Robin Brink / okayshades

Intro

I'm a South African Drummer, DJ and Music Producer.
You might know my band Beatenberg.
I also release electronic music as okayshades.

I'm currently making music with Manu Grace, Adelle Nqeto, Rosa Landers, Pink Mario, Max Dick, Sparklet and Clay.

Get in touch.

News

Manu Grace's 'No Room For Error' is out now. Zane Lowe debuted the lead single 'Two Weeks' on his Apple Beats 1 Radio Show. I also got to make a remix for Bongeziwe Mabandla and I'm really happy with how it turned out - have a listen.

Biography

I took up playing drums, producing beats, painting pictures and learning graphic design as a teenager. After that I started the band Beatenberg with my best friends Matthew Field and Ross Dorkin. In my early twenties I was DJing almost every weekend around Cape Town. I then went to the University of Cape Town to study English Literature and Interactive Media. I then worked for two years as a junior Front-End Web Developer. During this period I founded a collective called glowLDB with Ross Dorkin and another close friend Mohato Lekena. We were commissioned to produce a multimedia remix project for TedxStellenbosch. Around the same time I spontaneously produced a series of paintings. Some of these works were shown and sold at a handful of galleries and independent arts spaces around Cape Town.

In 2013 I was invited to participate in the Red Bull Music Academy: Bass Camp Johannesburg. It remains one of my favourite memories. Watching Black Coffee playing to a packed crowd in Soweto was a masterclass I will never forget.

Following the release of "The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg" my band suddenly exploded into mainstream consciousness, breaking radio airplay records and winning numerous music industry awards. We proceeded to play headline performances around our home country of South Africa as well as in Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Mauritius. During this rollercoaster experience we were also invited to perform with icons of South African music history including Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse.

Word soon spread internationally and we were very pleasantly surprised to be invited to work with Mumford & Sons and Baaba Maal. We found ourselves performing for vast crowds at Forest Hills Stadium (New York) and Hyde Park (London) as well as making television appearances on the Jimmy Fallon Show and Later... with Jools Holland.

In 2018 I started playing drums on tour for Bongeziwe Mabandla. It's been an amazing experience to travel the world together. Aside from that I've been delving ever deeper into producing for other artists. I work both from home and from my studio in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.

Selected Live Appearances

On Television:
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (USA)
Later… with Jools Holland (UK)
VPRO Vrije Geluiden (NL)

In Concert:
BST Hyde Park (UK)
Forest Hills Stadium (USA)
Firefly Festival (USA)
Primavera Sound (ES)
Port Fairy Folk Festival (AUS)
Afrovibes Festival (NL)
Womex Festival (FI)
Atlantic Music Expo (CV)
Solidays Paris (FR)
Festival Chorus (FR)
Pop Kultur Festival (DE)
Reeperbahn Festival (DE)
Joburg Day (SA)
Oppikoppi (SA)
Rocking the Daisies (SA)
Cape Town International Jazz Festival (SA)

As Support:
Opening band for Mumford & Sons, George Ezra, John Newman, One Direction, Bastille, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Tallest Man on Earth

Discography

As Producer and/or Performer:

Beatenberg:
12 Views of Beatenberg
[Island Records UK]

Mumford & Sons ft. Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg:
Johannesburg
[Island Records UK]

Beatenberg:
The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
[Universal Music SA]

Mark Reichardt:
Ambrose
[Platoon]

Manu Grace:
June
[Platoon]

Manu Grace:
No Room For Error
[Platoon]

Remixes:

Tim Engelhardt:
First Contact (Okayshades Remix)
[Poker Flat Recordings]

Mumford & Sons ft. Baaba Maal:
Si Tu Veux (Okayshades Remix)
[Island Records UK]

Fever Trails:
Stop That Too Juicy (Okayshades Remix)
[Quit Safari]

Adam De Smidt:
Pink Lemonade (VVeber & LEMMA Remix)
[Ambious Records]

Lucy Kruger:
Could We Leave This (Okayshades Remix)
[Independent]

Sol Gems:
Echo Eyes (Okayshades Remix)
[Roastin’ Records]

Bateleur:
Museum (Oxblood Remix)
[Independent]


Singles:

Okayshades:
A Little Less Traffic
[Ambious Records]

Okayshades:
The Premise
[Stay True Sounds]

Okayshades:
Surfing with Dolphins
[Ambious Records]

VVeber & LEMMA:
Foreword
[Ambious Records]

OX++ ft. Nonku Phiri, Okmalumkoolkat, Big Sol:
Rome
[Red Bull Music Academy] EPs:

Okayshades:
Documentary EP
[Red Bull Studio Cape Town]

LEMMA:
Gravity EP
[Surreal Sounds Music]

VVeber & LEMMA:
Modern Times EP
[Independent]

LPs:

VVeber & LEMMA:
Time Zones
[Independent]

VVeber & LEMMA:
“Memento”
[Independent]

Experimental:

Robin Brink:
Trois Études (Limited Edition 7” Record)
[Edge of Wrong]

Network

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Contact

You might want to say: hello [at] robinbrink [dot] net