We really want the music to speak for itself so we’ve kept ourselves anonymous. What we will say is that Namaste’s a duo of friends who love all types of dance music. From drum and bass to deep house and back around. It’s probably a reflection of our backgrounds. We were both born in England and both now live in Australia. One of us has been quite a successful electronic producer – with support from guys like Pete Tong – whereas the other, up until now, has been more of a background player in the local dance music scene.
How did you come up with the name?
It’s quite funny really, we’re always asked this question but truthfully the story behind it isn’t quite as cool as the name. When we first started producing together, we were wrapping up our first single but didn’t have an artist name yet. We knew it had to be something that reflected our sound – which is diverse given our wide range of musical tastes – but we want our sound to connect on a deeper level with the listener. One Sunday morning our manager rang us up and, with this in mind, suggested Namaste. We loved the concept of the term so the name stuck.
How long have you been making music as Namaste?
We first met in September last year and began getting in the studio together regularly soon afterwards. It hasn’t even been a year yet but we’ve loved every minute of the Namaste journey so far.
Describe your sound in 3 words..
Emotional, melodic and personable.
Musical influences & why..
We love so many different types of music! But I guess you could say our influences would be Rudimental. They’re the benchmark at the moment and their music is always so on point. Chase and Status for showcasing that it’s good to be diverse and draw influences from various genres of music. Calvin Harris for the consistency he has with his productions, both in terms of technical quality and chart success. We’d love to have a career half as good as them.
Dream venue/festival & why?
Given there’s two of us the answer to this is a dead heat between two locations. One is Ibiza. Ever since we watched Defected’s Ibiza video from 2012, where they interviewed Franky Rizardo, Simon Dunmore and Sandy Rivera, it really opened up our eyes to the magic of the island and has inspired us to keep on trying to make good music with a view to playing there one day. It’s the same for Lollapalooza. After we saw the “Skrillex on Tour” video from there, we can’t stop fantasising about playing there. Both would be a dream come true.
Musical legends, alive or dead, who would you take out for a beer?
Chris Martin (Coldplay), Florence Welch, Norman Cook, Mike Skinner (The Streets) and Eric Prydz. They’re all pretty different artists, but we reckon they’d all be equally good value to have a few pints with.
What can we expect from you for the rest of 2014? (Any new releases that you’re working towards?)
We have so much new music in the works at the moment. Four singles are really close to being wrapped up so expect some announcements soon. We’ve got a track with upcoming British duo Ivy & Gold which is very summery and unique. The vocal on it is outstanding and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it. We’ve also got three drum and bass tracks – all featuring some great vocal talent – coming together at the moment. There will be new music from Namaste in the very near future.
Where can we come & see you guys?
Right now, there’s a real immediate focus for us on producing. We’re working towards an album so the only place we will probably be found, at least for the foreseeable future, is in the studio. After that, we will be doing a string of gigs but as for the locations right now, your guess is as good as ours.
I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Namaste and who knows, maybe in a few months we’ll find out exactly who they are ;) Until then make sure you check them out:
While you’re here, make sure to check out previous artists featured and the endless list of huge tunes that I’ve blogged about so far.