Johan Buys | Bass

YoYo Buys is a South African bass player with a great deal of International gigging and recording experience

Resident in London since 2001, building his reputation as an outstanding sideman, he has been working with various London based bands, recording for Sony/BMG, ARC, Jive Recoreds, Zomba Records, and New Linc Records, amongst others. Currently he has a production partnership with Jason Boshoff at the Strongroom

Artists he has worked with include: Lisa Hannegan, Roachford, Ravid Hang, Limahl, Dana Gillespie, Zohar, Avivit Caspi, The London Symphony Orchestra, Vusi Mahlasela, eVoid, Lenny Zakatek, John Parr and Bishi. He has also toured internationally supporting artists such as Bryan Adams, Counting Crows, Collective Soul and Buddy Guy.

He was a member of South African chart-topping band The Usual from 1993-2000, signed to Sony/BMG Africa, with two national no. 1's two national no. 2's, winning two SAMA Awards, a number of SAMA nominations, and a string of top ten radio hits.

He has also been a clinician since 1990, doing instructional workshops and demonstrations for various manfacturers. Workshop highlights include: working with drummer Mark Schulman, supporting guitarist Frank Gambale and recording with the legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer.

YoYo has worked with over 150 bands and artists on many albums, gigs and tours. He also plays double bass, stunt guitar and Chapman Stick.