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#MusicExchange: Q&A with December Streets frontman Tristan Coetsee

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The indie rock band attributes their new track’s creation with the reality of life which manifests in chapters and relationships periodically.

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December Streets is known for challenging their listeners with powerful messages, “disguised” in upbeat and vibey music. 

“We really think our fans are going to connect with this song on a level they have not experienced with December Streets yet,” said lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Tristan Coetzee. 

Last Forever speaks to the realities of life — but instead of giving up, dance and sing your way through the bad times because even though all good things may come to an end, you have the ability to walk positively into a new chapter of your life. A new beginning of good things and relationships.”

So what better way for us to hit the first weekend of December 2020, than to chat to December Streets’ Tristan Coetzee?

Rapid-fire Q&A with December Streets frontman Tristan Coetzee:

The new decade means?

Hard work and lets get rid of COVID. 

Fame is about?

Realising fame is over-rated. 

Retirement will happen when?

It won’t…The journey is where happiness lies, not reaching the destination. Retirement destination = end of life journey. 

I don’t do?

Queues and traffic…where possible.

What does music mean to you?

Self-expression and an intangible feeling. 

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?

Travel for sure, the opportunity to see new places and meet interesting people. 

Any funny moments on stage?

I accidentally fell off the stage running between the front bass bins in front of 8,000 people.

Your heroes?

Chris Martin. 

Which living person do you admire most and why?

Most probably Elon Musk: Fame, fortune an passion 

What is your most treasured possession?

My new Aussie Shepherd puppy Luna, she’s mental but so adorable!

It’s your round what are you drinking?

If I’m feeling malicious, a Stroh rum. 

Dream gig to do?

Glastonbury for sure – I might actually retire after that.

What makes you stand out?

Our individuality as friends coming together as a band of brothers having the time of our lives on stage. 

Nicknames?

Trizzy, T-Bird, Tristopher Reeves. 

If you were not a musician what would you do?

I’d travel the world making insane adventure films. 

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Adventurous, passionate, overwhelming, energetic, Ritalin. 

Some  favourite South Africa albums

aKing, Tidal Waves, Nasty C, Mango Groove 

Greatest movie ever made?

Inception for sure. It was mind-melting  

What song changed your life?

Backstreet Boys: Millennium. Melted the CD. 

Who do you love?

Most people. 

Favourite fashion garment

Converse All-Stars. 

Give us some real proper slang and what it means

I’m Hungarian, so Bozmeg (Google it).

Top of your bucket list?

Live on an island with an elite studio. 

Your greatest achievement?

Getting into and passing my degree…was touch and go being on the road constantly. 

What do you complain about most often?

Having to wake up early to run. 

What is your fear?

Dying in an airplane crash. 

Happiness is?

The road and journey to success 

On stage I tend to?

Have the flipping time of my life. 

The best life lesson you have been taught?

To listen. 

Do you get worked up while watching a sports game on TV?

I don’t watch sports, but if I did I’d probably chug a pint of beer. 

Where would you like to be right now?

On the beach in the Philippines. 

Do you do charity work and if you do – what do you do?

Yes, I help out at the SPCA. I love dogs. 

Wishes and dreams?

To have a handful of epic relationships till the day I die. 

Watch and listen to December Streets’ new single, ‘Last Forever’: