Music Style: Encompassing rock, folk, blues, jazz, pop, and reggae, Rock and Oldies
Language: Afrikaans and English
City : West Rand
Perfect for: Pubs, Private functions, Lodges, Holiday Resorts, Corporate Functions, Festivals, Markets and Restaurants
Suurstof: Breathing Life into Music
Chapter 1: A Harmonious Beginning
In the ever-evolving landscape of music, new acts often emerge as a breath of fresh air. Suurstof is one such musical duo, where the creative forces of Dirk Basson and JJ Schoeman converge, generating a sonic synergy that transcends genres and captivates hearts.
Chapter 2: Dirk Basson
Dirk Basson, a native of the West Rand in Gauteng, South Africa, was destined for a life entwined with melodies. Raised in a musically gifted family, the notes of his childhood paved the way for a remarkable journey in music.
Dirk’s path to musical prominence is lined with accolades. His voice, a powerful instrument, won him the overall solo section and the duet section when he collaborated with Lieze Beekman in a competition sponsored by Standard Bank at Technikon Pretoria. International recognition followed, as he triumphed in the Asian Battle of Bands held at Hulligans in Guangzhou, China, and graced the stage at the Rotary International District 3450 Talent Show in the vibrant city of Hong Kong.
One of the most memorable chapters in Dirk’s career unfolded when he had the rare privilege of playing alongside Conticto Latino in the rhythmic heart of Havana, Cuba. His vocal prowess was honed through rigorous training, including instruction by Heidi Edeling during his time at Technicon Pretoria and vocal training by Luis Tau in Mongolia. He also received vocal lessons from renowned opera singer Sarie Lambrecht.
Dirk’s musical journey extended across continents, from Abu Dhabi with his band “Wazz Up” in 2002, to a six-month sojourn in Macau, China, where he performed at iconic venues like the Green Spot Lounge and the Macau Tower. The birth of his new band, “Maca Mix,” led to a five-year musical expedition, with performances spanning Hong Kong and Mongolia.
Returning to South Africa, Dirk graced stages at renowned venues such as Sun City, The Sands, Upper Deck, and local pubs and restaurants. His music also traversed borders, resonating in Monrovia, Liberia, at Casino Oceano in 2010, and in Guangzhou, China, with “Huligans” in 2011. His talents even found favor with international brands like Mercedes Benz China, Audi China, and Georgia Armani fashion shows.
In recent years, Dirk embarked on a melodious contract to perform at the Danat Hotel and Resort in Al Ain, a journey that has continued to inspire and enthrall.
Chapter 3: JJ Schoeman
JJ Schoeman, also a product of the West Rand, discovered his love for music through the strings of a guitar from a young age. As a student, he became the driving force behind multiple school rock bands, showcasing his innate talent.
At the age of 17, JJ took the bold step of pursuing vocal lessons, expanding his musical horizons. His influences were as diverse as they were profound, encompassing rock, folk, blues, jazz, pop, and reggae. His musical journey was further enriched when he pursued a diploma in Sound Engineering with a specialization in Music Production.
JJ’s presence in various musical acts, including “Bevonk the Band” and “Dagdroom,” solidified his reputation as a lead vocalist and guitarist. His versatility and passion for music became the foundation of his musical identity.
Chapter 4: Suurstof – A Breath of Musical Freshness
The union of Dirk Basson and JJ Schoeman in Suurstof heralded a new era of musical collaboration. Influenced by a wide spectrum of genres, from rock to reggae, they embarked on a mission to breathe life into their music. Together, they seamlessly melded their vocal harmonies and instrumental talents, creating a sound that resonates with authenticity and emotion.
Suurstof’s journey is a testament to the power of artistic synergy, where two musical souls converge to craft melodies that transcend boundaries. As they continue to breathe life into their music, Dirk and JJ invite audiences to share in their musical odyssey, where each note is a testament to their passion, dedication, and unwavering commitment to the art form they hold dear. They are currently busy writing and recording brand new original songs for their debut album and are full of excitement to release it to their audiences