Singer songwriter David Meulen is making his mark on the South African music scene. A few years ago, David started and fronted an alternative rock band Dividable Grand. A fair amount of success followed the release of their album THE BUZZ, with DG receiving extensive airplay and media coverage. They performed alongside some of the biggest acts in South Africa, including Prime Circle, aKing, Taxi Violence and many more. Using the experience gained from this, David has started focusing on his solo career. He is a man on a mission, and that mission is music. His debut solo album titled @davidmeulen will be released in April 2014.
The 12 track album features an eclectic mix of well-known artists. Legendary Johnny Clegg drummer Barry Van Zyl features prominently on drums and percussion, with Dirty Skirts virtuoso Maurice Paliaga and Kyle Dijkstra (live show bassist for David Meulen) coming in to create a solid backbone. Evelyn Hart provides an alternate bass sound on the lower register of her piano. The blues harp king Lonesome Dave Ferguson appears on a few of the bluesier tracks. Close friend and poet Jessi Howell came in to collaborate on the lyrics in some of the songs. She also created the characters that are featured on the album cover.
David says of the new album: “I was in a good space while making this album; inspiration came almost instantly and endlessly. The experiences in all of the tracks are actually true stories.”
David’s passion for music can be traced back to when he discovered The Beatles at the age of six: “I love The Beatles. They make me utterly happy. I first heard a song of theirs on the radio and I was sold – this was a good 30 years after they broke up! I started playing guitar a week later. This is what I’d love to create, I thought – something that lasts and inspires.”
Together with his band, drummer Jay Latter and bassist Kyle Dijkstra, David`s music will leave you with a strong urge to sing and dance and have a fantastic time. The trio will be gigging throughout 2014.
Quote from DG review in 2013:
The Buzz is what many would consider well above average as far as debut albums are concerned. The album is altogether enjoyable and distinguished, with an impressive sense of creativity oozing through the music. Excitement builds knowing that any future offerings hold great potential.” – Genevieve Vieira, The Citizen Vibe.
The album was recorded at Heritage Sound Studio in the heart of Cape Town by fantastic producer/engineer Brendyn ‘Rusti’ Rossouw. The album was mixed by Neal Snyman and mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound, New York.
The official CD Launch for the album will be at Roodebloem Studios, Woodstock on Thursday 24 April 2014. (Address:43 Roodebloem Road.) Pre-event: Sound Sculptures by oddenjinears. Time: 19h30 Cover: R30.00 (Tickets at door.) Free Entry if you buy a CD.
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Keep watching out for David Meulen and his crew – there’s plenty more on the way!