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From humble coffee shop to exciting indie record label

Steyn Fourie, Shane Durrant - 2011-05-20

In March 2010 Shane Durrant of Desmond & The Tutus and his wife Angie Batis opened Wolves in Illovo, Johannesburg. It was a humble coffee and cake shop, but soon became something of a creative community centre in Johannesburg, as Shane tells Steyn du Toit.

I believe it all started with a coffee shop called Wolves. What happened there at the beginning?

Well, we’d been talking about how our little community in Illovo would benefit from a local coffee shop where you can meet and hang out and relax and drink amazing coffee. Then as fate would have it, the laundromat across the road from me closed down. The rest, as they say, is history.

How did music become a natural part of it?

As someone that has sort of been involved in the music industry for the past few years, it was a natural process. I know how tough it is to get gigs in this town, so it wasn’t a difficult decision to start doing gigs here at Wolves.

And now there is a record label? What is the purpose of this label?

We’ve been supporting the bands via the live night shows for a while now, but it would be great if that support could extend. Our first signing is The Frown - a haunting electro-folk project by Eve Rakow and Tim Apter. They’ve been around a while, and put on one of the finest shows ever at Wolves last year sometime. We figured they’d be a good first release.

How do we get hold of The Frown’s music?

It is available at a few Look and Listens, but the sure bets are the Wolves Online Store (www.shop.wolves.co.za) and Rhythm Online (www.rhythmmusicstore.com).

How great is the need in South Africa for venues like Wolves that expose young talent? 

It’s important that music lovers have a space where they can be exposed to new music. But the old open mic night vibe is too risky because you never know what you are going to get. Our nights are “curated” in a way, so people have come to trust our taste in young music.

Speaking of young talent - how much of that is out there? Are you optimistic about the future of original music in this country?

Young musical talent is one thing, but what we are passionate about is the talent that has always been there but just gone unnoticed. So while there may be a shortage of young bands coming out, there are always bands that people have overlooked.