Full name: Owl Merlyn. But my friends call me Owl. The "Merlyn" part only appended itself when I discovered other musicians also called themselves "Owl". Damn! So some head scratching produced "Merlyn". But "Owl" is just fine.
I live in Johannesburg. For those of you who don1t know where that is grab a map and look it up cos I ain1t gonna give you directions okay, its south some where.
I have had two previous bands. One, "Qkumba Zoo", had some major success on the American Dance charts, and on the South African pop charts. Our song "the Child (Inside)" went to number one on the South African charts and number one on the US dance charts in 1996. I am proud of that first album, "Wake Up & Dream". But that was a while ago and now I am branching out on my own.
I like to think of my music as a merging of crystal consciousness with whatever: electronica, folk, rock. What I do isn1t so easily defined within a style but rather within a spiritual and emotional space. I am feeling the heart beat of a new world emerging, along with the sometimes ragged edgy pulse of the present one, and this is what I infuse into the music.