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Get to know musician Werner Bekker

Jan 29, 2019, Author: Danita Pilley

Werner Bekker is a full-time musician with five years’ experience in songwriting, composition, performance and teaching music. Growing up with creative parents, Werner joined his father on the road at an early age having music ingrained into his existence. He went on to study music at the Campus of Performing arts and has since written music for various artists, as well as for film. Inspired by the likes of Damien Rice, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz and Ben Howard, Werner is known for his unique storytelling through acoustically driven folk-pop. We sat down with him to find out more. 

Facebook: Werner Bekker Music 

Instagram: @Wernerbekkermusic 

Twitter: @WernerBekker 

YouTube: Werner Bekker 


What was the inspiration behind your latest EP? 

‘Parts of a Broken Man’ (set for release end March) is inspired by things that I have experienced in my life that sculpted me as a person, mostly relationships. Sometimes they take a big chunk out of you and sometimes they fill the holes. These are some of the parts of me.

The first CD you ever owned? 

Hahaha it’s a goodie; Avril Lavigne “Let Go”.


Who is your biggest idol in the music industry? 

In South Africa currently, I’d say Bad Peter. I love how they refuse to be anything other than themselves. Internationally I would say Damien Rice because of his beautiful lyrics and well thought out songs.

Where would we find you joling on the weekends? 

I am a regular at Carvers pub in Darrenwood and also enjoy a good Melville jol! 


Do you have any pre-gig rituals? 

Only one beer. I would love to have a band and do the whole thing where you psych each other up though. Will definitely be playing more full band shows this year, so look out for those dates on my social.

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