biography

The Sick-Leaves is Eksteen Jacobsz.

Jacobsz is a singer/songwriter/guitarist and hails from a farm 40km from a small town in South Africa called, Ermelo.

The Sick-Leaves is an established rock artist currently based in White River, South Africa and has released four full length albums : Tunnel Vision (2006), Stone The Crow (2008), Last Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy (2010) and Breaking Away (2012).

The Sick-Leaves has twice been nominated for a South African Music Award in the category of Best Alternative Album: English for Tunnel Vision in 2007 and Stone the Crow in 2009. The albums has been well received by music critics with features in numerous South African blogs, newspapers and magazines along with radio and TV interviews.

The Sick-Leaves have performed at many of SA’s premier music festivals such as Oppikoppi (2007 & 2009), Rocking the Daisies, Synergy Live, Splashy Fen and Ramfest Jo’burg. The Sick-Leaves have performed on the MK live TV show ‘Studio 1’ on three occasions (2007, 2009 and 2010) and was interviewed on MK’s My MK Celeb and Vuzu. The Sick-Leaves performed on radio 5FM’s (Live)5 show in January 2010.

The Sick-Leaves’ music videos ‘All These Foolish Things (I’ve said)’ and ‘Missing’ were on rotation during 2008 on MK & MTV Europe. The music video for ‘All These Foolish Things (I’ve said)’ was nominated for a 2010 MK Award in the category of Best Animation SFX and was also used in 2009 as the soundtrack for a TV and radio advertisement on 5FM, MK & Vuzu.

In March 2011, The Sick-Leaves recorded a rendition of Roy Orbison’s hit ‘Crying’ which was submitted to the Roy Orbison Foundation for inclusion in the ‘Under the Covers II’ compilation.

Work on the new and 5th full length album, Travels with Charlie, started in April 2013. The album features 11 original songs penned by Jacobsz. It is to be released digitally through Next Music on June 27th 2017.  This is the first Sick-Leaves album to be produced by Jacobsz and was mixed by Matthew Dougherty (Chicago) and mastered by Rogan Kelsey.

Recording took place in various bedrooms, a basement and loft over the course of three years. The drums were recorded at Openroom Studios in Johannesburg and played by Wayne Kennith Pictor, who also featured on Last Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairy and Breaking Away.

“This record has by far been the most difficult and satisfying to make”, says Jacobsz. “It has been a feat of endurance and determination but what kept me going was the fact that I didn’t grow tired of the songs. I feel this is my most accomplished and focused album to date.”