Based: Cape Town
The Vanilla is a 4-piece feel-good pop band from the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. The band consists of Tyan Odendal on guitar and lead vocals, Jaen- Pierre Dowling on bass, Francois Keyser on drums and Barthlo Visagie on lead guitar and synth. Since they launched in March 2015, the band has been building a recognizable brand within the South African music industry. They have performed at some of the most prestigious venues in Cape Town, played with various big-name artists and secured great performance slots at 3 music festivals (OppiKoppi, Up The Creek & River Republic).
The Vanilla has been play-listed on various campus radio stations across the country. Their single, “The Sun’s Tide” was nr. 1 on the PUK FM93.6 “Local Top
30” playlist for the week of 10-16 August, beating submissions by Beatenberg Jeremy Loops, Taxi Violence, Prime Circle etc. They were also featured on MFM’s “top 5 most requested songs of the week”, beating artists like Taylor Swift & Al Bairre.
The band has performed on SABC3’s “Expresso Morning Show” to great fanfare and MKTV (SA’s youth music channel) also conducted video interviews with the band at OppiKoppi as well as in Cape Town.
Played a sold-out show with Francois van Coke & Karen Zoid at The Assembly
Performed at OppiKoppi, Up The Creek, River Republic and #SummerFest
Played with Die Heuwels Fantasties on 2 occasions
Performed with Shortstraw & Beach Party to a capacity crowd at The Assembly
Won the Quay Four Band Battle (beating 31 other bands over a period of 4 months)
Played a charity gig with Al Bairre at Aandklas
Stellenbosch in support of Cystic Fibrosis treatment
Performed with New Holland, The Nomadic Orchestra & Sons of Settlers and Loki Rothman
Perform at Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts on the 3rd of April with The December Streets
Head into studio with producers Dolf Willemse and Fred Den Hartog for new singles and an EP