Instrumental music group DECA certainly need no introduction and are now entering in to a new phase of their career – a double album release no less!
The duo’s fresh, modern and passionate renditions of crowd favourites is the key ingredient behind their instant success and resonates with audiences of all ages. II, the pair’s second album, has just been released and promises to build on this winning trend.
“The new album has a nice electronic sound. Our goal has always been to put a smile on people’s faces and if our music can add a little rhythm to their daily lives, we are happy,” says the group.
“Almost the entire repertoire is aimed to get listeners on their feet. However, it is not specifically a dance album, but has a very contemporary, modern and euphoric vibe.”
II consists of 13 easy-listening tracks in typical DECA fashion, which includes covers of various existing hits,
such as Shape of You, Despacito and Kiss. There are also three original offerings, Irish Festival, St Paddy’s Jig
and Oorwin, which will definitely impress the public.
The latter was recorded with Len Muller and is also the first single that will be released from the new CD. “Oorwin was written by Douw Steyn and William de Bruin, who is also co-producer of the album. William went through severe depression in 2017 and the song was inspired by the fact that there is light at the end of the tunnel. We hope that it will appeal to anyone going through a difficult time,” the musicians said.
“As an instrumental group, it is often a struggle to get play listed on the radio and we therefore decided to collaborate with Len on this song.”
They are also very excited about Timber/Oukraalliejide Mashup and believe that it has the potential to be a big hit. “We wanted to do something risky and different. There are not many mashups of international pop songs and Afrikaans hits around, and we are excited to see the public’s response. It’s always better to try new
things,” they explain.
“Douw also recently bought a mandolin, called Mandy, so aside from guitar and violin sounds, listeners can also look forward to some new texture. We also experimented with a voice part here and there.”
According to them, the biggest challenge during the recording of the album was to meet their deadlines. “We are so busy with performances that it was difficult to get everything done in time. The other challenge, for any artist, is creativity. It’s not something that can be forced and if something does not want to flow on the day, you have to try again tomorrow. But that’s a good challenge.”
The group has also recently completed another exciting projected. Themes & Love Songs, which is currently available on iTunes and concerts, is dedicated to all of their loyal fans and is a combination of crowd favourites and requests they have had over the past few years.
It is a collection of soothing instrumental renditions of well-known love songs like From This Moment and Toe Vind Ek Jou, as well as movie and television themes like Game Of Thrones. This release is the perfect choice for background music at weddings and corporate functions.
Herman Steyn (on the violin) and Douw Steyn (on the guitar) are veterans in the music industry, with more than 26 years of combined experience between them. They met in 2014. Together with William de Bruin they started Son Records, a recording label, in 2015. Working closely together they started to enjoy performing and decided to create an album for themselves.
What started out as a project to keep their creativity flowing, ended up becoming something much more and DECA was born. The group has since shared the stage with renowned artists and performed at various functions, launches and parties, including Aardklop.
DECA would like to reach all demographics of the country with their music and also plan on submitting their
songs to international radio stations. “We do not only have one specific target market and want to reach
everyone in one way or another, regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. We also busk at
shopping centers across the country, to cater for those fans who do not necessarily have the means to attend
festivals and concerts.”