He personally has not returned to South Africa for eight years, which is going "to be fascinating"."It will be an eye-opener to see how much the country's changed. That's one of the things I am looking forward to most, to see what has happened in the past eight, nine years I haven't been there," Willemse says."Just to travel for example down to Cape Town, going to see everything in between Durban and Cape Town, and the Transkei. I'm very keen to see what has happened because the news you see here, people tend to sensationalise the bad stuff. 'South Africa sucks'. You only end up hearing the bad stuff so I'm very keen to see firsthand how it is over there."The band also intend on doing some writing while in the country. Willemse's father has organised for the band to go to the farm for around one and a half weeks, with the hope that their next album will be influenced by Africa in some way.At the end of 2012, long-serving member Paolo Serafini left the band, leaving the band heartbroken for some time. However, it brought its four remaining members closer."It was like losing a brother, absolutely awful and very disappointing. It was quite a crucial point in our career, we really needed to step up to the plate. For us, we were very fortunate that to make decisions and have a band with four people versus five, it just happened to be much easier for us," Willemse says.Asked what advice he might have for bands that suffer the loss of a member, the word that stuck out most in Willemse's reply was "democracy"."A band has to be democratic and everyone has to have an equal say completely. In my experience, and this is just my experience in my band and we have been together for a very long time, the moment one person has more say or money or credit or anything than anyone else in the band than it causes resentment and makes people lose faith in the project," he says."It then puts more pressure on the one guy who is doing all the songwriting, or whomever. I can't see how a band can have longevity when everything isn't literally split down the middle, job wise, money, time wise. Everything needs to be equal."
Livingston SA tour dates:
8 August - Oppikoppi, Northam14 August - Arcade Empire, Pretoria15 August - Rumours Lounge, Johannesburg22 August - The Music Kitchen, Port Elizabeth27 August – Aces & Spades, Cape Town
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