Original Songwriter from Campbell River BC
Instruments: Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Piano/Keyboards details
South AfriCanadian independent songwriter.
Now settled on Vancouver Island, Roger Seldon was raised in South Africa before travelling widely, playing music, and just playing. He has recorded tracks in various locations, such as Cape Town, Johannesburg and Vancouver.
Like a swallow in reverse he travels annually to Zululand where he is a regular feature each southern winter on the South Coast music scene, and where he has been labelled a 'musical catalyst' for sparking a seasonal surge in local music interest and activity.
His most recent releases are a 6-song E.P. (‘six’) recorded in Johannesburg by award-winning South African producer Dan Roberts, and ’swimming vigorously but in no particular direction’, a 4 song collaboration with Australian musicians Scott Blackley and Steve Reynolds, most recently of the power pop band ‘Forever Since Breakfast’.
His 1st album, The Beast Within, has received airplay on CBC radio and Village 900 in Victoria , as well as various college and internet stations in BC and other parts of the world.
Track 9, Angelica, was listed at #1 on the top ten list of the European-based international podcast “The Next Big Thing”. The song Cleo (Tracks 2 & 10) earned a Cape Town Barleycorn Folk Club nomination for Best Song.
Cold Nights, Track 2 off his follow-up mini-album 4-SONGS, gained critical acclaim and a 5 star rating on Vancouver’s now defunct Project Opus.
The Rave version of Today Is The Last Day is a single released free to the world on December 20th 2012 as a final gift to facilitate dancing oneself into oblivion through the apocalypse predicted to unfold the following day. The transition was smooth, not many even noticed. The original version, a country tune, was written and completed on May 26th 2012, the day before Ronald Weinland’s predicted apocalypse (2nd attempt). A stop-frame video to the rave version was created by Uvongo artist Marke Meyer.
Since the days of Durban High School party band Transit, Roger Seldon has been madly off in all directions, literally and figuratively. Dodging apartheid-era conscription after his studies, he travelled the globe for years before eventually scoring a 'permanent job' on Vancouver Island. 1996 saw him abandon his post to join long time Australia-based co-collaborator Scott Blackley (Muzzy Pep, The Great Dividing Range, The Troons, Forever Since Breakfast) in the Yukon-based altpoprock group Hoop, as bassist for their Australian East Coast Technical Difficulties Tour. In 2004 he released his solo album The Beast Within, recorded by Paris Zannos at Paris Studio in Fishoek and by Dan Roberts at Stoep Studio in Johannesburg, both in South Africa. The same year he settled back on Vancouver Island in Campbell River, BC, where he and songwriter/slide guitarist Malachi Greenidge performed as the duo Holy Joe & The sKeptiK. 2006 saw the release of his mini-album 4-SONGS, recorded in Vancouver by Jim Walchuk (of the CBC television series Judy & Jim) and featuring songs from his longtime North island collaboration with virtuoso cellist Christie Staudhammer (San Francisco Chamber Orchestra).