We Are Charlie: A Pretoria Trio That’s Fun and Carefree – Just Like Their Music


The Future of Music: We Are Charlie

The Future of Music: We Are Charlie


If Vampire Weekend and Desmond and The Tutus had a child, We are Charlie would be the result.

Lead singer Dylan Christie met Drummer Wesley Reinecke at school and after a jam session together they became “musical soulmates”. They met guitarist Rowan van Eeden shortly after.

The name we are Charlie comes from an anecdote borrowed from their manager Klaas, the nickname of a hubbly bubbly. “It’s just a name”, they say laughing. The name was created years before and has no reference to the recent Je Suis Charlie movement.

They have multiple influences — drummer Wesley cites Incubus, Kings of Leon and Deftones, guitarist Rowan cites Linkin Park and Nirvana and lead singer is influenced by the likes of Modest Mouse, Cage The Elephant and the Kooks. The blend of different influences has no effect on the flow of the sound – it just works. And others are starting to take notice of that too. It’s quite evident that the band are having fun, and why shouldn’t they? Despite their advanced sound, the members are 19 and 20 respectively.

In 2014 they went on the Puma Happy Holiday Tour alongside some of South Africa’s hottest talent, as well as playing the festival Park Acoustics twice. They are going to tour for the first time around South Africa in February and would love to tour internationally one day. With all the hype picking up around their music, the highlight of 2014 has been meeting all the bands they have all looked up to, including the chance to drink beers with the members of A-King.

They are humble and stay true to their own ideas, stating that when trying to make in music, the worst mistake is to try to please other people. They’ve managed to create a great sound when staying true to their ideas. The guys are fun and carefree – just like the music. It’s the kind of sound you need to put you in a good mood and get you dancing – the perfect pick-me-up for a cold, homesick saffa.

Source:TheSouthAfrican.com

 

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