The story so far:
I started working my way as DJ when karaoke exploded on the scene in South Africa. My mother, who is a great singer, asked me if I wanted to incorporate karaoke as part of my DJ services. M&I Entertainment was born in 1993, and I started (had to) learning how to sing.
One of my microphones broke and I took it to the legendary Paul Bothner in Claremont to get it repaired, and that’s where I saw an advert for a singer to join a cover band. Being 19, having long hair, and still pretty good looking, I saw stars. As in rock stars. So I called and applied.
I ended up auditioning for Cross Fire, a very popular cover band in the Table View / Blouberg area, and their singer (Tony Castle) decided to ‘retire’ from singing. I auditioned in a garage in Table View, and was accepted as the new vocalist.
That band broke up a short while later due to musical indifferences, and Paul Cilliers (rhythm guitar) and myself started another band called Watts Up! Playing on the words “What’s Up” as a greeting, as well as the fact that we play our Watts very loud in our rock band. Watt’s Up! became extremely popular, and between 1997 to 2001, Watt’s Up! performed at Quay Four, Quay One, Club Mykonos, La Med, Sabino’s and many many other destination venues.
But as all good things must come to an end, Watt’s Up’s lead guitarist needed to do his articles, our drummer went back to JHB, and our bassist moved to New Zealand. Paul Cilliers and I decided to keep Watt’s Up going, by amalgamating ourselves with another band called Heywire (previous known as Saint’s and Sinners).
Since then, Watt’s Up! / Heywire have been performing all over Cape Town and beyond, to include the very popular Buffalo Rally, Springbok Rally, the H.O.G. Rally to name a few, as well as popular destination venues. The band has also performed for many private functions, namely weddings and birthday parties for those who enjoy good live music.
Today, Watt’s Up! has become a two to three piece depending on budget (yes the economic down turn affected the bands as well), and Watt’s Up! performs at Quay Four (V&A Waterfront), V&A Waterfront Food Market, Doodles Beachfront (Blouberg), Pirates Tavern (Plumbstead), The Tavern (Diep River), Tony’s Roma (Table View) Casa Do Mar (Blouberg), Burlesque Lounge (Blouberg) and tourist destination, The Dubliner in Long Street, squeezing in the odd private function in between. Heywire mainly plays at bigger outdoor events, or at venues that can allow for a live drummer.
Click here for Brick in the wall performed by Watts Up!
Click here for Africa performed by Watts Up!
Click here for a musical montage by Heywire