The Kiffness is a live electronic act from Cape Town, South Africa. The project was founded by David Scott in 2011.
The members currently include:
David Scott – Production | Keys | Trumpet
Raiven Hansmann – Sax | Keys
Mathew Gold – Vocals
Mvelo Shandu – Bass (2011 – 2013)
Clem Carr – Sax | Keys (2014 – 2016)
Apart from achieving internet fame with his spicy memes & controversial views – The Kiffness makes jazzy, groovy & uplifting house music and is fast becoming one of South Africa’s favourite live electronic acts. From the beginning of 2013, founder & brainchild David Scott had great success on local radio stations with 8 songs already playlisted & all songs reaching top 10 status in the top 40 charts. He has also learned that writing amazing things about himself in the 3rd person is a sure way to give him a massive ego. Let me, I mean him, continue…
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 Dave played a handful of instruments in multiple bands while also DJing at a couple nightclubs. Upon arriving in Cape Town he was ready to use his experience in both live & electronic forms of music & fuse them to form a live electronic act.
From it’s relatively humble beginnings, Dave managed to make his way from bedroom producer to building his own studio & crafting a handful of successful singles that have had great success on radio charts. Featuring on some of those singles are some of South Africa’s leading artists including Tresor, Shortstraw, Samuel Miller & Mathew Gold. With The Kiffness’ success on radio the project has had the opportunity of playing headlining slots at some of South Africa’s most reputable festivals such as Rocking the Daisies, Splashy Fen & Park Acoustics to name a few. They’ve also played international shows in the Seychelles, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe & Vietnam.
Saxophone & synth extraordinaire Raiven Hansmann joined Dave for live shows in early 2017. Before joining forces with Dave on stage, Raiven had played a major role behind the scenes in co-writing a couple of The Kiffness’ tracks. Friend & collaborator Mathew Gold has also joined the band in the live format for a couple of shows, adding a 3rd dynamic to the live shows.
What sets The Kiffness apart from most electronic acts is their tangible instrumental talent. What’s more is that they are great performers, so crowds can expect nothing short of a huge vibe.
– “The Kiffness – You Say You Love Me ft. Tawanna Shaunte” nominated for “Best Music Video” in the South African Music Awards 2017.
– Nominated for 2 South African Music Awards in 2015 for “Best Pop Album” & “Best Producer”.
– “Tresor & The Kiffness – Evergreen” was the first 5fm Mashlab to reach the #1 spot on the 5fm Top 40 in 2016.
– The Kiffness 2014 album ‘KIFF’ debuted at #3 on the iTunes pop album chart & #5 on the album chart.
– The Kiffness was included in the iTunes list “New Artists for 2014” to watch out for.
– The band has 8 singles that have been playlisted on national radio stations, all making top 10 status on the 5FM radio charts.
– Where Are You Going was rated as one of the top 100 songs of 2013 in South Africa based on radio play and sales, and was included in the Now 65 compilation CD in 2013 & the ‘Goldfish Organic House’ compilation in 2014.