Let’s Take Five: An interview with N-A-I-V-E-S

For an album that was set to bring a pop of colour to dismal, winter days, N-A-I-V-E-S debut, self-titled album did anything but disappoint. But we wanted to know a bit more about the vibrant, art-inspired duo, so we decided to have a chat with them regarding the album (released just a few weeks ago) and the future.


Mix it all up - NAIVES N-A-I-V-E-S album review

Firstly, so that our readers can know a bit more about you, please introduce your band.

We are N-A-I-V-E-S, an indie, tropical-pop band based in East London. We love tropical beats, jungle paintings and all music that can last more than a month. We play and produce our music ourselves. The reviews we have had so far compared us with Caribou, MGMT, Empire of The Sun, Friendly Fires… Someone also said Prince and the Red Hot Chilly Peppers!

You recently released your debut, self-titled album, N-A-I-V-E-S last week… If you had to sum the album up in just three words, what would they be and why?

I would say “colourful, tropical jungle”, as that’s what we had in mind while we were writing the songs and recording the album.

Was the album influenced by any outside sources other than other music? 

Yes, indeed! This album is almost entirely inspired by the french painter Henri Rousseau and his jungles, especially ‘The DreamThe DreamThe Dream‘ which started everything… Also, our name comes from him.

What was the biggest learning curve whilst writing/recording the album? 

Mix it all up - NAIVES N-A-I-V-E-S album reviewThe recording process of this album lasted for almost 2 years, we had many ideas but we selected just nine of them in the end. We spent a long time selecting the best combination of the sounds and sometimes we only understood a track after weeks without listening back to it. We can say that the recording of this LP gave us a deep understanding of what we are as a duo.

We both come from different backgrounds and before N-A-I-V-E-S our approach to music was totally different as we used to be inspired by the sound and the genre of music. But when we first met we started something new. We wanted to get our inspiration from paintings and colours instead of being inspired by other artists’ sound. We learned how to be influenced by images, instead. In doing this, we certainly got to know each other better and this gave us the chance to create our own style, more personal and truly much more inspired, without filters.

Finally, have you got anything to share regarding upcoming tour dates and what have you got planned for N-A-I-V-E-S for the rest of 2017?

We’ll be hitting the road soon and we’re looking forward to play all these songs from our album live. Here below some of the gigs we will be performing at:

February
24th – Bristol, Stag & Hounds
25th  – London, The Finsbury

March
11th – Milan, Contatto Club
29th – Berlin, Monarch
30th – Hamburg, Molotow
31st – Paris, Bus Palladium


We thank N-A-I-V-E-S very much for their time! You can read our review of their debut, self-titled album here, buy the album here or listen to their latest single ‘Crystal Clear’ below.

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