Dare To Daydream - Debut Single Lize Mynhardt

For some reason, it’s seldom that many Idols contestants continue to remain under the spotlight the show grants them. We’re all well aware that, with the exception of the vast minority, most cease to exist in the public eye due to lack of effective marketing, performances or perhaps even culminating their careers within the season.

I find myself delighted to find past contestants persisting and hustling in the industry, with the hope that they’ve abandoned many of Idols’ notoriously ‘capitalist’ composition constraints. With this in mind, 2014 saw Lize Mynhardt, a 23 year old Capetonian place as the season’s second runner up. After putting her university studies on hold to pursue a career outside of law, Mynhardt’s debut single ‘Dare To Daydream’ was fabricated.

Inspired by a battle with insomnia and induced by resultant hallucinations, the track encompasses a solid direction of ethereal albeit hesitant pop. The palm-muted acoustic guitar progression accompanied by deep, palpitating beats amongst ambient synths are pleasing, but not unprecedented. Although the somewhat whimsical whistle riff coincides well with the accompaniment, the only element that stands out is Mynhardt’s vocal timbre and style, similar to that of Birdy.

Although ‘Dare To Daydram’ alongside her debut cover album “Silent Night” serves as a sufficient introduction to the artist, the latest release highlights her art’s potential, as if an imminently powerful vocal-driven style is constrained within contemporary structures. Admittedly, it’s a little frustrating, but here’s hoping Mynhardt relishes her debut, but seeks further refinement and progression in her inherent and admirable Daughter-esque style.



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Imagination single release (July 2018)

This has probably been the most fun to write of all my singles so far. I feel like I'm getting closer and closer to the sound that I want should I make an album. I produced and recorded the demo version of this track in my home studio in Stellenbosch and then I sent it to Cosher Studios to have it professionally recorded and produced. The single took us a day as per usual and I was extremely happy with the result. Once again, massive thanks to Colin, DSB and Ross Rowley at Cosher Recoding Studios in Cape Town, South Africa. 

This single is a funny story that reminds me of the way I used to think when I was younger. You  meet someone and before really getting to know them, think way into the future about family, marriage, kids etc and then decided whether you should date or not based on whether they would make a good long term investment (the answer usually being no and so rejecting a relationship that doesn't even exist yet). In "Imagination", all of this happens in a club before even saying a word to each other and the story unfolds from there!

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Idols Throwback

"Gareth doesn’t remember too many Idols contestants, but Lize Mynhardt is a talented musician who thankfully doesn’t fit into that category. Blessed with perfect pitch and a hugely mature outlook on life, the Capetonian performs live in studio and discusses all manner of things with Gareth, from cover bands to demons."

Listen to the interview here: http://iono.fm/e/388275

Watch Lize Mynhardt's Idols performances here: https://goo.gl/rqdCPp

First performance at LQF Bar!

Introducing "Live Music in the Village" every fortnight at #TheBarAtLQF!

Tomorrow, 31 January, will be my first event at LQF in Franschhoek. Hopefully this will be the first of many to come. More events details below: 

Join us every 2nd Wednesday between 18h30 and 21h30 for a relaxing evening of live performances from our handpicked line-up of talented local artists. The perfect pairing with your favourite drinks and light bites off our menu!

This week, we'll be hosting the exceptionally talented Lize Mynhardt, renowned for her perfect pitch, beautiful voice and soulful performances. We're so excited to experience her performance with you on Wednesday. No bookings required - seating available on a first come, first served basis.

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Stay The Night single release (December 2017)

Stay The Night, produced by Howard Edward from Cosher Recording Studios, was written by Lize Mynhardt. It's the classic story of being in a relationship that could end at any time and just wanting to drag it out that one night longer. 

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Danger single release (December 2017)

Latest single released by Lize Mynhardt, featuring art work by the talented Christina Yaffes. Danger, written by a close friend and produced by Howard Edward from Cosher Recording Studios, was released in December 2017.

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