MP3 Tristan Waterkeyn - Hay Day
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EASY LISTENING: Soft Rock, JAZZ: Jazz Vocals
âHay Dayâ is the kind of CD Iâd want to have accompany me on thousands of kilometres of sailing. Itâs a âlie back in your hammock, look at the horizon and let the movement gently rock youâ sort of album. Itâs melodies spin themselves from lyrical yarn, the instrumentationâs brightly colourful and itâs all woven closely together by a silky smooth voice. Poetic, ambiguous words and jovial, sometimes theatrical play on instruments are an invitation to delve into layers of meaning. And itâs all taut... a nice taut mainsail to pull you along...
Tristan Waterkeynâs been around. Born in Tanzania, moved to Kenya, then to Zimbabwe, where he went to high school. He learned to play the guitar to escape the rigid institutionalism of boarding school, and made appearances in Harare for a band called âSubstitute Parachuteâ. After that he spent three years backpacking through Asia and sailing thousands of kilometres (yes, with guitar in tow), before returning home to Africa. To Cape Town, to be exact, where he studied philosophy and comparative religion at University and soon found a group of people to share his passion for music with.
Having finished his degree and having found himself more involved in the live music scene than anything else, Tristan saw a need for a more unified community in South Africa âs diverse music industry. He formed âOvertoneâ, a company dedicated to building up the music industry of South Africa.
Overtone provides every South African band and artist with access to its rapidly expanding online community with easy access to the music industry via its directories. For fans and the industry, it offers a monthly gig guide and newsletter, as well as access to information on different sectors of the industry in South Africa - from bands themselves to live venues, stores, labels and industry news. As a resource for artists, Overtone is to offer all the facilities that they would normally have to source from multiple individual companies. It also offers facilities and help for musicians to record and produce their own albums.
This brings us back to the new album âHay Dayâ. Itâs taken a considerable amount of effort, time and coordination - a testing of the Overtone system - to arrive at the finished article, and here is Tristanâs (and Overtoneâs) seamless debut album.
Biography and Interview by Anthony Boyd 2007
Tristan Waterkeyn is 26; a tall, dark and passionate young man with a flair for all things musical. Heâs a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist whoâs about to release his debut album, and heâs also the brains behind https://www.tradebit.com Overtone is a South African music website; an online oasis in the desert that is too often the local music industry. Itâs a place where local artists can sign up and make themselves known, fans can check out whatâs happening and score free tickets to gigs, and club owners can get their two centsâ worth. Overtone is basically a keenly designed free marketing resource, with a bunch of additional resources and features, which will include recording assistance and facilities in the near future. In fact, Tristan is test piloting the system with his album Hay Day.
Hay Day is a laid-back listen; an album thatâll take you to your own private island in the middle of the ocean, ease you gently into your hammock and let you relax as you watch the waves lap against the shore.
Tristan strums his acoustic guitar effortlessly, blending beachy sounds with jazzy rhythms; his deep, smooth voice melting it all together. âThe mood is very uplifting,â says Tristan, âand at the same time comforting; picture yourself hanging out with your friends in a field, drinking wine and having a picnic, just having a really great time.â âItâs very easy to write negative songsâ, he says, but thatâs not what he wanted to do here. âI want my music to make you feel safe, at ease in this fast-paced life. Music is life comfort food, and I wanted my album to be a kind of âget out of jail freeâ card when youâre feeling down.â Itâs all summed up in the albumâs title, he explains; âI want people to realize that their hay day, their glowing moment, is now.â Thereâs a definite thread which runs through all of the tracks, a kind of warmth.
Some are light and fun, like âKathrinâ; a song to thank the dreadlocked traveller from Germany who mucked up Tristanâs hair on a beach one tipsy afternoon on the coast of Australia. Others touch on more serious themes, though subtly, so that the vibe is always a positive one. âTimeâ explores the state of the South African music industry, while âInner wayâ is more of a ballad, a layered song about the paradoxical nature of love - how it can connect people, or break them apart forever. âThe Mackâ, in a quirky vein, is a take on an aging mobster, a sketch of a senile ex-Don. âI love playing with words, metaphors, character sketches and observationsâ, says Tristan. Lyrically and musically, everything is composed carefully and deliberately. âWhen a guitar comes in, itâs not by accidentâ, he says, âItâs sketching the characterâ. He rolls humour, sometimes dark, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, with philosophy to create lyrical layers, which are mirrored musically. Each listen to Hay Day yields something new, builds on the experience and entices, inviting you to unravel the sonic tapestry a little more.
Tristanâs influences are drawn from around the world. Heâs a seasoned traveller, and though young in years, is mature and energized with life experience. Born and bred on the African continent, his childhood was very much an African experience, tempered by his British family life. After living in England for a while, he ran away to Hong Kong, backpacking around China, Thailand and Bali; teaching English and working odd jobs until he could afford to move on somewhere else. He sailed down to Perth and worked in coffee shops and a mental asylum, saving up for a van and then selling shares in it before road tripping round Australia. âWe only hit one kangarooâ, he admits sheepishly.
âIâve seen a lot of different cultures, and I think that everything influences you a little bitâ, he says. âI travelled everywhere with my guitar, and was meeting people, writing songsâ¦you really pick up new styles when you jam with people.â
Tristanâs rich experiences add up with his passion and sincerity to create a richly layered album that goes way beyond debut expectations. The âvintage newâ sound he describes is appealing in elements which might be familiar from a childhood, as well as in its fresh styles of instrumentation and fusions of sounds. âThe overall sound is fresh, but it feels like itâs been there for a long timeâ, Tristan says. Its familiarity adds to its warm, light feel, making for a great listen.
Feature Article by Carey Finn 2007
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