Francois van Coke talks new VCK album

2011-12-02 14:56
Cape Town – All those predictions of the end of the world that made the rounds these past couple of months had a great influence on the writing and style of Van Coke Kartel's new album, Wie's Bang, said Francois van Coke while sipping on his coffee at the JC Brasserie & Pub restaurant close to Mercury in Cape Town.

"Every day is the end of the world... or not," laughs Francois.

Wie's Bang was accomplished with the help of two new members to the band: Jason Oosthuizen and Jedd Kossew.

"With our previous CD Wynand (Myburgh) and I worked with different players to record the album. This time around we decided it is time to put together a band," explains Francois.

"Snake (Venter, drummer of aKing) told me about Jason and what a cool drummer he is, so we managed to convince him to move to Cape Town and join the band.

"We had to get a lead guitarist as well and Jedd was the only guy I knew who was a pretty decent guitar player. But he wanted to go back to England to join another band there. Luckily, in the end he decided to stay here and join Van Coke Kartel."

At the end of 2010, the band started writing for the new album.

'More rock driven'

"Wie's bang is more rock driven and way less electronic than some of our previous stuff. With Jedd's talent in the band we just have so many more options about what we can do with the music. He wrote about 95% of the music for this album."

Francois says his life now is a bit easier than how it was when Fokofpolisiekar, the band that brought fame to him and Wynand, first started.

"Back then there was nothing in South Africa's music scene – no MK, no music festivals, no Facebook. There was MySpace but that was pretty shit.

"Things are vastly different now. We worked hard to get where we are now.

"We still do shows with the other lads of Fokof, but the break in 2007 allowed Fokofpolisiekar to survive. I'm pretty certain we'll make another album again."

Conquering the world

In 2011 Van Coke Kartel went on an overseas tour to England, Holland and Taiwan. Francois hopes that they'll be able to do another tour like that in 2012.

"Our reception overseas is good, but differs from place to place. In England we mostly play for expat South Africans, which is cool."

In Taiwan the group played at a festival that was attended by about 1.2 million people over five days.

"It's very motivating to go and play there, because no matter in what language you sing, the people like it. I mean, they can hardly understand English there, nevermind Afrikaans."

Van Coke Kartel will be busy with an album launch tour until early January, says Francois.

After that the band will have a bit of a holiday and then start the cycle again in February. Francois hopes that 2012 will hold just as much success for them as a band as 2011 left them with. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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