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TO NDR Keegan moore 2

Picture: JJP Photography

There’s nothing like club bangers to keep you partying till the early morning, which reinforces what an awesome time you had.

Electronic music has been extremely popular and it seems that people all across South Africa cannot get enough of this genre.

Hot on the Durban scene, a fresh new face specialising in electro music and who has been the talk of the town is Keegan Moore (pictured) of Plastic Shadows.

Moore is fast becoming a recognisable face on the local club scene and has been getting rave reviews from regular club goers.

With an electro sound influenced by dance, pop and house elements, Plastic Shadows demonstrate real talent and it is evident that a lot of hard work, originality and energy are put into their songs.

Moore’s vocals are powerful and deep. His sound is energetic, diverse and so full of passion that it will put just about anyone in a party mood.

Although Plastic Shadows comprises solely of Moore, in essence, he is classified as a band because he features other artists when he plays.

Moore is one of the most humble and sweetest guys you will meet. During our one-on-one, I offer him a cold-drink, to which he jokes: “I gotta save my voice, it’s the money maker.” After we chat about random stuff, we get down to serious business and I learn more about his music and what he has to offer his fans and the music industry.

“I became involved in music at quite a young age, probably around 11 years old. I started in choirs and musicals and odd pieces. I was actually kicked out of my choir because they didn’t think I was good enough. Come high school, I guess I blossomed as a singer. I started playing classical, so I’m trained in classical and opera music. I was part of the KZN Youth Choir for five years and I was the lead soloist. We toured internationally a couple of times. As of last year, I decided to start a group.

“My music is very electro. A lot of people also pick up a jazz influence. I was trained in jazz, so it is electro jazz. They call it a Cape Town sound. It’s sort of a Goldfish/ Goodluck kind of feel,” said the friendly and bubbly artist.

Although Plastic Shadows is still new to the music world, they have played at various gigs, from opening for Locnville last year at Chris Saunders Park to playing at the Mr Price Pro in Ballito and the Miss India South Africa after-party at Empyre, not to mention the hottest clubs in Durban such as Origin, Sasha and Tiger Tiger.

For Moore, he wants to make it big in Durban and South Africa, before he sets his sights on an international career: “My ultimate goal is to make good music and for people to hear our stuff and enjoy it. We want to become a greater success and push the South African music industry.

“I’ve done acoustic sets and I’m really comfortable with acoustic. But I’ve started pushing electro because I’d like to push that industry and support it since it’s still very young in Durban. The more hype people get about this genre in Durban, the more people will support it. So far, the response to our music has been great.

“I want to perform and get out there and tour countrywide. I want to get South Africa’s support first before international.”

Moore says record label offers have been coming his way and he just needs to pick one that is best suited for Plastic Shadows. Their album, The Bridge to the Sky, will soon be available and features all of what they can do.

“It’s got a bit of acoustic, electro and jazz. This album is about the journey to success and my journey and what I’m hopefully going to be facing and how I won’t turn back. I’ll persevere and carry on,” he explains.


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