Rove Live Production Studio
Thanks to guest blogger Mia McDonald for this piece about production studio Rove Live
When the circus comes to town, it moves from place to place. So it is with the wandering star that is Rove Live; the brain child of Tiaan Kotze.
Rove was established in the beginning of November 2022 and wasted no time in organizing their first live recording performance on 20 November at the Alkantrant Library, inside the library itself.
There was a sense of rebellion about doing a live performance inside the library, in the Toddler section of the library space!
Tiaan said of the long set of rules of conduct that the library had listed, only four rules remained unbroken by the live recording performance held inside the library on Sunday, 20 November, 2022.
Limited tickets were sold to this live recording, the aim of this being a roving gig company is to create atmospherically rich and unique settings for bands to do live recordings in.
Tiaan aims to work with up and coming bands like Tea and Oranges in conjunction with established bands like Die See, to have them eclipse one another.
For Tiaan, the Rove aesthetic leans entirely towards uplifting local alternative musicians. Rove wants to work exclusively with local talent and he wants to focus on Pretoria to begin with, later Johannesburg and eventually traveling throughout the country scouting cool venues.
Rove is focussing on live recordings with the aim of starting their own live recording YouTube channel
Tiaan says that a lot of his inspiration comes from playing the YouTube game with friends, where friends introduce one another to new music and share their latest discoveries.
On Sunday, more than once the reference was made to Tiny Desk live concerts in Washington D.C. The library setting had a similar feeling to it with the sense of orderliness that a tiny little desk also represents. So, this time around the books were serenaded by beautiful music from the bands.
Dominic Dicks of Tea and Oranges is a seductive presence as she takes you on a journey with her languid vocals. The lyrics capture everyday experiences, emotional excursions of a common nature, rescued love in the lines: “Come back to me I swear it’s where you belong, for once don’t try to disagree, for once you know I’m not wrong.” The repetition of the words “for once” create a pleasant rhythm.
The mellow Indie vibe of Tea and Oranges was a soft landing point before the wicked rock performance of Die See. Henry Ferreira and his troupe don’t write lyrics for the public, they are non-conformists and their lyrics are highly introspective.
The creation of the song Staal Tarentaal was a joint effort by the entire band as they sat around a swimming pool and offered up lyrics. Henry says that there was definitely a point at which everyone knew the meaning of the song. This is rather apt for the circus coming to town with Rove Live.
Mia McDonald is a resident of Pretoria and the owner of Magic Tree Books.