Cape Town alternative rock band, Native Young, will be in Pretoria this weekend for Park Acoustics. They will be playing alongside Showstraw and many other talented local acts.. We had a chat with the guys, give it a read:
MA: Hi guys… it is such a pleasure to be featuring you guys on the site!! Is everyone doing well today?
The pleasure is all mine … doing stellar!
MA: Before we get started, can you please introduce us to the members of Native Young & where in SA are you guys from?
Native Young is essentially my alias for my current musical venture. I am the frontman, producer and writer for the project and depending on where in the world I am I use different musicians to make up the live band of Native Young. Our core live band for Native Young in South Africa is made up of myself (Yannick – from Cape Town), Mark (Khayelitsha), Mohau (khayelitsha), Alejandro (Barcelona) and Nick (Cape Town)
MA: How/Where did you guys meet up to form Native Young?
I had created a collection of indie electronic pop songs a few years ago and was toying with the idea to use a traditional Xhosa marimba player for the live performance of the tracks. Around that time I met a spanish guitarist named Alejandro who came to couch-surf with me and ulitmately became my brother and musical kindred spirit. He asked if he could join me on my hunt to form a live band and together we had the luck of meeting Mark’s marimba band ‘Abikondela’ one afternoon while they were busking at the V&A Waterfront. We approached them with our idea and they promptly invited us to a jam session in the garage of a Gugulethu marimba maker. The jam was electric, something unexpectedly special and Ta da! … the live band for Native Young was born!
MA: Can you give us a short background on the name Native Young?
I was standing outside a busy street in Gugulethu and noticed the initial ‘NY 1’ on a bus that drove past. I asked Mark what ‘NY’ stood for and he replied “Native Yard” – however I thought he said ‘Native Young’ and when he corrected me I smiled knowing that Native Young was the perfect name for the music I was making – it was like being struck by lightning, it just felt right – because being struck by lightning feels good sometimes 😉 Upon further thought the name became even more appropriate as the connotations it exuded were an innocent humbleness and a primal relationship to music – a concept I definitely want my music to represent.
MA: You label the genre of your music as Kasi Pop… can you elaborate?
We chose the term Kasi pop for the live sound as ‘Kasi’ is slang for township and that’s what our live show is – raw township indie pop.
MA: Where do you guys take inspiration from in your “sound”?
I mostly draw inspiration from my natural surroundings and the internal thought and emotion related to my personal experience of life. I’m inspired all the time by so many artists making all kinds of music… it’s overwhelming sometimes!
MA: Our local scene has been growing positively over the past few years… What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently?
I think many people are somewhat unaware of the huge treasure chest of talent that exists in South Africa. The scene is growing and anyone can produce their own music nowadays, so it’s raised the standard and pushed people to explore. I think for the first time we as Africans (more especially South Africans) are finally embracing our own culture as opposed to trying to emulate American or European music. What I’d like to see in SA is more venues catered to live bands and perhaps more festivals catered to alternative genres.
MA: Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
Yes! artists like Zuko Collective, Brother Moves On and Tidal Waves
MA: You are up in Gauteng for a few shows at the end of this month, ending off at Park Acoustics. Are you excited for your gig at Parks on Sunday 27th August? What can we expect from your set?
We are super excited. It’s our first big show in Pretoria and so we’re definitely going to be coming in hot!
MA: Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
New music – You think you know but you have no idea 😉
MA: Where can we follow you on Social media?
MA: Thanks for your time guys…!!