YouTube drummer Cobus, Spanish producer to mix beats

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YouTube star Cobus Potgieter is headed to Spain to co-produce a new song. This after the Spanish independent producer lago Pico Freire spotted his talent on video blog site YouTube.

YouTube drummer Cobus Potgieter

Cobus had something special, the camera likes him when he's on air, his groove and his style is so bright and colorful.

East London’s most notable drummer Cobus Potgieter is to jet off to Santiago in Spain in August to co-produce and record music.

The upcoming venture is at the invitation of independent Spanish music producer Iago Pico Freire, says Potgieter.

“Iago Pico (Freire) contacted me to play drums on and co-produce a song that he is recording, as well as recording a new series of drum covers in his studio,” Potgieter says.

“I’ll be there for a little over two weeks, from the 15th of August until the 2nd of September.”

Freire says the aim is to release the music clips featuring Potgieter online via iTunes. He adds that options remain open for the possibility of a CD release.

“It will be released on online media services like iTunes, to bring the possibility to buy it with only a click. We are considering the idea of releasing a limited CD edition.”

Jairo Iglesias of Pixel Films will produce the video, says Freire.

Until now, Potgieter performed cover versions of hit songs and posted videos of his performances on the video blogging website YouTube.

Within a few days of the launch of YouTube South Africa in May, Potgieter took top spots for the most viewed and most subscribed videos of all time.

His rhythmic beats soon caught the attention of Spanish producer lago Pico Freire who invited him to record music and perform cover versions in his Pousada Son Studio in Santiago.

“I was at home with friends, and they showed me a YouTube video of him. It was the first time I discovered Cobus. After watching almost all his videos, I had the idea of planning some kind of musical project with him, bringing the possibility of taking a South African guy to Spain,” says Freire.

An excited Freire described the prospects of the venture as “epic”.

“Since the first time I've watched his videos, I noticed that Cobus had something special, the camera likes him when he's on air, his groove and his style is so bright and colorful,” says Freire.

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