Hop infused with electronic and organic synths.”

Andrew explains how they started making music, as something almost instinctive. He says “Our family has always been quite musically orientated, so I think we got a pretty good sense of melody and rhythm from a young age. Music, in general, has always interested me. I find it amazing how music can completely alter your mood or your perception of something. I think, for me, I started making music because I’m fascinated at how powerful it can be…”

In the beginning their focus was on making rock music but then they started experimenting with Hip Hop, Brian explains that the somewhat drastic change “came purely from a change in circumstances.” He continues “When we moved back to the states at 11, we weren’t able to play our instruments because of sound restrictions, so we started downloading Hip Hop instrumentals and writing to them – and eventually really got into it.”

At a relatively young age their musical endeavours had them working with Gabi Le Roux and R&B soul singer, Given Phike and then to top it all off their group III then earned double platinum status from Mxit Music alone. Andrew says “It was a really good learning experience for us, as well as the fact that it was a lot of fun. Gabi le Roux is an internationally acclaimed producer; he really helped us get a sense of what the music industry actually entails. There’s a lot of stuff behind the scenes that people don’t really know about, he gave us a sense of what that is and how to deal with it in the most appropriate way. Given Phike is an amazing singer, and he really gave us a sense of cultural diversity in music and how it can work together. Our history with Mxit Music, that’s a different story, it was an unexpected excursion that ended up making it possible for us to pursue Locnville.”

After their success with III and Mxit Music Andrew and Brian decided to create Contra-Banned.com as they felt “like many forms of music distribution, artists end up getting a tiny percentage at the end of it all for the music that they have dedicated time and effort to…” Brians adds “We came up with The VirtualCD concept around the same time that we were recording the album, so when it was done we figured we’d be the first to release our debut in The VirtualCD format and see how people took to it…”



Their album name “Retro Electro” came about to “describe the ideology of the album. Our reasoning being that we wanted to bring back the “Retro” or “70's” ethos of music where more thought was put into the lyrics and the music was all round more socially aware than the majority of today’s popular music. The “Electro” part was really just making the music more commercially viable for today’s pop culture. However, the Deluxe Edition that will be available in stores February 2010 is named after our debut single, Sun In My Pocket, for obvious reasons of recognition.”

Recording the album “was great” Brian continues “We did the recording the day after we finished school while the Plett Rage was going on, so of course no one was in town and it gave us a chance to focus purely on the album. All in all, the album only took about 2 weeks to get done…”

Andrew’s favourite track off the album “is hard to choose” he elaborates “To be honest, I love all of the tracks on the album, but my personal favourite is definitely “Get To You”. I was really happy with the production on that track, and it has a very personal message in it.”

Off the wall antics took place whilst in studio, as to what exactly happened Brian laughingly says “I probably shouldn’t divulge the details…”

Their live shows have had some interesting moments, Brian explains “we once did show where there was no stage and nothing separating us from the crowd – we both had a bottle of water and a glass of something special on stage, and the people in front went a little crazy and knocked the glasses all over us and hit the laptop off its stand, luckily Andrew managed to catch it mid-performance, but the whole experience was quite an interesting one.” Interesting moments aside, Andrew’s favourite part about performing is “that you really get a sense of the diversity of people that listen to the music at performances. I also just love to jam out with the peeps!”

They happened to have just released the video for their second single, 6 Second Poison and it already looks to be a very popular follow up to Sun In My Pocket, even more successful dare I say? The sleek look of the video gives it an international “feel”. Andrew says “We decided to go with 6 Second Poison as the follow up single because it’s so different from Sun In My Pocket and we wanted to give people a sense of the versatility on the album. The concept of the video was dreamt up by the director, Kyle Lewis. Kyle has an amazing ability to convert a song into a very appropriate visual representation. He also directed the video for Sun In My Pocket, he wanted to go more ‘stylized’ on this one. It was a 2 day shoot that took place at the AFDA Studios in Cape Town, the rest was shot in an airplane hangar in Stellenbosch. It was a lot of fun to shoot, and we had an amazingly talented and young crew working on it…”

The third single they are releasing will be a surprise; just because “We have two specific tracks in mind to pick from for the new single” explains Brian “they’re both quite different to each other, so depending on where the world is in a few months time, we’ll be able to choose the next one.”

They are releasing the Deluxe Edition of the album, Sun in My Pocket, in February, later this year. The Deluxe Edition will have completely new artwork as well as the fact that all of the tracks have been re-mastered by Ministry of Sound’s Wez Clarke. It will also have some remixes that haven’t, as of yet, been released, as well as a DVD that will include their music videos and other visuals to do with Locnville.

There is also word of a second album, which Brian confirms as true. He says of it “people can expect something slightly more experimental – we’re going more “epic” on the production and playing a lot more with our vocal range, so don’t expect Retro Electro. I really think we’ve stepped up the production side of things as well as our vocal range on this new one, I’m really excited to see how people take it.”

The duo have “just signed a deal with Just Music” something Andrew “is really happy about it. They understand our vision and aims, and are able to make them a reality. We’ve also signed a licensing deal with Sony Music in Belgium for the Netherlands and Brussels region, so I’m really hoping that will give us a foot in for the European market.”

As to what they would like to achieve in the music industry Brian says “The only specific goal is to see how far we can take Locnville. I want to expand our boundaries by collaborating with people you wouldn’t expect us to; I want to do it all.” They do plan to go international but they wanted to have “a foundation” in their home country before taking it overseas.

The two clearly never have been satisfied with only being artists and their enterprises ranging from record / publishing company to a film production company reflect just that. Andrew explains “We’re both shareholders in our own record / publishing company. We both love film and other aspects of the entertainment industry. Our film production company recently did Flash Republic’s new music video, which hasn’t been released yet, and we plan to do many more for other artists in the near future. I’ve always been interested in the ‘back-end’ of business. I love to work behind the scenes, there’s so much more to all of this than it seems.

Locnville are on the rise and with what they have accomplished an even higher level of success is sure to be achieved in the near future. - MusicalMover


Discography

Retro Electro / Sun In My Pocket
Running To Midnight
[edit]Singles & Music Videos

Sun In My Pocket (2009)
6 Second Poison (2010)
There (2010)
Love Rush (2010)
Passion To Go (Radio Single) (2011)
Stars Above You (2011)
Staring At The World Outside (2011)

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Bio

Locnville consists of brothers, Andrew and Brian Chaplin, born in New York and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. Since then, the 2 had been working the underground for years swiftly perfecting their skills until their track Sun In My Pocket changed their lives.

The self written and produced album received massive critical acclaim earning them #1 and double platinum status and the 2011 SAMA Award for Best Selling Album Of The Year as well as Best Newcomer Of The Year. Following this, an international record deal and tour to go with it.

While touring the globe, Brian and Andrew began to write their experiences on a day to basis in preparation for a follow up album. Deciding to re-invent Locnville for the umpteenth time in their lives, they have revealed what they call Running To Midnight. The two describe the album as 'a complete experiment' and 'more blatant and honest' than their debut. Their follow up album reached #7 on the national charts in a mere 7 hours with mass critical acclaim yet again. The first single off Running To Midnight, Stars Above You has since peaked at #1 on national charts with the music video being chosen as Video Of The Week in A&R Worldwide, the industry's most respected source.