In­tro­duc­ing Abel and Petersen’s Alt Ego…

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT MUSIC -

CAPE Town na­tives Jody Abel and Callen Petersen, more com­monly known as Acous­tic El­e­ment, re­cently re­leased their new mu­sic project, Alt Ego. are fam­ily and we can read each other.”

“It would be very hard to add a third per­son to Acous­tic El­e­ment and Alt Ego,” adds Abel.

His view is that hav­ing tried it pre­vi­ously, they pre­fer to main­tain their group dy­namic and then col­lab­o­rate with dif­fer­ent peo­ple. The process of work­ing with dif­fer­ent artists is one they en­joy, as ev­i­denced by the amounts of guest fea­tures on their al­bum, which in­cludes South Africa’s Got Tal­ent winners Four, Amy Tjasink, Jade Hub­ner and Des­mond John.

Lis­ten­ing to Alt Ego, it is clear they’ve set­tled on their sig­na­ture sound, some­thing all artists need to do in or­der to dis­tin­guish them­selves from all the noise in the mu­sic in­dus­try. Speak­ing of their sound now Callen says: “Our niche prod­uct now is tak­ing well­known clas­si­cal songs and ad­ding house and dance beats, plus ad­ding vo­cals to make it some­thing spe­cial”.

Af­ter that mar­riage of dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal in­flu­ences, how about a hon­ey­moon of sorts? The duo is go­ing on hol­i­day dur­ing July, with a trip to Am­s­ter­dam, fol­lowed by a week­long yacht party in Croa­tia – in­sert in­tense jeal­ousy. The trip will con­clude in Split, Croa­tia, at the Ul­tra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

Then they jet off to Swe­den to per­form at a club called Cafe Opera, be­fore re­turn­ing to home soil and another round of pro­mo­tions for Alt Ego. Talk about mix­ing busi­ness with plea­sure, but you couldn’t be­grudge them the ex­pe­ri­ence. The pair have done this project on their own as in­de­pen­dent artists. It is thanks to the re­la­tion­ships they’ve built over the years and their hard work, that they were able to have a glam­orous al­bum launch party at the One & Only with South African co­me­dian Marc Lot­ter­ing act­ing as MC and celebs such as Jimmy Ne­vis in at­ten­dance.

Acous­tic El­e­ment’s Jody Abel and Callen Petersen are rein­vent­ing them­selves.

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