This Sunday we have Park Acoustics rocking Pretoria again, with a diverse line up, including Greg Georgiades & Ultra Natives. Get to know these rad gents with a short bio ands interview:
The Ultra Natives play extremely catchy tunes that tell entertaining stories with total disregard for genre. Their new album ‘Ultra Natives’ is a collection of strong vocal tunes blended with hot acoustic instrument work on steel string and nylon string guitars, ukelele, oud, bass and drums. Their sound is unique with a variation of distinct African flavors that seem to transcend the borders of the continent thus creating the concept of ‘Ultra Natives’…..natives from everywhere! What other Ultra Natives are there?
Interview: Greg Georgiades & Ultra Natives
MA: Hello Mr Greg and team… it is awesome to be chatting to you. Everyone ok?
Hi, we’re happy, full of fun and raring to go!
MA: Please can you give us a short 101 on who Greg Georgiades & The Ultra Natives are? The members, where you come from and who plays what part?
We are a genre free experience of great rhythms and beats with melodic and spicy storytelling vocals combined with some great instrumental work from the wonderfully spirited musicians in the group. We’re from Pretoria and based there. Greg Georgiades is on vocals, acoustic and electric soprano ukuleles, acoustic nylon guitar and oud(north African fretless lute). Jaco Mans is on vocals, acoustic steel string guitar and electric guitar. Jonathan Daniel Georgiades is on electric bass and his twin brother David J Georgiades is on drums. Great rhythm section!!
MA: How/Where did you guys meet up to form this formidable partnership?
All based in Pretoria was a plus. Greg and Jaco had been pals for quite sometime while Jaco was still with Tidal Waves and Greg is also the uncle of Jonathan( Feed the Wolf) and David(No Comply, Sea of Green) so when the opportunity presented itself the band burst into being.
MA: Where do you guys take inspiration from in your “sound”?
Our inspiration is broad based and multi faceted – for example, the use of seemingly innocent folk music type instruments such as ukulele, oud and acoustic guitar combined at times with electric instruments to create wacky vibey tunes that tell great stories with scant regard to genre. We believe our motivation is to offer something different with some hectic yet tasty surprises. Something Ultra Native.
MA: What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently?
The local music scene is great with a fertile breeding ground for ideas and creation of wonderful music. The festival/ large event scene is healthy and a major contributor to the development of the local music voice. There are some great club/venues but far too few. Many others don’t make it past all the red tape licencing to remain open or survive. The club/venue live music scene is a most important part of the whole music thing. More venues are needed where more cds(out of fashion? ..don’t think so) can be sold at live shows. Downloads would also improve.
MA: Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
All the local acts are really cool except those that aren’t ..but we won’t mention them.
MA: You are playing at Park Acoustics this month in Pretoria… are you excited to be playing alongside the legend Koos Kombuis band? What can we expect from your set?
We are really stoked to play Park Acoustics especially on such a wonderful line up which includes the legendary Koos Kombuis and his great band. From us, you can expect to be entertained and moved by some really juicy tunes that will smuggle you across genre borders to freedom and uncompromising FUN and HAPPINESS!!!
MA: Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
We are currently working on releasing a new Ultra Natives album and show which we will be playing live at Park Acoustics. We are extremely excited about the new album and show.
MA: Thanks for your time guys…!!
It’s a pleasure. See you at the show!!