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Hier Kom Dit Nou

by Xander Filmalter

Sound feelings tapered with soulful lyrics to steal a kiss from your soul.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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1. Hier Kom Dit Nou
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2. As Jy Dans
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3. Hi Jy
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4. Bloed Is Rooi
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5. Verewig En Veraltyd
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6. Val Vir Jou
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7. Gogga
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8. Radio
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9. Twee Tree Agter Jou
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10. Weet Joost
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11. 'N Bietjie Meer
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album is Xander Filmalter's first contribution to the Afrikaans market. Previous music were released under AvenFall, his previous band. The songs are a rich combination of adult contemporary, singer/songwriter pop rock, best described as sound feelings tapered to steal a kiss from your soul.
'Radio', 'Hi Jy', 'Gogga' and 'Hier Kom Dit Nou' serve as upbeat feel good songs, while tracks like ' 'n Bietjie Meer', 'Weet Joost' and 'Twee Tree Agter Jou' explore deeper dimensions. Consisting of music for every emotion and feel, even non-Afrikaans listeners will be able to enjoy this album.

Xander Filmalter believes that, because music has the ability to change people, it can change the world, a philosophy evident in each song he creates. This talented artist has established himself as songwriter and musician over the past eighteen years and has just released his first Afrikaans album, HIER KOM DIT NOU. His latest release not only showcases his remarkable talent, but is also something that no music collection should be without.

Pieter Filmalter, better known as Xander Filmalter, is the former lyricist and guitarist of the English rock band, AvenFall. This band, which was created after severing ties with the group Nurok, who was quite popular amongst young listeners, and their music received regular airtime on radio stations like 90.6 FM, 5FM and PUKfm. They also released an album and a music video on YouTube. The singer only decided to enter the Afrikaans Music Industry after a friend asked him to write a song. “I wanted to challenge myself by trying my hand at some Afrikaans material. It opened up a whole new world for me, and suddenly I had even more lyrics to work with! I continued writing after my first few attempts, and now I have an album’s worth of content and more,” he says.

His debut album can be described as Afrikaans Pop, with a contemporary sound. Elements of Rock and Alternative genres were also cleverly interwoven into each track, making it fresh and different from the normal Techno style the industry is known for. The CD combines a variety of rhythmic feel-good music, which is easy on the ear, making you look forward to social gatherings and dance parties. “We have been working on the album for more than three years. New songs replaced old ones, while new ideas and techniques inspired us to take our time in order to create a product we could be proud of. It is the perfect mix of heart-felt lyrics and catchy tunes,” he explains enthusiastically. “I wrote all of the songs myself. My producer and friend, Renier Henning, went to a lot of trouble to include guitar pieces that would complement the overall feel, finding the best musicians and providing invaluable feedback on the project. I honestly believe that all eleven tracks are good and have received an equal amount of attention. Nothing was added to fill the playlist and each song has the potential to be someone’s favourite.”

The first single, As Jy Dans, was released in 2016 and was very well received. The music video can still be seen on kykNET. “The track is an upbeat love song with a sweet melody. It is about how you need to let go of the past in order to have a new beginning. It is one of those songs that immediately evokes the emotions I felt when I wrote it,” says Xander.

The second single, Bloed is Rooi, was dedicated to the Lions Rugby Team who played in the final of the 2017 Super Rugby Series. The song, which is available on iTunes and Google Music, was played during half-time of the epic semi-final clash between the Lions and Hurricanes at Emirates Airline Park. The single could also be heard before and after the game as fans celebrated their team’s success. A special video for Bloed is Rooi was also released on YouTube and boasts a variety of emotional, feel good Lions Rugby highlights. It has already had more than 5 000 views.

The titular track, Hier Kom Dit Nou, will be released soon and will build on the success of the previous single. “I am very excited about how this song turned out. It has an energetic and upbeat vibe and, if you listen closely, you will be able to hear the special guitar pieces we added to make it even more impressive.”

Although he does not want to single out a song as his favourite, he admits that ’n Bietjie Meer and Verewig en Veraltyd mean a lot to him. “It was the first two songs I wrote in Afrikaans. The latter was written from Jan Van Riebeeck’s perspective. He was a young newlywed, who gave up his medical career to board a ship to an unknown country with his wife. A country I happen to love. The song was written as a love letter to his wife, Maria,” he gushes. Rugby fans can also look forward to two beautiful sport inspired tunes. Bloed is Rooi is dedicated to the Lions Rugby Team and Weet Joost is a tribute to the 1995 World Cup Team. “It is tradition to honour heroes with music and I wanted to do the same with this song.” A music video of the song, which was filmed at Emirates Airline Park (Ellis Park) and features guest appearances by famous players, will be released soon.

THE MAN BEHIND THE WELL-CRAFTED LYRICS
Xander grew up in the Vaal Triangle and played in bands since he was seventeen. He used to make up new lyrics for existing melodies, until he saw one of his friends playing guitar at a school concert. He immediately fell in love with the instrument and taught himself to play on his grandfather’s guitar… in the same way in which he would later go on to teach others the same skill. “I have had no formal training as a musician. It has always been my passion to craft music and lyrics to convey a certain idea or message. It is my way of clearing and examining the deepest corners of my soul. I have been surrounded by music for as long as I can remember. My mom loved playing her Queen tapes, my dad used to listen to everything from Boeremusiek to Charlie Pride, and my sister used to force me to sing with her… and it rubbed off on me. I have always loved writing poetry and have won numerous poem competitions, which also helped me to pay for my first car. My career progressed naturally from lyricist to guitarist and singer, as I needed new skills to complement a previous one,” he shares.

He credits Johan Vorster, Richard van der Westhuizen, Lochner de Kock, Mathys Roets and Steve Hofmeyr as some of his local music influences. “My first love has always been Rock, but I enjoy a wide variety of music. International artists like The Offspring, Green Day, U2, Lenny Kravitz, Pearl Jam, Goo Goo Dolls, Jon Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams and Ed Sheeran are a great inspiration and have had an influence on my own style.” He would love to work with local stars, such as Richard van der Westhuizen, Francois van Coke and Karen Zoid in the future.

Xander describes himself as an introvert, who often needs some quiet time to recharge and think about life. “It is a game of cat and mouse that I play with the words, symbols and pictures in my head… and if distracted I might never get it back,” he explains. Although he is happy with being a teacher, he dreams about writing songs for well-known artists and films, recording a few more albums and conquering the hearts of the South African public. “I believe that people will be able to identify with my music, because it addresses various relevant themes. I want to touch the hearts and imagination of audiences with my work, because that is the purpose of any form of art. Each song has its own identity and personality, and I hope that mine will provide good company where needed.” When you consider what this determined artist has accomplished over the past years, you can’t help but look forward to everything that he is still going to achieve.

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