The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway in Umhlanga will be hosting a performance by Jesse Clegg for the first time on Friday, September 9. When he steps onto the stage he will be following in his dad, Johnny Clegg’s footsteps. Clegg senior performed five sold-out shows at the popular mall venue in 2015.
Jesse Clegg released his new album, Things Unseen, on June 1. It was produced by Denholm Harding (of Just Jinjer) in Potchefstroom at Light Stain Studios and in Johannesburg at B Sharp Studios; and was mixed by Denholm and Ewald Van Rensburg.
This latest album follows his 2008 debut, When I Wake Up, and his 2011 follow-up, Life On Mars, both of which made the 28-year-old a platinum-selling success in South Africa – a considerable feat in a market where rock is a niche genre.
Jesse’s music also caught the attention of three-time Grammy-winning Canadian producer David Bottrill (Muse, Tool and Placebo). The singer-songwriter subsequently moved to Toronto to work with Bottrill who produced his second album. Another notable contributor was Grammy-winning engineer Bob Ludwig who mastered the album in New York.
Jesse started writing the songs for Things Unseen whilst in New York in 2013, and finished all the writing back home in South Africa in his own studio in Johannesburg.
Speaking about how the album was recorded he said: “It was a fantastic and challenging experience, I wanted to move away from guitar as my primary writing instrument and incorporate new elements. Many of the songs were written with piano and electro soundscapes and rhythms. Technology played a big part in the making of the productions, using the studio as a tool to arrange the music around the emotional quality of the songs.”
Things Unseen features ten original tracks, with Use Me and Souvenir being the first two singles released last year. His latest single, Breathing ft. Shekhinah was released on May 14 and the song play listed immediately. The latest offering was released as Jesse returned off of a massive North American tour, which saw him play 35 shows and drive over 27000 kilometres.
While Jesse has a widespread influence in his music, this album showcases just how multi-talented he is.
“I’ve always been musically curious in my writing and this album explores a diverse range of song styles and genres, there are influences of urban house, contemporary electro, indie rock and folk music,” says Jesse.
Tickets are R150 and seating will be as for normal shows, with no standing room. For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045 or visit http://www.barnyard.durban.