Naming James have been around for quite some time. They’ve become notorious for their live performances, thanks to kick-ass sets at Mieliepop (a festival they’ve played at ever since its inception in 2011), Oppikoppi and Rise & Shine Festival (to name just a few).
This Johannesburg based folk rock band is most likely one of the most under-rated acts in the country. It’s a pity that he doesn’t get the attention they deserve on SA’s commercial radio stations.
If you’re going to Mieliepop 2016, don’t miss their set if you like dancing around like a festival hooligan. They are definitely one of the must see acts.
I recently had a chat to Naming James about Mieliepop and a few other things. This is what he had to say:
What comes to mind when you think of Mieliepop Festival?
I think of Greg Georgiades playing the ukulele alongside Michael Lesar in a tuxedo for about 6 hours straight until the sun comes up (yes, this actually happened).
What can music fans expect from your set at Mieliepop 2016?
This will be the 5th Mieliepop Festival and I have played at every single one, so the majority of the set will include brand new songs and the performance will be more acoustic and without a full band. I have also written a song especially for Mieliepop. It is to the tune of “Glory, Glory Hallelujah” and is a jolly sing along for all the legends in the crowd.
What is currently playing on your iPod / CD Player / Music Streaming service that you use?
I’m spinning a Monty Python vinyl at the moment.
What is the funniest thing that you’ve experienced whilst playing a set?
I once played at a tattoo convention and right next to the stage during my set was a man, in the midst of a suspension, being hoisted up and swaying gently from giant hooks through his back. No song on earth can compete with this..
Which quote / phrase would you use to describe the term “Folk Music” ?
Louis Armstrong said: “All music is folk music, I ain’t never seen no horse sing.”
I’d like to thank Naming James for taking time to answer my questions and I’d like to inform him that I’ve got a high five waiting for him at the festival.
To give you an idea of Naming James’ sound, have a listen to this live version of his song, “Get Out The Kitchen” below:
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