DECA II - Die Volgende Hoofstuk In DECA Se Verhaal

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:54

DECA het beslis geen bekendstelling nodig nie. Hierdie instrumentale musiekgroep het die afgelope jaar duisende musiekharte kom verower en is reg vir die volgende opwindende hoofstuk van hulle loopbaan.

Die vars, moderne en passievolle manier waarop hulle nuwe en ou gunstelinge verwerk en interpreteer, is die sleutelbestanddeel agter dié snaarpaar se kitssukses en hul splinternuwe album, II, wat pas vrygestel is, bou voort op hierdie tendens. “Die nuwe album het ’n prettige, elektroniese aanslag. Ons doel is om ’n glimlag op mense se gesigte te plaas en as ons musiek ’n bietjie ritme tot hulle daaglikse bestaan kan voeg, is ons gelukkig,” vertel hulle. “Feitlik die hele repertoire is daarop gemik om luisteraars aan die dans te kry. Dis egter nie spesifiek ’n dansalbum nie, maar die gevoel is baie kontemporêr, modern en eufories.”

II bestaan uit 13 lekkerluistertreffers in tipiese DECA-styl, wat unieke verwerkings van verskeie bestaande gunstelinge, soos Shape of You, Despacito en Kiss insluit. Daar is ook drie oorspronklike snitte, Irish Festival, St Paddy’s Jig en Oorwin wat die publiek beslis sal beïndruk. Laasgenoemde is saam met Len Muller opgeneem en is ook die eerste enkelsnitvrystelling vanaf die nuwe CD. “Oorwin is deur Douw Steyn en William de Bruin, wat medevervaardiger van die album is, geskryf. William het in 2017 deur erge depressie gegaan en die liedjie is geïnspireer deur die feit dat daar lig is aan die einde van die tonnel. Ons hoop dat enigiemand, wat deur ’n moeilike tyd gaan, daarby sal aanklank vind,” sê die musikante. “As instrumentale groep, is dit dikwels vir ons ’n uitdaging om radiospeellyste te haal. Daarom besluit om saam met Len aan die liedjie te werk.”

Die groep is verder ook baie opgewonde oor Timber/Oukraalliejide Mashup en glo dat dit die potensiaal het om ’n groot treffer te wees. “Ons was lus om iets stout en vars te doen. Daar is nie baie kombinasies van internasionale popliedjies en Afrikaanse luisterliedjies nie en ons is opgewonde oor wat die publiek se reaksie gaan wees. Dit is altyd beter om nuwe dinge te probeer as om ververlig te raak,” verduidelik hulle. “Douw het ook onlangs vir hom ’n mandolien aangeskaf, met die naam Mandy, so behalwe vir die kitaar- en vioolklank kan luisteraars ook uitsien na ’n nuwe tekstuur. Ons eksperimenteer ook met ’n stempart hier en daar en die verwerkings is voller en groter.”

Volgens hulle was die grootste uitdaging, tydens die opname van die album, om alles teen die sperdatum gedoen te kry. Ons is so besig met optredes dat dit soms moelik was om alles betyds klaar te kry. Die ander uitdaging, vir enige kunstenaar, is kreatiwiteit. Dis nie iets wat geforseer kan word nie en as iets nie wil vloei op die dag nie, moet jy môre weer probeer. Maar dis ’n lekker uitdaging.”

’n Ander opwindende projek wat ook pas die lig gesien het, is hulle album, Themes & Love Songs, wat by konserte en op iTunes beskikbaar is. Hierdie vrystelling is opgedra aan DECA se lojale aanhangers en is ’n samestelling van al die gehoorgunstelinge wat oor die jare versoek is. Die CD bevat instrumentale verwerkings van gewilde liefdesliedjies, soos From This Moment en Toe Vind Ek Jou, asook musiek vanaf televisie- en rolprentklankbane soos Game Of Thrones. Dit is dus die perfekte agtergrondmusiekoplossing vir troues en korporatiewe funksies.

Die duo, wat in 2014 ontmoet het, bestaan uit ervare musikante, Herman Steyn (op die viool) en Douw Steyn (kitaar) wat saam al meer as sewe-en-twintig jaar se ondervinding in die musiekbedryf het. Douw is ook een van die mede-eienaars van die platemaatskappy, Son Records, wat in 2015 gestig is saam met William de Bruin. DECA is gebore uit hulle gereelde saamspeelsessies en unieke folk-aanslag, wat baie goed deur gehore ontvang is. Die groep het ook reeds die verhoog met bekende kunstenaars gedeel en by verskeie funksies, bekendstellings en feeste, wat Aardklop insluit, opgetree.

Hulle debuutalbum, Black Sails, is in 2017 vrygestel en is baie goed ontvang. Die video van die titelsnit is reeds deur meer as 30 000 mense op YouTube gekyk en die album is sterk op pad om goue verkoopstatus te bereik. Black Sails is ’n mengsel van instrumentele-, pop-, folk- en Ierse musiek. Die hooffokus is die viool, met sterk ondersteuning deur die akoestiese kitaar. Dis ’n kombinasie van vinnige, opgewekte deuntjies en stadiger, strelende snitte. Dit sluit ’n paar nuwe (Picnic, Black Sails, Finnigan en Skylights) en ander gewilde treffers (Wrecking Ball, Thousand Years, Love Me Like You Do, ensovoorts) in.”

DECA wil graag vir hulle ’n plekkie losspeel in elke demografie van die land en wil ook binnekort hulle musiek aan internasionale radiostasies voorlê. “Ons wil nie net op een mark fokus nie en wil almal op die een of ander manier raak, ongeag van ras, geslag, geloofsoortuiging of seksuele oriëntasie. Ons tree ook nog gereeld by winkelsentrums regoor die land op en bereik so ook diegene wat nie feeste en vertonings kan bywoon nie.” Hulle het groot bewondering vir kunstenaar soos Lindsey Stirling, Piano Guys en Die Heuwels Fantasties en sal graag nog eendag saam met Joshua na die Reën wil werk.

DIE MANNE AGTER DIE TALENT

Beide kunstenaars is passievol oor musiek en hou van ’n verskeidenheid genres. Douw, wat sy liefde vir musiek by sy ma (Christa Steyn) geërf het, was egter nie van kleins af ’n musikant nie. Die gogga het hom eers gebyt toe hy besig was met sy BCom Besigheidsbestuurgraad by Noordwes-Universiteit. “Ek het saam met my ma gewerk en vir haar opnames gedoen. Nou is ek al dertienjaar voltyds in die musiekbedryf en mis ek die tye wat ons saam in die ateljee spandeer het,” sê hy. Dié kitaarspeler, wat in 2014 ’n musiekkursus in Frankryk onder leiding van Grammy-wenner Chris Lord-Alge gedoen het, se breinkind – Afrikaans Herlaai – het in 2015 drie Ghoema-benoemings ontvang.

Herman het Musiek studeer aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch, waarna hy by die gewilde groep, DNA Strings, aangesluit het. Twee jaar later is hy Suid-Korea toe om as musiekregisseur by ’n opvoedkundige Engelse Teater te werk. Terug in Suid-Afrika het hy saam met Add Life Productions begin werk aan verskeie suksesvolle musiekblyspele, waaronder The Buddy Holly Story, Ester die Musical en Dawid die Musical. SHERAAZ, ’n vyfstuk-instrumentale groep, is in 2012 deur hom gestig en is in 2014 benoem vir ’n Ghoema-toekenning vir Beste Instrumentale Album. “As ek nie ’n musikant was nie, sou ek graag flieks wou maak. Ek is mal oor die filmbedryf en film as medium. Ek was besig met my meestersgraad in Filmmusiek toe ek by DNA Strings aansluit,” vertel hy.

DECA het oor die afgelope jaar geleer dat ’n mens nie verwagtinge moet hê in die musiekbedryf nie, omdat dit baie onvoorspelbaar is. Daarom het hulle hart en siel in hulle tweede CD gestort. “Die opnameproses het ses maande geneem en ons wou genoeg tyd spandeer om ’n produk te lewer waarop ons trots kan wees. Ons het probeer om die regte balans te vind tussen wat die publiek wil hoor en wat ons, as musikante, geniet,” verklap die duo.

Die dertien sorgvuldig uitgesoekte snitte, beloof nie net om jou hartsnare te prikkel, jou voete te laat jeuk en jou uit te nooi om saam te sing nie, maar ook om van jou ’n aanhanger te maak as jy nie reeds een is nie.

LIEDJIES OP DECA ii
Shape of You
Oorwin (met Len Muller)
Irish Festival
Can’t Stop The Feeling
Africa
Kiss
St. Paddy’s Jig
Despacito
Secrets
Timber/Oukraalliedjie Mashup
(met Burman)
Toss The Feathers
Without You
Saying Something Stupid

LIEDJIES OP THEMES & LOVE SONGS
From this moment
St. Elmo’s Fire
Toe vind ek jou
Beauty and the beast
Game of thrones
Breathe (2AM)
Now we are free
I don’t want to miss a thing
All of me
Hallelujah
Pachelbel’s Canon
Without You
Saying Something Stupid

SOSIALEMEDIASKAKELS
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/decabandsa/?fref=ts
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7OQAIzs1lM

BESPREKINGS

Herman Steyn
Sel: 079 505 2011
E-pos: johanhermansteyn@gmail.com

Douw Steyn
Sel: 082 797 8250
E-pos: douw@sonrecordings.co.za

DECA II - DECA Releases Second Album

DECA definitely needs no introduction. This instrumental music group has managed to win over thousands of music enthusiast with their strikingly beautiful arrangements over the past year and is now ready to enter the next exciting chapter of their career.

The duo’s fresh, modern and passionate renditions of crowd favourites is the key ingredient behind their instant success and resonates with audiences of all ages. II, the pair’s second album, has just been released and promises to build on this winning trend. The new album has a nice electronic sound. Our goal has always been to put a smile on people’s faces and if our music can add a little rhythm to their daily lives, we are happy,” says the group. “Almost the entire repertoire is aimed to get listeners on their feet. However, it is not specifically a dance album, but has a very contemporary, modern and euphoric vibe.”

II consists of 13 easy-listening tracks in typical DECA fashion, which includes covers of various existing hits, such as Shape of You, Despacito and Kiss. There are also three original offerings, Irish Festival, St Paddy’s Jig and Oorwin, which will definitely impress the public. The latter was recorded with Len Muller and is also the first single that will be released from the new CD. “Oorwin was written by Douw Steyn and William de Bruin, who is also co-producer of the album. William went through severe depression in 2017 and the song was inspired by the fact that there is light at the end of the tunnel. We hope that it will appeal to anyone going through a difficult time,” the musicians said. “As an instrumental group, it is often a struggle to get play listed on the radio and we therefore decided to collaborate with Len on this song.”

They are also very excited about Timber/Oukraalliejide Mashup and believe that it has the potential to be a big hit. “We wanted to do something risky and different. There are not many mashups of international pop songs and Afrikaans hits around, and we are excited to see the public’s response. It’s always better to try new things,” they explain. “Douw also recently bought a mandolin, called Mandy, so aside from guitar and violin sounds, listeners can also look forward to some new texture. We also experimented with a voice part here and there.”

According to them, the biggest challenge during the recording of the album was to meet their deadlines. “We are so busy with performances that it was difficult to get everything done in time. The other challenge, for any artist, is creativity. It’s not something that can be forced and if something does not want to flow on the day, you have to try again tomorrow. But that’s a good challenge.”

The group has also recently completed another exciting projected. Themes & Love Songs, which is currently available on iTunes and concerts, is dedicated to all of their loyal fans and is a combination of crowd favourites and requests they have had over the past few years. It is a collection of soothing instrumental renditions of well-known love songs like From This Moment and Toe Vind Ek Jou, as well as movie and television themes like Game Of Thrones. This release is the perfect choice for background music at weddings and corporate functions.

Herman Steyn (on the violin) and Douw Steyn (on the guitar) are veterans in the music industry, with more than 26 years of combined experience between them. They met in 2014. Together with William de Bruin they started Son Records, a recording label, in 2015. Working closely together they started to enjoy performing and decided to create an album for themselves. What started out as a project to keep their creativity flowing, ended up becoming something much more and DECA was born. The group has since shared the stage with renowned artists and performed at various functions, launches and parties, including Aardklop.

Their debut album, Black Sails, was released in 2017 and was very well received. The video of the titular track has already had more than 30 000 hits on YouTube and the album has nearly reached gold status. The album is a combination of instrumental, pop, folk and Irish sounds. The violin is the main focus, strongly supported by the acoustic guitar,” they shared. “The CD is a mixture of up-tempo and slow soothing tracks. It includes original compositions (Picnic, Black Sails, Finnigan and Skylights), as well as some popular covers (Thousand Years, Love Me Like You Do, etc.).”

DECA would like to reach all demographics of the country with their music and also plan on submitting their songs to international radio stations. “We do not only have one specific target market and want to reach everyone in one way or another, regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. We also busk at shopping centers across the country, to cater for those fans who do not necessarily have the means to attend festivals and concerts.” They have a great admiration for artists like Lindsey Stirling, Piano Guys and Die Heuwels Fantasties and would like to work with Joshua na die Reën one day.

THE TALENT BEHIND THE MUSIC

Both artists are passionate about music and enjoy a variety of genres. Douw, who inherited his love for music from his mother (Christa Steyn), did not always dream of becoming a musician. His interest only started during his student years at North-West University where he obtained a BCom degree in Business Management. “I started out helping my mother with her recordings and thirteen years later, I am still working in the music industry. I miss the times we spent together in the studio,” he says. The guitarist also completed a music course in France, under the guidance of Grammy winner Chris Lord-Alge in 2014. His brainchild - Afrikaans Herlaai – received three Ghoema Award nominations in 2015.

Herman studied Music at the University of Stellenbosch, after which he joined the popular group, DNA Strings. Two years later he was off to South Korea to work at an educational English Theatre as musical director. After returning to South Africa, he worked with Add Life Productions on several successful musicals, including The Buddy Holly Story, Ester die Musical and Dawid die Musical. SHERAAZ, a five piece instrumental group founded by him in 2012, was nominated for a Ghoema Award in 2014 for Best Instrumental Album. “If I had to choose any other career, I would have liked to be a filmmaker. I love the film industry and film as a medium. I was busy with my master’s degree in Film Music when I joined DNA Strings,” he shares.

DECA’s debut album is refreshingly different and hopefully a good indication of the musical masterpieces that can be expected of them in the future. The past year has taught the musicians not to have too many expectations when it comes to the music industry, because it is very unpredictable. That is why they poured their heart and soul into their second CD. “The recording process took six months and we wanted to take our time to ensure that the end-product is something we could be proud of. We tried to find the right balance between what the public wants to hear and what we, as musicians, enjoy,” said the duo.

The thirteen carefully selected tracks, will not only capture the hearts of audiences, but will also invite them to sing and dance along. If you are not a fan yet, the group’s latest offering will most definitely win you over.

SONGS ON DECA II
Shape of You
Oorwin (met Len Muller)
Irish Festival
Can’t Stop The Feeling
Africa
Kiss
St. Paddy’s Jig
Despacito
Secrets
Timber/Oukraalliedjie Mashup
(met Burman)
Toss The Feathers
Without You
Saying Something Stupid

SONGS ON THEMES & LOVE SONGS

From this moment
St. Elmo’s Fire
Toe vind ek jou
Beauty and the beast
Game of thrones
Breathe (2AM)
Now we are free
I don’t want to miss a thing
All of me
Hallelujah
Pachelbel’s Canon
Without You
Saying Something Stupid

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/decabandsa/?fref=ts
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7OQAIzs1lM

BOOKINGS

Herman Steyn
Cell: 079 505 2011
E-mail: johanhermansteyn@gmail.com

Douw Steyn
Cell: 082 797 8250
E-mail: douw@sonrecordings.co.za