THE KIFFNESS makes jazzy, groovy and uplifting house music and is one of South Africa’s favourite live electronic acts. From 2013, founder and brainchild David Scott has had great success in the South African music industry, racking up a total of 3 SAMA nominations and 10 singles play-listed across national radio stations – all of which have reached top 10 status in the Top 40 charts. 2014 album Kiff debuted at #3 on the iTunes album charts and 2017 album Soul Safari debuted at #2. During his studies at Rhodes University, Dave played a handful of instruments in multiple bands while also DJing at a couple nightclubs. After completing his BA (Music & Philosophy) at Rhodes in 2009, Dave moved to Cape Town to study sound engineering & finished top of his class at Cape Audio College. Using his experience in live bands & newfound knowledge in production, he began fusing live instruments with electronic beats, and in early 2011 The Kiffness was born. From its relatively humble beginnings, Dave made his way from bedroom producer to building his own studio and becoming one of South Africa’s most reputable producers. He has collaborated with some of South Africa’s leading artists including Tresor, Shortstraw, Moonchild, Samuel Miller and Mathew Gold.
With THE KIFFNESS’ success on radio, the project has gained major momentum and the group has had the opportunity of playing headlining slots at some of South Africa’s most reputable festivals such as Rocking the Daisies, Splashy Fen and Park Acoustics to name a few. They’ve also played international shows in the Seychelles, Lesotho, Swaziland (Bushfire), Zimbabwe (Vic Falls Carnival) and Vietnam. Saxophone and 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.