Mu­si­cal back­ground was prime mo­ti­va­tor

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SACHA VAN NIEK­ERK

MU­SIC runs in the veins of Neil Breyten­bach.

His grand­fa­ther used to sing opera to him on the beach in Amanz­im­toti and there was al­ways a great big or­gan in the fam­ily home while he was grow­ing up.

Breyten­bach said he grew up in a small re­sort town south of the Lit­tle Manz­im­toti River in KwaZulu-Natal. “I grew up in Warner Beach be­fore I en­tered school in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg. We spent a lot of time on the beach surf­ing, swim­ming and hav­ing fun,” said Breyten­bach.

Breyten­bach said he dis­cov­ered his love for mu­sic through fam­ily, “I al­ways knew I would be a mu­si­cian as my grand­fa­ther was an Ital­ian opera singer. While walk­ing on the beach he would sing some amaz­ing songs and this res­onated within me. Mu­sic was with me from birth,” he said.

Were it not for his par­ents, Breyten­bach may have never be­come a key­boardist. “From a young age, maybe five years old, I wanted to play the drums, but my par­ents only had a big old or­gan in the house,” said Breyten­bach. His par­ents urged that he try the key­board be­fore they con­sid­ered buy­ing him a drum kit. “The rest is his­tory. I never looked back since then and I’m still play­ing the keys now,” he said.

Hav­ing stud­ied here, Breyten­bach con­sid­ers Dur­ban to be his ‘mu­si­cal home town’. Prior to Prime Cir­cle, the key­boardist played in a num­ber of jazz trios and did ses­sion work. Breyten­bach worked over­seas to gain ex­pe­ri­ence in his mu­sic ca­reer. “I worked with in­ter­na­tional tours, help­ing and shad­ow­ing the key­board tech­ni­cians from bands like Michael Jack­son, Depeche Mode, Crowded House, and Ala­nis Moris­sette,” said Breyten­bach. “A while later Prime Cir­cle came to­gether and we are go­ing from strength to strength in­ter­na­tion­ally.”

The al­bum, Let the night in DELUXE, was recorded in Cape Town with the songs mixed and mas­tered in the US. “The writ­ing process was amaz­ing, we all brought some great songs and ideas to the party,” said Breyten­bach. The idea be­hind the name, said Breyten­bach, “Re­lates to peo­ple from all walks of life let­ting their hair down after work­ing hours and ‘let­ting the night in’ to hav­ing some fun.”

As for their re­cent tour, Breyten­bach said, “Europe has been great to us. The fan base in Ger­many is very healthy and grow­ing daily. The re­ac­tion to the band has been very pos­i­tive and they love the mu­sic.”

Neil Breyten­bach

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