Braving a cold winter’s night I settled of to Kleine Libertas, a quaint venue in Stellenbosch to open for awesome local acts: Desmond and the Tutu’s, Unit-R and kidofdoom.
The bands were a bit late so I sat around minding own business. When the bands came they all sound checked, but I was getting nervous as it took longer than I expected. So the venue had to open the doors to let people in; it was getting too crowded.
So basically all the lights went off, and I had to do my line check and set-up all on my own while a huge crowd was eagerly awaiting some kickass tunes. I fondled in the dark for a table and quickly started setting up. Taking out my toys and Gameboy I could’ve only imagined what the crowd thought.
Alas when I started with Local Bar, the crowd went beserk. I quickly played through my 25min set and ended with an encore. I threw my 45 CD’s into the crowd and already I got offered another gig, an interview with a magazine and a guy wants to use my music in his student film project.
The response to say the least was unexpected and overwhelming. Where I should’ve felt privileged for the response, I left the night with a confused mind and a sour taste in my mouth. This is not what I wanted. I’m scared of this becoming a scene thing. The reason I got into 8bit music is not because it’s totally indie, but it is absence of pretentiousness. I don’t want to cater for Crystal Castles indie wannabes, but to the people who enjoy 8bit music for the pure enjoy joy it creates.
A conglomerate of people who enjoy the nostalgia and the associated nerdiness and general incapacity to be awesome when associated with video games. I stress: it’s not pretentious rock star nonsense. The you’re so indie thing is not what I want.
So I’m now considering the future of Sparkyboy. My choice of gigs will be most important. I’m not here for the fame.
If only there were more 8bit artists in South Africa.