The morning after their electrifying performance at the annual Logie Awards, the Rogue Traders (founder/producer James Ash and new lead vocalist Mindi Jackson) popped into JOY 94.9 for a fun chat about phase three of the Rogue Trader rollercoaster.
Originally a dance prodution duo consisting of DJs James Ash and Steve Davis, they scored a Top 10 hit back in 2003 with the INXS sampling “One Of My Kind”, from the album We Know What You’re Up To. Phase two began when Neighbours star Natalie Bassingthwaighte fronted the band in 2005. With their trademark brand of attitude-filled, punchy electro-pop-rock, the breakthrough album Here Come The Drums sold over 500,000 copies worldwide and spawned the classics “Voodoo Child”, “Watching You” and “In Love Again”.
The band’s follow-up Better In The Dark produced further hits “Don’t You Wanna Feel” and “I Never Liked You”. When Natalie left the group in 2008 to pursue a solo career, James searched for a new vocalist. Independent singer Mindi Jackson was chosen, and the group is ready to commence phase three with their forthcoming album Night Of The Living Drums, featuring the addictive new single “Would You Raise Your Hands”.