A Quick Chat With Hunter Kennedy Before Liefde By Die Dam


Liefde By Die Dam 2019

Liefde By Die Dam is back! Join in the fun on Sunday 4 August 2019 for another unforgettable day at Emmarentia Dam. Liefde By Die Dam, named after Valiant Swart’s famous hit song with the same name, showcases the best in local music. This is the perfect day out for all ages with a diverse lineup of acts, delicious food traders, a fully stocked bar and non-stop entertainment from Die Heuwels Fantasties, Francois Van Coke, Early B, The Soweto Gospel Choir, Spoegwolf, Coenie Die Villiers, Tarryn Lamb and Radio Raps.

I caught up with Hunter Kennedy, from Die Heuwels Fantasties, to chat about a few fun things before the event:

For all your younger fans, a quick question: How old were you when you realised that you wanted to pursue music as a career?

I still don’t know if this is what I want to do with my life. It kind of just happened, but I knew I wanted to be in a band at about the age of 16. Never really thought further than that until we started Fokof at the age of 21. I knew then that I wanted to do it full-time for a while, but I didn’t really know what that meant either.

But you have had an awesome journey so far! What have been a few personal highlights in your career so far?

The whole thing has been pretty rad. There is stuff that impresses people and then there are personal highlights. The raddest thing is the gang dynamic for me. Opening for international acts is cool, cause you get to play the big stages. But performing with JR and Soweto Gospel Choir to almost zero people actually trumps all of that. Meeting great and inspirational people like Coenie De Villiers and working with someone like Arno Carstens is also extraordinary. The Francois and Vriende shows! And tripping on mushrooms with the cosmos opening up to me on top of Albert Du Plessis’ Red Combi caravan in the middle of the Karoo… it all melds into one long evening.

Amazing memories. Some artists say that they “just want to be true to themselves.” As a songwriter, do you think that creativity should be just that, or should it have moral boundaries?

Like Lucas from Empire Records said: “Who knows where ideas come from?” I find that if I get into flow, the ideas are more refined, even if I don’t understand them at first. I feel like an instrument sometimes. I don’t feel like it was all me, no. Write whatever, man. Writing is great self-exploration. I think listeners can feel when things are contrived.

Indeed! So, what do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music? 

I used to skateboard, but I was terrible at it. I love gaming and reading. I’ve recently started training. It makes me feel alright. Love Scuba-Diving. But those aren’t really sports. No, no sports. Don’t even watch them.

Cool. Best three book you’ve recently read?

American Cosmic – DW Pasulka

Real Magic – Dean Radin

The Hunt For Zero Point – Nick Cook

So, what can fans look forward to with Die Heuwels Fantasties’ set at Liefde by die Dam?

They should expect a leka vibe! We’ll be there to have a good time and spread some pleasant feelings.

Lastly, what has been the best advice you’ve ever received?

With regards to writing: “Don’t tell me. Show me.” from Annie Klopper. For everything else, I like: “Any damn fool can beg up some kind of job; it takes a wise man to make it without working” Charles Bukowski.

Liefde By Die Dam

Liefde By Die Dam details

When: Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 9 AM – 6 PM

General Tickets : R 195
Kids Tickets 3-12 : R75
Kids under 3 : Free

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