Blood Brothers is bringing stacks of awesome artists together. Sometimes you have no idea who they are but you’ll recognise the bands they’re from. Other times their names carries themselves. Somebody well known on the rocking SA circuit is Loandi Boersma. Taking the holds off the riffs for over a decade, you’ve definitely seen her perform somewhere and, of late, with Cortina Whiplash.
Offered the opportunity, I could not not ask her about things like intraband marriage, inspiration and the effects of having a tequlia machine at a house party…also what rock ‘n roll is really about.
Richard Chemaly (RC): I have a favourite quote from you, speaking about your Cortina Whiplash days, “We out-drugged and out-drank ourselves in that band”! While you may have grown to be more serious since then, is the rock ‘n roll lifestyle still alive and well in South Africa?
Loandi Boersma (LB): Rock’n’Roll will never die. I really despise people who always blame the ‘scene’. You are the ‘scene’, therefore it is up to the bands themselves to create a platform where we can make it happen. There is a certain fire in Johannesburg that I love, we have lots to talk and sing about. For me, Rock ‘n Roll is a mindset and a lifestyle. Yeah sure we have a party every now and again, but it’s about getting off your ass and doing something.
RC: Having interviewed many artists, I’ve been noticing a pattern of development where older artists inspire and open doors for the next generation. For example, I don’t think Fokof could have done what they did were it not for the Voelvry, who probably couldn’t have done what they did were it not for Suck! I see artists like Tuin who I believe artists like yourself lay the paving for. Who was before you though? Who helped you open doors, if anybody at all?
LB: I would lie if I said that Karen Zoid did not inspire me to start playing in my own band. I remember watching her perform in Potchefstroom when I was still in high school and admiring her for her braveness and self-confidence. I also have a bit of a jazz background, my aunt Erica Lundi is one of South Africa’s top jazz vocalists, even though she is a jazz purist, she is more Rock’n’Roll in attitude than anyone I’ve ever met, and watching her perform as a child, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. She is well into her 60’s now and still knows how to get the party started. So that’s how I formed my own style and discovered my own voice. You take what you see and you make it your own.
I definitely was not just inspired by women. There are so many bands that have helped form who I am today. Bands like The Slashdogs, Dieselwhores, Van Der Want and Letcher, Fokof and so many more.
RC: What did your fiance say when you went behind his back and got married to all the other members of Cortina Whiplash at your second album launch? There are probably only 2 ways that could have gone.
LB: He encouraged me actually. Ryan Tarboton (The Slashdogs) was such a good sport and he helped with the wedding planning too. He got dressed up as a nun for the occasion and gave the most beautiful speech on how damn proud he is of all of us. He has been there since the beginning of Cortina Whiplash and has had a major influence on my writing.
RC: Perhaps you have a sponsor so let’s give you an opportunity to plug them…if not, let’s give you an opportunity to get you a sponsor. As a lover of brandy, what’s your favourite brand and, more importantly, what stories can you share while influenced by it?
LB: Actually, I am more of a tequila girl…. good old Jose Cuervo. I have many stories, not sure we have enough time. I do recall I had a tequila machine in my house for one night… it was a birthday party and EVERY single person who (eventually) left, drove into my gate. We blame the gate of course.
RC: Finally, it must be strange to play with a super group after limited rehearsal time. How do you see this working? Simply a love for the music?
LB: If you fail to prepare then you are preparing to fail. The only way to pull off a show like this is to do lots of work on your own. You basically have to know your parts before you hit the rehearsal room.