A quick Pre Mieliepop chat with Late Night Fox

Late Night Fox (who hail from Pretoria) have been playing live since 2012. To date they’ve only released a few singles and music videos, however the band has spent much of the last 5 years developing and crafting their sound. This sound can be characterized by a non-exclusive approach to music-making, taking its influences from – but not exclusive to – 90’s house music and electronica, Afrobeat, and indie rock bands the world over. The sounds are eclectic, gritty and bass-driven, yet atmospheric and beat-heavy.

Noteworthy live performances include Park Acoustics (2013, 2015, and 2016), Smoking Dragon Festival 2014, IMPAC Film Festival 2015 and Mieliepop 2016. Late Night Fox have shared the stage with some exciting young South African bands including The Brother Moves On, Bye Beneco, Urban Village, Sol Gems, BCUC and Beatenberg to name just a few.

Late Night Fox are playing at Mieliepop 2017 and I decided to catch up with them before the festival (which happens from the 17th to the 20th of March). This is what they had to say:

Where did the name “Late Night Fox” originate from?

We hate sounding repetitive, so here it goes:

There once was a cat called fox, who lived in a cardboard box,
She went out one night, to fly a fur kite, the next day she was found on the rocks… It was late after dawn, when she breathed out her last yawn, from her mouth a new litter was born.

How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?

We usually have to do a dance or hum a tune or something, and then we just say “Indie”…

What have you been up to lately?

Ah nothing much, just chilling.

If you could offer aspiring SA Musicians any advice, what would you say?

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime you better…

What can music fans expect from your set at Mieliepop 2017?

Well we’re not clairvoyant or anything. Probably 10 songs or less (we hope the breaks in between won’t be too long), some old songs, some new songs, some very old songs. We hope it will be a party but if Shortstraw are playing main stage at the same time we’re fucked.

I’d like to thank Late Night Fox for this interview and I wish them all of the best with their set at Mieliepop and with their future musical endeavors.

To get an idea of their sound, check out their music video for “Like A Child” below:

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Henno Kruger
Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant and co-founder of SA Music Zone

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