Based: Cape Town
Die Heuwels Fantasties (translated as Hills Fantastic) “It represents more than a band name… it’s almost like a mythical place.”
Die Heuwels Fantasties are…
Hunter Kennedy – vocals, lyrics, bass
Pierre Greeff – vocals, lyrics, acoustic guitar
Fred den Hartog – lead guitar, production
Philip Erasmus – drums
Die Heuwels Fantasties was formed in the beginning of 2008 when both Hunter Kennedy- and Pierre Greeff’s bands took a break. They formed their own record label, Supra Familias, at the same time. Hunter is currently also involved with Fokofpolisiekar and was involved with aKING and Pierre was in Lukraaketaar The group describe their music as “melodic songs written on acoustic guitar, interpreted with electronic and organic instruments. You can call it pop.”
A Few highlights:
Performance at the Union Buildings on Freedom day, where President Zuma addressed South Africa.
Tour to the Netherlands, Belgium and UK with Jack Parow in July.
Albums sales achieved Gold status in November 2010.
A visual album, Lekker Luister Liedjies vir die Langpad, was released in November which includes a DVD with videos for all the tracks.
The group released another breath taking animated video, Noorderlig which has the feel of a graphic novel and was produced by Am I Collective.
Gold status achieved for their debut self-titled album
Die Heuwels Fantasties releases their much anticipated second album, Wilder as die Wildtuin, in March. They invited their friends once again to contribute to the album. Inge Beckman (Lark), Adriaan Brand (Springbok Nude Girls) en Ryk Benade (Kidofdoom) joins the safari. This album takes an interesting turn with the collaboration with Afrikaans singing legend, Coenie de Villiers on the song, Wonder bo Wonder.
Gold status achieved for their second album, Wilder as Die Wildtuin
International tour to New Zealand as arts ambassadors for the Rugby World Cup 2011.
Brief listing of awards:
MK Award Nominations:
Best Group. The guys are now the proud owners of a Hyundai minivan!
Best Neon for Hyg Duiwel featuring Mr. X
Best SFX/Animation for Hyg Duiwel featuring Mr. X
Best Video for Hyg Duiwel featuring Mr. X
MFM Campus Hit: Pille vir Kersfees
SAMA – Best Alternative album – Afrikaans
Tempo Awards: Best alternative music video with MK – Sonrotse