There is barely anything logical about Pierre-Henri van Pletzen, known affectionately as Peach, and thus a description of who Yesterday’s Pupil really is and what he has already achieved seems to change, literally, on a daily basis. Peach was born into a remarkably talented family and already wielded drumsticks like extended limbs of his own as a toddler. His high-school band, SHU, won acclaim as one of the finest alternative rock bands in South Africa, and it is worthwhile to note that after 7 beautiful years together, the other members of SHU formed and joined other such notable and progressive acts as Wrestlerish, kidofdoom and Sesling. SHU’s first album, Ars Poetica, was voted album of the month and received a five star rating in Blunt magazine in 2006.
Producing Van Coke Kartel’s “Skop Skiet en Donner” album (as well as playing drums on on the album); Collaboration with Tumi Molekane (from Tumi and the Volume) in production and live performances (playing drums, synth, guitar and bass guitar); Producing kidofdoom’s SAMA nominated album “my faith in war”; Releasing the Oorlog Frankenstein EP, best described as a “social experiment and musical project” between Yesterday’s Pupil and Francois van Coke; Producing the wonderfully crafted track “Monition” on Isochronous’ debut album; Producing and playing live music for “2-21”, a play featuring Francois Van Coke and written by Hunter Kennedy and Willem Anker and directed by Fleur du Cap winner Jaco Bouwer. This play was chosen as the flagship production at 2009’s KKNK and also did a run at Aardklop; Production on the forthcoming album and multiple live shows backing Jack Parow; Touring Poland with beat poet Ajax, playing 8 shows in 4 cities including Warsaw and Krakow; Performing at TMDG, the world’s largest design conference held in Argentina, Mar del Plata, attended by thousands of people, and then playing some more shows in Buenos Aires; Touring end 2009 as session drummer for Die Heuwels Fantasties and Van Coke Kartel; Drumming for Joseph Clark’s spectacular production The Music of Queen; Featuring as guest musician with Brothers of Thunder; Playing at the VICE magazine SA launch with NYPC; Playing an hour-long live concert on 5FM’s Live @ Five; Selected to collaborate/produce a song and tour with UK noise pop band Johnny Foreigner at Red Bull Studios in Cape Town; Nominated for an MK Neon Award for the music video of his song “Lines and Colours” (which also reached the #2 spot on MK’s TOP 10), directed by Louis Minnaar; Production on bittereinder’s new “conscious Afrikaans rap” album featuring collaborations with Inge Beckmann, Louis Minnaar, Sev Statik (NY), Tim Beumers (Rotterdam), Ajax, Tumi Molekane and Jack Parow; Supporting act for Lark’s 2009 nationwide reunion tour.
Yesterday’s Pupil has also shared the stage with the Black Eyed Peas, Shaggy, MaxNormal.TV, Die Antwoord, Fokofpolisiekar, Harris Tweed, John Legend, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Unit-R, The Narrow, Tidal Waves, Sweat-X, Desmond and the Tutus, Bonga, Cassette, Blk Jacks, and Gazelle amongst countless others. He has performed at festivals like Oppikoppi, Woodstock, KKNK, Aardklop, Grahamstown Jazz Festival, Vortex, Volksbladfees, Cultivaria, the Afrykamera Film Festival (Poland), Inni Bos Fees and Ramfest amongst others.