Nic Bester – Vocals,
Jacques Du Toit – Drums
Steffan Lochner – Guitar
Charl Pretorius – Guitar
Chris Eloff – Bass
CODED is a new AltRock project started by founding member Nic Bester, bringing together years of experience and a definitive primal voice. Having been joined by Charl and Steffan on guitars, Jacques on drums and Chris on bass, the band delivers crunchy riffs with deep lyrics, driving Nic’s vision to be SA’s top AltRock band. Making music is CODED in the band members DNA, and they work tirelessly to achieve their dream.
This has been said about the band.
“The band displayed professionalism and are clearly well rehearsed. They obviously take what they do seriously. I thought that their ability to showcase a heavier genre of music in an environment like the V&A amphitheater and still hold the crowd’s attention was a great indicator that they should win. Their set was well executed and very tight. Good melodies, great overall sound and a clever cover of creed’s “higher” kept it interesting. They also looked the part and could back the look up with their musicality. Overall, a great band with a positive future in the game. Congratulations CODED.” – Graham Lowndes (The Rescu/Marshall Music)
To Nic, being a singer means almost everything. He’s been singing since the age of 6 and in music he feels most alive. Through his previous bands About Blank and Feedback, Nic has been growing steadily and his style and skills continuously evolve. His strong controlled voice combined with his guttural growls and screams defines CODED’s sound, while his lyrics come from deep within to put life to the music. He has shared stages with SA’s biggest bands, and draws strong influences from Alter Bridge, Bush, Breaking Benjamin, Paramore, Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars and Seether.
CODED serves to combine his experience with his new band members, writing catchy melodic songs with strong driving grooves and hard hard rocking choruses.
Charl has been playing guitar for 12 years, having covered hundreds of songs from a variety of Genre’s including AltRock, Pop, Metal and Cross over. His main influences are Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit, Kirk Hammet of Metallica and Mark Tremonti of Creed/Alter Bridge, which all help to build his unique cutting sound. Having won multiple battle of the bands and having played in a few Cape Town bands, Charl creates strong melodies, catchy riffs and edgy solo’s, and contributes significantly to the production and song writing process of CODED.
While Stefan is spanking new to the music scene, he brings a take as fresh to the bandroom. His guitaring is integral to songwriting and structuring, his riffs a cornerstone in a wall of sound, and more often than not, can bestow even the tiniest of inklings into the heads of his fellow musicians who duly forge the music of CODED. Influenced by the likes of Iron Maiden, Metallica and Black Sabbath, Steffan picked up the electric guitar at the age of 20 and dove head first into becoming the next Van Halen. A chance meet with Nic (and his voice), however, would see his aspirations take on a way different challenge and he’s never been more up for it.
Chris has been playing bass for over 8 years, influenced by bassist’s such as Billy Sheehan, Victor Wooten and Jaco Pastorius and various genre’s of music ranging from the blues to rock ‘n roll to symphonic metal. He’s played for several bands over the years including Inferium and King’s n Aces. His solid bass lines drive the grooves for CODED and his wide musical background complements the band greatly.