Native Dancer was formed in 2014. Born out of late night jam sessions, listening parties in an east London studio, conversations about boundary dissolution and a wealth of experience gigging on the London jazz scene and with some of the most interesting creative artists the UK has produced.
Drawing on elements from their collective experience, Native Dancer have created a sound that weaves together influences from hip-hop, trip-hop, jazz, R & B and electronic pop. As individual artists the band has performed and recorded with an array of UK talent including Lianne La Havas, The Cinematic Orchestra, Joss Stone, Squarepusher, Mathew Herbert, Dave Okumu and ESKA.
Since it’s inception in 2014, Native Dancer has released 2 EP’s to critical acclaim garnering loyal fans of their music all over the world. In April 2016, EP Vol.II was released by Japanese label Inpartmaint. Afropunk described it as “A refreshing burst of imagination, uniqueness, and purpose in a crowded electro-fusion landscape.” AFROPUNK 2016
The bands popularity in Japan has grown consistently since the release of EP Vol.I in 2015 which was supported by Gilles Peterson on his famed BBC 6Music station, leading to a dedicated promotional stand in Tower Records Shibuya.
In 2015 the band played support shows at Richmix, Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank, and Village Underground opening for Prince backing vocalist Liv Warfield. Stamp The Wax described the band as:
“The new troubadours of psychedelic soul” STAMP THE WAX 2015
2016 brought the release of EP Vol.II with reviews and radio play in Japan, Italy, USA, UK and Scandanavia.
The EP launch was part of promoter’s Serious new festival Serious Space Shoreditch which also featured performances from Kneedelus (Brainfeeder) and Becca Stevens.
Native Dancer’s show was a collaboration with visual artists The Light Surgeons (Chase & Status, Cinematic Orchestra) which was commissioned by Serious and designed by the band and The Light Surgeons over the course of 6 months to include visual elements intrinsic in the music giving an immersive experience for the audience to enter a dreamlike world of sound and visuals.
Since then, the band has gone on to perform throughout the summer at some of the UK’s most prestigious festivals including Love Supreme Festival (The Arena), Womad festival (Bowers and WilkinsStage) and JazzRe:Fest (Southbank).
EP’s Vol.I and II are available on all platforms for download and the band is currently working on new music for their debut album expected spring 2017.