Quay 4 Battle of the Bands Finals

VanillaThe Quay 4 Battle of the Bands has finished it’s 4 month long run and The Vanilla have come out tops! The final battle on the 25th of August was between Gracetown (pictured below) and The Vanilla (pictured left).

Every Tuesday between the 5th of May until the 25th of August, bands were playing their hearts out at the Quay 4 Battle of the Bands.

They were competing for:
1) A three month playing contract at Quay 4 and a R20 000 cash prize compliments of Castle Lager.
2) 2 x 15 inch JBL monitors compliments of Wild & Marr
3) R1250.00 Paul Bothner voucher to best vocalist, best guitarist, best drummer, best bass guitarist and best keyboard player of the competition
Not to mention bragging rights for an entire year!


GracetownThe individual category winners were:

Vocals – Given Nkanyane (Stone Jets)
Drums – Ethan Salo (Gracetown)
Bass – Jericho Hendricks (Gracetown)
Keys – Pierre-Henri Wicomb (Stratus)
Lead Guitar – Barthlo (The Vanilla)
Rhythm Guitar – Mark McCree (Empire Alight)
Percussion – Dylan Hunt (The Stir)

A huge congratulations to everyone who participated!


The bands who competed were:

The Stir Stone Jets
Static Run T Junkshun
Barrecode Cherry Vynil
Sam Jam Honeytones
Mark & Petra Smooth Groove
Empire Alight Jumping Guns
Room of Phonics Sanskara
Stratus Something Crooked
Evolution Slow Brew’d
Crazy Train Dream Rangers
The Vanilla Bluesboy
Forefront Gracetown
Jackanory Story The Kill Heavy

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Julanie J’s Debut Album

Julanie J is a 17 year old singer/song writer and author from Cape Town. She recently released her debut album “Spirit Breakout” and within the first 4 hours of release, the album hit the Top 100 charts on iTunes SA and in the course of 38 hours the album was number 3 in South Africa and 30th on iTunes world wide.
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Julanie started writing songs at age 4. “When I took the song to my band, we found that the song was technically well structured”, says her mother, a singer/musician herself. “I then knew that I had a responsibility to mold her God given talent”. Julanie J grew up knowing that she will be a singer/songwriter/producer “one day”. Some of the songs on her album were written between the ages of 9 and 13! “Drifting”, a duet performed with Helmut Meijer, was co-written with Frank Furniss from the band, Furniss.

Sharing about herself Julanie says “I am simply a normal Christian girl with a huge passion for Christ and my family. I am the youngest of six and already an aunt to a few! I hope to one day have a family of my own to add to the bunch of crazies I call home.

My view of life is influenced by my experiences, my curious heart and a little bit of vulnerability. But I guess it is the same for everybody, just as I think we are all connected in some way or form. I believe we are much smaller than we would care to admit and that this universe is much larger than we ever can discover. My dream is that we would pursue a world that never stops dreaming, that we will never give up hope and that we always stay believing. What would I be if not a dreamer?

I hope to positively influence the world through what I do and that where ever in the world God leads me, I will season the environment around me”.

Julanie is also known for writing songs for famous artist around the world and has even written theme songs for a few organisations . The young artist is currently in the process of writing her own book titled Hearts can Heal; which will hit stores early next year.

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Anything Acoustic Finals

aa1The Anything Acoustic Contest finals were held on Thursday the 6th August.  There was a full house with a great vibe & fabulous crowd, and the event was enjoyed by all.

The winner of the contest was Devin Harmer(pictured left), an artist with a phenomenal vocal ability, a unique sound and a performance which oozed fun & confidence. The use of his guitar case as a kick drum gave his performance a quirky edge which contributed to him winning the top spot. Chris Werge nabbed 2nd place and Bryce & Matt came in 3rd . The other finalists Kat Alice, Grace De La Hunt & Jonathan Grayson were all amazing.

The event was held at Spiro’s Restaurant on Main Road, Hout Bay. They were fantastic throughout the contest supplying guests with amazing Greek cuisine, a warm and cozy venue with great service. They also provided meal vouchers as a prize.

The main sponsor was Paul Bothner Music who sponsored a R5000 voucher to the winner. Rolling Audio will be providing Chris Werge with sound, lighting & an engineer for any event in Cape Town later in the year & Riverside Estate sponsored accommodation for 2 at their stunning guesthouse here in Hout Bay.

The judges were De Etheridge, an entertainment manager with years of experience in the industry, Grant Van Zyl, owner of Rolling Audio & Craig Reid, band manager of Just Jinjer & Monark.

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The Bats Play at The London Pub

bats1The Bats performed at The London Town Pub on Friday 7th August. The evening was arranged as a benefit for Rusty Mulock-Bentley, ex bassist & frontman of the Cape Town band Pendulum, who through illness, has been unable to work since January 2015. Once again Paul Bothner came to the rescue, in not only lending top quality equipment to the Bats, but in also sponsoring a Fender guitar for the auction that was held during the evening. The event was a huge success, & raised R26,000, which has been a tremendous help in assisting Rusty with his rising medical bills. The Bats, who this year are celebrating 51 years in the business, remain eternally grateful to Bothners for their unwavering support over the years.”

Derek Gordon – Bats Bass Player
Who are The Bats?

Bats2It all started in 1964 when The Bats, Eddie Eckstein, Paul Ditchfield, the late Jimmy Dunning and the late Barry Jarman, burst onto the local scene and became, to many ardent followers, South Africa’s answer to the Beatles. They toured extensively, both locally and internationally, wowing audiences here and in the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) and Germany with their brilliant music and hilarious comedy show. More than just great musicians, they were also great entertainers, and it was this that kept them at the top of their game for 16 years, an amazing achievement for any band.

After a sabbatical of 20 years and after constant pressure from their fans to get back together again, in 2000,Eddie, Paul & Pete, minus the late Barry who had decided to retire, were joined by Derek Gordon and got back on the road for what they thought would be a short ‘come back’. Little did they know that 14 years later they would still be on the road, delighting audiences young and old, and releasing a brand new CD.

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Dangerous Deals >>> Spring Clean Edition

Spring DealWith Spring just around the corner, it is once again time to clean house and clear some space off the shelves so that we can make room for fresher gear.

Every Paul Bothner Music and Village Music Store around the country has a Dangerous deals section set aside for gear that is being cleared. The specials on offer are unique to each branch, so in order to take advantage of these offers, you should visit more than one branch.

The items on offer vary from guitars to studio equipment and software.

All items on offer are on a first come first served basis, so if you see that amp that’s been sitting in the store for the past few months, this might be your last chance to buy it.

Use our store locator [Here] to find a store closest to you




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REVIEW: Faith Guitar

I was recently given the opportunity to play a Faith guitar, voted the best acoustic guitar in the UK.

saturn acousticI chose to play on the Faith FSCE – The Saturn Dreadnought.

At first glance I was impressed with how neat the guitar is.The logo and 12th fret inlay are sleak and attractive. The fully chroatic Shadow Nanoflex pick-up is a thing of beauty in and of itself, with blue LED lights for the tuning guide. The guitar has gold grover machine heads. I’ve never been of a fan of gold hardware on a guitar myself, due to the fact that after a few years the gold laquere inevitabdiley peels off and starts looking a bit rough, but I know of a lot of people who like that effect. But at the end of the day, grover machine heads are still my favourite brand, and I wouldn’t let a thing like the color of th machine heads put me off.

The guitar is comfortable to hold with a medium U shaped neck, and the cut away is comfortable enough to allow east access to the highest of frets. An achievement not many acoustic guitar compaies get right. The factory action setting is excatly how I like it. Low enough to allow for comfortable playing, but high enough to allow for meaty bending.

The guitar is built from Solid Tone Woods, boasting an Engelmann Spruce top and Indonesian Mahogany back and sides. This allows the guitar to have a big sound that throws well. I found that the guitar handled as well with agressive strumming as it did with gentle finger picking.

This guitar would make an excellent addition to any acoustic guitarists arsenal.


Product Code: FSCE
Top Wood Solid Engelmann Spruce
Back Wood Solid Mahogany
Side Wood Solid Mahogany
Binding Solid Rosewood
Bracing Material Quarter-Sawn Spruce
Bracing Pattern Patrick James Eggle X-Brace Design
Rosette 5mm Abalone with Fibre Border
Neck Mahogany
Neck Finish Satin
Neck Joint Patrick James Eggle Bolt-On Design
Fingerboard Macassan Figured Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 16″
Fingerboard Inlays Mother of Pearl ‘F’ at 12th Fret
Machine Head Grover Rotomatic Gold
Trussrod 2 Way
Nut / Saddle TUSQ (PQ-6116)/(PQ-9110)
Nut Width Nut 43mm / String Spacing 55mm
Bridge Macassan Figured Ebony
Bridge Pins Macassan Figured Ebony with Abalone Dots
Finish Type Gloss Top / Satin Back and Sides
Pickup / Preamp
Hardcase Included

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FREE WORKSHOP: Tech & FX for the Bass Player

Looking to take your performance to the next level?

Supported by Kyle Petersen on keyboards, Alistair Andrews will be demonstrating the latest in tools available to the modern bass player as well discussing playing techniques that make the most of the technology.

Topics Alistair will cover:

1) How to get the effect.

2) How to play the effect.

3) How much is too much of the effect?

4) How not to get in the way of the song.

5) Programming bass synth sounds.
This promises to be a thrilling event so be sure to not miss it! Be sure to join the Facebook event to be kept up to date on all information regarding this clinic.

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Dan Patlansky on tour with Joe Satriani

15-time Grammy Award nominee and the biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time, Joe Satriani, announced recently that the award winning South African guitarist/singer song-writer Dan Patlansky would be a special guest for his Shockwave UK tour.

The tour will start in October and will run until November. They will play in 25 shows in 10 countries over 33 days. The first show will be played at the Patria Hall in Budapest, Hungary on the 9th of October and the final show will be played at the legendary Hammersmith Apollo in London.

The news was announced just after Patlansky released his latest album “Dear Silence Thieves”.

“Everyone is talking about this South African singer/guitarist these days. You will be too after you’ve wrapped eardrums around this potent dose of blues rock.” – The Blues Magazine UK, August 2015.

“Dan Patlansky might be from the opposite side of world, but holds the future of blues in his hands.” – Dan Patlansky featured as Class of 2015 alongside Rival Sons, Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry, Von Hertzen Brothers and more in Classic Rock Magazine UK, August 2015.

“Award-winning South African Dan Patlansky brings some much needed spark to an over-subscribed genre on his seventh album… It seems churlish to call a player so far into his career ‘one to watch’, but he is.” – Guitarist Magazine UK, May 2015.

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Join Our Bloemfontein Team


We are looking for a hard-working, motivated individual to join the Paul Bothner Music Family at our Bloemfontein Branch.

The ideal candidate should be: bilingual, presentable, friendly and able to work under pressure. Experience in the retail environment is beneficial.

As a Customer Consultant you will be in direct contact with customers and as such you will be required to deliver excellent service.

Experience in the Music Industry will work to your advantage.

You must be willing to work retail hours, weekends and public holidays.

If you are interested in this position, please email your CV and cover letter to Carel at carelv@bothner.co.za or to Deon at deonv@bothner.co.za

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Tweak and Friends at The Assembly

Tweak’s 10 year anniversary tour will kick off at the Assembly on 22 August 2015

After a 10 year hiatus Tweak, the undisputed kings of early millenial pop-punk, return to rock our socks off for one massive renion show, at The Assembly, Cape Town! The boys return with an epic brand new single, ‘The A Team’.

Tweak reigned supreme in the charts of the early two thousands with hits like ‘Birthday Card”House Party and ‘Girls Rule the World’ to name just a few ending on a high in 2004. The members have gone on to great success with bands like CrashCarBurn.

They’re supported by contemporaries in punk Half Price, glam rockers Loveglove Pyrotechnics and a new band of familiar faces, Veladraco, plus ROASTIN’ RECORDS – Cape Town DJs keeping the party going all night!

When: 22 AUGUST 2015

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