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Last Updated: Monday, 16 October 2006, 07:25 GMT 08:25 UK
Talking Shop: Rogue Traders

Natalie Bassingthwaighte and James Ash make up half of the Australian band Rogue Traders. Their first UK single, Voodoo Child, went to number three in the UK Top 40 Charts in July. The electro-rock group are releasing their second UK single, Watching You, on 16 October.

James Ash and Natalie Bassingthwaighte
The band's new album, Here Come the Drums, is released 23 October

Your biggest hit was Voodoo Child. Do you believe in black magic?

JAMES: No, though we did muck around with one for our video.

I try not to be superstitious about anything although I always do try to make sure that I always wear clean underwear before I go on stage.

NATALIE: No, but I might give it a go on James.

What is your new track, Watching You, all about?

JAMES: It's the sort of track that you listen to when you're getting ready to go out on a huge night.

That's really what the whole song is designed for. It's basically about getting ready to go and have the night of your life.

NATALIE: Everytime we perform it everyone gets up on their feet and goes crazy, so it's a lot of fun.

How would you describe the band's sound?

JAMES: We call ourselves electro-rock. As producers we come from a dance music background but we're making live music with guitar so it really is a mash up of everything we love about house music and everything we love about rock.

NATALIE: We sort of had to give it a title from the beginning. Some people might categorise it as dance and some people might not.

I guess when you actually hear us play live and you watch us you'll realise that it is a band. Although it might initially come across as a dance act, there's a lot more to it than that. But basically it's a whole bunch of really fun songs.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte
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How does the UK music scene differ from Australia?

JAMES: They're both very similar. Music tends to be a pretty international commodity these days. Most of the big acts that are huge here are huge also in Australia.

We live in a huge global community and what seems to work in one territory, as we've seen with Voodoo Child and Watching You works in another.

Having said that you are probably a little in front of us in terms of what music is breaking first. But it all filters through eventually.

NATALIE: You look at the charts and it's quite similar. For us being in the UK is an extraordinary thing in itself.

To be successful in your own country and then come somewhere else and do just as well, we're just really excited about the whole thing.

Natalie you are also famous for playing Izzy Hoyland in the Australian soap Neighbours. What do you prefer doing, singing in a band or acting?

NATALIE: To me there never been anything better than performing on stage. They're so completely different it's hard to say.

As soon as you get on stage there's nothing like it. I mean people come to see your show and they're dancing and jumping up and down and you feed off them and there is nothing like the energy you get from being on stage.

How do you feel following in Kylie's footsteps?

NATALIE: It feels amazing. I'm doing what I love. I'm just really happy doing what I am doing. She's an inspiring woman, let alone an inspiring performer, I'm thrilled.

The Rogue Traders
Voodoo Child reached number three in the UK charts

What was the last thing that made you really angry?

JAMES: Honestly, one of the things that makes me a little angry sometimes is when people say that we only sample other people's music and don't write our own songs.

We've got two songs on our album which have got samples in and they happen to be our singles here in the UK. But we've got 10 songs that don't have any samples in so that is something that gets me going. That, and traffic jams of course.

If you came across a "rogue trader" on your local market stall would you tell the police?

JAMES: It depends if he conned me or someone I like. It also depends if he'd been cruel to anyone over the age of 60. Anyone under the age of 60 should know better.

NATALIE: I don't know. Probably not no.

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