Musician (South Africa)
The Kiffness makes jazzy, groovy & uplifting house music and are fast becoming one of South Africa’s most sought-after electronic acts. Since the beginning of 2013 they’ve had great success on local radio stations with 7 singles already playlisted nationwide & all songs reaching top 10 status in the top 40 charts, with “Tresor & The Kiffness – Evergreen” being the first Xperia Mashlab song to make #1 on the 5fm top 40. Following their success on radio, their 3rd studio album KIFF (1st album through major label Sony) was nominated for 2 SAMAs (South African Music Awards) & topped the South African iTunes album charts.
Dave Scott founded the project in early 2010 when he arrived in Cape Town to pursue a career in music. During his studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, Dave played a handful of instruments in multiple bands whilst holding down DJ residencies at two of Grahamstown’s most popular nightclubs. Upon arriving in Cape Town he was well seasoned in both the live & electronic music realms and ready to use his experience in both forms of music to form a live electronic project – The Kiffness.
From it’s relatively humble beginnings, Dave managed to make his way from bedroom producer to building his own professional studio & earning a reputation as one of South Africa’s leading dance music producers. He has collaborated with some of South Africa’s favourite artists including Goldfish, Shortstraw, Tresor, Kurt Darren, Zoe Modiga & Mathew Gold & has recently produced Cara Frew’s debut hit single “Falling”.
Following The Kiffness’ success on radio the band has had the opportunity of playing headlining slots at some of South Africa’s most reputable festivals such as OppiKoppi, Rocking the Daisies, Splashy Fen & Park Acoustics to name a few. whilst playing a handful of shows abroad. Saxophone & synth extraordinaire Clem Carr joined The Kiffness mid 2014. Before joining forces with Dave on stage, Clem had played a major role behind the scenes in co-writing two of The Kiffness’ most successful singles to date – ‘Where Are You Going?’ & ‘Find A Way’ and the since he’s joined Dave permanently the two have become a powerhouse production & performance team.
The Kiffness’ unique ability to effortlessly blend live instrumentation with electronic house beats brings electronic shows to a new level. From jamming out deep, hard hitting bass lines live on analogue synthesizers to playing soaring jazzy trumpet and saxophone melody lines, both Clem and Dave’s instrumental talent is tangible. What’s more is that they are great performers, so crowds can expect nothing short of a huge vibe.