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5 Dec

INTERVIEW: Kool Out Talks To Christian Tiger School Ahead Of “Maribou State” Show. #EightOfEight

Eight artists will be opening for electro duo Maribou State on the 8th & 9th December 2017 at Mercury Live (Cape Town) & Good Luck Bar (Johannesburg). Kool Out had the opportunity to ask these stellar eight local acts, eight questions as the lead up to the Maribou State party begins…. #EightForEight

For our next we have the dynamic electro/dance/hip hop duo Christian Tiger School.

Hailing from Cape Town Christian Tiger School (consisting of Sebastiano Zanasi & Luc Vermeer) are known for their popular live shows. The duo who use samplers, drum pads, keyboards, and an electric guitar have become one of the leading exporters of locally brewed electronica. Signed to international label Tommy Boy Records (Yes the same Tommy Boy from the 90’s) the duo have shared stages with acts like Little Dragon, Hudson Mohawke, Daedelus & Young Fathers, & have collaborated with artists such as Bilal & New York rap crew World’s Fair as well as releasing 3 projects (Chrome Tapes, The Third Floor, Chrome Tapes Premix EP) to favourable reviews.

From your debut album to now how would you say your sound has evolved?

Our sound has slowly become more unique to us in that it’s based less on our previous influences. We’ve made it our goal to continue experimenting with how we make music so naturally our sound has changed over the years. Sonically, our music is more textural and layered than our first release as well as being harmonically stronger too.

You’ve been dominating the international and local underground scene while bubbling over into the commercial for a few years now. What has been your biggest lesson so far?

It’s very difficult to narrow everything we’ve experienced as a group to one lesson. We were pretty young when we started this project so a lot has changed both individually and as CTS. The musical landscape has changed too and that has brought about a new set of lessons and opportunities. Sorry for the shoddy answer.

Your beats are a cut above the rest, what can your fans expect from you in 2018. 

We have a lot of new music coming out late 2017/2018 starting with our first physical release next month off LISSOMS. We also made some music for a collaborative project with Moses Boyd which should be released sometime in the next few months.

For you to be at Sonar alongside greats such as Anderson Paak and DJ shadow to name a few says a lot about you guys as artists. What do these types of achievements mean for you? 

Those types of shows are really exciting to play and it definitely means a lot to us for being able to be a part of such an iconic festival. Besides that, it fuels us to improve and take our music as far as possible.

Other than music what preoccupies your time and taste? 

Not much to be honest, we both have other roles within music besides CTS so it’s hard to step away. Luc skates when he can and Seb is still trying to finish his degree.

You are one of 8 local acts opening for Maribou, where and when was the first time you ever heard a song of theirs? 

 I remember hearing Felix Laband as a teenager and being very intrigued. DJ Lag’s work also blew me away the first time I heard it, it was completely unique.

What can audiences expect from your performance on the 9th December at Good Luck Bar?

A lot of improvisation and fresh takes on older material with a bunch of unreleased music too.

If there was a catch phrase titled ‘Chistian Tiger School Kool’…what would that express?

Something Dad’s would say

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