People of Pretoria

7 Minutes with Dewald Wasserfall

January 7, 2019, Author: Danita Pilley

Dewald Wasserfall was born on 11 October 1984 in Empangeni, KwaZulu Natal. Music became his main focus very early on in his life. He began working full time as a musician in 2006 and performs in the band Jy is die Storm. The title track of this album has been doing really well on the charts and Dewald believes that it is his best album to date.Dewald is a talented, seasoned writer. A perfectionist. A passionate world traveller. An awful golfer. A wearer of t-shirts and a mediocre guitar player. He believes in surrounding himself with great people. He also believes that it is important to surround yourself with biltong. We sat down with him to find out more.

Find him on social media @dewaldwasserfall


What inspired your love for music? 

Both my parents, although neither were musically gifted, had a great love for music, and we always had music playing in the house. As a child, I discovered music was a great way to express myself and overcome my incredible shyness.

What’s the best thing about performing at Afrikaans is Groot?

Getting to rub shoulders with people I’ve called my heroes for so long. Working with the best crew and producer in the business, and getting to showcase my craft in front of 80 000 people.

Your favourite song at the moment and why? 

“Kill for candy” by Dreamcar. It’s just a really new and fresh sound. Great players and a great vocal.

Your most memorable performance to date?

Playing Lush festival in Clarens this year. It was rainy and muddy and we weren’t sure people would like our music, but we ended up having the best gig ever.

The best and worst thing about the music industry in Gauteng?

Best: No matter where you are, you’re 20 minutes away from a recording studio. Worst: People in Gauteng are a little spoilt for choice, so it can sometimes be hard to fill up a venue.

Where will we find you jolling on the weekends?

I have a share in a small pub in Centurion called Little Britain Pub, so I spend a lot of time there. Machics in Pretoria East is the only shop I know of that serves Erdinger on tap, and it’s simply the best beer on the planet. I also like going to @The Beach, because it’s one of the few family-friendly spots in PTA.

Your dream collaboration?

John Mayer, although I would just stand there and stare. I doubt I’d be able to get any air out.

What can we expect to see from you in the new year?

My new album should be dropping in February or March!



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