About John

John Bold (born Riaan Pretorius; December 29, 1987) has been part of the underground Indie Acoustic scene since mid 2012, and has been gracing the stages of Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban as well as Cape Town.

Bold was born in Roodepoort, Johannesburg and was raised in the east of Pretoria as well as Centurion.

His music career started when he performed his first professional show at the Ithuba Arts gallery in Braamfontein, for one of director / screenwriter Sibs Shongwe-La Mer’s film exhibitions, and is currently co-hosting Mother City Sessions at The Drawing Room in Observatory, Cape Town. 

John’s music could be likened to a mixture between Nick Cave and Neil Young, with a strong Indie Folk background.