1. How does the rate structure work?
Our rates are dependent on the project, amount of songs, type of music and timeline. For more info on the rate structure, contact us via the below contact form.
2. How do I send my demo to Bellville Studios?
Please only send links (Yousendit, Filegooi, Wetransfer, dropbox, soundcloud).
DO NOT send MP3's or WAV's via email.
3. How do I get to record at Bellville Studios?
You can submit links to your demo via the below contact form. On receipt of your demo, Bellville Studios will revert back via email within 14 days. All submissions will receive a carefully considered reply. The deciding factor is mostly whether it is a viable project for Bellville Studios and whether the Studio can incorporate it into its current time schedule.
Bookings normally run a minimum of 6 months in advance, so it is important to contact the Studio within an adequate lead time.
4. Can I record a demo at Bellville Studios?
Bellville Studios does not record demos. This is relevant to point 5.
5. Do you sign artists or have a label?
Bellville Studios is not a recording label and therefore does not sign artists to recording contracts or agreements. For more information on the Recording Industry of South Africa and a list of record labels per area, visit www.risa.org.za or call RISA at (011) 886 1342.
6. Do you record single tracks?
Since the set up for 1 track is as labour intensive and costly as recording multiple tracks, Bellville Studios usually record a minimum of 3 tracks.
7. Does Bellville Studios offer internships or are there job vacancies?
Not at present. If vacancies do exist, a notice will be posted on our site www.bellvillestudios.com
8. How do I find a publisher or more info on the publishing industry?
Visit www.samro.org.za for more information or contact SAMRO on (011) 712 8000.
9. Do you supply recording equipment or can we hire the studio?
Bellville Studios does not supply recording equipment and does not rent out the premises.
10. Do you have any contacts at record labels that I could send my demo to?
Bellville Studios are legally restrained from offering any contact information for personnel at record labels and therefore cannot assist. Refer to point 5 for further information.
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."
Dan started 2014 off with a bang when he was chosen to open for BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN in front of 64 000 people at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg in February on his High Hopes tour. Dan was personally approved by Springsteen as support act, seeing as Springsteen rarely has guest artists for his shows. Also a milestone for Dan’s career when he played in front of the biggest audience he has ever played to.
After touring Europe in 2013 with Everlast, Dan returned to the continent in October 2014 for another tour to promote Dear Silence Thieves internationally. He impressed Norway when he headlined the FJORD BLUES FESTIVAL with words such as ‘magic’ and ‘religious experience’ used to describe his performance.
In recording Dear Silence Thieves, Dan was frugal when it came to dishing out meaty middle eights. “Solos on the album are fewer and farther between than on my earlier releases,” he declares. “Solos are more of a gift, but when I play these tracks live, my band and I get to lose ourselves in the layers of each new song, and they unravel beautifully and differently every time.”
Playing as a three-piece, Dan’s tight trio make for impressive listening and watching live. “After a week of fine-tuning the new songs, and a full month in studio with Theo Crous, Dear Silence Thieves is the confident and concise statement that will be heard in Europe, across South Africa, and all the way back to the genesis of Patlansky’s passion, the blues. And, as with its maker, Dear Silence Thieves bursts with a bold personality.
Dan will be going on a UK tour in Novermber 2015 with the legendary Joe Satriani to further promote Dear Silence Thieves.
“Dear Silence Thieves is his 7th album and finds him locked in with experienced producer Theo Crous who gives the project an extra pair of ears. The result is a slickly produced, song driven, blues rock album with occasionally funky influences and a melodic pop heart.” – Get Ready to Rock