Graeme Watkins Project
It’s not often that the South African music scene sees a band explode the way The Graeme Watkins Project (GWP) has. In their first year, they produced 5 Top 10 hits singles from their debut album. GWP brings a dirty, edgy, rough approach to a medley of pop, indie, rock and electronic genres.
‘A Masterpiece is a stroke of genius in a moment of madness’ so live life like a madman’ is Graeme’s motto, and there is definitely madness incorporated into his music.
With a range of songs incorporating a host of genres, from rock, to indie, to pop to deep and meaningful ballads, or acoustic bounce-downs of popular chart toppers, this band is full of surprises. Their ADHD inspired beat, the music is designed to get the crowd into the mad-cap mind-set of the band members, to break out of their comfort zone and to rock out to the all-encompassing movement of the melody.
The band have been involved in some of South Africa’s hottest parties and festivals including: Kirstenbosch Old Mutual Encounters, Splashy Fenn, Rocking The Daisies, The World Flow championships, The St Francis Ruins Fest, You Spectacular Awards, Idols SA, Mnet’s New Year spectacular, Gary the Toothfairy Royal Variety Show, Rocking the Daisies, Oppikoppi, Zimfest and Jo’burg day.
GWP was also responsible for the incredibly catchy RAMSLAM T20 anthem advertising the hugely popular cricket series.
The Graeme Watkins Project (GWP) is not just about Graeme ! It’s made up of phenomenal musicians who can stand proud in their own musical right: Ryno Zeelie plays Lead Guitar, Rudo Pieterse on Bass and Matthew Marinus on drums.
Quoting The Press:
‘The front man’s massive amount of energy got the crowd going and before long I was jumping up and down and happy again. Their performance sufficiently inspired me to purchase a copy of their CD at the door on the way out’ ‘ The Urbanist
“Take note of the Graeme Watkins Project (and others) and spread the word, because they are just waiting to cross over into the international scene.” – Capechameleon.co.za
“Their album] is the perfect mix of rock, indie and electro and really is a step up for South African music” – ontheradio.za.net
“You’ll recognise the band’s passionate foot-stamping and wide-eyes with their utter enthusiasm and pride in their music.” – Looklocal.co.za
“More than just about any other South African band of the moment, GWP sounds like a band headed for a stadium-sized future” – Rolling Stone