about Theo Crous
Theo Crous is a musician, producer and engineer with vast experience and knowledge of the music industry. He is a member of SA's leading Rock group Springbok Nude Girls, as well as being a part of the alternative Afrikaans duo, Kobus! He's made guest appearances on many albums and played live with many international acts such as INXS, Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, Chris Cornel and The Offspring to name a few.
The Springbok Nude Girls supported U2 on their recent 360° tour of South Africa.
Over the past 20 years his production work with top SA bands and musicians such as the Parlotones, Prime Circle, Karen Zoid and Chris Chameleon has earned him a reputation for quality work and established him as one of South Africa's most respected musicians and producers.
He's produced and engineered over 50 albums – singles from all these albums have reached the top ten on various national charts, 30 of which have been nominated in different categories for SAMA's( South African Music Awards), 8 of which have won SAMA's. 10 of these records have reached gold status, 4 records reached platinum status and 2 reached double platinum status.
Theo has also worked extensively with Kevin Shirley( Iron Maiden, Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Beth Hart) on various album productions, like the multi award winning album Jeckle and Hyde by Prime Circle featuring the hit singles “Breathing” and “ Turning in my Sleep”.
Other collaborators include Paul Crowder ( Sound City- editor) and Pete Woodroffe ( Def Leppard - Producer,co-writer)
Parlotones single, Honey, off the album, Journey through the shadows, reached nr 37 on the Billboard Heatseaker Charts in 2012.
Theo had the opportunity to study with Michael Brauer ( Mix Engineer- Coldplay, John Mayer) in 2013
Theo also works as a composer for the advertising industry for agencies such as Ogilvy, Zoom Advertising, Network BBDO, Saatchi and Saatchi, Draft FCB and Jupiter Drawing Room.
Some of Theo's compositions include:
Golf Gti commercial(Ogilvy- Cape Town), won a gold statue award at the London International Advertising Awards for “best music”.
Johnny Walker “ Haile Gebrselassie' commercial, won the Diageo Award for best commercial worldwide.
Allan Gray - Legend commercial, that won the Loerie Grand Prix of 2011 as well as a Bronze Lion at Cannes 2011.
Go to the commercials section at the top to view the latest show reel.
Theo has a love for vintage equipment and vintage guitars.
The studio is primarily used as a facility for his work as a producer on records or commercials. This studio does not offer any facility to record demo's or to be hired out commercially.
If you would like to get in touch with us regarding record production or commercial composition, please feel free to contact us.
Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Mark Haze has earned a reputation for being one of the hardest working, most energetic and entertaining live acts in the country.
Formed in 2001 his band consists of: Mark Haze (lead vocals & guitar), Bjorn Faree (guitar & backing vocals), Gareth Haze (drums & backing vocals) & Brian Lee (bass & backing vocals).
His musical style draws influence from bands such as Metallica, Queen, Seether, The Beatles, Motley Crue, My Chemical Romance, The Used and many more.
Mark Haze started singing at a very young age, the first instrument he ever played was the Piano in primary school (Bellpark Primary), not long after he started teaching himself how to play guitar at home. When he started high school (Settlers High) he took Music (HG) as a subject and studied classical guitar at the Bellville Academy of Music.
Instruments he can play; Guitar, Piano, Drums as well as a bit of; Trumpet, Harmonica and more…
He started his first band, ‘Novus’ the day he left school and has since played for bands; ‘Liquid Sky’, ‘Electric Monkey’, ‘The Threads’, and ‘The Mob’.
Then in 2001 he started his own band, which was first named ‘Fireborne’ , shortly after they renamed themselves ‘12th Avenue’, which is the street their rehearsal studios were in, so it reminds them of where they started. Bjorn Faree and Mark Haze started the band; they’ve have had a few lineup changes since. In 2005 Mark’s brother Gareth Haze joined and in 2010 Brian Lee was welcomed to the band.
Mark has always dreamed of being a full time musician and after being the runner-up in Season 7 of Idols South Africa, that dream has finally come true. Mark and the members of his band love music and think that Rock ‘n Roll will save the world!