Roger Seldon - songwriter. His 1st album, The Beast Within, has received airplay on CBC radio and Village 900 in Victoria , as well as various college and internet stations in BC and other parts of the world.
Track 9, Angelica, was listed at #1 on the top ten list of the European-based international podcast “The Next Big Thing”. The song Cleo (Tracks 2 & 10) earned a Cape Town Barleycorn Folk Club nomination for Best Song.
Cold Nights, Track 2 off his follow-up mini-album 4-SONGS, gained critical acclaim and a 5 star rating on Vancouver’s Project Opus.
The Rave version of Today Is The Last Day is a single released free to the world on December 20th 2012 as a final gift to facilitate dancing oneself into oblivion through the apocalypse predicted to unfold the following day. The transition was smooth, not many even noticed. The original version, a country tune, was written and completed on May 26th 2012, the day before Ronald Weinland’s predicted apocalypse (2nd attempt).
Since the days of Durban High School party band Transit, Roger Seldon has been madly off in all directions, literally and figuratively. Dodging apartheid-era conscription after his studies, he travelled the globe for years before eventually scoring a 'permanent job' on Vancouver Island. 1996 saw him abandon his post to join long time Australia-based co-collaborator Scott Blackley (Muzzy Pep, The Great Dividing Range, The Troons, Forever Since Breakfast) in the Yukon-based altpoprock group Hoop as bassist for their Australian East Coast Technical Difficulties Tour. In 2004 he released his solo album The Beast Within, recorded by Paris Zannos at Paris Studio in Fishoek and by Dan Roberts at Stoep Studio in Johannesburg, both in South Africa. The same year he settled back on Vancouver Island in Campbell River, BC, where he and songwriter/slide guitarist Malachi Greenidge performed as the duo Holy Joe & The sKeptiK. 2006 saw the release of his mini-album 4-SONGS, recorded in Vancouver by Jim Walchuk (of the CBC television series Judy & Jim) and featuring songs from his longtime North island collaboration with virtuoso cellist Christie Staudhammer (San Francisco Chamber Orchestra).
He remains settled on Vancouver Island and once again in possession of a 'permanent job'. He performs regularly on local stages either solo or with Kim Thyne on backing vocals or with his band OGRe Major (Hugh Schmid, Calvin Kalyniuk, Kim Thyne).
Like a swallow in reverse he travels annually to South Africa where he is a regular feature each southern winter on the Zululand South Coast music scene, and has been labelled a 'musical catalyst' for sparking a seasonal surge in local music interest and activity each year.
More recently, he released a 6-song E.P. (‘six’) recorded in Johannesburg by award-winning South African producer Dan Roberts, and ’swimming vigorously but in no particular direction’, a 4 song collaboration with Australian musicians Scott Blackley and Steve Reynolds, of the power pop band ‘Forever Since Breakfast’.
Reviews for The Beast Within:
"The songs can take off in unusual directions. Seldon is not afraid to go out on a musical limb, without cracking." (Danny Zambilowicz - The Island Word)?
"This intriguing artist delivers an ecclectic mix of catchy, intelligent, witty and deftly crafted tunes which can perhaps best be described as Quirky Pop." (Barbie Meyer - Southcoast Jam)?