Native People Interview

By: editor

Bourne2GoOut catch up with up-and-coming indie-dance quartet Native People.

Having been highly praised from the likes of the BBC (BBC Introducing, Tom Robinsons: 6Music) , citing Influences from the likes of Foals, Two Door Cinema Club and Bombay Bicycle Club the quartet have a busy summer ahead.

Reuben (21 ) Luke (20) Connor (18) and Hudd (18) talk to us about Football, Super Powers and their debut EP ‘Tapes’ released later this month…


Hi guys! Thanks for taking the time to speak to us today, How are you?

Really good thanks! Been busy Writing music, gigging, practicing, more writing, more gigging, more practicing haha! We don’t have time for anything else really. Oh, and we love drinking lots of tea!


What do you like to do in your spare time?

Aside from music.. I don’t think there is anything else haha! Most of what we do revolves around music in some way: going to gigs, listening to the radio. Two of us are Arsenal fans so watching the football and Fifa has got to be up there. As for the others Netflix is always on the agenda. We’re all very much into our dance music, so wine and a boogie is always one of our favourites.


If you could describe Native People in 3 words what would it be?

‘Not One Direction’ haha!


What has been your biggest achievement to date?

We were extremely lucky to perform at Camden’s very famous KOKO, as part of Club NME, which was an incredible experience.


Who are your biggest influences?

Dance music is something we all love, as well as the 80’s synth pop era. Some of our biggest influences come from the more modern bands who combine indie and dance music such as Two Door Cinema Club, Friendly Fires and The 1975. We are also very heavily influenced by David Bowie, Nile Rodgers & Michael Jackson.


Native People have yet to play Bournemouth, have you visited the area before?

Yes, Luke visited Bournemouth last year and posted some photos of the beach on his Instagram – it looked banging. Reuben passed through as well on his bike ride from Folkestone to Cornwall, it’s basically a much nicer version of Folkestone!


For those who have not yet had the chance to check you guys out on stage, what can they expect to see?

We like to get people dancing and smiling! We want everybody in high spirits – our job at the end of the day is to entertain. Expect high energy and don’t think we won’t notice you hiding, if you’re not dancing Reuben will spot you haha!


Are you fans of football? This week Bournemouth were promoted to the premier league – what are your thoughts on this, being fellow ‘seasiders’?

Oh most definitely! Luke and Hud both support Arsenal religiously. Luke’s bedroom is actually still decorated in Arsenal wall paper from when he was 10…he was very happy about Bournemouth being promoted, as he always likes to see new teams in the premier league. We’ll see you next year at the Emirates!


What can we expect to see from your debut EP “Tapes” out on 25th May?

When we set out writing this EP we wanted to push the tempo of our music and combine indie guitars and dance music in the perfect way. We think we achieved this, so hopefully our music will make you happy and get you dancing! We’ve put 3 tracks of our own on the EP and our friends in The Citrus Clouds and Lua Sonique have done two great remixes of our single ‘Tapes’.


If you could have a super power for the day, what would it be and why?

I’m pretty sure Hud already has a super power – his dance moves. They are pretty insane, but being the music nerds we are, it would have to be the ability to write a number 1 over and over again haha!


What is in store for Native People in the near future?

We’re spending a lot of time writing at the moment, so we’re going to continue with that, and hopefully we’ll have some more new music for your ears later this year! We also love playing live so expect lots of opportunities to come and see us live.


Fancy hooking us up with something exclusive?

Well, if you come and see us at our EP launch at the Camden Barfly we’re going to cover Gorgon City’s ‘Ready For Your Love’! But shhh don’t tell anyone that’s a secret haha!


Thank you for your time, is there anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for showing interest in us! Let us come and play in Bournemouth soon!




Native People return to  play an electric EP launch at Barfly this May, with debut EP “Tapes” being released 25th May.

Make sure to Checkout Native People on Facebook and Sound Cloud


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