Jungle By Night’s journey from Amsterdam jazz hopefuls to recommendations by Afrobeat connoisseurs Mulatu Astatke and Tony Allen has produced four albums and a swelling fanbase in the past five years.
Having released their latest LP, The Traveller, in May, alongside the video for an accompanying single ‘Kingfisher’, a horns-drenched hummer that plunges into the polyrhythmic abyss, the band are now touring to showcase their main appeal as a collective – on the stage, leading the movements of swathes of gyrating revellers.
We posed a few quick questions to the band.
How do you prepare for gigs? Do you have any superstitions before going on stage?
We honour The Papa Paai, our spiritual father, by doing a group hug before the show starts.
What was your experience at Glastonbury? Is the hype around it true? How does it match with others festivals you’ve played at?
Glastonbury was quite an experience. Muddy, dancers, no sleep at all, beautiful stages, party people and some great bands.
How does your touring dynamic work with so many in the band?
We’re a big family. Sometimes we need and give each other space and sometimes we give hell. In the end it’s one love and we conquer the world.
What is your proudest moment in music?
Something we never get used to. Selling out the most beautiful venue in the world, Paradiso, in our hometown of Amsterdam. We celebrated the release of our new album, The Traveller, in front of our fans, friends and family. The best experience ever when you travel around the world!
Jungle By Night headline Band on the Wall on Thursday 21 July, 2016.
Tickets are available via bandonthewall.org