Deity’s Muse ready to fly SA flag high at Euroblast Festival

Deity's Muse will represent South Africa at Euroblast Festival XIII.
Deity's Muse will represent South Africa at Euroblast Festival XIII.

South African alternative rock giants, Deity’s Muse, are heading to the world-renowned metal festival Euroblast XIII in Germany at the end of the month. They will be performing on 30 September alongside the likes of 12 Foot Ninja and Devin Townsend Project.  Potchefstroom Herald caught up with Wayne Boucher (vocals, guitar) and Yokim Pillay (guitar and backing vocals) to find out more about the festival and how the band is preparing for this life changing overseas experience.

  1. What was your first reaction when you heard that Deity’s Muse secured a spot at Euroblast?

Wayne: Complete freak-out. Some of our favourite bands of all time have appeared at Euroblast. We were overcome with disbelief when we got the offer.

Yokim: I honestly could not believe that we have been presented with this opportunity. I’ve never been overseas before, so to be able to go overseas for the first time and play at a festival like Euroblast is something I never thought could happen. Right now, I’m just absolutely stunned, elated, and extremely grateful. No words could describe the feeling accurately.

Deity's Muse will represent South Africa at Euroblast Festival XIII.

Deity’s Muse will represent South Africa at Euroblast Festival XIII.

  1. Secondly, you guys have had a couple of shows before your Euroblast gig. How has the response been locally to these shows?

Wayne: The shows were put in place mainly as a ‘rehearsal with a live audience’. So overall not gigantic crowds but appreciative crowds nonetheless.

  1. What reaction do you guys expect from the German crowd at Euroblast? Many festivalgoers should not have heard of Deity’s Muse yet. Is it kind of a new territory having been so prominent in the local metal scene and now having to play in front of a much larger and unknown crowd?

Wayne: We have no idea what the crowd is going to think of us but we are up for the challenge. It’s good to break out of your own country and get a feel for international audiences. Considering that most of the crowd will not have heard of us it will most certainly be like starting over. We’re relishing the prospect.

  1. Do you guys feel that this is the right time to make your mark on the overseas market with your music, especially playing such a huge show as a group of experienced musicians?

Wayne: Absolutely. Our intention is that going forward we’ll be playing far more shows overseas than we would be playing locally. It’s the logical next step in the metamorphosis of our band. The world is a gigantic place and music has no borders.

  1. Which bands are you most excited to meet and share the stage with?

Yokim:  For me, I’m most excited to just be able to see some of my most favourite bands (Voyager, The Hirsch Effekt, Uneven Structure, sleepmakeswaves, Twelve Foot Ninja, Textures & Devin Townsend Project). If I get to meet any of the band members, that will be the cherry on top.

  1. What does your inclusion in the line-up mean for SA alternative rock and metal? Do you feel that this can inspire other bands to go overseas and perform at big festivals as well?

Wayne: I believe that if you think big you can achieve almost anything and I hope our local artists think the same. My hope for all of this, beyond the obvious potential doors we’d be opening for ourselves is that we’d in turn be opening doors for other hard-working South African acts.

  1. What approach have you taken in preparation for such a tour to Germany? Obviously financial implications must play a big part?

Yokim: With the obvious consideration of finances, I think our professionalism as a band, stage presence and just a lot of effort in making sure our time on stage is enjoyable for us and for the audience we’ve yet to play to.

Wayne: Financial implications do play a massive part for sure. The rand is always extremely weak against most of the top touring territories, so it’s really difficult to make such a thing happen. At the end of this little trip each of us will be saving up for the next one. We’re prepared to take up all our leave days afforded to us by our day jobs simply to tour overseas and keep spreading our music out there. It takes tremendous sacrifice to keep doing what you love most. As for the show itself, we’re all rehearsing our butts off individually and together in the band room to ensure we’re in tip-top shape and make the most of the experience afforded to us.

  1. What do feel you can bring back to SA from such a rad experience at Euroblast?

Yokim:  I think we could bring a lot of insight back from there, from things like how a festival is run overseas, to the way bands structure and play their shows. I think the latter would be most important for me, as I take great joy in a show that you can connect and experience what the bands put out.

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Wouter Pienaar
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