The Grimm Riddle - South African Musician, Download Free South African Music


The Grimm Riddle is an Alternative Indie musical artist from Durban, South Africa headed by Duane de Coning (Vocals and instruments).  Past members / collaborations are Sphynx (Vocals) and Melody French (Vocals, lyrics and bass guitar)

What are we about? The Grimm Riddle is about questioning everything and being true to music as an art form. The songs are intended as a mirror to reflect the world; the good and bad.  Our intention is to intelligently question everything, find the answers that have proof and to accept that there are some questions that may never be answered, to learn to be comfortable with that mystery.

The ethic of The Grimm Riddle is to capture the raw essence in the chaos of song writing. We like to represent the natural or organic processes and the inherent imperfections in authentic creativity.

Duane says: “I suppose my creative work is about giving the middle finger to the guys who put together perfect pop with pre-recorded samples and pitch correction, instead of actually doing the work of song writing and recording.  My music is a form of protest against the canned aspect of the contemporary music industry.”







Bio: In July 2010 Duane started recording songs under the name The Grimm Riddle using a free downloaded recording program with almost no equipment and has progressed steadily from there.  He has since built his own recording studio from scratch and continues to invest in his art.

At one point I was recording on boxes and kitchen utensils, anything to produce the various drum sounds needed as I had no access to a drum set, only my Fender Stratocaster and acoustic guitar.  With no microphones, I used a home video camera to record, converting to mp3 for the recording program.  I had such cool neighbors, they said I should have band practice every night.








Duane cut his teeth with engineering and production in those early days, mixing at home on his PC.  Duane has toured and recorded professionally with other bands, notably touring in Turkey with Turkish Alternate band Grizu.


Grimm Riddle cover ok new 2The Grimm Riddle’s second official release “OK?”, is an Alternative Rock EP featuring an early Killers sound colliding with the debris of Grunge and Post Punk.

Duane’s lyrics are a continuation of his existential views, moving away from the dysphoria of “Forgetting My Name”, with it’s elements of Goth.
“OK?” transports us from cynicism and revolt through to subtly paranoid observations, while the song “Good Days” offers us a brief glance into a more personal space. The emotional tension of the album is carried by the often intense vocals and featured artist Melody French lends her haunting voice to “I Belong Here”. Duane’s guitar work lends a subtle texture to the overall light and shade across the EP and within each song.

The Grimm Riddle – “OK?” is available on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Tidal and others.


The Grimm Riddle - I Belong Here

The Grimm Riddle has recently released a new song, I Belong Hereon YouTube, a taster from the soon to be released EP OK?” . This album features Melody French, (Vocals, lyrics and bass guitar), in the song I Belong Here“. Melody brings a fresh addition to The Grimm Riddle sound.



The_Grimm_Riddle_Forgetting my nameThe Grimm Riddle’s debut release, “Forgetting My Name” is an Alternative Rock single incorporating elements of Goth and Grunge.

The tone of his lyrics is dysphoric, exploring the indiscriminate finality of fate in contrast to the melodic texture of the instruments.
This single coalesces the experiences gained as a session and recording musician with a wide range of influences and a long history of song-writing.

The “Forgetting My Name”  Single was distributed by Spinnup in 2014.

The Grimm Riddle – Forgetting My Name”  is available on iTunes,  Spotify, Deezer and others.




Duane de Coning established The Grimm Riddle in 2011.  He is the song writer, multi instrumentalist and vocalist for The Grimm Riddle, as well as the engineer and producer.


The demo Album, Killer in Me”  was unofficially released in August 2011 under the independent label Haunted Mirror Records. It is not professionally recorded or mixed but served as a taste of what was to come afterward.



All the songs written by Duane de Coning except for “Another Sky” which is written by Duane de Coning and Sphynx. All instruments by Duane de Coning.


The influences of The Grimm Riddle songs are the likes of Nirvana, Pixies, The Cure, Bjork, Sigur Rós, Grammatrain, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, Portishead, The Velvet Underground, Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, A Perfect Circle and many more.

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