Tribal-tropical-indie-dance outfit N-A-I-V-E-S, known for their trademark mix of hook laden synths, big beat drums, extremely fun dance-floor tracks, are gearing up for the release of their forthcoming EP that has been in development for the last year. LYFSTYL decided to catch up with the band to learn a little about their backgrounds and creative processes. Read below.

First start by telling us a bit about yourselves and your background. 
We’re an international jam! Beats from France, Italy and England, all melted in one London based project.  

What’s the story behind the name N-A-I-V-E-S?
We were fascinated by the imaginary paintings of this French painter from late 1800s by the name of Henri Rousseau who was part of the post-impressionist naive current. We thought N-A-I-V-E-S sounded well and was appropriate to our inspirations.

What is your creative process like?
We record melodies and rhythms on our phones all the time, everyday, everywhere; often we sample things on the move. Then back in the studio we have regular composing sessions where all this material is elaborated into a structured pop-song. Lyrics come always at the end.

Who or what influences you musically?
We love electro and we tend to use a lot of digital sounds for sure! But at the same time, we are fascinated by tribal syncopated rhythms which we play live on drums and bass. We love to mix these two things.

Do you have a favorite track that you’ve written?
Everybody has his personal one! Horizon is the one we all dig the same and this makes it special in our eyes.

How long and how hard was it to get to the point where you are now?
We’ve been working on this forthcoming EP for 1 year now and we started the band 2 years ago. I guess it takes a while to get things together to the point where you can put a out single that really represents the sound you wanted to achieve. The most difficult part is to cope with the new sound you have daily on your mind and translate this into a song as fast as you can to keep the original inspiration as fresh as it was when it first crossed your mind.

When did you first realize that you guys had something special?
Haven’t realized that yet! We just love what we do and it’s cool to see people like our music.

To you, what does your music sound like?
Lots of tropical birds clubbing in Dalston.

What are you guys currently working on?
We’re polishing the forthcoming EP, shooting the video for our new single next week, recording new material for the album and preparing for the show at Barfly on September 5th, come down and dance with us! Cheers!

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