When you have talented young people making music, it’s something. But when they’re all still in primary school, well, it’s worth hearing. And what’s more, they rock out as well.


The Skyscrapers formed two years ago and have already released a seven-song EP featuring six original songs – ‘Confusion’, ‘Just Kids’, ‘There’s a Light’, ‘Possibility’, ‘Megaphone’ and ‘Party all Night’ – and a cover of Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Summertime’.

Their song ‘Megaphone’ was used to promote M-Net’s Animania animation festival alongside a specially produced music video featuring the band, which flighted daily across eight M-Net channels.

They are South Africa’s youngest indie-pop band producing all original music and are already heading for the world stage with the slick production of their songs and videos. Singer/songwriter Mila Smith (13), keyboardist Leo Letschert (12) and drummer Dan Buchalter (12) met at school and formed the band in 2015.

Their first official radio single: “Just Kids” has had a few spins on 5fm and is also playlisted on Jacaranda fm, Algoa fm and various community radio stations.

Hennie Myburgh, Music Manager at Jacaranda fm says: “Skyscrapers are the biggest surprise of the year! What a talented bunch of artists. It`s amazing to hear something fresh and different coming from brilliant, young minds. More please!”

Skyscrapers write and compose their own music. Mila writes the lyrics, while the composition of songs is a team effort.

Mila says of the creative process: “I randomly think of melodies when I am in the shower or on my way to school. Words corresponding with the tune come naturally.”  Then Leo adds the keys, and Dan adds the song’s backbone with drums.

The band is assisted by musician Nathan Woodman who has worked with South African artists such as Jeremy Loops and GoodLuck, and vocal coach Sadé Ross. Part of their role in nurturing the band is keeping their love of music fresh and varied, and introducing them to a wide scope of different styles of music.

Skyscrapers will be the opening act for Freshlyground at De Waal Park on March 18th. The Rudimentals and Joe Emilio are also on the line up.

In 2017 Skyscrapers wowed thousands of people at Open Streets Bree, played at Littlegig Festival, De Waal Park, and had their first solo gig at Café Roux, which sold out in 2 days. They have been featured by Superbalist, performed on on Expresso Morning Live SABC 3 and Hectic Nine9 SABC 2, and appeared in several campaigns for Woolworths brand &US.

“Skyscrapers have towering talent and multiple stories to tell, so you better look up, because they may be small now but are surely destined for big things.” – The Superbalist.

Watch the music video to their new track below:

Sources: Skyscrapers
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