Like most renowned musicians it was love that changed his life. But this time it was not just ‘a girl that lived in the city’ that inspired him to move from his home in Klerksdorp to the city but the complete love of music that brought Nic Dinnie to Gauteng changing his life forever.

Almost every South African Indie fan will know the saccharine sound of Desmond and the Tutu’s, their unmistakable lyrics and unforgettable vigorous gigs. But, what many fans are unaware of is the side projects the members of Desmond have created; Lead singer Shane Durrant owns a café in Joburg called Wolves, Drummer, Craig Durrant has a second band called Yo Grapes, and Nic Dinnie (the bass guitarist) has formed the distinctly different music of Float Parade. “[there is] Definitely a very distinct sound difference, not intentional at all, I studied music and started writing before the tutu’s had begun, then we formed the band I took up bass duties and we started heading in the Indie direction. My writing and playing in Float Parade has taken a different direction and I actually enjoy the two different worlds very much.”

The difference in Float Parade and Desmond and the Tutu’s are vast but both bands aim to please the audience and to tell them that, “life’s too short to be down and sad … and that music can offer an amazing journey to the listener”. Living up to the expectations of the fans and challenging himself musically is difficult, Dinnie hints but something he appreciates about being a musician, “ Well I guess the beauty of fans is that they trust your musical judgement to some degree, I mean all bands change, the members get older, their drive changes, their priorities change but in essence it’s still there. I guess it’s just about balance” and Nic manages to find the balance remarkably, Songs like ‘Dancing out loud’ or ‘Take a Look Back’ speak to the listener but also have a personal association to the band, “I write to tell stories, to put the listener in a moment that they may or may not be familiar with. I try and paint the scene for them and set a mood. Sometimes I definitely try and communicate to the listeners and sometimes it’s purely self-indulgent”

The messages of the band aren’t just words, Nic tries to live up to his music’s significance everyday, “I don’t want my band to be a “job”, I want my life to be an experience”. And that is exactly what he’s doing, experiencing, living, not letting rumours or “any of that stuff get him down”. “I believe if you are writing and performing people should take you as you are, with some respect and some enthusiasm”- although he would like to clear the air that the tutu’s aren’t on drugs, “A misconception perhaps (is) that the tutu’s must be on drugs, haha, we don’t do drugs…”

South African music is an industry that is often overlooked but Dinnie emphasizes the importance of our music on a global scale, “SA musicians must just realize that they have something spectacular to offer, from all the diversity of our cultures we have an abundance of influences which I think should be drawn from. I also think that the public radio stations should allow more local music and really start promoting out live acts on a bigger scale.”

Dinnie is one of the leading indie musicians of South Africa- and one can almost immediately tell why. His chilled outlook on life is expressed through his music and lifestyle. From a small town to the lights of Joburg Float Parade continues to release singles on the internet and have just returned from the US Tour last September. Dinnie’s accomplishments continue to soar- The tutu’s have just finished recording with LA producer Eric Broucek and will release their third album mid 2012 with an album launch tour. Dinnie’s music will continue to thrive and enthuse fans for years to come.

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