While studying at the University of Cape Town he began to put songs together and attempted various projects realizing that being a musician was where his heart lay. After meeting Jules they knew they had the right combination for creating the foundation for what was later to be completed by Ben and Emelio. The rhythm stick, Ben Peters started out training as a Therapeutic Aroma Therapist but his hands were itching to be banging out the beats that cause heart palpitations. Through studying drumming at school he was well trained in the theory of rhythm and this, together with a keen sense of production, added a vital element to the team. With strong roots in trip-hop and electro music he adds an infectious groove to the mix resulting in an undeniable character to the songs.
Ben is dangerous (behind a drum kit). After losing their first bassist the trio were on the lookout for the new addition and it wasn’t long before they found who was to become an integral element in the formation of a tighter, groove driven sound – Emelio Gassibe. Definitely the most experienced in the group, his professionalism, knowledge of music and performance, and incredible skills on the bass guitar, added the final component to build the solid machine that is now jacSharp. He joined his first established rock band, ‘Critical Mass’, in 2000 as a session bassist and has since performed in bigger groups like ‘Khanyisa,’ which saw him touring the USA, Germany and the Reunion Islands. He has also performed in many other well-known SA groups including: ‘Corner House’, ‘The Jason Glover Project’ and ‘Plush’. With an EP completed, and a charismatic full album in its final stages of completion, the eclectic sound that is jacSharp is ready to explode onto the international market, and with a European Summer Tour in the pipeline the excitement has already begun… In South Africa their brand has been established with hundreds of gigs behind them including prestigious festivals such as Rocking the Daisies and Splashy Fen, a music video on DSTV’s MK channel, and extensive national radio airtime on Radio 2000 as well as climbing the charts on campus radio stations. If you dig to the core of this band, you will find something magical that has been built on a foundation of good times, solid relationships and musical diversity amongst the members.
Through an understanding of their strengths they have taken this diversity, melted it down, mixed it together and energetically thrown it at their delighted audiences. Just watch this space… Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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