A few words with James from Late 80’s Mercedes…

Ever been to a show and been unable to control your limbs from moonwalking into an electric slide? Chances are you were watching Late 80’s Mercedes.

If you were at last summer’s Festival One and managed to catch Late 80’s Mercedes play, our guess is that you would have had quite the party. Hailing from Hamilton, the dynamic funk band have an ear for covers and a live show that is a mash-up of all the best things about music. We caught up with James to talk about his roots in music and the band’s upcoming Festival slot.

1) Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

I play guitar in Late80s and sing a little bit. I also have a day job as a teacher at Dilworth School in Auckland. I live in Auckland and the other guys live in Hamilton, we all grew up together in Hamilton and played music in different bands and church things, then 15 years ago we started Late80s.

2) The word community tends to be a bit of a buzzword these days. If you were to strip it back what would you say it meant to you?

Community means so much to me, as I have a family of my own and extended family and friends are so important in living life well. Church is a huge part of our lives and we love the community of our local churches. Community is connection with others and God.


3) Where do you seek creative inspiration?

Anything Top 40, anything funky from the seventies, anything that makes us go “we could do a mean version of that song”.

4) What are your top three festival essentials for a killer campsite?

Two storied tent / fortress, lots of water and zero sleep.

5) The ultimate summer mixtape – what’s on it?

Some 70’s funk, tower of Power, Stevie Wonder and Some James Brown.

6) What are you most looking forward to about playing at Festival One?

Good vibes and great people!

Find out more about the band here and pick up your tickets to see the band at Festival One here!