Zac Fraser-Baxter is singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist originally from Devonport, Auckland.
Zac Fraser-Baxter is a former student of Takapuna Grammar – a school known for relentlessly pumping out legendary musicians such as The Checks and Finn Andrews (from The Veils). His music belongs to the wave of alternative pop predominant in music today. One of his underground tracks, released only on Soundcloud, received praise from New Zealand’s golden girl – Lorde – who shared this track ‘2track/Material Of My Own’ and led to this track having over 70,000 plays.
Dubbed ‘next in line’ in the torrent of NZ musicians today, Zac draws upon the influence of Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake, The Beatles, Radiohead and Burial. As a result, his sound is a blend of musical genres – R&B infused drumbeats and vocal layering and harmony alongside sensitive moods and exquisite production informed by Morgan Allen: the producer, mixing engineer and second brain of this outfit.
Fly My Pretties is an ever changing collective. A collaborative musical & visual show, set in a theatre environment, featuring fresh & established contemporary musicians & artists.
The focus is on original music and artistic collaboration, but the surrounding themes and aesthetics have made it much more of an experience than a just a concert.
Since its inception, Fly My Pretties has grown to become a local legend of music that continues to reach people all over the world. Fly My Pretties first entered New Zealanders’ hearts and minds in 2004, with the idea from The Black Seeds front-man Barnaby Weir and Mikee Tucker (Loop), to assemble a talented and exciting group of Wellington-based musicians and record it live in an intimate environment.
Barnaby Weir, Jarney Murphy, Mike Fabulous, Nigel Patterson (all in The Black Seeds), Toby Laing (Fat Freddy’s Drop), Age Pryor, Hollie Smith, Samuel Flynn Scott (The Phoenix Foundation) Adi Dick, Laughton Kora (Kora), Nathan ‘Nato’ Hickey (Grand Prix), Tessa Rain, Mailee Matthews (CASH), Module, Brendan Moran, Darren Siggley, Anna Coddington, Eva Prowse, L.A. Mitchell, Lisa Tomlins, Mara T.K (Electric Wire Hustle), Paul McLaney, Ryan Prebble, Tom Watson (Cassette), Rio Hunuki- emopo (TrinityRoots), Jayson Norris, Ned Ngatae (Anika Moa), Aaron Tokona (AHoriBuzz, Cairo Knife Fight), James Coyle & Iraia Whakamoe (both The Nudge).
The son of Crowded House and Split Enz frontman Neil Finn, Liam Finn succeeded in making a name for himself, first as the teenage frontman of the quirky rock band Betchadupa and, several years later, as a talented solo artist in his own right.
Fat Freddy’s Drop first emerged from the underground music scene of Wellington, New Zealand in 1999, jamming along to instrumental B-sides of funk, dub, house and hip-hop records dropped by DJ Mu (aka Fitchie) at parties and clubs around the capital.
The first studio album by Fat Freddy’s Drop, Based on a True Story, was the first independently distributed album to reach first place in New Zealand record sales directly after release in 2005, and is the highest-selling album by a national artist in the country’s history. Based on a True Story won Best Album at the New Zealand Music Awards the same year, and remained on the top 40 New Zealand sales chart for over two years, establishing them as one of the most successful contemporary bands in the country.
With international demand for the band at an all-time high, Fat Freddy’s Drop have plated up a definitive selection of the flavours they’ve served international audiences thus far. With over 800 shows in their career-to-date, clocking up over 450 appearances in Europe, almost 30 Australian Tours and over 300 shows in their homeland.
Freddys are still doing things in their inimitable way and still getting better and better. Writing, recording and performing is now a full-time thing and Freddys have resolutely remained independent with an unhurried approach.
Bursting onto the Auckland rock scene in 2012 with their first single ‘Cant Wait’, Fire at Will came with a fresh, sonic blend of hard rock which immediately sat well with NZ rock fans and quickly gained attention from mainstream rock radio nationwide with the track climbing into the NZ rock charts and also gaining the band a strong following in singer Hanu De Jong’s native South Africa.
2013 saw the release of the band’s debut album ‘The Way Out’ which added further singles ‘Rivers’ and ‘She’ll Rev You Up’ to their growing list of tracks riding the airwaves of mainstream rock radio.
Fire at Will’s equally impressive live show soon earned them spots alongside a plethora of kiwi royalty such as Supergroove, I am Giant, The Feelers, Blacklistt and Devilskin to name a few, as well as gaining them a highly coveted main stage appearance at NZ’s biggest local music festival Jim Beam Home Grown in 2014.
With the recent release of their latest single ‘Bloody Arcade’ the band has once again produced another unmistakably Fire at Will anthem. Punchy, driving and dynamic, there looks to be another step up for the
bands next release.
With pre-production for the next release well underway, a licensing deal in Europe and tour dates in the works for NZ, South Africa, Japan and Europe, 2015 is shaping up to be the biggest yet for Fire at Will.
Band members are:
Hanu De Jong