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HEATHER WATERS & THE SEQUENCE BAND 'A LIFE WORTH LIVING' COMING SOON!

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NEW SINGLE RELEASE 'MOZAMBIQUAN RAIN'

Heather Waters latest studio collaboration project with super group The Sequence Band, bring you a fusion of unforgettable melodic, pop-reggae with their new Single ‘Mozambiquan Rain’.

Hailing from the Western and Eastern Cape of South Africa, The Sequence Band burst onto the scene more than seven years ago. Bringing their dynamic skills to the stage supporting top national acts like PJ Powers and Mel Botes, this super-groups latest studio project collaborates with popular South African song-writer and producer Heather Waters with her latest Single  ‘Mozambiquan Rain’.    A song dedicated to the communities affected by Cyclone Dineo in Mozambique in 2016.

Expertly engineered by one of South Africa’s top sound professionals, Briers Coetzee on the Garden Route in 2017. 

The Sequence Band is Gerchim de Bruin (Bass) Ruwayne Atties (Keys) and Sharlton Leo (Drums). 

The song also features Hanley Jumat on Guitar, Eugene van Pletzen on Percussion, Amanda Liwanga on Backing Vocals and Dave Watkyns on Trumpet.

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LONDON CALLING

Heather Waters song writing collaboration with Natali Shaked from Hands in London was streamed live on social media August 2017.  The song 'You are my Home' was born.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

HOW IT WAS MADE (Click here to watch the video)

A miniature clay model village was designed and built for our 'Castles & Towers' album cover.   Watch how it was made!

The psychedelic backdrop brings the village to life - some people actually want to climb in and live there!   Elements from each of the songs on the album are featured in the village.  Created in South Africa summer of 2015

 

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MDUMBI GREEN FAIR, TRANSKEI (Click here to watch the video)

BACK TO OUR ROUTES TOUR

Look out for Heather Waters and her crew as they make their way back to their routes on a series of short tours around South Africa, to Stellenbosch, Kleinmond, Welkom, Bloemfontein, Kei Mouth, Cintsa, Wilderness, Mdumbi and Transkei

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ACOUSTIC SINGLE 'NOTHINGS GOING TO STOP US' (Click Here to Download)

Recorded at The Music Kitchen in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. 

Ian du Toit:  Cello

Heather Waters:  Acoustic Guitar / Vocals

Briers Coetzee:  Cajun & Percussion

Nick Kuiper:  Bass Guitar

Song Written & Produced by Heather Waters

 

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TOUR VIDEO (Click here to Watch)

South Africa/Mozambique 2016   

A Massive Thanks to our incredible fans who supported our shows across the country and to all the venues for hosting us!   Huge gratitude to our tour sponsors who stood by us throughout the year!  Volkswagen South Africa, UBerOptical and Paul Bothner Music thanks for making this tour such a success!   Watch the Official Pick Daisies Tour Video Here!

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PICK DAISIES TOUR GOES TO MOZAMBIQUE

Heather Waters and her crew have been touring with the latest album 'Castles & Towers as her two singles ‘Pick Daisies’ and 'Castles & Towers' top radio charts as far and fast as their Volkswagen tour bus drives them!.

Now joined by Cape Town band, Ashweeta they're hitting the the road to Mozambique this October.

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SPRING TOUR DATES

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WHITE MOUNTAIN ACOUSTIC FESTIVAL 2016

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WHY ROADIES LIKE A CARAVELLE

Wheels from 'The Witness' caught up with us at our Pietermaritzburg show and he wrote about our volksie travels here:

 

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PICK N PAY KNYSNA OYSTER FESTIVAL 2016

The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is the ideal place for your winter holidays, with a jam-packed programme of events guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained.  HEATHER WATERS will be entertaining with folk-rock acoustic tunes on Monday 4th July.

For the full programme and details about all events, registration and ticket costs, please visit http://www.pnpoysterfestival.co.za/ or follow the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival on Twitter @OysterFestival or on Facebook/KnysnaOysterFestival for daily updates.

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VOLKSWAGEN SETS THE WHEELS ROLLING FOR HEATHER WATERS MUSIC TOUR (Click here to read the article)

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THIS SHIPS NOT SINKING HITS NR 1 (Click here for a free Download)

Number 1 on Cape Town Zone Radio's Top 40 for 4 weeks 'This Ships Not Sinking' is now available as a FREE DOWNLOAD on Reverbnation here!!

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SUBTERRANEAN RHYTHM & BLUES FESTIVAL 2016

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PICK DAISIES STAYS AT NR 1

Pick Daisies crushes Cape Town's Bush Radio Top 10 with its Number 1 slot for 10 Weeks!

A big thank you to our fans for all the Support & Love in music

TO VOTE – SMS 32158  the Keyword  'TOP20HEATHERWATERS' at R1 a vote

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NO DAISIES WERE HARMED IN THE FILMING OF THIS VIDEO (Click here to watch)

PICK DAISIES by HEATHER WATERS

No daisies were harmed in the filming of this video!!

Filmed on the Garden Route, South Africa in the Summer of 2016

Credits:
Eon Coetzee & Werner at EONMEDIA
Rock Solid Music, Asante, Wild Farm Backpackers, Fairy Knowe Backpackers, The Oyster Shack, The Fairy Shop and Snax at Timberlake.  Briers Coetzee, Heather Waters, Ian Goosen, Didi  and Levi Taylor, Jo-Anne, James and Jay Gascoigne-Taylor, Candice Lee Broughton, Schae-lee Fourie, Lily Rose Elsom, Stephen Waters, Tienie and Matthew Botha, Althea Loots, Morgan Drake, Candice Lee Broughton, Lyndall Mgadle, Sohelia Olifant, Frank Bauer, Cobus Meiring

PICK DAISIES STAYS AT NR 1

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Pick Daisies stays at Number One on Cape Town Bush Radio 89.5 Top Ten for its fourth week!

Big THANK YOU to Bush Radio and all our fans for the votes as our single 'Pick Daisies' goes into its fourth week at Number 1 on Cape Town Bush Radio's #Top10    SMS 32158 the keyword 'TOP10 HEATHERWATERS' to keep it there! SMS costs R1 free minutes do not apply.

CASTLES & TOWERS ALBUM REVIEW (Afrikaans)

Castles en Towers, 'n mondvol stories, 'n stem wat nostalgies herinner aan Cerys Matthews in die dae van Catatonia.  Liedjie titels soos Robin's Avenue, Diamonds, Pick Daisies, This Ship's not Sinking; laat jou dink aan 'n  kreatiewe ontploffing reg in die middel van jou lewe, Robins Avenue is nostalgies. 

Pick Daisies is 'n kleurvolle huppel van hoop en drome. So soet!

Heather Waters is een van die mees onderskatte gras kunstenaars.  Die produksie van Castle & Towers is haar beste tot op hede en,die Here hoor my, ek glo dat die oor wat nog nie na haar werk geluister het nie, 'n doktersafspraak agter is.  Ek glo ook...dat daar nog oppad is, nog baie.  'n Eiesoortige kreatiewe siel met 'n boek vol stories, met unieke deuntjies, met nog baie om te gee.

My slotsom is...koop Castle & Towers.  Gooi vir jou 'n glas wyn, druk die album in jou musiekfabriek, teen volume, en luister hom deur. Jy sal deel voel, soos ek. 'n altenatief.  Koop die album, en begin jou versameling van Heather Waters vandag, want eendag gaan jy glad nie spyt wees nie... 

'Well done guys!'  Goeie werk! My gunsteling...The Talking Song.

-Schalk Maas-

January 2016

 

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PICK DAISIES HITS NR 1

Big THANK YOU to Bush Radio and all our fans for the votes as our single 'Pick Daisies' goes into its second week at Number 1 on Cape Town Bush Radio's #Top10    SMS 32158 the keyword 'TOP10 HEATHERWATERS' to keep it there! SMS costs R1 free minutes do not apply.

ALBUM REVIEW: SA MUSIC SCENE

''Heather Waters carves out her own personal folk-rock narrative with the release of her new album Castles and Towers. Waters creates an album that blends the sensibility of pop rock with the rambling nature of folk rock and injects it with

''Heather Waters carves out her own personal folk-rock narrative with the release of her new album Castles and Towers. Waters creates an album that blends the sensibility of pop rock with the rambling nature of folk rock and injects it with the thought provoking nature of intelligent punk rock. It is a pop album that abandons any pretence of genre constraints as Waters delivers strong song-writing, sharp-tongued lyricism and witty rhymes.

She, and her band of musicians, has spent the past decade touring Europe and South Africa.  It is in these experiences that Waters must have developed such a keen love for crafting each song on Castles and Towers into a story. “The Talking Song” weaves a tale of trying to love someone for who they truly are but eventually being pushed away by their destructive and violent nature. Title song “Castles and Towers” is a tribute to Cape Town and the vibrant nature of the city. It pays homage to the diversity of the city and acknowledges the fact that a wide variety of stories from every corner of the globe have found their way to this little city on the tip of the Southern peninsula. Waters delivers a series of songs that talk of a “love revolution” and encourages people to love the life they’ve got and to love the people around them.

Heather Waters and her album come at an interesting time in South Africa’s narrative, but also at a time where the narratives of all cultures are fused together as we speed towards the uncertainty of the future. Perhaps her eccentric style of folk-rock storytelling can nudge South Africa in a positive direction.''    - Craig Roxburgh - SA Music Scene

Thought provoking nature of intelligent punk rock. It is a pop album that abandons any pretence of genre constraints as Waters delivers strong song-writing, sharp-tongued lyricism and witty rhymes.

She, and her band of musicians, has spent the past decade touring Europe and South Africa.  It is in these experiences that Waters must have developed such a keen love for crafting each song on Castles and Towers into a story. “The Talking Song” weaves a tale of trying to love someone for who they truly are but eventually being pushed away by their destructive and violent nature. Title song “Castles and Towers” is a tribute to Cape Town and the vibrant nature of the city. It pays homage to the diversity of the city and acknowledges the fact that a wide variety of stories from every corner of the globe have found their way to this little city on the tip of the Southern peninsula. Waters delivers a series of songs that talk of a “love revolution” and encourages people to love the life they’ve got and to love the people around them.

Heather Waters and her album come at an interesting time in South Africa’s narrative, but also at a time where the narratives of all cultures are fused together as we speed towards the uncertainty of the future. Perhaps her eccentric style of folk-rock storytelling can nudge South Africa in a positive direction.''    - Craig Roxburgh - SA Music Scene

 

 

LIVE YOUR DREAMS TOUR#2

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CASTLES & TOWERS ALBUM REVIEW (Dutch)

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Intelligente, Zuid-Afrikaanse feelgoodfolk

 

In Nederland en België is ze nog niet bekend maar als het van ons afhangt dan laten we haar deze festivalzomer moeiteloos overvliegen om daar verandering in te laten brengen. Er broedt iets down in Africa, en dat iets gaat in dit geval onder de naam Heather Waters. In Zuid-Afrika, waar Heather sinds 2004 al haar muziek begon te componeren en waar ze ondertussen een ontelbaar aantal gigs op haar naam heeft staan, is ze dan ook een gevestigde waarde. Sinds 2007 heeft ze het hele land meerdere keren rondgetoerd met haar folk liedjes, vanuit de schaduw van de Tafelberg in Kaapstad naar de drukke straten van de metropool Durban en weer terug. Daarnaast speelde ze de afgelopen jaren ook al meerdere shows in het Verenigd Koninkrijk en in het Mediterraan gebied, deze vrouw heeft iets in haar mars!

Haar nieuwste worp heet Castles & Towers, telt negen tracks en verveelt geen seconde. Met haar folky sound, haar zeer persoonlijke teksten en haar apart stemgeluid weet ze de aandacht van de luisteraar al vanaf The Talking Song vast te houden. Tijdens Robins Avenue waan je jezelf meteen tijdens een of andere zwoele, Zuid-Afrikaanse zomerdag op deze al dan niet fictieve straat in kwestie. Voor wie zelf al enige tijd in het land heeft doorgebracht zal het moeilijk zijn een glimlach van herkenning te kunnen bedwingen nadat ‘And the corner store - still selling rizla’s and biltong’ door de speakers heeft gegalmd. De titeltrack neemt je mee langs imaginaire kastelen en torens; en Pick Daisies is een echte radiosong die al heel wat airplay krijgt in Zuid-Afrika. Wake Up World is dan weer een echte powersong waar zelfs de meest kranige opa niet bij zou kunnen blijven stilzitten. Hetzelfde geldt voor Diamonds overigens, waarin Heather het verhaal vertelt van een oude zeeman en een mysterieuze boogie man. Amusement verzekerd.

Dit allemaal samen zorgt voor een bonte cocktail aan muziek van vooral heel leuke folkliedjes. Het is dan ook, naar onze eigen bescheiden mening, een ideaal album om op repeat all te zetten tijdens een roadtrip van een paar weken langsheen een of andere zonnige kustlijn. Zet Castles & Towers op en je haalt meteen de vakantie in huis!

 

Pick Daisies

 

Pick Daisies, de nieuwste single van Heather Waters is een song die gewoonweg gemaakt is voor de radio. Een rasechte powersong die je vanaf de eerste keer luidkeels wil meebrullen. Kom dus mee madeliefjes plukken en laat je betoveren in de green fields door Pick Daisies!

 

-Yannick van Winkel- Belgium

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HEATHER WATERS EPIC ROADTRIP

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EASTER TOUR 2015

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LIVE YOUR DREAMS TOUR 2014/2015

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In Studio

 

October 2014:  Waters is in studio at the SAE Institute in Cape Town and over the next few months will be working on her new songs with popular SAMA Award winning producer, Peter Pearlson.

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Whats the buzz?

Waters' songs spread a message of inspiration, determination and love through her contagious melodies and beautifully crafted lyrics..

Waters' latest album 'The Campervan Collective. Volume 1.' is not to be missed! ''The buzz around Heather’s new album derives from the simple fact that she is a brilliant songwriter. Her songs and performances burn with the energy that was commonplace back in the 1960’s.

Waters sings of ‘revolution’ and entertains audiences with her foot-tapping folk songs, satires, and lyrical humour.

Every soul relates to her honest, captivating and catchy lyrics and her songs give you no choice but to feel your darkness and your light, to indulge and embrace in the honesty of that feeling and to really immerse yourself in the moment, in the experience.

This is what music is all about.Heather’s attitude and love for song puts her right up there with many musical greats, it’s like there’s a secret to unlocking a song, and she knows the answer.

 

Sunshine Coast Tour 2014

Despite the incredibly challenging year battling chronic illness, Heather Waters' messages of hope burn even brighter as she flows through the Garden Route en-route The Sunshine Coast on a short tour, spreading her messages of inspiration, determination and love through her contagious melodies and beautifully crafted lyrics.

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Arno Carstens Benefit Gala for Heather Waters

KEEP WALKING HEATHER WATERS

Heather Waters Benefit Gala, 30 August 2013 at Hudsons on Vredenheim Wine Estate 19:00-10:30 -featuring Arno Carstens

This looks to be the charity event of the summer season as it features the award-winning South African singer-songwriter and guitarist Arno Carstens, of Springbok Nude Girls fame, who will be headlining the event with his band.

Other performances on the night include Solms-Delta Wine Estate’s delightfully jazzy Delta-Four band, sensational local saxophonist’s Gerald and Mario, and of course the lady herself, Heather Waters. Guests will be treated to a complimentary wine tasting with finger snacks, a fire-spinning performance, and will be showered with over R20 000’s worth of spot prizes and giveaways, as well as being encouraged to take part in the evenings silent auction for the full range of Solms-Delta Wines (signed by Arno Carstens) and a Guitar from Paul Bothner (also signed by Arno Carstens).    

We urge young and old alike to don your finest black and white semi-formal wear, enjoy our sensational selection of fine wine, jazz things up with our unique local lineup featuring Arno Carstens, and join our community as we help Heather Waters “Keep on Walking”! 

Tickets are pre-booked and R180pp.  Call 074 1177 266 or email your booking to bookings@heatherwatersmusic.com   More info from   info@heatherwatersmusic.com  and visithudsons.co.za

"Heather Waters’ music is thought-provoking folk-rock at its best!  With lyrics that make you want to listen, a unique vocal style and a stage persona that engages on a sincere yet playful level, a single performance will take the audience through a range of emotions, and leave you with a smile on your face."  Mike Smith, Editor, Your LMG

 

 

Top local musicians band together to help Heather Waters 'Keep on Walking'

Top local musicians band together to keep Heather Waters walking

The Nameless Pub, Main Road Somerset West, Sunday 30 June, 3pm - 10pm, R20 Entrance

Top local musicians band together this Sunday, to help keep Heather Waters walking.  

Julian Bach, The Akelian Circus, Craig Vee, Ruan, Jesse Jordan Band, and the infamous Akkedis, are set to combine talents in support of singer-songwriter Heather Waters as she battles peripheral neuropathy.

For almost ten years, British born folk-rocker, Heather Waters, has spent an innumerable amount of time dedicated to raising much needed awareness for a variety of charities and community projects around South Africa. After years of travelling backwards and forwards between the UK and South Africa, Heather Waters returned to Cape Town in 2006, bringing with her an array of new material and an even more richly developed style. Leading a somewhat nomadic existence in her 1975 VW Campervan, Heather and her band of merry musos have consistently chosen to focus their musical talents on making significant contributions to a variety of Community and Environmental Development Projects within the areas they have visited on their many nation-wide tours. These projects include gigs for Animal Welfare, Cancer Foundation, Addo Raptor & Reptile Centre, African Angels in Cintsa, Crags View Wild Care Centre in Port Edward, and Imibala Childrens Foundation in Somerset West, to name but a few.

In March this year, however, the humanitarian and musician began experiencing an extreme burning sensation in her feet, which turned quickly to an unbearable pain; within two weeks, Waters’ condition had deteriorated to such an extent that she was completely unable to walk. After months of being confined to a wheelchair, coping daily with an unexplainable and excruciating pain in her feet, and enduring untold frustration, countless tests, referrals and re-referrals,

Heather has finally been diagnosed with acute Peripheral Neuropathy ; a severe and degenerative condition resulting from damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous system, which directly effects the general functioning of the nerves in ones legs and feet.  

As a result of this recent set back there has been a delay in the official release of Heather Water’s latest album, including her single, ironically entitled, Keep Walking.  The undeniably moving title track off the album was written three years ago, long before anyone could have guessed that its core message would serve as strength and inspiration in overcoming one of the most challenging times of Waters’ life.

Waters is currently on medication in an attempt to manage the severe and debilitating pain as she awaits test results that could assist in identifying the cause of the problem.

To raise funds that could put this inspiring local talent back on her feet, as well as to assist her with growing medical costs -top local musicians have banded together to create the first in an ongoing series of Heather Waters Benefit Concerts.

The first installment is scheduled for this coming Sunday 30th June 2013 at Nameless Pub in Somerset West Main Road. Featuring live music all day, with fire-spinning performances and great spot prizes and giveaways to the value of over R5000, as well as a Cort Guitar from Paul Bothner - the event looks set to be indicative of fellowship, generosity and community spirit.  Starting at 3pm, bring your own meat and let Nameless braai it on open flames in the courtyard, enjoy a glass or two of your favorite poison, and join us in support of this incredibly brave young artist.

"Heather Waters’ music is thought-provoking folk-rock at its best!  With lyrics that make you want to listen, a unique vocal style and a stage persona that engages on a sincere yet playful level, a single performance will take the audience through a range of emotions, and leave you with a smile on your face."  Mike Smith, Editor, Your LMG

The Second Heather Waters Benefit Concert will take place on the 30 August 2013 at Hudsons on Vredenheim Estate near Stellenbosch, and will feature music by Solms-Delta, Heather Waters and rock sensaation ARNO CARSTENS. For more information please contact kyle.solms@gmail.com or call 0721953185.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES: Tech Talk

Briers Coetzee

‘’By stripping down their recording techniques to the bare essentials, we have captured a truly organic sound, the essence of what Heather Waters music is all about!’’

An Article by Briers Coetzee, Audio Engineer on the new album

THE CAMPERVAN COLLECTIVE. Volume 1

As many artists do, Heather Waters has been searching for years to achieve a distinctive recorded sound for her new album.  Many artists go into studio without knowing or understanding how to create their own sound as it sounds acoustically or with their band.  As a result their recordings can often be manipulated into a stereotypical, clinical sound, created by the studio and engineers involved.

In today’s easy accessible high tech world and South Africa’s fast growing music industry, the trend to use all the latest technology in the recording process also often results in extremely clinical sounding recordings.

Heather was looking for exactly the opposite.  An organic, old-school-sound without it sounding, for the lack of a better word, cheap or gritty.  We spent many hours listening to music, collecting reference material and analyzing it to understand how different sounds are created resulting in the best possible quality. 

The Universal Sound

I understood that Heathers music is already a well-developed acoustic folk rock-style and Heather also has very distinctive sounding voice, these were both to contribute to the universal sound of the album. But we were looking for a new approach to recording her music, to find a specific universal sound birthed from the actual recording process.

I came up with three concepts; first we decided to use only one specific microphone for the entire recording (like drawing with charcoal instead of colour), secondly we concentrated on the drums and backing vocals taking us back to the roots of recording: using traditional miking methods (as with the likes of The Beatles and Rolling Stones). 

The SM57 Project

Choosing one microphone was quite easy.  I decided to stick to what I know and choose a microphone that I have commonly used in the past to mike up the most variety of instruments, namely the Shure SM57.  I have used the SM57 in live environments on drums, bass amps, guitar amps, brass, vocals, acoustic guitars etc with decent results.  It seemed like the obvious choice and we thought it was a great theme for the project.  I thought it may also be a first for the South African recording history.

The Room

We did not want to over process the recording therefore the room acoustics was significant and principle to achieve the desired live sound that we were looking for.  We decided to record at Alex Power’s Farmyard Studios in Gordon’s Bay.  It is a humble but spacious wooden Wendy-house set in a relaxed and creative environment.  Of the three rooms available to us, we chose the console room which gave us the room sound we were looking for.

Drums

One of the largest contributing factors to achieving the live, organic sound is the capturing of the drum sound.  Heather had a specific drum sound in mind: we really liked the drum sounds of Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, so I decided to take a similar approach.  Instead of close miking the drums I placed three SM57’s around the kit to get a more realistic sound (what the drums actually sound like when you stand in the room).  Almost happy with the sound I decided to mike the snare drum and kick drum separately to have individual control.  The only thing missing was the bottom end on the floor tom so I placed a SM57 at the bottom of the tom to achieve this. To help with the organic feel, drum sounds were left open to ring and were not gated.

Recording method

‘’It is said that if your instrument sounds good and you have captured it correctly you should not have to do any processing to make it sound any better.’’

We captured everything as real as possible.  Originally we wanted to record everyone at the same time but because of logistics and finance (we financed the project ourselves) we could not achieve this.   So we went for the next best thing:  Final drums were recorded with the whole band playing to the metronome, thereafter the metronome was taken out and all other instruments final tracks were recorded to the live drums. 

Another technique that I used in the album was the X/Y technique, or stereo miking technique.  It worked very well on the backing vocals and harmonies.  Instead of sending one person in the booth at a time to record his or her harmony/backing vocal, we had all the singers standing next to each other and used the stereo miking method (still only using SM57’s).  This resulted in a natural stereo spread of vocals as they were standing in the room, instead of individual vocals tracks panned to replicate the effect.  The song ‘The Money Came In Today’ is a good example of this.

Phasing

Because we used the same microphone for the entirety of the project and were using traditional recording techniques, I was concerned that we might pick up phasing problems along the way.  To avoid this I applied the 3:1 rule and constantly monitored the recording through a mono output on the desk, carefully moving microphones until reaching the desired result.

Moments of doubt

We had many mixed responses of hesitancy from various musicians and industry friends when hearing we were going to use an SM57 on the vocals too.  Personally I did not share the same feeling and felt the warmer, analogue sound of the SM57 was exactly what we needed.  Together with the warmth of the microphone, I used a Focusrite Platinum Voicemaster Pro pre-amp on the vocals which achieved a clear, crisp sounding effect, which we were very happy with.

 

The Finishing Touches

It was important to us that we approached editing and mixing with the same minimalistic approach as we had in the recording process.   It is said that if your instrument sounds good and you have captured it correctly you should not have to do any processing to make it sound any better.  We kept copy/paste to the absolute minimum.  Tracks were grouped together and I only used multiband compression on the groups and only one type of reverb on the vocals.  The SM57, recording methods and the room we recorded in served as the rest of our processing.

Mastering

As I was involved with the project from pre-production stages, we planned to send the project off to a mastering engineer.  Howard Butcher from Peace of Eden studios in Rheenendal was our first choice.  We had noted that Howard specializes in acoustic folk style recordings and we felt that he would understand best what we were trying to achieve.  His reputation precedes him, and we were not disappointed!  We didn’t want to lose the essence of the album through the mastering process.  Howard supplied us with, what I call a ‘neatly wrapped package tied up with ribbons’.  We requested only a few minor adjustments as we were very happy with his results; he had kept it very organic and un-processed.  However, it was so un-processed that we asked him to process it just a touch more – looking for more of a middle ground.  Since the SM57 rolls off at 40Hz we asked for a little help on the low side to add some body, just enough so to not lose its essence.  After that he widened the mixes just a little bit more and we were satisfied.

In Conclusion

It was a great experience being a part of this unconventional recording project.   By undertaking a project like this, it has required a lot of out of the box thinking for me and as an engineer, I found it has inspired one’s creative side which was a breath of fresh air. 

Over the years a lot of magic in music has been lost, an original project like this has reminded me of why I decided to be a part of the music industry in the first place.

Briers Coetzee

Live and Studio Sound Engineer

Helderberg, Cape Town

brierscoetzee@gmail.com

 

 

 

NEW ALBUM: THE CAMPERVAN COLLECTIVE. Vol 1.

The title refers to the Collective Experience that makes Heather Waters music what it is.  Here she pays tribute to the eclectic mix of musicians, roadies, friends and photographers that have been a part of her tours and music. 

This album is a great package, oh yes!  It’s a collection of catchy songs and thought-provoking lyrics, but what makes it unique, is that it comes with a collection of perfectly selected photos so that you can choose which album cover you want to use!

The buzz around Heather’s new album derives from the simple fact that she is a brilliant songwriter.  Her songs and performance burn with energy that was commonplace back in the 1960’s.  Waters sings of ‘love revolution’ and entertains audiences with her foot-tapping folk songs and satires, while ethereally captivating them with her serious side.

 

 

UK TOUR DATES

In Collaboration with THE ACOUSTIC VALIUM PROJECT 

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9 August 2012  *  TUNBRIDGE WELLS  *  The Bedford Arms 10h30

26 August 2012  *  BRIGHTON  *  World's End Festival  5h45pm

2 September 2012  *  UCKFIELD FM  *  New Roots Show  6pm-9pm

16 September 2012  * TUNBRIDGE WELLS  *  The King William  4pm

 

HOME SWEET HOME TOUR

The Helderberg, Western Cape, South Africa.   Who could resist?  It's summertime, and the Helderberg boasts a coastline of beautiful beaches bordered by a majestic range of the 'Hottentots Holland Mountains'  The Helderberg is just a 40minute drive from Cape Town and is the area Heather spent most of her childhood.

Whilst preparing for the official launch of her new album 'The Campervan Collective' and working with director Greg English on the new music video, Heather Waters will be performing a series of Acoustic and Band Shows in and around the Helderberg area.

6 January - Primi Piatti - Vodacom Golf Village

9 January - Old Bridge - Somerset West

20 January - Primi Piatti - Vodacom Golf Village

23 January - Old Bridge - Somerset West

27 January - ROOT 44 - Towards Stellenbosch on the R44

2 February - Blue Rock Waterski Resort - Gordons Bay

13 February - Old Bridge - Somerset West

15 February - Blue Rock Waterski Resort - Gordons Bay

23 Febraury - ROOT 44 - Towards Stellenbosch on the R44

27 February - Old Bridge - Somerset West

2 March - Blue Rock Waterski Resort - Gordons Bay

6 March - Old Bridge - Somerset West

9 March - Blue Rock Waterski Resort - Gordons Bay

17 March - Primi Piatti - Vodacom Golf Village

22 March - Blue Rock Waterski Resort - Gordons Bay

27 March - Old Bridge - Somerset West

30 March - ROOT 44 - Towards Stellenbosch on the R44

ACOUSTIC WINTER TOUR 2011

Heather Waters

PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC ENDORSEMENT

Heather Waters

We are happy to anounce, Heather Waters'  recent Endorsement from Paul Bothner Music, South Africa.

HEATHER WATERS

PROUDLY ENDORSED

by

PAUL BOTHNER Music

SOUTH AFRICA

'TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE' TOUR

GIRLS ROCKING THE ROAD TOUR

Heather Waters and her folk rock collective is joined this December by London-based band, Nats & the Beanstalks, and Stellenbosch singer-songwriter Mari Bosman to tour through the Garden Route, The Sunshine Coast and the Wild Coast up to Port St John's

9 Dec
Plettenberg Bay
Starling Backpackers
7pm
10 Dec
Plettenberg Bay
Starling Backpackers
7pm
12 Dec
Knysna
Woodmill Lane
11am
12 Dec
Plettenberg Bay
Surf Cafe
8pm
14 Dec
Cintsa
Buccaneers Backpackers
9pm
15 Dec
Cintsa
The Country Bumpkin
9pm
16 Dec
Coffee Bay
The Coffee Shack
9pm
17 Dec
Port St Johns
Jungle Monkey Backpackers
9pm
18 Dec
Umzumbe
Mantis & Moon Backpackers
9pm
19 Dec
Umzumbe
Mantis & Moon Backpackers
9pm
20 Dec
Port Edward
Clear Water Cabins
7pm
23 Dec
Knysna
Woodmill Lane
11am
23 Dec
Plettenberg Bay
Surf Cafe
8pm
26 Dec
Wilderness
Wild Farm Backpackers
9pm
31 Dec
Knysna
Woodmill Lane
2pm
31 Dec Plettenberg Bay Surf Cafe NEW YEARS PARTY 8pm
2 Jan
Plettenberg Bay
Surf Cafe

9pm

6 Jan
Knysna
The SWING CAFE
9pm
12 Jan
Cape Town
The Waiting Room
9pm
16 Jan
Somerset West
Paul Bothners, Checkers Centre
10am

Heather Waters

BILLABONG GIRLS GET OUT THERE SERIES, SOUTH AFRICA

Listen out for two of Heather's songs 'Rainbows' and 'Being on a Boat' featured on Billabong Girls Get Out There Series in South Africa this March 2009!

MAJORCA GIG DATES

 

Following an 'Endless Summer' theme this year and promoting her latest EP 'Hope you are Happy' - Heather will be starting off her Meditterranean tour on Island of Mallorca near Spain...

 

22 March     Palma de Mallorca    Agua Bar    9 pm

26 March     Palma de Mallorca   Plaza Kort & Plaza Major   11am-2pm

29 March     Palma de Mallorca   Agua Bar   9 pm

1 April          Palma de Mallorca    Plaza Kort    11am-2pm

5 April          Palma de Mallorca    Agua Bar   9 pm

12 April        Palma de Mallorca    Plaza Major  2 pm

12 April        Palma de Mallorca    Agua Bar   9 pm

19 April        Palma de Mallorca    Agua Bar   9 pm

26 April        Palma de Mallorca    Agua Bar   9 pm

3 May           Palma de Mallorca    Agua Bar   9 pm

 21 May        Palma de Mallorca    Plaza Kort & Plaza Major  12-2pm

24 May         Palma de Mallorca    Agua Bar   9 pm

31 May         Palma de Mallorca    Agua Bar   9 pm

27 June         Puerto Alcudia   Cockpit Bar  9 pm

29 June         Puerto Alcudia   Cockpit Bar  12 pm

1 July           Puerto Alcudia   Titanic Pub & Restaurant   7 pm

8 July           Puerto Alcudia   Titanic Pub & Restaurant   8 pm

15 July         Puerto Alcudia   Titanic Pub & Restaurant   8 pm

18 July         Puerto Alcudia   Cockpit Bar  10 pm

19 July         Palma de Mallorca     Agua Bar  9 pm

22 July         Puerto Alcudia   Titanic Pub & Restaurant   8 pm

29 July         Puerto Alcudia    Titanic Pub & Restaurant   8 pm

2008 ROADTRIPPIN TOUR

The Goal:  To Raise Awareness and Funds for Community Projects along The Backpackers Route

The Vehicle:  1975 VW Combi

The Route:  Cape Town to Durban, South Africa

 

 The Backpackers Route

 31 Oct  Gordons Bay - Wonkey Donkey B/Packers

4 Dec  Mossselbay  -  Havanna Lounge

 5 Dec  Mosselbay  - Big Blue

6 Dec  Knysna - Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre

7 Dec  Wilderness - Wild Farm Backpackers

8 Dec Knysna - Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre

 8 & 9 DecPlettenberg Bay - Starling Village Backpackers

12 Dec Addo - Orange Elephant Backpackers

13 Dec Cintsa - Buccanneers Backpackers

14 Dec Cintsa - Country Bumpkin Restaurant

15 & 16 Dec Coffee Bay - The Coffee Shack Backpackers

17 Dec Port Edward - Clearwater Cabins

19 Dec Umzumbe - Mantis & Moon Backpackers

20 Dec  Warner Beach - Blue Sky Mining Backpackers

 23 Dec  Plettenberg Bay - Starling Village Backpackers

 Heather Waters