Words on music
“This is a collection of interviews with musicians and articles about music, mainly in South Africa. There are also some lifestyle, travel and tech-related pieces and, perhaps, the odd column, or other musing.
I guess it’s an online resumé of sorts but, much more importantly, it’s a record – however piecemeal and time-specific – of the music and musicians of South African and Africa, and those who visit here with their offerings of sound. I hope you enjoy the reading and, even more, I hope you go and find the music and listen to it. Much of the music you will have heard of – the big names with the big shows and the budgets for PR – and, hopefully, my interviews will give you a new glimpse of what inspires and drives these stars. Some of the interviews will be about people and sounds that are new to you – the other names, the ones still climbing the ladder or who, for artistic or other reasons, still play the undergound. Here, I hope you will drift from reading about it to actively searching for their music to listen to. Perhaps it will change something about how you feel, or how you see the world; or just about that particular moment. Because that’s what interesting music does, and what no words can ever capture.”
– Evan Milton
About Evan Milton
Evan Milton has been music journalist since 1996, most notably writing weekly columns and interviews for the “Cape Argus” newspaper, as a writer for “Rolling Stone SA” (R.I.P.) and with an ongoing eye to insinuating decent arts and culture coverage into other mainstream titles. He is also an event MC and panelist (Social Media Week (Lagos), Oppikoppi, Levis “Vintage Sundays”, Breathe Sunshine Music Conference, Cape Town World Music Festival, Cape Town Fringe, City Hall Sessions, LittleGig, CitySoireeCT, Winston Mankunku Ngozi ‘Saxophone Summit’, Cape Town Folk & Acoustic Music Festival), and also writes about lifestyle and luxury, technology and, wherever possible, whisky. His writing has been published in Suitcase Magazine, Red Bulletin, Obrigado, Rolling Stone SA, Argus “Good Weekend”, Business Day ‘Wanted’, GQ, Val de Vie, TFG Man, Cosmopolitan, Horizons, Femina, Art South Africa, Women’s Health, ANA, ADA, Elle, Dazed & Confused (UK), and others. Evan Milton wrote, co-wrote, ghost-wrote and did all the interviews for “Theatre on The Bay: 25 years”, has served as a judge for the South African Music Awards and Shell Road To Fame (remember that?!), and is a signatory of the South African Music Quota Coalition.
Listen: ‘Homeground Advantage’ on Fine Music Radio
Hear Evan Milton’s “Homeground Advantage” South African music show on Fine Music Radio every Thursday from 10pm to midnight, streaming on fmr.co.za or tune in (Cape Town on 101.3FM; Hout Bay on 94.7FM; Atlantic Seaboard on 97.1FM; FishHoek on 107.9FM)