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Elvis Blue https://elvisblue.co.za/ Wed, 12 Sep 2018 10:33:00 +0000 en-ZA hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.9 https://elvisblue.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Untitled-1.png Elvis Blue https://elvisblue.co.za/ 32 32 The thing about dreams https://elvisblue.co.za/the-thing-about-dreams/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-thing-about-dreams https://elvisblue.co.za/the-thing-about-dreams/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2018 10:27:44 +0000 https://elvisblue.co.za/?p=25162 I was recently asked to be part of a TV show. It’s a singing show and I was asked to join as a mentor to aspiring performers. It was great and also very flattering. Got the opportunity to meet incredible youngsters with big dreams.

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I was recently asked to be part of a TV show. It’s a singing show and I was asked to join as a mentor to aspiring performers. It was great and also very flattering. Got the opportunity to meet incredible youngsters with big dreams.

Also recently got an email from an acquaintance who has really been struggling to make things happen in the music business. I speak to so many people who find it difficult. I always feel for them because I know how hard it is to wish and work for something without attaining it. We can all relate to this feeling! In many of these conversations, as with this email I got, a common theme is that there is a hope that they will reach that dream because they know that I was fortunate enough to do so after struggling for some time. I always feel a great desire to somehow motivate these friends. This feeling usually gets me thinking about how lucky I am, but it also leaves me with questions about having dreams and the way to attain them.

I grew up dreaming of being a musician. Writing my own songs and playing them for as many people as I possibly could. Still very very far from a world tour…lol , but I’ve managed to play and write along the way and have been super fortunate in the proses. I made 5 albums that all failed before I finally had some music success that came along when I was 30 years old. It was so awesome when it finally happened. Everything I dreamt about. It still is…. absolutely awesome!

Having this happen to me has brought me into contact with many other dreamers. I love dreamers. They inspire me, but they often also carry some sadness with them. A certain kind of longing or twitching dissatisfaction with the status quo that lingers just under the surface. I often hear them say….. I still believe it will happen, it’s just a matter of time. Or they are simply tired and rundown.

It is a common narrative in society. Work, believe and it will happen. Simple right?

Does believing and dreaming I will be an astronaut mean that I will be one. Even if I work extremely hard and try my very best to launch myself into orbit?

What if I am born into a poor family in a country worlds away from the world of space travel? What if I am in a terrible school?

Or if someone dreams of being a famous snow skier, but they live in a shack in Bloemfontein where there is no snow and its flat as a pancake. What then?

Sure we can all name people who have risen above circumstances. There are snow skiers who come from flat places after all. Jamaica actually has a bob sled team! There are so many incredible stories of people succeeding against the odds. We love those stories. Telling them gives us a semblance of hope for our own aspirations. These are often stories we hang on to in tough times. Who we can’t name are the thousands of others who didn’t make it. Did they not work or believe hard enough?

I’ve noticed, that the majority of people simply don’t have the luxury of pursuing their dreams. The snow skier guy in Bloem might also have a family to support. So if you are a snow skier out there….. remember that there might be a dude in Bloemfontein who wishes to be where you are so make sure you are thankful for your opportunities. If you are making music or you are a big shot somewhere in business, yes, you might be super talented, beautiful or whatever society labels as “special” these days, but it is important to remember just because you think you have made it in your view, there might be and probably is someone much more talented than you out there who simply didn’t have the luxury of “following their dream”. Someone who might just have other things to focus on. Like surviving.

I also doubt simply believing that it might happen causes it to happen.

Dreams don’t just come true if you believe hard enough. You will not become a great swimmer by dreaming of swimming…kind of obvious, but should be said. If you want to be a musician…..you should be spending time playing music.

I strongly believe you have to try to be ALL IN to reach your goals. Again, keeping in mind that pursuing any passion is a privilege many don’t have. I often meet youngsters from affluent families who want to play music, but they are studying accounting or something that has nothing to do with music. Wanting security is always-good I guess….. having something to fall back on and all that stuff….it’s just that in the proses of not being “all in” with music you are usually not really all in with the thing you are begrudgingly studying either. While you are studying something you don’t really want to do and “dreaming” of playing music at Madison Square Garden, there are a 1000 people spending every moment working on their music to actually get the gig at Madison Square Garden. Who do you think will ultimately get the gig? You with the music dream studying accounting or the dude practicing 6 hours of music each day?

I guess when we are young we often think we have oodles of time and because often times we are told we can simply be who we want to be, we end up thinking it will just happen for us and while we are daydreaming and tweeting some 4 year old in china is playing the living daylights out of a piano. But still we often choose to study something to fall back on just in case things don’t work out.

If you are a youngster lucky enough to study anything, I just think you should take sound advise from people who love you, but fight hard to do what you love! You might fail, but remember you can also fail at doing something you hate. But if you try do both….. you won’t be great at either and failure is inevitable, no matter how talented you are.

People who reach their goals usually work extremely hard.

They have talent or skill in a specific field and they are also honest with themselves. It’s important that these two go together.

I also think aiming for more than just money and fame can help a person a lot in doing something meaningful.

Then I also noticed that success remains a gift. Many people are talented, many people work hard and deserve it, but ultimately success is not given because we are just so stupendously special or just because we deserve it. It seems to me more like a gift and when it comes to gifts usually the giver is the special one.
I guess for me the ultimate goal in life and also in pursuing and reaching my dreams would be to have the ability to find joy and meaning along the way. To find some meaning in all circumstances. What this meaning and joy entails will vary for all of us, but that is the hope. That life will not happen some day when I achieve some or other thing, or when I own this or that, but that I will experience it’s fullness, warts and all, every day along the way.

If you are an aspiring singer out there….. that means: Work your backside off! Try be as “all in” as you possibly can considering your personal circumstances. And dammit man….. try enjoying it along the way! Maybe someday you are as big as Ed Sheeran….. maybe you won’t be.

The journey might just transform you.

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Elvis Blue Biography https://elvisblue.co.za/elvis-blue-biography/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=elvis-blue-biography https://elvisblue.co.za/elvis-blue-biography/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:19:35 +0000 http://democontent.codex-themes.com/thegem-church/?p=21703 With an average of 133 live performances a year, 3 platinum and 1 gold selling albums and a long list of top 10 hits to his credit, Elvis Blue is reckoned to be one of the most successful artists in South Africa.  In 2010, Elvis was the winner of M-Net’s SA Idols...

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To this day the artist continues to gain acclaim both with audiences and critics as he is recognised for his performing and song writing talents. 2013 had Elvis obtainanother 3 SAMA nominations for his album JOURNEY , for Male Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year (“LIFELINE”), winning a SAMA in the Album of the year category.

September 2013 saw the release of “AFRIKAANS”, an album that made Elvis the first Afrikaans artist to scale the Top Ten of the iTunes Store chart – an honour he managed on the first day of the Album’s release.

This album was certified a Gold-selling album a mere two months later and Elvis walked away with 2 Ghoema’s, namely for BEST MALE ARTIST and ALBUM OF THE YEAR, the highest honours in Afrikaans music. In September of 2014 this album achievedPLATINUM status. Hot on the heels of this achievement was yet another SAMA for this home grown talent, for BEST CONTEMPORARY ALBUM for “Afrikaans” and then a TEMPO award, once again giving “AFRIKAANS” the title of Album of the Year. 2015 saw Elvis once again excel in his creative exploits.

The release of his single “Shine” once again made him the top selling SA Artist on iTunes in its first week of release and set the tone for another exciting year.

In 2016 he released his second Afrikaans album, namely “Êrens in die middle van nêrens” and this album also produced a string of top 10 radio singles and Platinum status for Elvis.

Elvis broke yet another record, this time for the highest number of Ghoema nominations for any single artist in the history of this award. He then promptly went on to win the most Ghoema awards ever in the 5 year history of the awards, in the following categories:

• Album of the year: Erens in die Middel van Nerens

• Male Artist of the year

• Best Music Video: Elvis Blue – Die Hemel (regie deur Ryan Kruger)

• Best Songwriter

• Best Contemporary Album by a Male Artist: Elvis Blue – Erens in die Middel van Nerens

• Best Live DVD: Laurika Rauch & Elvis Blue – Hart en See

  • Ringtone of the year: Elvis Blue – Die Hemel which was downloaded more than 280 000times.

The platinum selling album also won a SAMA in 2016 for Album of the year, making Elvis Blue the only Idols winner ever to win at least one SAMA for each album ever released. 2016 was a busy year for Elvis, as he also released his third English album, Optics, with the first single off this album, The Tide winning Elvis a “Wes Kaap Bokkie” award from Bok FM for Best music video.

This album also won an OFM award for Best Local Album. 2017 saw the release of Die Brug, an album that sees one of SA’s best songwriters combine traditional beats with Afrikaans sound in an ingenious and rhythmic blend, showing the artist’s bent consistent reinvention. This album delivered 2 top 10 radio singles and once again garnered many awards, including an OFM Music Award for Best Local Album, and Album of the year in the Wes Kaapse Bokkies competition and a Tempo nomination. The music video for the third single off the album, called “Werner”, also saw Elvis attempting to tell the story of the song almostentirely using dogs – Elvis being the only human in the video, something that has never been done in SA before.

This video was one of 10 winning video projects selected by Kyknet in their MVP competition. This album once again made Elvis the most nominated artist in the 2018 Ghoema awards season, with 7 nominations in the following categories.

• Best composition of the year for Die Brug

• Best compostion of the year for Elke Hart

• Best composition of the year for Werner

• Best composition of the year along with Riana Nel for Skree by Steve Hofmeyr

• Best male contemporary album

• Songwriter of the year

• Best producer along with Ewald Janse van Rensburg

Elvis doesn’t only work hard on stage, but also off stage. Well known for his songwriting abilities, in 2015 Elvis was honoured by piers in the industry when he won the coveted Wawela Music award for Best Male Artist & Composer. Within his field he continues to be a force for good, striving to raise awareness as a CANSA ambassador, and channelling funds and effort towards both the Casterbridge Music Academy in Whiteriver and Life Community Services in George. His own initiative, called The Cookiejar, has enabled people who attend his shows to give directly towards specific projects by simply dropping their change in a cookie jar. Elvis shares the target or project goal during the shows, harnessing the collective power of good to address areas of need.

More than R190 000 was raised for specific projects in 2016 and in 2017 Elvis mobilised fans to raise more than R100 000 for disaster relief in the Garden Route area after it was ravaged by fires.Elvis Blue is a man with a mission – and no doubt this gifted artist and songwriter will enchant

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Valentines day https://elvisblue.co.za/valentines/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=valentines Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:21:13 +0000 http://democontent.codex-themes.com/thegem-church/?p=22103 Ok, no suprises here friends, it’s my annual Valentines Day Must fall post! Please do excuse this annual rant, by now you are all clear on how I feel about this day. I have made no secrets about it in the last 4 years, this is the stupidest day ever invented!

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…Maybe Valentine’s day is an opportunity to sensitise our kids to those in their class who sit on the sidelines, the wallflowers and underdogs of their little world.

Ok, no suprises here friends, it’s my annual Valentines Day Must fall post! Please do excuse this annual rant, by now you are all clear on how I feel about this day. I have made no secrets about it in the last 4 years, this is the stupidest day ever invented! Ok, before you stone me with heart shaped chocolates or send me wiki entries on the origin of this day, I capitulate that we cannot protect our schoolgoing children from the pressures of this day. Still, it is stupid in my view, because it ads unnecessary pressure to young little hearts, hearts that should not be broken (check it, there is a song idea right there!). But ok, this year I feel slightly empowered by something my sister told me..

I have a 7 year old daughter and I hate dropping her off at school on Valentine’s day. But I feel a bit better about it this year because – even though trying to stop Valentine’s day would be like like trying to hold the wind –  it is still possible that maybe something good can come of it after all. Maybe a day like this gives us the opportunity to train our kids to notice all the little lonely hearts in their class. I remember as a youngster, I had no idea what other kids in my class where feeling or going through. I didn’t know that I was even supposed to notice, but now I wish I had!One of the cruellest characteristics of society and people is our desire to include some and exclude others, but maybe Valentine’s day is an opportunity for us to help our kids see that we should take every opportunity to correct that imbalance and be the kind of person that makes others feel included, not excluded.

Maybe Valentine’s day is an opportunity to sensitise our kids to those in their class who sit on the sidelines, the wallflowers and underdogs of their little world.  Maybe Valentines day is an opportunity to empower our kids to ensure that someone in their class who is often on the side-line also gets a little attention. So this year my 7 year old will go to school armed with gifts not just for those in her circle, but also specifically for those who find themselves in no one’s circle. An “Oprah”-fied Valentine’s day if you will, you know: “You get a prize! You get a prize! YOU get a prize! Everybody gets a prize!” As a dad I am sure it’s not to early for her to notice that surely we cannot fully enjoy the fact that we might be included if by definition that means the exclusion of others! If I can help her see that, then for me it can also be a “Happy Valentines Day” !

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Elvis Blue At The Wild Coast https://elvisblue.co.za/atthewildcoast/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=atthewildcoast https://elvisblue.co.za/atthewildcoast/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:21:14 +0000 http://democontent.codex-themes.com/thegem-church/?p=22104 Elvis Blue is excited to announce his visit to the Wild Coast Sun Casino and Entertainment World on the 1st of April 2017. It’s been 5 years since Elvis has performed at the iconic Casino and with his return to it this year marking the kick off of the April school holidays the show is set to be memorable.

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Elvis Blue is excited to announce his visit to the Wild Coast Sun Casino and Entertainment World on the 1st of April 2017. It’s been 5 years since Elvis has performed at the iconic Casino and with his return to it this year marking the kick off of the April school holidays the show is set to be memorable.

Even though Elvis has not been at the Wild Coast Sun since 2012 the last 5 years he has been darting all over the country for an average of 133 live shows a year. With 3 platinum and 1 gold selling albums and a long list of top 10 hits to his credit, Elvis Blue is considered to be one of the most successful artists in our country.  He remains a rare breed in his ability to straddle both English and Afrikaans Music Genres with ease and relevance.

With his unique blend of charisma and authenticity Elvis’s shows are known for not only the perfect blend of well-known original hits and new music, but also for his comical and often whimsical story telling that sweeps audiences along in a journey that is both personal and entertaining. The Tropical Nites Theatre at the the Wild Coast Sun is the perfect setting to fully experience Elvis Blue at his very best!

 Head to Ticketpro to ensure your seat for the perfect evening out and the perfect activity to get the family into the holiday mood. 

Ticketpro: http://www.ticketpros.co.za/elvisblue

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BYE BYE DUMMY https://elvisblue.co.za/bye-bye-dummy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bye-bye-dummy https://elvisblue.co.za/bye-bye-dummy/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:56:53 +0000 https://elvisblue.co.za/?p=24876 Last week, my 3 year old decided she was done with sucking a dummy. It was a really big deal as she truly loves the comfort and solace she finds when sucking her beloved dummy. She told me that she wanted to throw it in the see. She told me that she wanted to throw it in the see. “There’s a baby dolphin that needs a dummy, Dad!”

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Last week, my 3 year old decided she was done with sucking a dummy. It was a really big deal as she truly loves the comfort and solace she finds when sucking her beloved dummy. She told me that she wanted to throw it in the see. “There’s a baby dolphin that needs a dummy, Dad!” she said, wisdom I then learned she had gleaned from an “older” friend of hers. Baby dolphins also need dummy’s? Well I am just a dad, what do I know?

So, off we went, and with her dummy in her hands we stood on the peer at Victoria Bay and she chucked it. Just like that! Ok yes, I know it is probably not the most environmentally responsible thing to do, but it was a great moment for her in her life.

That night as we put her to bed I could see that she was very distraught, realizing what she had done and that she would have to go to sleep dummy-less. She would have to do something she has never done in her life and for her it was a big deal. For the first time in her 3 year old life I could see her facing the terrible challenge of doubting a decision she had already made, fearing she would not be able to overcome the unknown, wondering if she was up to the task. But as she slowly fell asleep I also realized what a big thing she had done. She had left something behind. Something she knew she had to do even though it was difficult.

There are many things I need to leave behind in my life, but I often don’t have the courage to just go to the proverbial peer and chuck it.

Bad habits, self-doubt, fear of failure, temper tantrums, self-pity, jealousy, thinking I am the bees knees…. things like that.

I am reminded that if my three year old could throw her dummy in the see, I could possibly overcome some stuff? Just a random thought….

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It was a joke but it wasn’t funny https://elvisblue.co.za/it-was-a-joke-but-it-wasnt-funny/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=it-was-a-joke-but-it-wasnt-funny https://elvisblue.co.za/it-was-a-joke-but-it-wasnt-funny/#respond Thu, 26 May 2016 14:04:54 +0000 https://elvisblue.co.za/?p=24885 Nothing excites me more than performing with my band, playing my songs and the amazing experiences associated with being a musician. I just love it! Every so often, someone announces me when I get on stage.

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Nothing excites me more than performing with my band, playing my songs and the amazing experiences associated with being a musician. I just love it! Every so often, someone announces me when I get on stage. These people always say the nicest things about me. They don’t tell you guys the bad stuff….only the good. I always feel flattered by all the compliments and I really appreciate them.

But I am seldom alone on the stage. I always have a few other muzos around me. They are my friends. Something strange happens when you make music with someone. It is a deep connection I find difficult to describe. My band is therefore much more to me than just people playing instruments. We almost become like brothers and I can honestly say I love them. It has happened a few times that the person announcing me decides to tell a joke or two, just to get the crowd going. And on a few occasions the “jokes” has had racial undertones. Maybe mocking an accent or implying someone with a certain accent as being stupid. Why is it in jokes that the guy with the funny accent is never portrayed as the clever one in the end? It seems the joke is always on him, so to speak. Very often, the MC gets a laugh.  An uncomfortable one, because my band and I always go on stage when we hear someone doing that and…needless to say, in my band we have different accents.

I feel both furious and frustrated when this happens. It always reminds me that it is easy to get a quick laugh or applause at the cost of one’s character. A dirty joke will usually get more of the hoopla! But the crafty skilful comedian will have your respect based on his unique ability to play to the room. I mean when Trevor Noah tells a racial joke to a proudly South African audience the results are hysterics. But sometimes something as simple as a joke insensitively told in an inappropriate context can point to something much more sinister.

It’s much the same with music. The guy covering the latest top 40 hits will probably get a bigger applause but no one will remember his name at the end of the show, although few might remember the name of the muzo who bared his soul singing his own songs even though he might not have played to popularity…

I hate it when jokes are told at the expense of my friends. I always think the context in which things are said is so important. I have certainly gotten things wrong many times before and have suffered from the proverbial “foot in mouth disease” myself for sure. But ultimately I believe people can see for themselves when something is beautiful and have the ability to discern a pure motive or lack thereof. When we see people dividing and building walls and then see other people coming together and breaking down walls we can choose for ourselves who we want to side with.

That is what we want to do together when we are on stage. Apart from simply playing the songs and trusting that – in doing so – something beautiful might happen in the room….something out of our control. We want to show how beautiful and joyous it is when people come together. Fortunately we can all choose what we use our words for, to make a quick impression or leave a legacy, whether we want them to add to something, or take away, build up, or break down. I think this applies to joke telling and music making.

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew, upon a thought produces,
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions think.”
George Gordon Byron

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At one point I needed it myself…. https://elvisblue.co.za/at-one-point-i-needed-it-myself/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=at-one-point-i-needed-it-myself Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:18:16 +0000 https://elvisblue.co.za/?p=24890 If you have been at a show lately you might have noticed a random cookie jar at the merchandise table. By the end of the night we try fill it with cash and then we give it directly to a great cause. In this way our “get together” at a show makes a big difference.

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If you have been at a show lately you might have noticed a random cookie jar at the merchandise table. By the end of the night we try fill it with cash and then we give it directly to a great cause. In this way our “get together” at a show makes a big difference. At the moment our target is to raise R72 000 to ensure schooling for some underprivileged kids. We are now at the R25 000 mark thanks to you guys! I cannot tell you how great it feels to walk into the bank with my weird cookie jar and depositing the money on your behalf!

Last week I walked into the bank with my cookie jar and again enjoyed the strange looks people gave me. When I arrived at the teller – Nosipo was her name – she was intrigued by the strange jar in the bank.

When I arrived at the teller – Nosipo was her name – she was intrigued by the strange jar in the bank. I just said “it’s for charity; we are sending some kids to school.”She smiled and helped me count all the loose change. Then she pulled out her wallet and took out R20 and added it to the pile of notes. Then she looked up at me and said: “At one point I needed it myself.”

I was blown away….Usually banks only take money…lol!

It was such a great moment for me. I don’t know Nosipo’s story, but I could not help but wonder where she comes from and what obstacles she had to overcome to now be working in the bank as a Teller.

Surely we all have similar stories if we took the time to look back?

Where someone helped us along the way. What really inspired me about Nosipo is that she had not forgotten the help she had been given. She remembers it and it drives her to take out her own wallet and put her own hard earned cash into a simple cookie jar.

You know what? It does not matter who you are in this world. We all need a little help sometimes.

I want to thank you guys for being part of the cookie jar movement….you inspire me!

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