Artist Profile: Marius Krüger
By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | July 12, 2016
Krüger frontman Marius Krüger is a multi- talented singer/songwriter/guitarist, born and bred in the Diamond city (Kimberley). Combining a decade of singing experience with almost 2 decades of guitar playing experience, resulted in an artist who can not only hold his own as a vocalist and songwriter, but his guitar playing and live performance have left many crowds pleasantly surprised and wanting more.
Marius Krüger received his first guitar at age 9 from his father and quickly learned his way around the fretboard, within a year of playing he was shredding Metallica riffs without effort, a feat not easily accomplished by a self-taught 10-year-old guitarist. After 10 years of playing in his room, he started performing acoustic gigs and discovered that he had a voice with a lot of original qualities that seemed to please crowds as far as he went.
As far as influences go, Metallica certainly got the guitar playing started for him and soon enough Marius discovered artists such as Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, and Jimmy Page, but a pivoting time in his guitar journey was the year that he started to embrace music from Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Brad Paisley and Stevie Ray Vaughan. You can certainly hear hints of these artists in his playing, but don’t be fooled he has a very distinct tone and original playing style.
As far as songwriting goes Marius Krüger started writing his own music in both Afrikaans and English at the early age of 16, and at age 21 he recorded his first self-written independent album under the name Fly. This was only the start of a songwriting career that would later escalate to him being approached by Sean Manley from Manley Studios to write songs for other performing artists.
Krüger is a “BLUE-TREE-ROCK” Band (blues, country, and rock) that believes in making music with real instruments when performing and recording, plus giving our fans shows and music they can really appreciate! In 2010 Marius got together with drummer Jacques Botes and bassist Butros to form the Band: Krüger, after 5 years of gigs and many memorable moments on and off stage, plus an album to show for it, Butros had to step out of the band to further his Doctorate, he is replaced by the amazing Stuart Milne on bass. The Krüger trio brings a lot of energy to any stage, Jacques has been known to steal the show with his stick tricks and overall crazy drumming, while Stuart will blow you away with some of the quickest fingers, shredding out bass solo’s faster than most guitarists, and if that’s not enough Marius has the tendency to play his guitar behind his back!
Krüger’s first album entitled “Kalahari” was recorded in 2015 at the legendary Manley Studios, the album is an Afrikaans “BLUE-TREE-ROCK” (blues, country, and rock) album that was recorded for the pure purpose of making true and honest music, with real instruments! All the songs on the album were written by Marius Krüger. The band’s first hit “Walker” which is currently played on various Radio stations nationwide is an original song in the style of upbeat country.
The album “Kalahari” is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play store, Amazon and all other major digital outlets.
Krüger Guitar Classes
Krüger Guitar Classes is a Kimberley-based Guitar School with more than a 120 Students currently enrolled! At Krüger Guitar Classes we are in the business of making dreams come true! Teaching music is a passion but we believe it is also a privilege! In 2013 Marius Krüger of the band Krüger was still a diamond sorter on a mine when he impulsively quit his job and decided to start sharing his knowledge of music so he started giving guitar lessons. Krüger Guitar Classes’ name quickly spread as Marius started giving lessons in Kuruman, Kimberley, and Jan Kemp Dorp, within 2 years of starting the business he expanded by training and employing a second teacher Mr. Freek Potgieter, and in 2016 we welcomed Mr. Dillan van Wyk as the third teacher. Now in our 4th year of business, Krüger Guitar Classes is the leading Guitar School in the Northern Cape, and we plan to expand to other Provinces soon.
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