Tahuna Breaks

About Tahuna Breaks:

Tahuna Breaks have always encompassed a rich diversity of musical genres and styles. With seven members, the group’s live act is energetic, raw and large. It combines aspects of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and is influenced by artists as varied as James Brown to Daft Punk. The band are well known for being unafraid to mix genres and have honed their sound on the live stage that encompasses funk, disco, soul, live electronics and roots.

Since inception, the band have gained momentum, focusing more and more on addictive rhythms that get audiences moving. They have an appetite for continuously progressing and pushing boundaries in their live performance, and audiences have already begun taking note of the band’s shift towards a sound that is bigger, darker and heavier.

 

Albums

Tahuna Breaks‘Tahuna Breaks Live: 10’ ©2015

‘Shadow Light’ ©2013

‘Black, Brown and White’ ©2009

‘Reflections’ ©2007

 

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Spiral

About Spiral:

Spiral has a groove. The groove is alive; it has soul, it has emotion, it can get hot and sweaty and it does not fear to get a little dirty.

Where soul meets samba, rock and jazz meet reggae, and horns rub shoulders with lush keys and broken strings, these are the places where Spiral unites.

Hailing from Auckland, on New Zealand’s picturesque West coast, you’ll be treated to soaring vocals, raging solos, a horn section that packs a phat punch from a collective of some of New Zealand’s finest musicians.

Members: Andrew Hall: Vocals, Saxophone, Ewi Finn Scholes: Trumpet, Juno Hamish Jellyman: Trombone, Percussion, MS2000 Anthony Hunt: Piano/Organ/Rhodes, Joel Vinsen: Guitar, Pedals Dave Hodkinson: Bass, Moog Chris Grant: Drums.

 

Albums

Spiral‘What’s That Sound?’ ©2014

‘Songomantis’ EP ©2012

 

 

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http://spiralofficial.bandcamp.com/album/whats-that-sound

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http://itunes.apple.com/nz/artist/spiral/id41478455

 

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http://www.elsewhere.co.nz/thefamouselsewherequestionnaire/6801/the-famous-jazz-elsewhere-questionnaire-andrew-hall-of-spiral/

 

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Fly My Pretties

About Fly My Pretties:

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.

PRETTIES MEMBERS:

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).

 

Albums

Fly My Pretties‘The Homeland Recordings’ ©2013

‘IV’ ©2012

‘A Story’ ©2009

‘The Return Of Fly My Pretties’ ©2005

‘Live At Bats’ ©2004

 

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http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/music/gig-reviews/9152119/Review-Fly-My-Pretties-in-Auckland

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10793806

http://www.amplifier.co.nz/review/84109/fly-my-pretties-fly-my-pretties-iv.html

 

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loop@loop.co.nz

 

1814

About 1814:

Hailing from the hills surrounding the beautiful Whangaroa Harbour, 1814 started out in 2004 and have been bringing their own take on Kiwi flavoured reggae ever since.

The band has since gained a huge reputation for its live shows and extensive touring throughout New Zealand, being on the road for months on end. The band has also become a popular favourite on the festival circuit both in New Zealand and overseas.

Over the years this band has supported numerous international bands like Third World on their NZ Tour, Nas and Damien Marley on their Distant Relatives Tour, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Kolohe Kai, Rebel Souljahs, Raggamuffin international artists; Mary J Blige, Jimmy Cliff, Maxi Priest, The Wailers, Kymani Marley, J Boog, Spawnbreezie, Billy Ocean, Ali Campbell, Sly and Robbie, Arrested Development and N’kule Dube.

 

Albums

1814‘Jah Rydem’ ©2008

‘Covers Album’ ©2011

‘Relax’ ©2012

 

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http://www.1814.co.nz/

 

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http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/1814/id319604889

 

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http://www.muzic.net.nz/articles/reviews/46352/1814-covers-album-review

 

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info@1814.co.nz

 

Julian Temple Band

About Julian Temple Band:

Julian Temple Band formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in February, 2004 have since independently recorded and released four albums and have completed various successful tours around N.Z. and overseas.

Temple also released his solo album titled ‘Nowhere Fast’ in October 2011. To promote the work, the troubadour embarked on a world tour which saw him play three countries in three consecutive nights and tour the U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand for six months.

Band members:

PMK (drums), Albert Sanudo (bass), Julian Temple (guitar/vocals), Paul McMillan (bass) and Alex Vaatstra (violin).

 

Albums

Julian Temple Band‘In Sea’ ©2006

‘Quiet Earth’ ©2009

‘Balance Escapes’ ©2010

Upsidedownbackwards’ ©2012

 

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http://www.juliantempleband.com

 

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http://juliantempleband.bandcamp.com/

 

 

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juliantemplemusic@gmail.com

ManaLion

About ManaLion:

Mana – A super natural force believed to dwell in a person or sacred object. Integrity, charisma, prestige.
Lion – You know what a lion is.

Sydney-based ManaLion are:

Duan & Only on Frontal Vee’s, Gat-Wound, Indo Tele (and your chestal chords)…
Mondo on Beats, Beets, Electronic Ricochet Rags, Rigs and Persian Rugs (he got no fleas)…
Slam Duncan on Bass and Yazz-Flute, Shakey Golden Tonsil Bee Vee’s (he got the jack).

Between all three members comes a combination of musical influences from Soul to Roots, Funk to DnB, Gangsta Rap to Hardcore Punk and everything in between.

 

 

Albums

ManaLion‘Back In The Day’ ©2014

 

 

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Fat Freddy’s Drop

About Fat Freddy’s Drop:

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.

 

Albums

Fat Freddy's Drop‘Live at the Matterhorn’ ©2001

‘Based on a True Story’ ©2005

‘Dr Boondigga and the Big BW’ ©2009

‘Live at Roundhouse’ ©2010

‘Blackbird’ ©2013

‘Live in Munich’ ©2014

‘iTunes Session’ ©2014

 

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Ratsmagic

About Ratsmagic:

Ratsmagic is an Auckland-based 4-piece band, with an original music style that fuses indie rock with shimmers of blues and funk.

The band is made up of Meghan Glue, Kriston Batistich, Larn Campbell, and Olly Robinson, who together boast a unique instrumental line-up comprising of dynamic dual-lead vocals combined with seductive violin and mandolin, shimmering guitar tones, and heavy-hitting bass and drums.

Ratsmagic made its debut into the New Zealand music scene after taking out the 2012 National Battle of the Bands Championships, and used the prize to record and release a first EP.

Ever since, the band has moved from strength to strength, receiving The Audience Wildcard funding in February of 2015, and playing alongside the likes of King Cannons, Hollie Smith, and Tiki Taane to name a few.

Ratsmagic has developed an impressive live show, with music that translates seamlessly from small stages to stadium crowds. The band has performed at Vector Arena, The Great Barrier Island Mussel Festival three years in a row and Rhythm & Vines in 2013.

Since coming off a North Island tour in January, Ratsmagic has continued to write catchy rock songs brimming with sensual soul and funk sensibilities.

 

Albums

‘Ratsmagic EP’ ©2013

RatsmagicTrack listing: Over My Head; Sticks and Stones; Ready to Shine; Studio Girl; Viking Kong.

 

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Strangely Arousing

About Strangely Arousing:

Strangely Arousing are a five piece progressive Ska/Reggae band that incorporate an open minded approach to different genres and styles into their music.

Hailing from their hometown of Rotorua, the band is quickly making their way into the New Zealand music scene with their unique sound and epic stage performance.

Strangely Arousing won the Battle of the Bands competition in 2014.

Band members are:

Lukas Wharekura – Vocals, Lead Guitar
Shaun Loper – Bass
Oliver Prendergast – Drums, Cymbals
Forrest Thorp – Trumpet, Keys
Liam Rolfe – Trombone, Backing Vocals

 

Albums

Strangely Arousing‘Extended Play’ ©2014

Track listing: Live to Live; Kupenga ; Lincoln Parks; Special Spice; Flood Warning; Skar.

 

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The Black Seeds

About The Black Seeds:

Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest bands and with a solid foothold in Europe and North America, The Black Seeds have carved out their reputation on the back of mulit-platinum selling albums, and a masterful live show that has been filling dance floors across the globe for over a decade.

While firmly based in the island grooves that inspired the birth of the band over a decade ago, The Black Seeds’ sound casts a wide net, layering funk, soul, Afrobeat, and other eclectic elements over their dub/reggae foundations. It’s “contemporary groove music with influences from soul, funk and reggae rhythms – and even rock on the new album,” explains guitarist/vocalist Barnaby Weir.

Described recently by the German Rolling Stone as ‘The best reggae band in the world right now’, The Black Seeds supremely danceable live show infuses raw energy and good vibes wherever they go making the band a regular fixture at the world’s leading music festivals.

 

Albums

‘Pushed’ ©2003

The Black Seeds‘On The Sun’ ©2004

‘Into The Dojo’ ©2006

‘Solid Ground’ ©2008

‘Specials: Remixes & Versions From Solid Ground’ ©2010

‘Dust and Dirt’ ©2012

Track listing: Out of Light; Dust and Dirt; Pippy Pip; Wide Open; The Bend; Loose Cartilage; Frostbite; Gabriel’s Strut Dub; Love Me Now; Cracks in Our Crown; Don’t Turn Around; Settle Down; Rusted Story; Settle Dub (Bonus Track).

 

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http://www.theblackseeds.com/

 

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http://theblackseeds.bandcamp.com/

 

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http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/The-Black-Seeds-tickets/artist/1358300

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10798791

 

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