Thursday, 12 December 2013

Sam Garrett Music

I first discovered Sam Garrett on Ben Brown’s vlogs as he was usually the backing track to the vlogs and then Ben shot a music video for Sam. The sound of Hope fascinated me so much that I had to find out more about Sam.

Sam Garrett is a 23 year old singer songwriter from the UK. He is currently living in London but he grew up by the countryside. Sam grew up in a family with strong musical inspiration. His parents met in a recording studio and his father was in a band in the 70s and 80s. I would assume that his surroundings were musically strong especially with his parent’s vinyl collection.
As a child, Sam was very inquisitive and creative and he managed to teach himself how to play the guitar and even started writing a few lyrics at the age of 8!

Sam draws inspiration from “nature and life itself”. Personally I find this inspirational as Sam mentions that people have become detached from nature and that we take a lot of things for granted. Our lives have become so fast paced and we hardly take a moment to stop and take a step back and just appreciate what’s around us.

“I believe it is important to be truthful and to do only such actions which are beneficial to you and your fellow beings”.

Now for the music part:
Sam Garrett’s “Be Easy” EP is the perfect remedy for distressing and unwinding at the end of a long, stressful day or a long journey. It is an easy listen and very relaxing.
Sam uses only his voice and guitar to create delicately crafted melodic tunes. This gives his music a certain rawness which I enjoy tremendously.

I do not want to spoil anything for you. I want YOU to go on this journey as it is a musical experience. My personal favourites include Hope, River and Don’t let go.

Please do check Sam’s links and if you are impressed, check him on iTunes.
Twitter, Soundcloud and Facebook: samgarrettmusic
Youtube channel: Sam Garrett


Monday, 7 October 2013

My Red and Blue

Ben Eggebrecht, also known as MY RED AND BLUE, is a pop/rock singer from Nashville.

I think it’s about time that I share one of my favourite artists with you. Yes, I admit that I have purposefully hidden him away because I feel that his music is just too treasurable and I did not want to share. I have given a few hints though, on my tracklists of must haves.

The first time I stumbled across his music was when I was on soundcloud and decided to search all the singers/groups that follow me on twitter. I came across My Red and Blue… and it just stuck. I could not search further.

The song Midnight Gown just kept playing and playing and I found myself pressing repeat for about an hour and a half. This was the first song that I found and it entranced me. His voice is so fascinating, it is comforting and it takes me back to my childhood. This song reminds me of all the fairytales that I love and allows me to relive those memories.

Most of the other songs are a bit more upbeat and pop/rock. I am incapable of describing the complexities of his music as I do not that much musical knowledge besides knowing what's good and what isn't, however I can assure you that his music is worth the listen and you will not regret it.

From what I can tell with the odd twitter mentions, he is a very humble person and I don’t think he knows how talented he is.

Everyone should listen to him. Soundcloud him and buy his stuff.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Something like kites

I usually write my own posts by researching artist’s bio’s on the internet then putting those facts into my own words. But this post will be a bit different as this artist has already done that for me. No, I won’t just copy and paste the whole thing but I might lift pieces of the original to place in the middle of my own work.

Something like kites.
Yes that’s the band’s name. The first time I saw it, I wondered what was meant by it. “we are all free in life, but tied down by constraints and subject to others. A kite is free, tied down by the string and subject to the wind all at the same time” – I think that was the most beautiful description I have ever read.

Jake Hyndman-Whittier is the only member of Something Like Kites. Yes. A one man band that produces a variety of layered sounds. It’s an amalgam of acoustic, hip-hop, pop and electro sounds. He usually says if you like Owl City or Ed Sheeran, then you’ll probably enjoy his music. I disagree with this, only because I believe he should say he draws influences from them and he shouldn’t compare himself to them. I believe that he has a very distinct sound and it can range across many genres (as I stated above) therefore, many artists as well.

This Canadian singer-songwriter plays piano and guitar and has the knowledge of electro-synths and combines all of these to create the striking tunes I love to hear.

“I’ll be here” is one of my favourites as the lyrics are comforting and it’s a tranquil listen – by this I mean, there isn’t too much going on and I usually sit and try to pick out everything that happens from the backing vocals to each individual sound that is happening.

“In my arms” is such a pick-me-up pop song and it gets me in a better mood. Especially on those days when I am in a slump and feel as if I cannot face the world on that day.

I suggest you take 10 minutes out of your day to look and subscribe to his youtube channel and sound cloud page. I guarantee you’re going to stay a lot longer than 10 minutes, so give him a listen and like his facebook page, or follow him on twitter – you can also get free songs! BONUS!

Download Album:
Instagram: Look up ''SOMETHINGLIKEKITES''

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Without music, life would be a mistake

Hi everyone.
So I assume by the number of hits on the previous post of this theme, it was enjoyable? I certainly do hope so.
So I am here today to mention a few other artists and songs by them which I think are essential to any playlist.
I do hope you like it.

1. Matthew Mole – The Home We Built (CD) >> the entire CD is a must! Can be purchased on iTunes or at any good music store! Get it

2. Woodstock Mafia – Trigger and Gun >> DEFIANCE (CD) is now out –

3. JJXO – Too Much, Nothing To Let Go, Built To Destroy, On The Leash, Get Used To It

4. The 1975

5. My Red & Blue >> can everyone just please do themselves a favour. This is brilliant. I am not even exaggerating

6. Mighty Oaks

7. Foals

8. Bastille

9. Thomas Krane

10. Al Bairre >> They personally gave me their CD and after replaying it 100000 times, I still enjoyed it as much as the first time. Timeless music is real music.

11. Gangs of Ballet >> Yes/No/Grey is their new CD. I went to their launch in Cape Town and oh my did I enjoy it. Such extraordinary stuff coming from them.

12. Lawson – Juliet, Brokenhearted, Taking Over Me, When She Was Mine, Learn To Love Again, Standing In The Dark

13. San Cisco

14. Sleeping With Sirens – Iris (cover)

15. Puppet Rebellion – Chemical Friends, The Greatest Lie Ever Told, The New Twenty

16. The Fleet – Last All Night, Get Up And Run, Change Your Mind

17. Cruskin

18. Fox Comet

If you have no idea where to get this music to just listen to, everything here is on my soundcloud page. If you do like the songs, please click the link to buy them on iTunes.

Support excellent artists. Support brilliant bands. Support stunning music.

Monday, 9 September 2013


Hello everyone!
So I assume that you like this blog because it keeps growing and the amount of page views I get every week absolutely blows my mind.


Now I know you like discovering new music and you know how much I love finding new things too
So please tweet me with videos and names of bands you think I should check out! I am looking forward to it!

Oh and on an unrelated topic, I started vlogs
Please subscribe and like my videos on youtube so hopefully I can go to more concerts and just bringing you the best of the best
Thank you in advance

channel name: Sakzitime

If you want to get the latest things I listen to, you may follow me on sound cloud as well --- kerbelker_s

I just want to High 5 every single one of you!


Thursday, 5 September 2013

Trigger and the Gun - Woodstock Mafia lyrics

In the basement underneath me,
there’s a victim and a secret
From the fear of the dark I run
‘coz I know that the good die young
Like a soldier sent to free me,
fighting wars out on the TV
To the sound of the shots I wake
And the truth that I just can’t take

Feel the violence taking over
Getting closer to the end show
Like a bomb that I just cant see,
You’re the fire and I’ll set you free, free, free

I am a sinner and a saint
Don’t forget it
Don’t you forget it
And if you look into my face
You’ll regret it
You will regret it

I am a sinner and a saint
Don’t forget it
Don’t you forget it
And if you look into my face
You’ll regret it
You will regret it

I am the trigger and the gun

I adore you for your weakness
You’re the trouble
I’m the witness
Getting drunk on the freedom sounds
Of the light and the lines
At the back of the minds

All I wanted was the freedom that you promised
When you took me
From the grip of your arms
I wake
And you wouldn’t let me go
And I always want to stay, stay, stay

I am a sinner and a saint
Don’t forget it
Don’t you forget it
And if you look into my face
You’ll regret it
You will regret it

Trigger and the gun

This is the sound of our dismay
This is the sound of our dismay

I am a sinner and a saint
Don’t forget it
Don’t you forget it
And if you look into my face
You’ll regret it
You will regret it

I am a sinner and a saint
Don’t forget it
Don’t you forget it
And if you look into my face
You’ll regret it
I am the trigger and the gun

Sunday, 18 August 2013


My first encounters with many musicians are on twitter. No really. Then a young man by the name on Angus Powell followed me and I read his bio. Turns out he’s a musician (YAY!). I then youtubed him because – as you can tell – I like being exposed to new music (and being a stalker).

Anyway, Angus Powell. He is a Welsh singer. I do not really know what to classify him as; indie or alternative? Although I know he has drawn influences from Bon Iver and James Vincent McMorrow.

His music is out of the ordinary, unique really. As I type this, I am listening to “monsters”, his latest EP. The lyrics, the instruments and the way in which they fit together, transport one to another world. This is the type of music one listens to and can feel it resonate within you.

I do not know how everyone would feel when listening to his music, but these songs make me think on a deeper level, about life in general and the decisions of who and what I surround myself with.

Angus’ voice is a gentle one. To me, it feels as if he is talking to me personally. I feel like everyone would be able to enjoy his music as it really does connect with everyone. I had my sister listen to it, and we have different music tastes, and she enjoyed this music as well.

I do not know who composes his music and I do not know who writes his lyrics but they are fantastic!

I know of many artists that are arrogant because of their talent, but I have tweeted Angus a few times and he seems really nice. We even have a deal – one day he will fly me to where he is so that I can watch a concert of his and be VIP (haha I felt the need to put that in here as a reminder to him, and to myself).

I feel like everyone should buy ‘MONSTERS’ by Angus as it is now available on iTunes.

“Hugely multi-textural in their construction, but with a misleadingly simple feel, Powell’s tracks contain imagery that every listener can relate to in a personal way. His songs ‘connect’ in a rare, moving, and precious way.” - I found this on

It’s weird that I found that because I typed this blog post and I researched opinions afterwards and I basically said the same thing about Angus, I am just not as sophisticated in my wording haha.

Angus just confirmed that he writes, composes, plays and records his own music. I actually do not know how someone has the ability to do all that and still produces such complex music that sounds strangely simple. By that I mean, his music is easy to listen to but when one actually thinks about all the work that is involved, its absolutely mind blowing.

Angus, if you are reading, thank you for the music. Its spectacular!
Everyone else: go buy ‘monsters’, follow him @anguspowell and like his facebook page

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

for your listening pleasure

Hi guys. It has been over a month since I posted something worth reading and I do aplogise for that as I have been on other social media following bands like one direction and the Jonas brothers on tour hah.
This post is different to the rest of them but I have a feeling you’ll receive more of it. So to the readers (thank you!) please give me feedback @kerbelker_s.
Sorry that I am rating so much but I know it has been a while. I plan on giving more full posts like I have tried before, giving a short background of the artists and bands with song names. But I am going to keep this different.
These are a few bands I stumbled across. I legit did not know or hear about them. I just youtubed and rediscovered old random singers that I used to listen to. I like this because it is a very alternative music selection and I think it is my favourite kind.
Here is a list of music you HAVE to listen to. Do yourself a favour.
1. Basic vacation – I believe
2. Bastille – thing we lost in the fire
3. Blink182 – all the small things
4. Cage the elephant – aint no rest for the wicked
5. Cage the elephant – back against the wall
6. Chevelle – send the pain below
7. Creed – higher
8. Default – wasting my time
9. Disturbed – inside the fire
10. Fitz and the tantrums – fools gold
11. Fuel – shimmer
12. Green river ordinance – it aint love
13. Incubus – love hurts
14. Limp bizkit – re-arranged
15. Matt nathanson – earthquake weather
16. Nine inch nails – only
17. Nine inch nails – the hand that feeds
18. Creed – one
19. Puddle of mudd – psycho
20. Radiohead – creep
21. Redlight king – born to rise
22. Said the whale – I love you
23. Seether – fine again
24. Soundgarden – black hole sun
25. Staind – for you
26. Stained – so far away
27. Terraplane sun – get me golden
28. The airborne toxic event – sometime around midnight
29. Third eye blind – semi-charmed life
30. Three days grace – just like you
31. Tool – schism
32. Weezer – Beverly hills
33. Weezer – pork and beans
34. Enation – feel this

That is all for now. I discovered all of this in the space of 2 days. Some you might like, others not. But give it a listen.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013


I never do this but I ask you nicely, please follow me on twitter and on tumblr for more posts and random fun things.
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Tuesday, 25 June 2013


This post would be different compared to my others. I am taking notes as it’s happening. So live blogging? Haha. So after countless twitter mentions, I am finally able to see Woodstock mafia. They are said to be performing in a little market in Hout Bay. I am currently on my way to see them, its 7p, 21 June 2013. I am SO excited! Holy Moly… I walked into the market, that doesn’t look like much from the outside, but when I stepped in, it was like frikken Narnia. The market extended and at the back corner, there is a stage. WM just came on stage and it seems to be a chilled set. A crowd gathered around the stage and I am in front, as usual. I just realize I am such a groupie haha. Everyone seems to be so chilled, some people are having supper and jamming. The electric guitarist (I later heard his name is NICK) is brilliant! The solos are so sick – especially in electric light. The drummer had this astonished look on his face when he saw me singing along to electric light haha because I kind of knew all the words :P everyone on stage, and the crowd is casually just jamming and there are small girls dancing on the side. WM really has a sound that everyone can enjoy, from little girls to old people and everyone in between. It got really hot and then someone put on a fan, joe:thanks for the fans, I hope we get more after this show. [pun intended] hahahahahaha. WM then did a cover of RHCP “my friends” and all the old school people enjoyed this A LOT. Everything was awesome! Joe and Nick took a pic with me and @zanyjoe and they are really friendly even though I have the tendency to ramble on because I get too excited and nervous. If you are reading this; please pre-order their CD at you shall not regret this!

Thursday, 20 June 2013


So on 8 May 2013 – it was the best day of my life to date! Justin Bieber finally noticed South Africa after all the nagging on Twitter and various other social media. Justin was scheduled to perform at Cape Town stadium on the 8 May. All the local Beliebers created such a vibe and some of them even slept outside the stadium in order to get front row golden circle. In December 2012 the tickets went on sale and within 4 minutes they were all sold out.
So on the day – I walked from the CBD with my sister and brother and behind the stadium (where he was performing) a car drove by and the window was rolled down and OMG GUESS WHO SAT IN THE BACK SEAT?! YES IT WAS JUSTIN!
The atmosphere was such a vibe though. We entered the stadium with bated breath and you could feel the “gees” of the crowd. I saw so many familiar faces – which I thought was strange and not so strange in its own right. I thought – what are the chances of seeing people I know amongst 40 000+ people – but on the flip side – most of my friends are beliebers.

Before Justin came on stage there was a 10 minute countdown. The crowd went absolutely mental! The excitement as the crowd counted down every minute. Justin then came on and the crowd roared and totally erupted! Justin performed all the songs that were said to be on his set list with the exception of 2. It was an exciting performance with crowd interactions. The videography and the stage set up worked in tandem with each other. For example, at the end of his first song, he jumped on the stage and below the stage there was a screen. So he jumped on the stage and the screen below him showed that he jumped into a pool and swam with all his dancers as well. It was a different, yet fantastic, visual.

The concert was thoroughly enjoyed with masses of people smiling, dancing and singing as they left the stadium. Thank you Justin. Please come back to CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Trampled by Turtles!

I think it’s about time to give credit to Trampled by Turtles. I have been enjoying the pleasures of their music since last year, although they have been around since 2003. One night as I was doing some work with the TV on in the background, I heard this glorious music coming from my TV. It intrigued me as their sound was so different. It was Trampled by Turtles on The Late show with David Letterman. I turned the volume up and it was strange for me to see a performance with instruments such as a Banjo and a Mandolin. Yes I know what these instruments are and I’ve seen them in text books and maybe on cartoons but to ACTUALLY see them being used in a band that makes such good music, I was in utter awe. I enjoy listening to acoustic music and for me to discover this band, it was fortunate for my sanity as I was under great stress (high school finals). Soo… enough about me and more about the band. Trampled By Turtles is a band from Minnesota. Although the band’s inspirations are people like Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and Nirvana –to mention a few- I found the band has characteristics similar to Mumford and Sons, in the sense I classified TBT as a folk rock band. Their latest album, STARS AND SATELLITES, was released 10/04/2012 and debuted at 11 on the Alternative chart. Their national television debuted 24/04/2012 where I caught them for the first time! :D . The band consists of 5 members: Dave Simonett, Tim Saxhaug, Dave Carroll, Erik Berry and Ryan Young.
The talent among these men are countless, guitar, lead vocals and harmonica (Simonett), bass and backing vocals (Saxhaug), banjo and backing vocals (Carroll), mandolin (Berry) and fiddle and backing vocals (Young). IF YOU ARE READING THIS, please give them a listen. Youtube them, it’s that easy. Then after you fall in love with them (which I can guarantee), buy their album. Nothing is better than having a CD which could possible get signed by the artist somewhere in the future.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Civil Twilight

The long awaited South African band started playing at 11pm at the Assembly in Cape Town. The Assembly as packed to the brim with fans from all over Cape Town. After the fantastic mind blowing opening acts, previously mentioned, I waited with bated breath and out came Civil Twilight!!! They came out to a roaring crowd. People were pushing through trying to get to the perfect position to see their idols. As they started playing, I literally lost my min. I was so excited wow! First of all, they played/sang for an hour and a half without ear pieces in. that’s unbelievable – do you even comprehend how difficult it is to get the balance right? I cannot even scream in tune with surrounding sounds.
What they did is pure skill. Secondly, the way Civil Twilight improvised on stage, shows how closely the band members listen to each other. Thirdly, Steven’s voice is exactly the same live. The crowd’s interaction was shocking. When Steven (lead singer) stopped singing, the crowd’s singing would fill the air. People were happy around each other, everyone had one intention: to listen to a phenomenal band.
Although some songs were improvised and in a different key to the original – the fans still knew all the words and were able to sing along. Steven jumped into the crowd with his mic! It was the most epic thing of the year! Such a rock star haha. Steven told us about how most of the songs composed by the band is about Cape Town, as they grew up here. Steven and his brother Andrew grew up in Hout Bay, just a stone’s throw away from my house (OMG!! :D). I managed to speak and take photos with a few of the band members. Thank you for being so lovely and humble! Cannot wait until they return.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Gangs of Ballet!

ENERGY. That’s the first word that jumps to mind when thinking of Gangs of Ballet. Brad Klynsmith, Josh Klynsmith, Hardus de Beer and Jonathan Rich immediately burst with energy as they came on stage. The lead singer, Brad, does this thing with his voice that no other can. Gangs of Ballet sound like an amalgamation of Cold Play and all the other really good alternative bands out there. I played “hello sweet world” for a few of my friends and they thought Gangs of Ballet was an international band because they are so good. South African music is really evolving by the minute. Who would have thought that our Durban Boys could do such jaw-dropping things with their instruments? What brought a tear to my eye is when the crowd sang along to the band. This just means that our local people support our local musicians! (Maybe there is a market for me after all. Haha jk). Brad turned to Josh and was like “omg can u believe they’re singing with” < that was the cutest thing I’ve seen since Mike (from Linkin Park) said the same thing to Chester at their Cape Town performance. After the performances were over, the band members told us to come and say hi. Soo when the night ended, I went to say hi :D I was lucky enough to get a few pictures with the band members. Great night indeed. Oh oh – I also wanted to include, you know when band members say that they are really grateful for their fans? Yeah we all know that, but none of them actually reply to their fans’ tweets. I have tweeted Brad numerous times and I think I am getting annoying on top of it (I’m sorry) but he replies all the time with full replies and not just one words. He really is grateful. Everyone, go buy their CD, get to their Gigs. Support Gangs of Ballet.