When cousins Callen Petersen and Jody Abel combined their musical talents, an extraordinary combo was born in 2010. Callen, who plays the violin, and Jody, who plays guitar and beatboxes, make up the dynamic musical duo – Acoustic Element.
Both of these young musicians are graduates from the University of Cape Town. With academic backgrounds that stem from marketing to fashion, this creative duo of musicians have found their true passion in music.
Introducing ALT EGO – South Africa’s brand electrifying dance act – where violin and guitar fuses with electro dance synths and pulsating house beats.
The edgy side to Acoustic Element have performed at beach bars and night clubs in Sweden, Greece, Italy, Germany, Austria and South Africa.
ALT EGO’s self-titled debut album was released in June 2017 and topped the iTunes SA Dance Album Chart on the day of its release. The debut single, Get Wild, peaked at number 2 on South Africa’s national radio station. A remix of the track, re-imagined by Zambian producer, El Mukuka, was released in Romania in October 2017.
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“I first got introduced to these lads 10 years ago. They were young, stylish and very good looking, so I didn’t expect them to be great musicians at all. I was wrong. I got booked alongside AE on the “Grand White Party” nationwide tour and excellence was the order of the day. Slick as hell. And just downright nice to work with, which is why I was proud to have them be part of my 2020 online show “My Fellow South Africans” – a record breaking show that saw a staggering 170 000 people tune in. I am super proud to be associated with Jody and Callen.”
“I’d been wanting to book Acoustic Element to play at my lodge ever since I saw them perform live a few years ago and I decided to do so for this past festive season period. What can I say… WOW! The energy and vibes they brought on stage made the whole night SO special for everyone. They’re not just amazing performers, but such lovely guys as well. Thank you, I will definitely be booking you guys again.”
Jessica GoldOwner of Makanyi Lodge
Gal EzraCo-founder of We Love Summer & Feastival
“Acoustic Element are the most talented guitar, violin, duo in the world. Besides their unquestionable musical excellence they bring passion with each performance. The world was never ready for this level of talent, but I hope they get to experience their performance.”
Nidha NarrandesCape Town Etc
“Some of the most professional and incredible people I have ever worked with.”