DYD: We have a thing for names, so we want to know why you chose the name Beach Party?
Beach Party: It came to us when we were watching An Endless Summer. We thought that if we called our band Beach Party people would rock up expecting an actual beach party every time we played. A few people did actually when we started. We were going to call it Free Beer but we think people would have just gotten pissed off. The only other Beach Party we know of is one in California but we started way before they did and they aren’t that big… yet. They make pretty cool music though. We’re friends.
DYD: Where do you get inspiration for your songs and how would you describe your sound?
Beach Party: Basically, everything… But I think mostly fun times on the beach. And girls. Girls are good for inspiring songs. Our sound is a mix between The Beach Boys and The Clash. Our new stuff is like that with some Kanda Bongo Man thrown in though.
DYD: How did you guys get into careers as musicians and how did this lead to form Beach Party?
Beach Party: We got into it by playing all sorts of instruments really. You start off just messing around and then one day you go: ‘Hey, maybe I could do this on stage and give people something to get drunk and make out to’. We were all friends with each other through different friend groups and we just found one another. It was a bit calculated though. Dave and Andy had already written a bunch of songs so they took their time finding the right people.
DYD: I found out about you guys because of your ‘Water’ video and the lomography process behind it. How long did it take you to film it and why were you inspired to make a lomography video?
Beach Party: It was the easiest video we’ve ever done. The filming took one day, a whole lot of beers and fun. The rest was a bit of a mission but our awesome director and producer took care of the editing. We were pitched the idea by Rio Allen who had been experimenting with the LomoKino and we were obviously amped then Dylan Culhane got involved and everything came together.
DYD: If you got the chance, where would you guys want to play (anywhere in the world)? A music festival in Germany? My American grandma’s basement?
Beach Party: There are so many! We want to play everywhere. Some of our best shows have been to 5 people on a crappy PA system in a tiny club. Basically anywhere there are people willing to get loose and have a great time with us. The obvious ones are SXSW, Glastonbury, Roskilde… All the massive festivals. All the big ones here too. We’d kill to play at Oppikoppi!
DYD: Do you guys have a favourite performance? Where was it and why is it a favourite?
Beach Party: We once played a great show to about 3000 UCT students… They were going crazy, it was amazing. And DV was doing crowd surfing while singing and jumping off the roof and stuff. The energy was incredible.
DYD: Who are some of your favourite artists and acts? I’ve heard the more obscure they are the better but personally I’m having a thing for ‘N Sync again.
Beach Party: Haha, I don’t know about N’Sync… We’re all into bands like The Black Lips, The Drums, Arcade Fire, Wavves, Orange Juice, Buzzcocks, The Clash, and so many more… We could go on for years and still leave out so many. There is too much incredible music coming out of our country at the moment so we’re really into Spoek Mathambo, Desmond and the Tutus, The Brother Moves On, Al Bairre, John Wizards, The Aztec Sapphire, The Dollfins, The Frown, The Plastics… The list goes on.
You can catch Beach Party live at !Arcade Empire on the 20th of March with Gateway Drugs, Sassquatch, Half ‘n Half and many more. We’re also giving away two double tickets for the event. Click here for details.