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.
Karen Zoid has become an important part of the South African music scene. Since releasing her first solo album, Poles Apart (2002), Zoid has become such an important part of the home grown scene that her name is now the byword for emotionally charged, downright incendiary South African rock music. The press renamed her followers the ‘Zoid Generation’.
What's more, through the last decade, Zoid has managed that unusual and frequently tricky feat of balancing popular appeal with critical praise; of securing an audience of both Afrikaans and English speakers; of retaining her individuality in a market known for its desire for sameness. And through it all, Zoid has held onto an enviable integrity that allows her to speak her mind in a way that only earns her more devotees and proved no barrier to being named Best Female Artist at the 2008 South African Music Awards.
Zoid's super-charged rock energy is an ability to write gorgeous, delicately rendered songs that speak of the emotional vortex that drives this exceptional artist to keep creating. 'Zoid Afrika', her latest album shows that Karen Zoid is South Africa's premier female rock artist, full stop. She has shared the staged with international acts like John Mayer, Annie Lennox, Metallica, Simple Plan , Hothouse Flowers, Seal and UB40.
Over a career that has last 10 years, Zoid has earned various accolades (including gold album sales) but she says that what continues to drive her is a deep-seated desire to create music that she can get up on stage and play live. "When I was in that all-girl punk band, or busking or when I am playing to a huge crowd , the feeling I get from delivering my music is still the same - and that's why I do this. All the stuff that goes around making an album - the promo, the interviews, making videos, the artwork … that's work. Playing live? That's what I love."