Record-breaking New Zealand tours, scene-setting appearances at festivals like Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Big Day Out and Parklife, sold-out performances across Europe, worlds-colliding collaborations with Symphony Orchestras, multiple music awards, four EPs and five LPs — three with platinum sales — and an army of fans who return to relive the experience time and time again: the towering achievements of Shapeshifter, the future-shocked soul outfit who hail from Christchurch New Zealand, were built by a living, breathing band of musicians, with all the form-changing sonic possibilities live instrumentation offers.
The players in Shapeshifter created their very own heavy soul, a stadium-sized sound which adds layers of drum & bass, jazz, funk, rock and electronica to solid bass culture foundations, capable of morphing from rolling drum & bass to pummelling guitar-driven jams to horizon-shifting electronic soundscapes. This genre-defying amalgamation of influences continues to draw from new source material and inspiration as Shapeshifter evolves, motivating dance floors worldwide and delivering audiences to the bleeding edge of musical possibility.
In the past year Perth-based duo Slumberjack have brought their music to new heights, turning out massive club hits like “RA” and carving out a more boldly challenging sound than ever before.
Since breaking onto the Australian electronic music scene in 2014, Slumberjack have tapped into their kinetic chemistry to guide their sound into new directions. With their synergy stronger than ever – and with multiple #1 tracks on Hype Machine now under their belt – Slumberjack are currently focused on prepping for upcoming shows, and aspire to deepen their engagement with each audience. “The show’s going to be about slowing down a bit and focusing more on what’s happening in the moment, rather than always looking to the next drop,” says Ehlers. “There should be moments where you just absorb something ugly or unusual, and then get the payoff later when you experience something beautiful. We don’t want to just have people going crazy the whole time – we want to give them a show that takes them on some kind of a journey.”
In 2006, Melbourne born Benjamin Stanford set off to Europe with a simple plan; live in a van, travel the world and street perform. Fast forward, Dub FX has sold over a hundred thousand records, rocked major festivals all over the world, racked up 150+ million YouTube views and organically acquired 600,000 Facebook fans. All completely independently.
His sound? Imagine you’re walking to work; you hear what sounds like a track from a CD played out of a Soundsystem. Instead, it’s one person making all the sounds from just his voice, an FX pedal and a loop machine. Lyrically Dub FX is as real as it gets, consciously projecting positivity and self-empowerment through his music.
Hailing from the mighty H-Town (Hamilton), Aotearoa, Katchafire have become a global roots reggae phenomenon. The all Maori band bring their pure classic sound to music lovers worldwide, delivering one of the most authentic reggae shows around today.
Four highly successful studio albums, multiple awards, platinum sales, highest selling singles, the list goes on. Their sound is built on the foundations of classic roots reggae with an R’n’B and funk rub, mashing modern dancehall and slinky reggae pop. Katchafire has crafted a universal vibe, capturing something truly special in a diversity of instrumentation and clarity of sound.
Their popularity and critical acclaim has seen them share the stage with artists from Damien Marley, Steel Pulse, UB40, The Wailers, to Michael Franti and Spearhead and many more.
Ocean Alley engulf you with an immense soundscape and visual performance through their unique and refreshing brand of psychedelic reggae fusion. Having released two EP’s, a debut full length album in 2016 with another on the way, Ocean Alley pride themselves on their DIY ethics, shaking the cage and making things happen on their own accord.
The six piece band produce a full and seductive sound. Hailing from the northern beaches of Australia, they have interpreted their laid back beach style into their music, mixing and matching genre’s to have a smooth and groovy feel to their songs, and combining 70’s psychedelia with mellow harmonies and soulful choruses. Being the best of friends, they naturally come together as one with their music and enjoy bringing their music to you!
Ladi6 has rewritten the book adding to the ever-growing fabric of Aotearoa’s musical universe with their own brand of RnB electronic neo soul, claiming their own unique territory while inspiring a new generation of modern music makers in the process. With the baddest wonky beats, thoughtful lyrics and deadly delivery that has seen them bless stages and festivals all over the globe. The production meets vocalist duo of Ladi and Parks, alongside the talent of Brandon Haru and Julien Dyne together form the formidable act that is our own, Ladi6.
The architects of blistering sultry soulful gems like Walk Right Up, Diamonds, Like Water and Ikarus as well as recent sly scorcher Beffy, Ladi6 have established themselves as highly individual, creatively progressive recording artists and a powerful live act. Ever striving for higher heights and more profound musical experiences, Ladi6 has once again flipped the script to create the Royal Blue 3000 EP. The result is an adventurous vivid wash of copacetic synaesthetics, that revels in process disruption without sacrificing scrupulous songcraft.
Brisbane’s The Jungle Giants returned in 2017 with new single Feel The Way I Do, the first taste from the indie outfit since their critically acclaimed 2015 album Speakerzoid.
Feel The Way I Do signaled another musical leap for The Jungles, with the track
showcasing a seamless pairing of songwriting and production techniques. The track was recorded at Empire Studios, the result of frontman Sam Hales’ 5 days a week, 9-5 approach to the musical adventure of album number three.
Racking up over 26 million Spotify streams, The Jungle Giants have become the poster people for taking creative risks in the studio, as seen throughout the journey from their first EP to triple j feature albums Learn To Exist and follow-up Speakerzoid. These releases spurred sold-out headline dates and appearances at
all major Australian festivals, including a triumphant early evening set to an overflowing tent at Splendour 2016. Speakerzoid also saw them play shows in LA, New York, Toronto, Austin, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Jakarta.
Ask her where she comes from and she’ll tell you “All directions.” It’s an apt description of a singer who defies boundaries; culturally, musically and spiritually.
Nattali Rize is recognised globally for her unwavering commitment to using her voice and music for the global shift toward Full Freedom and the movement of Truth and Justice over the systemic exploitation of the people and our planet. The exciting evolution of the multi-dimensional artist sees the dynamic front woman leading out fresh with a new heavy five-piece international live band from Jamaica and Australia.
Known for their epic, high energy, thought provoking and uplifting live performances, Nattali Rize delivers a raw energy and vibe, channelling a deep reggae influence in a New Era Style. But this is more than genre labels. The music, message & intention transcends. Get ready to be moved!
Firing up the bassbins and hitting you hard with a dose of raggamuffin junglist energy is what Ed Solo is all about. From Glastonbury to Canada’s Shambhala, from dirty Brixton back rooms to Spanish arenas, Ed has travelled the globe throwing down his unique brand of ruffneck bassline bravado for more than a decade.
Ed’s knack for the rudest of hooks is equalled only by his sublime studio skills. He cut his teeth in the mid ’90s engineering at the notorious SOUR Records studios, going on to lay down a series of groundbreaking collaborations with jungle kingpin DJ Brockie. In 2007 Ed released ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ alongside Skool of Thought, featuring ‘When I Was A Yout’ and ‘We Play The Music’ among others. A 10th anniversary remix package dropped in 2017.
Pierce Brothers have taken their music from busking on the streets of Melbourne to the world.
Their irresistible energy and world-class live show has generated a word of mouth buzz not seen for some time. Comprising of twin brothers Jack and Pat Pierce, the multi-instrumentalists have been shaking dance floors and selling out rooms across UK, Europe, Canada, USA & their native Australia.
The Dreadsquad project has put Poland on the map for creating dancefloor friendly riddim and bassline madness. From the Superfly Studio in Lodz comes tune after tune combining Jamaican sounds of Reggae, Dub, Dancehall, Ska and Rocksteady with the modern sounds of Breakbeat, Jungle, Dubstep and Garage.
Dreadsquad was launched during 2001 and what followed was a flurry of mashups, remixes and Polish Sound Clash victories which gave confidence to turn a passion into a way of life for the man at the controls, Marek Bogdanski. Hundreds of gigs in Poland turned into European tours and now Dreadsquad has toured as far as the USA, Canada, Brazil & India.
Always in demand, Dreadsquad has worked with plenty of top Jamaican and European artists including Ward 21, Tenor Fly, Top Cat, General Levy, U Brown, Milion Stylez, Lady Chann, Tipa Irie, Jah Mason, Perfect Giddimani and Dr Ring Ding.
The Dreadsquad sound is a worldwide sound taking influence and inspiration from all walks of life. It is glued together by Jamaican Soundsystem culture and modern Bass music culture and is a force to be reckoned with.
P-Money is New Zealand’s most renowned Producer and DJ. His incredible talents in the studio and behind the decks have made him a household name in NZ and an artist to watch internationally.
Only a handful of DJs can create both a great live mix and produce amazing original songs, move a dancefloor in the smallest club and knock out main-stage festival sets of legendary proportions. When you shift your lens towards the South Pacific I’d dare say there is only one man who fits the description. P-Money, the Papakura born DJ and Record Producer, is an iconic figure of the New Zealand music scene and for very good reason.
P-Money’s musical pedigree is certified with a string of Number One hits and Platinum selling albums to his credit. He co-wrote and produced five of the biggest New Zealand singles of the past decade; “Not Many”, “Stand Up”, & “Stop The Music ft Scribe”, “Keep On Callin ft Akon” and “Everything ft Vince Harder”. The latter of which broke through to UK airwaves on BBC1 and was dubbed Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World.
As a teenager P-Money poured endless hours into his craft of DJing, a discipline that would see him compete in numerous DJ Battles and culminate in a 3rd Place prize at the DMC World DJ Championship (the Olympics of the DJ World!). These skills are evident every time P takes the stage.
A collaboration between producer Barnaby Matthews and vocalist Conor McCabe, Fortunes. began 2015 with the release of their debut “Hoodie”EP and went on to support the likes of JMSNandShlomho, and Oddisee, gaining a reputation for their engaging and energetic live show along the way. Since then the electronic/R&B duo have been busy. After opening 2016 with a spot at Let Them Eat Cake, the release of their follow-up EP “Jacket” followed close behind. With the single “Energy” on Triple J rotation, the duo went on to play sold-out headline shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, support international acts LapsleyandKilo Kish, as well as land slots at Splendour in The Grass, Paradise and Strawberry Fields. Fortunes. latest offering “501’s” is a day-dreamy, sunset jam with syrupy synths, lazy grooves, and stacks of vocal harmonies that builds on a sound uniquely their own.
Thomas Oliver is an award-winning singer-songwriter who is known for
his tender vocals, his engaging stage demeanor, and his slide guitar playing skills. Last year, he was awarded the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Award for his hit, ‘If I Move To Mars’, from his album, ‘Floating In The Darkness’, a dynamic journey of the heart which showcases Oliver’s distinctive blend of Roots, Soul, Folk and Electronic music.
With millions of views and streams across different platforms, Thomas has developed an international audience from his home base in New Zealand, and has performed throughout New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Vietnam, and has toured and shared the stage with such legends as Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton and Fat Freddy’s Drop.
His vocal diversity has also earned him a reputation in Drum & Bass and
other electronic music, and his list of collaborations includes some of DnB’s most respected producers, including Black Sun Empire, Nu:Tone and Logistics, and boasts releases on prestigious labels including Hospital Records, RAM Records, and Metalheadz
Born and raised in Auckland, Mitch James started playing music at 14 while at school, and on morning tea and lunch breaks he would take himself off to the music room and teach himself the guitar.
Mitch left school at 17 and got a job cleaning cars, where he made enough cash to buy a one-way ticket to London. He went in the hope of hitting it big like many of those before him. Mitch arrived in London with a £20-pound note, zero contacts and zero experience performing live. Without a place to stay, Mitch would attend open mic nights and play, hoping to land a paying performance gig – which he eventually did for a short time, until the venue closed down, forcing Mitch to go home.
During Mitch’s time in Europe he slept 8 weeks on the street altogether, played 230 gigs, busked over 100 times, was robbed twice, beaten once and witnessed a stabbing. When Mitch moved back, his covers of other artist’s songs on YouTube landed him a signing with Sony Music NZ.
From deep in the South Pacific, Cornerstone Roots pay respect to the colossal world of Jamaican reggae, while confidently bringing their own influences and uplifting messages to the mix.
This approach of classic cool & future consciousness has helped set the tone for reggae in Aotearoa New Zealand since 2001 when vocalist/guitarist Brian Ruawai and bass player and partner Naomi Tuaopepe established Cornerstone Roots.
Based in Raglan/Whaingaroa in Waikato (NZ), they bring the power of Maori and Samoan culture with a deep knowledge for authentic roots music, dub and ska to the stage and studio.
Playing alongside the Cornerstone Roots founders, is the current line up, which features Brian Ruawai on Vocals/Guitar, Naomi Tuaopepe on Bass, Aaron Bush on Percussion, Nick Stevens on Keys and stepping up in their parent’s footsteps, 17 year old Reiki Ruawai on Vocals and 19 year old Kaea Ruawai on Drums.
New Zealand’s Onehunga has nurtured some of the best Aotearoa Hip Hop for over a decade, a legacy of style and lyricism upheld by the new 5 man collective SWIDT. SWIDT, which stands for “SEE WHAT I DID THERE?”, broke onto the music scene with their independently produced single & video “No More Parties In Onehunga” in early 2016. Comprised of five members, producer SmokeyGotBeatz (producer credits for TDE / HS87), rap duo SPYCC & INF, JAMAL and Boomer-Tha-GOD. The crew from 312 lit a fuse in the underground, which saw the up-starts from Stoneyhunga have a breakthrough year!! Culminating in the release of the crew’s debut album SmokeyGotBeatz Presents “SWIDT vs. EVERYBODY”, nominations for the prestigious “Critic’s Choice Award” and winning the “Best Urban/Hip Hop” Album of the year at VNZMA. Collecting over 100k+ views for their independently released videos, including the neighbourhood anthem “312, Baby, Baby” (OOOHHH), The Hawaiian Shirt Mafia have recently released their sophomore crew album for 2017, an uncompromisingly Onehunga themed affair, set to be the defining local Hip Hop album of the year.
There are some singers who command the utmost respect the very second you hear that first note. The voice grabs you; it holds you. You’ve discovered something rare and precious. You’ll always remember that moment.
Meet the new Kiwi singer-songwriter who is about to stop you in your tracks – Teeks.
With the release of his debut EP Grapefruit Skies, Teeks made a powerful statement that boldly introduced a young artist with exceptional ability.
Steeped in old-school soul and yet glimmering and shimmering with golden moments that capture Teeks’ strength of youth, the songs that make up Grapefruit Skies are no short of stunning.
Sit back. Imagine the sun easing up and casting a glow across the southern sky. You’ll get a glimpse of the sound that make up Teeks’ poignant soulful music.
Teenage thrash metal band Alien Weaponry shock and surprise audiences on a number of levels. Their songwriting is complex, developed and highly political. Their live performance energy is startling, with just two fifteen year olds commanding the front of stage as effectively as four and five piece bands three times their age. But perhaps most surprising of all, given their blonde flailing locks and Viking appearance, many of their songs are in Te Reo Māori.
In fact, guitarist/lead singer Lewis de Jong (15) and his brother, drummer Henry (17), are of Ngati Pikiāo and Ngati Raukawa descent. Ingrained in their early learning were stories of New Zealand history from a Māori perspective – giving rise to songs like their first two singles ‘Urutaa’, ‘Raupatu’ and latest, ‘Rū Ana te Whenua’.
The band’s English material is equally controversial, with songs calling out everyone from teachers and friends at school to the media for variously glorifying and destroying the lives of television and sports stars.
Winning the national finals of both Smokefree Rockquest and Smokefree Pacifica Beats in 2016 (the only band ever to win both competitions) has put Alien Weaponry firmly on the global music radar as a force to be reckoned with.
Born out of the famed New Zealand School of Music, Tunes Of I are fast developing into one of the nation’s most exciting roots reggae acts. Featuring a solid backbone of drums, bass, vocals and guitars, and complemented by some of Wellington’s finest horn players, Tunes of I – or TOI as they are also known – are renowned around the country for their original, tight and refreshing live performances.
Music isn’t a product for Tunes of I, it’s an experience; let them take you on a musical journey through a varied set performing their special blend of dub, roots, soul and psychedelic flavours, and watch as they unexpectedly swell into a single, resonating entity where all seven members blend into one collective presence.
Few artists come new to the game with such a fearless and complete approach to music as Bailey Wiley.
Bailey filters neo-soul classicism through modern, righteous and true live musicianship, the star of the show, her golden voice – both effortless and organic. She has fast gained the respect from her peers & audiences alike.
Bailey has already racked up an impressive amount of live performances & features, sharing the stage & collaborating with some of New Zealand most well known musical talent. Now taking that a step further and has begun reaching out and collaborating with international artists.
Bailey’s live performance, solo with her producers is mesmerizing. Live on stage is truly where Bailey belongs.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Brendon Thomas & The Vibes had teleported from the psychedelic 60’s to modern day Auckland. Despite their relative youth, the bohemian trio, comprised of enigmatic frontman Brendon Thomas, drummer Timothee Nolier and bassist Michael Anderson seem to take their cues from the ghosts of Hendrix and his Woodstock luminaries, delivering a brand of classic rock that owes much to the tasseled sleeves of decade’s past. Their sound is retro, but not contrived; a throwback to the peace and vibe of the Summer of Love.
Stemmed in blues, funk and soul, the band’s diverse sound has been crafted from years of work on the live circuit and all-night jam sessions. It’s no surprise then that in 2015 the band managed to catch the ear of Kiwi rock and roll luminary, Split Enz’s Eddie Rayner, who signed on to produce the bands forthcoming ‘Wrap You in The Sun’ EP.
The boys distinguish themselves with uncompromising performances and
their enthusiasm and genuine delight with ‘jamming’ with each other and strutting their stuff to audiences. Says Rayner “I was reminded of my years in Split Enz, where we felt we were on a mission, germinating in NZ but determined to take our ‘thing’ to the wider world.”
Auckland-based four piece, Racing, take rock and roll and inject it with a chemical haze so potent the listener is left both pleased and punished. Once likened to “the thoughts of a crocodile in flood season”, the band crafts a swirling sea of groove and hypnosis into rock anthems drenched in weird tropical dance music.
On The Bass EP, released in 2017, Racing brews a soup equal parts Can, Marilyn Manson and Depeche Mode, seasoned with the soulful melodies of classic Motown. At the EP’s core is the title track ‘The Bass’ – a perfect introduction to what will undoubtedly be a breakthrough 2018 for the band.
Racing is made up of long-time collaborators Ed Knowles (vocals) and Sven Pettersen (guitar); two crucial parts to the colossus that was The Checks. Knowles and Pettersen are joined by two other heavy hitters from the Kiwi alternative scene – Daniel Barrett (Bass) formerly of Sherpa and Izaak Houston (Drums) formerly of Space Creeps. From the darkness of the late night dive bars where they cut their teeth, to playing summer festivals across New Zealand, the four members of Racing have come together to create a massive sound that challenges anything from their collective musical past.
JessB is stamping her mark as the new Queen of Rap and Hip-Hop in New Zealand. 2017 is JessB’s breakout year. She is a high energy artist that takes influence only from the greatest female MC’s in Hip-Hop including Missy Elliot, Eve and Lil Kim. With her debut EP in the works (featuring production by legendary NZ producer P-Money) JessB is currently laying the foundations for her music industry takeover.
Aspiring Australian based duo Flowidus burst onto the scene and the Ram Records landscape in 2016, with their debut Program release, the From The Storm EP, which exhibited their smooth production, variety and evolving style. Now, the budding production partnership made up of Spillage and Dealt Fairly are back for an even an even bigger 2017. Already having tracks featured on the Ram Records compilation series and having supported DC Breaks on the Australian leg of their worldwide Different Breed tour, Flowidus are now set to unleash their sophomore release on Program, in the form of No Matter / Zulu.
Born just prior to the early 90’s rise of drum & bass, producers Raphael and Wolf have rooted their sound in the form, both as solo artists, and now collaboratively. Their combined passion for good vibes, and being able to share that with their fans was what defined their stage name FLOWIDUS, with both producers being quoted as saying “we want people to come on a journey with us”.
Aroha is without a doubt one of New Zealand’s most accomplished all genre DJ’s and Tali is an internationally acclaimed vocalist and freestyle MC.
Together they are a formidable force on stage and unlike any other double act currently touring NZ.
The pair bring a set packed with deep, dirty, wonky House music, Aroha seamlessly mixing a selection that is pure fire for the dance floor – all with Tali’s soaring vocals and uplifting lyrics complementing the mix.
Their obvious chemistry and onstage energy is undeniable, as is their desire to engage their crowd – helping to take the party next level.
Sunshine Sound System formed when DJ Downtown Brown (aka Simon Hendl) and P Digsss (aka Paora Apera) got together for a jam in Queenstown in 2000 and we’ve been doin it on a casual and irie basis ever since, adding more souljahs on the way. MC KPZ (Kyle Popham) aka Killa Puha joined the family in 2001, followed by younger brother MC Switch (Staun Popham) in 2004.
A sunshine set typically includes lots of fresh bootlegs, a bit of reggae & dub, plenty of hiphop, but no trash understand?!, dancehall, original skool soul and funk including a few crate-digger breaks, plus if the mood takes us, a badbwoy fusion of old skool ragga junglism, breaks and D&B. KPz and Switch represent the sound of aotearoan sound system culture. With roots implanted in reggae, soul, hiphop and real conversation, they rule over any track downtown throws down, and a great deal of what u hear is completely freestyle, although it’s usually delivered with such freedom, musicality and instinctive understanding that nobody ever notices!
Emerging from the small town of Whangarei, NZ, comes a new generation of musicians and artists. Otium’s core members have been performing together since they were in their early teens, accumulating knowledge, driving their passion and perfecting their craft from a young age. Over the past three years they have forged a reputation of being one of Northland’s most unique, dynamic and exciting live acts, with influences of Reggae, Funk, Rock, Ska and Pop they have managed to create a significant sound in their music.
Since forming in 2014 they have been invited to share the stage with acts such as Katchafire, Jordan Luck, L.A.B (Kora Brothers), Herbs, Brendon Thomas and the Vibes, Ocean Alley and Strangely Arousing.
Their ever-changing, sonically rewarding and exponentially growing repertoire of music is consistently enjoyed by all those who have witnessed it live and listened across all media platforms. With an average age of 20 across the group, expect to see big things from these young men as they continue to take New Zealand by storm.
Born and raised in Christchurch, singer/songwriter Yayné grew up on the stage and there is no doubt that is where she belongs. With her powerful yet tender vocals and undeniable stage presence, Yayné is a captivating live performer who mesmerizes any crowd. She has travelled the world singing and is equally at ease performing in front of a festival sized crowd as she is an intimate live audience.
Early this year Yayné released her first body of solo work ‘Simple Pleasure’, a deeply personal EP that explores the experience of a woman falling in and out of love and the empowerment that comes with it. The EP not only showcases Yayné’s unbelievable talent and range as a vocalist but also her ability to be an honest and compelling songwriter. Yayné’s vocals layered over the EP’s ample production is the perfect blend of neo-soul classicism – it will simultaneously break your heart and make you want to get down.
Known for taking his crowds on an up lifting heavy bass journey, Jamin-I is a true Bass Culture Lover!
His music selections showcase a great variety of tasteful genres. From sunshine Reggae to Hip hop, Mash ups, Global & Tropical bass; Jamin-I’s years of involvement in the dj/sound system culture and contagious happy vibe are a tribute to his dj/mc career.
Founder and host of New Zealand’s Raglan Sunday Sessions since 2010; he’s been sharing the stage with artists such as Mad Professor, Johnny Osbourne, Norman Jay, J Star, Mungo’s Hi-Fi and Ragga Twins just to name a few.
Join the Good Times & come check his set at Soundsplash Festival this summer.
DJ Dubsonic has been a part of Bass Culture in the Raglan music scene
for more than a decade. A co-founder of the Raglan Sunday Sessions Dubsonic has been dropping fat remixes and mad mash-ups at the Yot Club and Bow St Depot on a regular basis. Never short of a tasty treat or big bass beat his extent and variety cover many genres, often fusing and crafting sounds of past, present and future but always bringing it back to the roots. Dubsonic has been invited to play with artists including DJ Vadim, JSTAR, Mungoes Hi-Fi and at festivals and venues such as Splore, Island Vibe (Aust), Sundaise, Single Fin (Bali) and Miami Marketta.
A Raglan local who has been DJing for the last 15 years, with a mix of genres including soul, funk, rare groove but predominantly funky house.
Heavyweight uplifting big tunes with solid bass is what you need, and King Macka knows this. Utilising vinyl and digital this DJ serves up the finest of reggae culture music. He has played support for national and international artists, such as Fat Freddys Drop, TrinityRoots, Earl Gateshead, YT, Deadly Hunta, and DJ Vadim. King Macka (aka Grizzly Smooth) gives his personal guarantee that good vibes will reign supreme.
Leopard in the lion’s den, microphone gal Jinja Cat is a lyrical artist delivering a unique sistren sound downunder. Described by audiences as “deadly”, “international”, “mesmerising”, and “very surprising”, Jinja boasts a style heavily influenced by Jamaican dancehall reggae & dub and a sneaky penchant for UK grime chops, throwing down for raver parties megaraggamuffin mash ups & lickings of soul-jazz-esque rootsy-ness that culminate in a femme jungle ambush of sound distinctly her own. Some call it “the Cat attack”. Some call it “s’wicked”
Imagine This: a rapper who effortlessly bridges the boundaries between genres, from Hip Hop, Trap, Twerk, Glitch, House and Ghetto Funk. A rapper who pours his heart and soul into his work and delivers an unforgettable live performance marked by his pure raw energy.
Played on both underground and commercial radio stations around the world, the astounding 23 EPs he’s released feature his unique and highly versatile vocal style combined with original lyrics and dynamic flow. These tracks have climbed Bestsellers and Popular Downloads charts around the world. ‘Get It Hot’ (2010) debuted at #13 on the Australian Aria DJ charts and spent 5 weeks at #5 on Radio Metro Gold Coast. ‘Pushin’ Forward’ (2012) spent 45 days as the #1 Bestseller on Juno Records. In 2013, ‘Apply the Pressure’, ‘Shake It Out’ and ‘To Get Ya’ were all awarded 8/10 in Mixmag UK. In that same year his EP ‘Back From the Dead’ was charted by both A-Trak and Diplo before being added to BBC Radio 1, In December 2013 his song ‘Funk I’m Kickin’ was Number 1 on Juno Records for 3 weeks.
DJ ADL started his DJ career in a humble sea side town of Raglan, on a local radio station called Tractor FM. Months into doing his radio show he did his first gig at the YOT club, at the age of 16.
Over the years DJ ADL has played numerous venues around New Zealand, as well as in Macau China. Genres DJ ADL specialises in are: Hip Hop, Rnb, Twerk, Trap, Dubstep, Drum and Bass, Mombahton, Fidget House, Electro and House.
Since moving from Birmingham UK to Wellington NZ in late 2010, Uncle Silverback has found himself in high demand as a Trombonist (Brockaflower/Newtown Rocksteady/Niko Ne Zna), Bass Player (Tāwhiri Funk) and DJ (Anywhere and Everywhere). In 2017, he took his first steps as a producer, releasing a remix of Team Dynamite and Che Fu’s ‘Coconut Lime’ for a competition he went on to win.
In his Multi-Instrumental live looping shows he combines layers of trombone with drums lifted from funk records, live bass playing and turntablism to create a dancefloor focused sound that draws on his diverse musical experience, with hints of everything from classical, jazz and roots music to hip hop and house.
Up and coming Jazz/Pop singer, songwriter and producer, IRIS, has been crafting her sound over the past few years – mixing demos in her bedroom and performing regularly at pubs, restaurants, vineyards, concert venues and private functions. Deriving inspiration from a variety of genres and artists such as Amy Winehouse, Kali Uchis and Major Lazer, IRIS blends reggae bass lines and house/trap beats with jazz style guitar and beautifully emotive vocals to create a new wave of sound for 2018 that will touch the soul and move the body.
Originally from England, Cian O’Donnell has been DJing since 1989 in various spots around the globe. Cian’s sound covers a wide variety of musical genres. A typical set can see him switch effortlessly between genres depending to whom and where he’s playing.
Since arriving in New Zealand in 1988 he has carved out a well-respected career as both a DJ, promoter & record shop owner. Original owner of Conch Records, a much-loved record store/bar and café in Auckland City, Cian is also host of one of Auckland’s longest running and most successful monthly club nights ‘The Turnaround’. With an unparalleled reputation after 13 years, the event has played host to a vast array of DJ’s, producers, visual artists and bands from all over New Zealand and the world. Everyone from Benji B, DJ Mitsu The Beats, Gilles Peterson, Keb Darge, Jazzy Jay, Grooveman Spot, Recloose, Doze Green, Electric Wire Hustle & Fat Freddys Drop have guested at the event over the years, plus many more.
Cian currently hosts the popular ‘Earshot’ radio show on George FM, where he pushes an eclectic mix of music to a loyal listenership.
DJ Atmosphere has been collecting and selecting roots reggae since the late eighties. He specialises in vocals and dubs of the mid seventies and early eighties. Atmosphere began selecting in 1991 co-hosting the Reggae Show on Hamilton’s Contact FM. He also presented the Karioi Rhythm Selection on Raglan’s Community Radio over a ten-year period. Atmosphere’s passion and enthusiasm has been inspired by trips to London and Jamaica, where he experienced the culture and sounds of reggae at its source, gaining deeper knowledge and appreciation for the music. Atmosphere has supported Cornerstone Roots throughout the country, played at festivals (Soundsplash, Shiverdown, Ruapuke Roots Festival), deejayed gigs across Hamilton and the greater Waikato region, and plays regularly at Raglan’s Sunday Sessions.