Sunset at Nirox Sculpture Park with West of the Moon Duo Angela de Klerk and Nick Rumpelt performing “Take On Me.” Performed live at the Valentines Blues concert on the 15th of Feb 2020.
10 QUESTIONS WITH:
WEST OF THE MOON DUO.
1. Nic, who and what is West of the Moon?
WOTM is a Johannesburg based duo comprised of Angela de Klerk (voice & guitar) and myself, Nicholas Rumpelt (guitar). We gear our sound to suit smaller, more intimate venues and draw on a repertoire spanning from jazz and blues, to latin and even pop.
2. Nic, what other bands have you been featuring in the past and present and what have they been up to?
Band wise I am currently a member of The Saucetones and SDO. We have been doing what we can during lockdown and are looking forward to resuming rehearsals as lockdown regulations allow. Past acts include the Jazz assassins, Jazznowjozi and Lounge Collective amongst other session gigs over the past decade.
3. Ang, same question.
Very proud member of Japan and I (off the charts but always in your hearts – M.M) and presently a member of Rambling Bones. I
am also a touring member of Cape Town band, The Shabs.
The Bones fam have been working on a bunch of new songs, so once lockdown is over we can finally get our sh*t together. Been missing them a lot, so I’m very excited to be able to play together again soon.
The Shabs have been very busy during this time. Jon Shaban wrote a song a day for the first 21 days of lockdown, which is amazing and insane. I did some guest vocals on We’ve Reached The End, which you can check out on Jon Shaban’s bandcamp. They will also be releasing a new music video for I Feel Alive soon!
4. Ang also, your recent tour came to an abrupt end! Tell us about that.
Ya such a pity… I was touring with The Shabs in Europe, we were only in the first week of a 4 week tour when Covid 19 starting shutting everything down, including borders. Sadly we had to hustle our way home very quickly, which was expensive and heartbreaking, but we all got back safely and Covid free, so yays all around! We still have to figure out how to get Ryan’s double bass back home from Germany and one of my bags back from Prague… but that’s problems for later…
5. Nic, since we’re talking Covid, how has that affected work and how have you been handling it?
Covid has affected work in a massive way for us musicians, but thankfully I have had my teaching to fall back on during this time. I am currently teaching at two primary schools in Jhb and have been seeing my students for their lessons via Zoom since the onset of lockdown.
6. Nic, what has West of the Moon been doing during Lockdown?
WOTM has been busy with a few recordings and a goal to expand our repertoire. We have some gigs lined up post-lockdown and the idea is to have a completely new set ready to go. The process of putting a recording together remotely was also a fun challenge from which we both learned a lot.
7. Nic, what is your musical background and how has it shaped you as a musician?
I have been playing in punk rock bands since primary school, initially as a singer, but moving onto the guitar as soon as I started lessons in high school. After attending my Trinity Grade 8 guitar certificate in Matriculates, I went on to study music at Wits – graduating with honours in jazz guitar performance in 2015 under tutelage of Carlo Mombelli and Hugo De Waal. I’ve been exposed exposed to a great mix of music practical and academic learning. I would say that studying music definitely broadened my appreciation for all sorts of music and has made me a far more well-rounded musician.
8. Ang, what else have you worked on during lockdown and where can we see or hear it?
Nick and I have been working (remotely) on a track by Erykah Badu. Just a little home recording we put together which I am rather proud of! You can view that HERE and we’ll also add it to our social media shortly. We’ll be adding some more digital content soon, and hopefully some live elements as well, now that regulations are shifting.
I’ve also been shooting some more film photography while at home, so will be able to get those developed soon, now that businesses are opening. If you’d like to have a look that will be on my instagram @alittlehappymess or here: https://angeladeklerk.wordpress.com/
9. Nic, same question. What’s been happening?
I have been posting a few clips to my insta page but otherwise have tried to be as productive as possible during this time. It’s been a great opportunity to explore technical concepts and really find the time to practise my instruments.
10. How can people support West of the Moon and yourselves as artists right now?
You can support us with hugs and love from a distance… and book us as soon as any sort of gathering is allowed! Also, follow us on
Facebook, Instagram or subscribe on the YouTubes – @westofthemoonduo.
With our other bands, and other artists in general, please download and pay for digital music or check out the various social media pages for ways to support.