Robin Brink


Hi! I’m Robin Brink, a drummer, producer and DJ from South Africa. You might know my band Beatenberg. I also make electronic music as okayshades.

As a producer and engineer I have collaborated on recording projects for Manu Grace and Mark Reichardt amongst others.

As a session drummer I have toured and performed with Bongeziwe Mabandla, Lucy Kruger and Adelle Nqeto.

In the last five years I have worked with the following record labels: Island Records UK, Platoon, Universal Music South Africa, Poker Flat Recordings, Stay True Sounds, Ambious Records and Surreal Sounds Music.


- My remix for Tim Engelhardt came first place in the 20 Years of Poker Flat Recordings Remix Contest! Listen here...

- A new track of mine 'Ex Libris' was debuted on Kid Fonque's #SelectiveStyles radio show

- Singer and Songwriter Manu Grace has been nominated in the categories 'best new female' and 'best alternative album' at the 2020 South African Music Awards for work that we produced together

- Several Live Streams with Adelle Nqeto

- Drumming for Bongeziwe Mabandla on a three week tour of the Netherlands, Finland, France, the UK and Switzerland. Drumming for Lucy Kruger on a week long tour of Germany. Drumming for Adelle Nqeto at Pop Kultur Festival Berlin

- Guest interview on The Cooking Kitchen Podcast

- Workshop for Zildjian Company.

- Tour of Australia, Cabo Verde, France and Portugal with Bongeziwe Mabandla. Live Video: Performance with Bongeziwe Mabandla in St. Nazaire , France.

- Quoted in the book What It Takes: a survey of 60 Young African Creatives.

- Hosts new podcast blue roots in conjunction with Lilies featuring one-on-one guest conversations about shared musical connections.

- Invited to participate in The Edge of Wrong Experimental Music Festival presenting a solo for drums and electronics and releasing a set of sound studies on a limited 7" Record split with Jacques Van Zyl

- Writes Processing code for a number of projects aural, visual and gestural, also combining all three elements.

- Writes Processing code for Daniel Rautenbach to facilitate the production of 3D printed sculptures.

- Invited to perform as guest drummer for the opening concert of James Beckett's 'Of Animal and Inventory' exhibition at Blank Projects, Cape Town.


I took up playing drums, producing beats, painting pictures and learning graphic design during high school. After that I started the band Beatenberg with my best friends Matthew Field and Ross Dorkin. In my early twenties I was DJing almost every weekend around Cape Town. I then went to the University of Cape Town to study English Literature and Interactive Media. After that I worked for two years as a junior Front-End Web Developer. During that period I founded a collective called glowLDB with Ross and another close friend Mohato Lekena. We were commissioned to produce a multimedia remix project for TedxStellenbosch.

Around the same time I spontaneously made a series of paintings inspired by aesthetic research I was doing while learning the Processing programming language. These paintings can be seen here. Some of these works were thereafter shown and sold at a handful of galleries and independent arts spaces around Cape Town.

In 2013 I was invited to participate in the Red Bull Music Academy: Bass Camp Johannesburg. It remains one of my favourite memories. Watching Black Coffee DJing to a packed crowd in Soweto was a masterclass I won't forget.

Following the release of "The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg" my band suddenly exploded into the mainstream, breaking radio airplay records and winning numerous music industry awards. We proceeded to play headline performances around our home country of South Africa as well as in Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Mauritius. During this rollercoaster experience we were also invited to to perform on stage and on television with icons of South African music history including Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse.

Word soon spread internationally and we were consequently invited to record and tour with Mumford & Sons and Baaba Maal. We found ourselves performing for vast crowds at Forest Hills Stadium (New York) and Hyde Park (London) as well as making television appearances on the Jimmy Fallon Show and Later... with Jools Holland.

For some time I had the great fortune to learn the ins and outs (pun intended) of a hybrid analogue-digital recording workflow in my recording studio near the beach in Muizenberg, Cape Town. Since 2018 I've been based in Berlin, Germany with a very comfortable and highly productive recording studio space in Kreuzberg...


As Co-Producer:

12 Views of Beatenberg
[Island Records UK]

The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
[Universal Music SA]

Mark Reichardt:
[Kudukudu / Platoon]

Manu Grace:
[Kudukudu / Platoon]


Tim Engelhardt:
First Contact (Okayshades Remix)
[Poker Flat Recordings]

Mumford & Sons ft. Baaba Maal:
Si Tu Veux (Okayshades Remix)
[Island Records UK]

Fever Trails:
Stop That Too Juicy (Okayshades Remix)
[Quit Safari]

Adam De Smidt:
Pink Lemonade (LEMMA & VVeber Remix)
[Ambious Records]

Lucy Kruger:
Could We Leave This (Okayshades Remix)

Sol Gems:
Echo Eyes (Okayshades Remix)
[Roastin’ Records]

Museum (Oxblood Remix)


The Premise
[Stay True Sounds]

Surfing with Dolphins
[Ambious Records]

LEMMA & VVeber:
[Ambious Records]


Documentary EP
[Red Bull Studio Cape Town]

Gravity EP
[Surreal Sounds Music]

VVeber & LEMMA:
Modern Times EP


VVeber & LEMMA:
Time Zones

VVeber & LEMMA:


Robin Brink:
Trois Études (Limited Edition 7” Record)
[Edge of Wrong]


Selected Live Appearances:

On Television:
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (USA)
Later… with Jools Holland (UK)
VPRO Vrije Geluiden (NL)

In Concert:
BST Hyde Park (UK)
Forest Hills Stadium (USA)
Firefly Festival (USA)
Primavera Sound (ES)
Port Fairy Folk Festival (AUS)
Afrovibes Festival (NL)
Womex Festival (FI)
Atlantic Music Expo (CV)
Solidays Paris (FR)
Festival Chorus (FR)
Pop Kultur Festival (DE)
Reeperbahn Festival (DE)
Joburg Day (SA)
Oppikoppi (SA)
Rocking the Daisies (SA)
Cape Town International Jazz Festival (SA)

As Support:
Opening band for Mumford & Sons, George Ezra, John Newman, One Direction, Bastille, 30 Seconds to Mars, Tallest Man on Earth


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You might want to say: hello [at] robinbrink [dot] net