The Kiffness

The Kiffness is fast becoming one of South Africa’s favourite live electronic acts. From the beginning of 2013, they’ve had great success on local radio stations with 5 songs already been playlisted, with all songs reaching top 10 status in the top 40 charts.

The 2nd single ‘Where Are You Going?’ had great success on radio charts and reached #1 on the MTV Dance Charts, and was included on the NOW 65 compilation CD.

Dave Scott studied at Rhodes University where he played trumpet in many bands & DJ’d in a couple clubs in and around Grahamstown.

When he arrived in Cape Town in 2011 to study sound engineering, suddenly he didn’t have any bands to play in and he didn’t know of any clubs where he could DJ. So he decided to make his own beats that he could play trumpet and keys over. This was the beginning stages of a live electronic act that would become The Kiffness today. Dave made his way by doing small shows & made music for adverts and TV shows and has built up enough capital to upgrade from his bedroom to a professional home studio.

His brother Mike joined in the early stages of the band, playing live electronic drums and creating the logo, CD designs, shirt designs & visuals that go with the music. He left the band in 2012 to focus on his animation and illustration.

Mvelo Shandu aka Black Norris joined in early 2012 and plays drums and bass in the band.

What sets The Kiffness apart from most electronic acts is Dave & Mvelo’s instrumental talent combined with a love for hype and uninhibited dancing, which means that they’re a real crowd pleaser. The secret behind their live show is that they aren’t just musicians; they are performers, so the crowd can always expect nothing short of a huge vibe.

They also have a longstanding friendship, which started when they met at Michaelhouse high school in 2001. From endless hours of singing in the chapel choir to playing in the jazz band together, their unique friendship is solidly built on the foundations of music.

Electronic music just got more interesting.