Dylan Christie, Wesley Reinecke and Rudolph de Villiers are the incredible talent behind this local Indie Rock trio. We Are Charlie, AKA WAC recently released a new single, and are about to drop their brand-new EP, so of course, we had to catch up with them…
How did We Are Charlie come about?
Dyl and Wes went to school together and immediately found a mutual love of unpopular music, so they decided to make some unpopular music together. Dyl and Rudolph met on a drunken night in a parking lot and immediately fell in love.
Rumour is you’re releasing a new EP? Can you give us a name, and a taste of what to expect?
We are indeed! The EP is called ‘Hey Dead Bird’, and sounds like something that will never be played on commercial radio. It was however, written straight from our hearts, and it’s something that we are extremely proud of.
What inspires your music?
I guess most of our songs are written out of experiences, heartbreaks and frustrations.
What music do you enjoy listening to personally?
Our music tastes vary quite a lot, but we do have mutual favourites like Arctic Monkeys and Mariah Carey.
What’s the most stressful part of being in a band?
The life of a musician is not a care-free one at all. We might be putting in all this work for nothing, but we’d still choose this over sitting in an office any day!
What do you enjoy most about being in a band?
There are so many rewards to being in a band, but seeing the looks on faces in the crowd, and the feeling of being in second a family stand out.
Where are your favourite places to eat out in Pretoria?
Boxcar Eatery at Arcade Empire have the best street food in the world! Also, we enjoy pretty much anywhere where you’re not judged for getting drunk before your meal arrives.
What do you do when you’re not touring or making music?
Dyl is in finance, Rudolph does a design every now and then, and Wes is all about that sound life.
In your opinion, what’s the best thing about being South African?
South Africa has a very rich variety of cultures and musical genres, so the possibilities really are endless. Also, being able to use words like ‘awe’ and ‘lakka boet’. Also, Oppikoppi.
Any New Year resolutions?
Keep growing as a band, and keep writing songs that don’t make people frown.
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