FANS can expect ‘one hell of a party’ when electro hop music duo, Lcnville, takes to the stage at the Royal Rock Concert, in the main arena at the Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg, on Saturday, May 27, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.
Twins, Andrew and Brian Chaplin, have been household names in South Africa since their single, Sun in my Pocket, hit the airwaves and soared to the number one spot on the charts in 2010.
The title track from their debut studio album also helped them win the award for best newcomer at the 2010 MK Music Awards.
Their second studio album titled Running To Midnight was released in July 2011, with the third, Taste the Weekend, following in June 2016. The latest release includes the catchy track Grapevine, mixed and mastered by Ariel Chobaz, who has worked with Justin Bieber, Drake and Nicki Minaj and features vocals by Sabi, a singer who has featured on tracks by Tyga, Britney Spears and Chris Brown.
The second single, Cold Shoulder, was co-produced with Sketchy Bongo, who opened for Bieber during his recent South African concerts.
Speaking about Taste the Weekend, half of which was recorded during five months in the United States, Andrew said they were delighted by the evolution of their sound.
He added: “It was the first time that we really did a lot of collaborations with regards to production and it adds a beautiful element. Everyone brings a bit of their flavour and we mix it all together, it’s great.
“It’s hugely important for me to evolve creatively. Music is a reflection of life and life is constantly evolving. “
As singer-songwriters, producers and musicians the twins are known for putting on a great live show, but they also believe in creating eye-catching music videos for their fans.
“I love the creative process involved in making videos,” says Andrew. “I’m very into cinematography and all that, so I like to make sure we can capture great moments. “
Music has been a part of his and Brian’s lives since they were children. Their mum, Pam Eichner, is an actress and their dad, Spencer Chaplin, is a guitarist. The twins discovered their own passion for music at the age of six when they got their first guitars.
Inspired by bands like Pink Floyd and Oasis, Andrew says he and his brother ‘got a pretty good sense of melody and rhythm from a young age.’
Born in New York in May 1990, the twins moved to Cape Town at the age of two. In 1997 their parents divorced and they spent the next few years living between America and South Africa, before finally moving back to SA in 2003.
It was then that Andrew and Brian started performing at events in and around Cape Town and it didn’t take long before they were discovered by South African record producer, Gabi Le Roux, who introduced them to Khayelitsha-based artist Given Phike. Together they created the musical trio, III (Three), which released the album, What They Say, on Mxit in August 2007, but disbanded soon afterwards.
Locnville emerged from the ashes and went on to win award for best newcomer and best-selling album at the 2011 South African Music Awards. They were also named best African act at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2013 and were nominated for best pop at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2014.
All that recognition took some getting used to says Andrew, adding: “In the beginning you’ll be out and about and someone will just be staring at you and it could feel kind of uncomfortable; [but] I’m pretty used to it these days and have learned to embrace it.”
Asked what fans could expect from their set at the Royal Rock Concert, Andrew said they were looking forward to playing in Pietermaritzburg for the first time. “We gonna bring you a hell of a party!,” he added.
As for what lies ahead in the future, the twins would love to do some work with Diplo and Kranium and plan to spread their CB Presents gigs to Johannesburg. To keep up to date with them, follow @Locnville on Twitter and the band’s Face page: Locnville
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The Royal Rock Concert featuring Locnville, blues guitarist, Dan Patlansky and Durban acts, Ard Matthews and the Black Lapels, takes place in the main arena at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, May 27.
Entry to the Royal Show costs R65 per adult, R40 for children under 12 and pensioners, R40 for everyone on Wednesday, May 31 and R50 on Friday, June 2. Tagged as Super Friday, the halls will remain open until 8.30pm and the funfair will provide unlimited rides between 5pm and 7pm for R150.