Go Barefoot is one of SA newest Afro-Indie acts and this band is sure to make a statement with their melodic hooks, rhythmic beats and dance-worthy tunes. Potchefstroom Herald’s Wouter Pienaar recently spoke to drummer, Saul Nossel about their music, the inspiration behind the new single and some exciting upcoming plans. Check it out!
- Describe who Go Barefoot are, how the name came about and why people in Potchefstroom should take off their shoes and start dancing to your music?
Go Barefoot is the musical culmination of five friends who grew up all over Jozi bringing together their influences and expressions all at once. Our name came from our desire to keep things organic, real and down to earth – like bringing your feet to the ground and feeling the earth the moves beneath us.
So keep your shoes on or take them off and throw them in the air if that makes you feel free but we just want to jam and make our audiences groove to our beat.
- I like the chilled sound of your new release “Clouds of Rain.” What inspired Clouds of Rain? As I understand it is about the recent student protests? How did you guys go about creating a song that both told the lyrical story and had music that fitted to it?
Thanks for listening to our latest release! We’re glad you like it. Well the music came before the lyrics, and it all began with the riff you hear that Noah wrote on his NordWave Sampler Keyboard – we just started jamming around this riff and slowly new ideas developed and contrasting sections were composed. At the time we were listening to a band called Jungle and had just seen them live, which completely blew our minds.
We wanted to capture the same kind of funky feels they created but add our own flavours. At the same time we started writing lyrics and we went around to each member and thought lets each try add our own line (which was something we had not tried before) and slowly the music and the narrative came together to the structure and lyrical narrative you hear in the song.
- How has the reception been on “Clouds of Rain?” Better than you expected?
Yes it has! Its always scary sharing new music and our expressions and we never know what to expect as we still have plenty of growing to do. But we are very stoked with the reception.
Sharing something that deals with a topic that has had elements of contention amongst our peers and South Africans in general can be scary but the message of the song is intended to be positive and we hope it is received and such.
- Do you feel it is important to reflect the times and society as a whole in music?
Definitely, music can representative of time, place and society in so many ways and we should never take that for granted.
Sharing something that deals with a topic that has had elements of contention among our peers and South Africans in general can be scary but the message of the song is intended to be positive and we hope it is received and such.
- One of your strongest points I feel is your ability to mix a lot of different genres while keeping it uniquely South African. Putting the Afro in Indie. Would you agree?
Thank you for acknowledging that. It’s a concept that we have been constantly experimenting with since we began making music! We definitely all have an affinity for alternative and indie genres but our desire to reflect a strong South African identity leads us to fuse the styles that speak to us most.
- Who is the main lyricist or do you guys write songs collectively as a band?
Some songs have had main lyricists – where Jonny, Mike or Noah have written majority of lyrics themselves and sometimes we write collectively. So its a bit of both.
- What would you say are your biggest musical influences?
Its a huge range of alternative sounds, funk grooves and unique beats that we find throughout many different genres. Its tricky to pin point it to one genre or artist, but rather qualities that we find throughout.
- Any bands up and coming bands or musicians that you listen to at the moment?
In SA: Radio 123, Urban Village, The Ceramics, KAJAMA, Luma, and Josh Kempen.
Around the world: Mr Jukes, The Oh Wonder, Gorillaz (New Album), Sales, Alfa Mist,
- Best show in South Africa that you have played at?
Haha from a tiny little bar in Melville where we had to dodge the cops because they didn’t have an entertainment license to performing at Oppikoppi 2015 and 2016!
- Any headline acts you would like to open for in the future/share a stage with?
Gangs of Ballet are rad! Maybe even Ricky Rick or Casper Nyovest. We’re down for pretty much anything!
- Any upcoming big plans that fans of Go Barefoot should know of? Any idea for the release of the debut album?
Well there is definitely an album on its way, and simultaneously we are going to be working on releasing interesting content that gives insight into just how we plan to finish the album. Stick around on social media is the best advice we can give.
- When are you guys playing a gig in Potch?
That’s such a good question! We have never been to Potch but we are so keen to come check it out!