In a year where the unexpected became normal, Central Cee made his name heard. The Shepherds Bush-hailing musician is now a globally recognised talent, most recently earning a spot on the coveted XXL Freshman class of 2023 and currently sitting for it’s third week in the UK’s official number 1 position with “Sprinter”, his collaborative record with Dave, taken from the pair’s Split Decision mixtape and now certified silver. Performing the track for the first time together live at Glastonbury, the duo whipped the Worthy Farm crowd into a frenzy; an unmissable moment, which also featured Baby Beau the son of artist Slawn. Central Cee’s blend of concise lyricism is layered with introspective thought and social commentary, alongside innovative and forward-thinking production. At only 25 years-old, Cench moves with the vision and presence of someone much older; he doesn’t want his music to bejust for the moment but over time, it’s clear that he wants to create a legacy for himself. Considering the milestone achievements made in his early career, Central Cee has already begun to carve out a legacy. Central Cee is an inimitable and unavoidable talent. This is Central Cee's debut performance at Rhythm and Vines
Australia’s DOM DOLLA is experiencing a meteoric rise, his signature style of house music is connecting with global audiences, recognised as one of the most exciting producers in electronic music. Dom’s breakout year following the release of ‘Take It’, was quickly succeeded with a royal flush of releases including ‘San Frandisco’, ‘Pump The Brakes’, and ‘Miracle Maker’ ft. Clementine Douglas. 2023 saw Dom Dolla release his biggest record to date ‘Rhyme Dust’ (w/ MK), named as BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Record In The World, Billboard Dance Top 10, ARIA Club Chart #1 and Beatport #1. Dolla’s catalog is fast approaching 1 BILLION streams, 2x Platinum & 2x Gold Certified Singles, receiving the ultimate Australian recognition of winning an ARIA award for ‘Best Dance Release’, and has been commissioned by the biggest names in music to deliver official remixes for Gorillaz ft. Tame Impala, Rufus Du Sol, Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris. This is DOM DOLLA's second appearance at Rhythm and Vines.
Since their inception Overmono have purposefully cultivated a fanbase that heralds them as one of the UK’s most original contemporary live electronic acts. A run of ground-breaking club EPs between 2020 and 2022 built momentum and culminated in their breakthrough club single, “So U Kno”, which encapsulated the hearts of clubbers and went on to become a bonafide phenomenon as dancefloors re-opened; featuring in end of year lists published by Resident Advisor, Pitchfork, DJ Mag and Mixmag. Since then, Overmono have been named ‘Best Live Act’ at the prestigious DJ Mag Best of British Awards, taken their custom audio-visual live show to the most credible festivals across the globe, including Glastonbury, Movement Festival, Dekmantel and to sold-out crowds in London, LA and NYC as part of their debut headline tour last year. And, they have produced innovative releases including their instalment of their ‘Fabric Presents’ DJ mix series and collaborations with the likes of Joy Orbison.
With over 10 years frontline experience, Ben Hall & Simon James PKK ‘Delta Heavy’ are one of the most definitive acts in drum’n’bass. As a duo, their respective skill sets are perfectly matched; Simon with the more traditional musical background infused with Ben’s technical sound engineering. Among their exhaustive list of achievements, they continue to tour the globe at major festivals and clubs including; EDC, Tomorrowland, Ministry Of Sound, XOYO, Fabric, Reading & Leeds, Rampage, Let It Roll, Exit Festival and many more making them one of the most heavily toured acts in the scene. With the launch of their own self-titled label Delta Heavy take charge of the next phase of their career. Operating independently through their own platform has given them a whole new level of freedom and creativity, with a fresh batch of firing cuts ready to roll. Fired up and brimming with energy and passion, Delta Heavy are primed for another definitive decade of drum’n’bass… Their stunning discography includes a slew of solo hits and two albums, plus a long list of top-tier remixes, including A-Listers like Avicii, Diplo, Rita Ora, Chase & Status, Martin Solveig, Dizzee Rascal, Zeds Dead and Hans Zimmer, among others. This is DELTA HEAVY's second appearance at Rhythm and Vines.
With a voice described as ‘heavenly’ and ‘enthralling’ by DJ Mag, Emily Makis’s emotive vocal lines can be heard on tracks from the freshest talent in Electronic music. The last year has proven fruitful for the self-confessed studio gremlin, with her most recent feature on K Motionz ‘High Note’ hitting number 1 in the Beatport Drum and Bass Top 100. Emily’s dark, perceptual writings have amassed support from BBC Radio 1 and 1XTRA, approaching the 6 million stream benchmark with Monrroe’s ‘Never Too Old’, featured in the iconic ‘15 Years of Shogun Audio’ album alongside Friction and Technimatic. Joining Emily will be the legend Deadline. This will be EMILY MAKIS debut performance at Rhythm and Vines.
Lady Shaka is a part of the new generation of young Pasifika DJs and producers re-indigenizing the mainstream with music that is both Pasifika and ancestral. Lady Shaka is known for her work as the director and curator of Pulotu Underworld and work with collectives Filth, Misery and Juicebox. She has featured on platforms such as Boiler Room and Keep Hush and has worked with artists and brands such as IAMDDB, Stella McCartney and Ed Curtis, to name a few.
Ross From Friends, AKA British producer Felix Clary Weatherall, released his keenly anticipated second album ‘Tread’ on 22nd Oct via Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder. An artist who demonstrates an ever-increasing mastery of his craft, ‘Tread’ is a record that is at once sleek and melodic but also eminently danceable, nostalgic but brilliantly modern, with nods to sounds and styles that are not so much reflected but refracted and recontextualised through Clary Weatherall’s lens. This will be ROSS FROM FRIENDS' debut performance at Rhythm and Vines.
Salute is the name of a Manchester based, Vienna born electronic music producer Felix Nyajo. They released the Lionheart EP via Cool Kid Music in December 2013. It was followed by Silver Tides and Real cool (feat. Vanessa Elisha) on their own imprint, Dime Club, in January 2015. Castle (Magic) and VXV (Way You Do) were released in August through 37 Adventures. Colourblind feat. Abra , was extracted from the Gold Rush EP in October 2015. salute proceeded to release the My Heart album in 2016, marking a further development of their sound. The three-EP and combined album Condition in 2019 would mark the furthest maturation of their sound in 2019 however, with tracks such as Honey pushing themselves into setlists beyond. In 2021, salute would release the track Joy, their most successful song to date. It would be followed by Therapy in 2022, with both tracks marking a further progression into what salute would dub "pretty people music", with influences from UK Garage and french house producing an uplifting sound. salute released their new EP, Shield in 2023, featuring collaborations from Sammy Virji and No Rome, with the song Wait For It securing support as BBC Radio 1's "Hottest Record In The World". salute themselves has secured multiple sets at festivals, including Glastonbury, Parklife, Love Saves The Day, and Gottwood.
DJ Chiccoreli & Tali are a musical match in heaven, two undeniable talents that create synergy like no other when they are performing on stage together. With Tali’s phenomenal talent as an MC, her energetic flows & soaring vocals in combination with Chiccoreli’s smooth mixing of his signature liquid DnB sound, the couple are a force to be reckoned with.
Co-host of George FM Drive on New Zealand’s dance & electronic radio station, Sin is totally plugged into the New Zealand dance music scene, and has quickly become a revered authority on all things electronica. Sin has appeared on NZ's biggest festival lineups including Rhythm & Vines, Homegrown, Hidden Valley and Hidden Lakes, playing in the Boiler Room at both Hidden Valley and Hidden Lakes. She has also supported international acts such as Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Netsky, Solardo, Ewan McVicar and Eli Brown. In 2022, Sin traveled to Fiji to play Your Paradise Festival and kicked off 2023 supporting Fat Boy Slim on his New Zealand tour, playing in Auckland, Queenstown and Wellington.
SIPPY is a Sydney-born bass music powerhouse — anyone who’s spent time on the Australian bass music circuit knows the name. A notable alumnus of Los Angeles’ ICON Collective, Sippy prides herself on bringing much-needed courage and integrity to the scene. Working her way up through Australia's famous clubs and festivals, Sippy spent years performing multiple headline tours and at notable festivals such as Touch Bass and Spilt Milk. Once she dominated the Australian circuit, she then set her sights on building globally — now based in Los Angeles, Sippy has become an international treasure. Transitioning from a supporting act for headliners like Zeds Dead and Excision to playing her own headline shows, Sippy is becoming a staple at the biggest bass music events in the US, performing at iconic venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater and large-scale festivals including Lost Lands and HARD Summer. She’s released on bass music’s most notable labels such as Deadbeats, UKF, while dishing out official remixes for A-list artists including The Chainsmokers, Zeds Dead, NERVO and more. Sippy counts the world’s biggest bass and EDM producers among her most avid and vocal supporters working with household names like Virus Syndicate and Marshmello for his Grammy-nominated album Shockwave. With a global audience and an energy that enchants any stage she sets foot on, Sippy is a force to be reckoned with.
SLUMBERJACK is an Australian electronic music duo consisting of Morgan Then and Fletcher Ehlers. Their 2017 single, "Fracture", peaked at 89 on the ARIA Charts. Then and Ehlers met at a DJ competition in 2011, where they became familiar with one another's work. Ehlers won the competition in 2011 while Then won in 2012, and afterwards they found themselves hanging out as friends, which naturally led to hanging out in the studio. A few singles later, they had enough material for a debut EP which quickly received traction in Australia, as well as receiving ample support from Triple J, pushing SLUMBERJACK to become a staple electronic artist.
Known for their high-energy performances, Coast Arcade injects a contagious energy into every show they play. Their music is equally as captivating as their live performances, with addictive melodies, driving rhythms, and catchy lyrics, Coast Arcade create an irresistible sound that resonates with audiences long after the show ends. With a growing fanbase and a reputation for delivering unforgettable performances, Coast Arcade is undoubtedly a band on the rise. Since their formation in 2021, Coast Arcade have been steadily making waves in the Aotearoa scene. Their debut EP, "Next To Me," was released in May, drawing attention from both local and international audiences. The EP showcases their versatile songwriting abilities with singles: fast-paced ‘Highest Heights’ ( #2 Hot NZ 20 Singles Chart ), ‘Surf Club’ (#20 Hot NZ 20 Singles Chart), and infectious debut ‘Tattoo’ (#11 Hot 20 NZ Singles Chart). Coast Arcade remains dedicated to pushing boundaries and embracing authenticity. With their infectious energy, powerful melodies, and insightful lyricism, this captivating band is poised to leave a mark on the music scene both in New Zealand and beyond.
Gritty, dance-able and fearless, innovative pop duo Foley have arrived as fully formed contenders on the world stage. The multi-instrumentalist team of Ash Wallace and Gabriel Everett galvanize with their forward-thinking sound - a singular organism in duo form, bearing all the gleaming hooks, infectious rhythm patterns and deft arrangements required for success. Expanding to a four-piece for live appearances, the extra thrill of taking chances adds to their dynamics, “we’re performers at heart, it doesn’t feel right to be playing with only a perfectly timed backing track.” Foley finds magic energy in the vulnerability of a truly live performance. Says Wallace, “If we’re on the edge of our seats then the audience will be too...elements they haven’t heard are flying at them all the time and it could all collapse in a second - but it doesn’t”. This reinterpretation is “so much more alive and evolving,” bringing extra grit and texture to live versions of their inventive pop.Their lyrical themes explore complex facets of the human condition, heart and soul, love and loss and the importance of togetherness. This will be Foley's fifth performance at Rhythm and Vines.
HELLCAT SPEEDRACER PAVE THE WAY WITH A MIND-BENDING RAVE BEATS . THE DUO, OLIVER AND ALEX, FORMED THEIR LOVE OF TECHNO AND 90’S/2000’S MUSIC OVER RECENT YEARS WITH THEIR PASSION BLOOMING INTO THE PROJECT WE SEE TODAY. ON A MISSION TO REINVIGORATE THE WORLD AND LIVE-MUSIC SCENE WITH THEIR PASSION FOR LIVE-TECHNO MUSIC. USING DRIVING, ANALOG SYNTHS, RAW DRUM PATTERNS AND LOUD PASSIONATE CHANTS FROM THE VOCALS, HELLCAT SPEEDRACER PERFECTLY ENCAPSULATES RAVE AND ELECTRONICA.
PARK RD are a 5-piece indie/rock band from Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa.
Pasifika queer trailblazer ZEKI is an artist & DJ based out of South Auckland, Aotearoa. They are a resident DJ for NZ's yummiest QTBIPOC+ club night @filthakl and have opened for queer icons such as Rina Sawayama, Cakes Da Killa & Azealia Banks. They have ignited dance floors internationally and at festivals such as Laneway, Splore, Rhythm & Alps plus more, as well as making history with @filthakl for playing Aotearoa’s first ever Boiler Room club event. ZEKI uses sound energy to cultivate an expressive space for everyone to be free and completely drenched on the dance floor. Redlining the sounds of black music, the queer diaspora and everything else in between that’ll make you throw it all the way down and around, and back again.
A multi-hyphenate in his own right, George FM radio announcer, Abeiku Eshun holds experience in a considerable amount of creative fields. In his time as the Nights host, his show grew to be the number 1 rated show in Wellington and Nelson. Abeiku has now taken over hosting the 12pm - 3pm weekdays slot on George FM.
One of the next wave of young wāhine DJs making a splash in the scene, Button B (aka Bethan Madoc) has been steadily racking up appearances in the 3 years since taking up mixing. From international support for the likes of Artificial Intelligence, Danny Byrd, and Unglued to showcasing her skills at festivals such as Rolling Meadows, Mardi Gras, Hidden Lakes, and Bay Dreams. With inspiration coming from the likes of DJ Ride, Amoss, Bladerunner, and Nectax, Button B brings an eclectic blend of subgenres, from 140 bpm to all the flavours of Drum & Bass. Expect her high-energy, evolving sets to feature earth-shaking jungle, techy minimalism, forward-looking halftime, and everything in between, all delivered with expertise beyond her years.
Hailing from Christchurch, Damage Control (aka Brookie Thorpe) has taken the local scene by storm putting in hours behind the decks. In her first year behind the wheels of steel Damage Control has not slowed down the pace with supporting the likes of local legends Truth, Witters, Elipsa, Crafty & State of Mind, and internationals LUUDE, Maduk, Gray & Kara, K Motionz, Bru-C, Ben Snow, Bunnshin, Ekko & Sidetrack, Peking Duk, Andromedik and REAPER. Not to mention her Christchurch Arena Debut for Sub Focus with his Circular Sound tour alongside Krakota & Goddard. With her first festival season complete with a set at Rolling Meadows and her kick start to 2023 with the Golden Lights after party alongside Dimension and K Motionz, a few shows during O-Week at both UCSA & LUSA, a cheeky support slot for the Netsky & Friends Afterparty, Subsonic, Emperor, Phibes & the Hedex Afterparty. Her winter season started with supporting Rusko, popping to Wellington supporting Georgie Riot, then to Queenstown for her debut at the Mardi Gras Afterparty, back home for the almighty 30 Pack at Hide Club, her first headline for the LUSA Winter Ball, support for the George FM Red Card tour and finishing it up with playing straight after legend S.P.Y. Spring is starting off with a hit playing the Friction Afterparty and Justin Hawkes at the end of October. Damage Control has so much in store for the rest of 2023 that is yet to be announced.
From humble beginnings DJing at Mum's 50th's these blokes know their way around a soiree. They have footed the bill for many of Auckland's biggest events, landing a residency on GeorgeFM. They have penetrated the Auckland house and disco scene with full noice, and a bit of nudity here and there, Their sets are high energy, uplifting and arousing. Get around them.
Lauren Gin is a New Zealand electronic producer and songwriter delivering heavy Trap and Future Bass music to the electronic scene. The 26-year-old has carved out a name for herself as one of New Zealand’s most well-known electronic artists. She’s made regular appearances at the country’s biggest festivals (Rhythm & Vines, Splore, Bay Dreams, Electric Avenue & more) as well as having performed internationally in LA, Bali and Portland (Oregon). She released her debut EP - "SUPERNOVA" in July 2020, a collection containing intense and energising tracks blending elements of Trap, Dubstep and Future Bass. In 2021, she released "Say No", a vibrant synth riff that was quick to gain popularity. Lauren Gin successfully kicked off 2022 with a brand new track ‘Remedy’ (feat. JANAYAH)’ which charted No. 4 on the official Hot 20 NZ Singles (NZ Music Charts) and received airplay from George FM, ZM & Kick (iHeartRadio). It also reached #15 on the official Spotify Viral New Zealand 50. Uplifting and energetic, ‘Remedy’ accentuates her widely lauded production skills and songwriting prowess.
L.U.C.A. has been DJ'ing throughout New Zealand for the past 6 years. Still on the rise, this year has been his busiest yet, playing headline shows across the country from Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington & Auckland.
Him and his crew, Omni Potent have had a rich history from opening up for Stormzy, Denzel Curry, and Big Boi (Outkast), to performing at New Zealand's largest festivals. L.U.C.A. has also been the DJ for an array of local & international artists such as Eno x Dirty JessB, Raiza Biza, P Money (UK) & Koder.
Sub Focus will headline Dec 30th at Rhythm and Vines presenting his critically acclaimed third solo album 'EVOLVE'. Initially known for air-punching, dancefloor dismantling drum & bass, Sub Focus has now become synonymous with music that draws from all corners of the electronic music spectrum, and 'Evolve" follows suit. A beautifully constructed sonic masterpiece housing monster records like 'Ready To Fly', 'Vibration' and 'Off The Ground', Sub Focus will perform 'Evolve' as well as all of his classics in full on the 30th December at Waiohika Estate. This will be SUB FOCUS's second performance at Rhythm and Vines.
The rise of young San Diego native ISOxo has been nothing short of electrifying. After shaking up the bass music scene with records like “Ground,” and “Radial,” ISOxo launched into 2021 with his massive collaboration, “Stinger,” with none other than Sable Valley head RL Grime. The song quickly became one of the most DJ supported tracks of the year, and racked up millions of plays online. Shortly after, ISOxo released his freshman EP, “Nightrealm,” which was met with critical acclaim from all corners of the industry. From fans, to press outlets, to artists, the EP was hailed as masterwork and breath of fresh air, and he was proclaimed the up-and-coming artist to watch. The record quickly garnered support from the likes of Skrillex, Alison Wonderland, Excision, the list goes on. Following his LA debut, ISOxo sold out each date on an exclusive 4-stop Nightrealm Tour, again hosted by Brownies & Lemonade. His festival debut at Hard Summer was nothing short of incredible, bringing in a massive crowd with a surprise appearance from RL Grime. In addition to his set, he conducted a full Nightrealm stage takeover on the Corona Beach Stage, with direct support from Flosstradamus, Mr. Carmack, and an exclusive headlining set as ISOKNOCK III. To come full circle, he recently announced his return to LA at the Fonda, selling out within one hour and adding an additional day for fans who couldn’t secure tickets. With 2023 coming to a close, all eyes are on him for what’s next.
Knock2 is based out of San Diego, California. With no genre being off-limits for Knock2, there is no denying bass enthusiast that has cooked up quite the arsenal of club-ready weapons. From bass house hits to bone-rattling trap anthems, this promising producer has made a lasting impression throughout the past year with a number of mind-blowing releases engineered to light up the club and festival circuits. In addition to being a power player on RL Grime‘s blossoming Sable Valley imprint, Knock2 has proven to be one of the true driving forces breaking down the traditional boundaries of bass music for the better. Knock2 is one to watch if you’re looking for a proper adrenaline rush.
Lee Mvtthews are one of New Zealand’s top Drum & Bass acts. Graham Matthews and Tom Lee met in 2012 and started working together after discovering they had nearly identical taste in music, eventuating in Lee Mvtthews in late 2013. Since then, they’ve gone from strength to strength, gaining a reputation for turning out infectious tunes that pair colourful melodies with bass-driven drops, garnering them plays from industry greats such as Andy C, Sub Focus, Pendulum, Netsky, A.M.C, Metrik, Koven, Kanine, K-Motionz, and Hybrid Minds. They have become a favourite on the New Zealand festival circuit, playing at the likes of Rhythm & Vines, Electric Ave & Homegrown as well as headlining shows up and down the country. In addition to this, they have become a go-to support act for an array of international talents, including Wilkinson, Netsky, Kanine, Grafix and more. Their hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed, winning Best Electronic Artist at the coveted Aotearoa Music Awards in 2020 as well as Best Artist 3 years running at the George FM awards, where they have also taken out several top spots including Biggest Bangers and the DNB Hundy countdown. Their efforts have landed them on labels such as UKF, Viper Recordings, DeVice & Dark Machine Records, clocking up over 50 Million streams across platforms, including their self-released debut album, ‘Bones’ which is certified Gold, and two of their singles certified Platinum, including ‘Takeover (Ft. Nü).
Canberra natives Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles, are back with brand new music that builds on their back catalogue of absolute bangers. With a discography that features platinum single after platinum single – from the ARIA Award-winning, four-times platinum single ‘High’ (2014), which was the #1 most played track on triple j that year while coming it at #2 in the Hottest 100, to the triple-platinum witching hour anthem ‘Stranger’ ft. Swedish artist Elliphant (2016), which won them another ARIA and has since racked up over 50 million Spotify streams, and ‘Fake Magic’ (2017), featuring vocals by Aussie songstress AlunaGeorge to ‘Fire’ (2018), the four-time platinum track that is, quite literally, pure fire – the Peking Duk boys have unabashedly earned themselves a reputation as Australia’s most beloved, most bonkers electronic music act. This June will see Hyde and Styles drop ‘Chemicals’, a big, bold, atmospheric hit that combines all the signatures of a classic Duk hit: “It’s got the emotion, the euphoria and the party,” says Styles. “It’s really a quintessential Duk song, and we’re excited to bring people some of that.” This is Peking Duk's second appearance at Rhythm and Vines.
Blending d’n’b tempos with sumptuous electronic melodies and inescapable hooks reminiscent of names like Bonobo and Maribou State, Northamptonshire-based producer goddard. is drum ‘n’ bass’ next superstar in the making. His collaboration with rising UK vocalist Venbee has already scaled the upper-echelons of the UK singles chart and racked up streams in the tens of millions, while he’s received support from key figures in the world of drum ‘n’ bass and beyond including Andy C, Sub Focus and Sigma. Growing up in the sleepy Midlands market town of Kettering, attending his first rave at the age of 16 set goddard. on the path to where he is today. “It was a Hospitality event in Birmingham for Danny Byrd’s album launch,” he remembers. “We were there from the start because we were so keen but we were there right till the end too. The music and the whole sense of escapism just grabbed me. I was hooked for life.” Quickly buying his first MIDI Controller and toying with production and DJing, goddard. Later headed to London and later Manchester to study music production. This is Goddard's debut performance at Rhythm and Vines
LF SYSTEM are the Scottish DJs taking the world by storm after the epic success of their single “Afraid To Feel”. West Lothian duo Conor Larkman and Sean Finnigan have recently joined the Ministry of Sound label and are going from strength to strength in the music world. Larkman and Finnigan have plenty of reasons to be excited. Only a few years into making music and DJing together, they’ve got a UK Number 1, millions of plays worldwide, and a growing international audience of fans. Their warm and humble Scottish attitude keeps them grounded, but if the past few months are anything to go by, they’ll be smiling for a long time to come.
While her origins lie in the raw energy of classic rave sounds, she effortlessly traverses across a broad spectrum of genres, crafting sets that resonate with both purists and contemporary enthusiasts. Recognized as a versatile force in the UK underground scene, Mixtress has lit up the decks at eminent spaces like Boomtown, Corsica Studios, Printworks, Fabric, and Waterworks. Her dynamic range has also been showcased on platforms such as Boiler Room, HÖR, and a good handful of Keep Hush streams. With her genre-blending mixes gracing her residency on Rinse FM, Mixmag, and BBC Radio 6, Mixtress continues to captivate global audiences, blurring the boundaries between the past and present of electronic music.
Chores are an award-winning duo whose dance-pop floor fillers have established them as one of the most exciting electronic acts south of the equator. Their tracks often receive widespread play on radio both in New Zealand and Australia and helped earn Chores the award for ‘Best Electronic Act,’ at the 2018 Aotearoa Music Awards. The pair also won ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year,' at 2017 the George FM awards, and nominated as finalists for the coveted ‘International Achievement Award," the following year. Chores have spent years honing their craft, DJing, and performing as a full band at New Zealand's biggest festivals; Rhythm and Vines, Northern Bass, Bay Dreams, and Deep Hard N Funky. Additionally, they have supporting dance music luminaires Basement Jaxx, What So Not, Duke Dumont, Peking Duk, The Chainsmokers, A-Trak, and many more. In early 2019, Chores were handpicked to put their spin on ‘Weapon Of Choice’ by the legendary Fatboy Slim for an EP of remixes. In 2021 Chores released their debut EP, WORKING FROM HOME, which featured some of Australasia’s best up-and-coming and underground vocalists. Following on from this the boys dove into releasing their debut album, “Are we dreaming,” which came out in November 2022. It features lead singles, 'My Love,' 'Let go,' and 'Indigo,' and has already amassed over a million streams with the six singles released into the market.
With her relentless determination, auckland-based Emma “EMWA” davies has dominated headline shows and festivals around NZ as well as supporting some of the most influential artists in her respective genre such as Dillon Francis, QUIX, What So Not, Getter and Ray Volpe. She has made a name for herself amongst promoters, international artists, and partygoers around the country.EMWA released her debut single, crush, in July 2021 and has since gone on to produce multiple releases that have gained critical acclaim from some of the pioneers in electronic music including Zane Lowe & Dillon Francis along with nz’s top electronic music radio station, George FM. EMWA was named as an up-and-coming artist by rolling stone magazine in february 2023 and also a finalist in the breakthrough artist category at the 2021 George FM awards.EMWA brings her own exclusive sound that crowds love and her fans can't find anywhere else. With her own radio show on George FM & new music on the way for 2023, EMWA is certainly making her own lane in electronic music.
Aotearoa artist Georgia Lines is fast becoming a household name in NZ and one to watch globally. Consistently captivating her ever-growing fanbase with her effervescent personality, hit songs, breathtaking vocals and infectiously catchy R&B-sprinkled pop-perfection. 2022 was the biggest year yet for this star on the rise – winning Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2022 AMA’s (Aotearoa Music Awards) and being nominated for Best Pop Artist alongside Lorde and Benee. She was also a Top 20 finalist for the coveted Silver Scroll Award and had her EP HUMAN hit number 1 on the Official Top 20 NZ Album charts, with lead single ‘Faith’ holding the #1 NZ Airplay spot for four weeks running. Georgia has opened for international acts, and performed - to critical acclaim - at showcases across the globe, including School Night in LA and SXSW. Georgia Lines has amassed over 7 million Spotify streams, she fronts a popular music web series INTROS and is currently recording her debut Album in LA, which will include songs with producer Jussifer (Kelly Clarkson, Bebe Rexha), Leroy Clampitt (Justin Bieber, Madison Beer, Ashe), and Ricky Manning (Johnny Orlando, Zach Hood). Georgia Lines is proving she’s an artist to watch, and that you won’t want to miss any of it! This will be Georgia Line's debut performance at Rhythm and Vines.
Since the release of her debut single ‘Hillary Banks’ in 2021, Tāmaki Makaurau-based artist Jujulipps has been making waves in the rap scene with her dynamic flow and unapologetic confidence. The rising star's mission is to remind her listeners that they are the main characters in their stories. As she puts it, "My ultimate goal is to empower my listeners to feel good about themselves, recognise their worth, and to be proud of who they are, especially my fellow immigrants." Jujulipps was born in Cape Town, South Africa with roots stretching across the African continent. She draws inspiration from the soulful sounds of Africa and the powerful energy of hip-hop and Afrobeat. "I am a child of the diaspora, my music is a celebration of the richness and vibrancy of my motherland," Jujulipps says. With influences ranging from Leikeli47, Nicki Minaj, and Rico Nasty to Burna Boy, Jujulipps has created a sound that effortlessly blends genres. Her upcoming EP 'Get That Shot' is a reflection of her diverse musical background and her commitment to breaking down barriers and pushing boundaries. Fresh off a national tour with Synthony, Jujulipps has graced the stages of various New Zealand summer festivals (Northern Bass, Cuba Dupa, Cross St. Festival), showcased her talent at a series of events and supported US rapper Cakes Da Killa at Auckland’s iconic FILTH show. Jujulipps is ready to take on the stage once again and continue making her mark in the Aotearoa rap scene. This will be Jujulips's debut performance at Rhythm and Vines.
Nice Girl (Ruby Kerkhofs) is a Kiwi-born, Naarm/Melbourne-based Producer and DJ. Her 2019 debut release with Houses in Motion was an eclectic dance floor focused 6-track EP gaining attention from Bell Towers. Later that year she released ‘Take a Step’ via Public Possession. Post-pandemic saw Nice Girl’s polar opposite with 4-track EP ‘Whistling Thorn’ incarnating organic, psychedelic and percussive sounds. Since then she has featured in New Zealand’s first Boiler Room Broadcast and released a full-length album ‘Ipsum’. As a DJ Nice Girl is non-constrained by Genre, BPM or Trends. She has been described as “taking dance music tropes and making them weird, sometimes even hilarious, without losing sight of what makes them danceable” - Resident Advisor This will be Nice Girl's debut performance at Rhythm and Vines.
Wax Mustang is a force to be reckoned with, either in your headphones, or on any stage you find him. Mustang’s music somehow finds a balance between throwback hip-hop and 80’s rock. We’re not sure how he does it, but I guess that adds to the enigma that is… Wax Mustang.
DJ, producer and artist, WILLO was introduced to Sydney’s clubbing scene in 2015 having spent formative years in California via her homeland New Zealand. The change of scene inspired her to master the craft of DJ’ing and to develop her sound. Focusing on the electronic aspects and influences from the underground scene, the self-taught artist quickly developed her own unique style navigating through a range of house genres. Upholding a residency at Sydney’s most iconic nightclub, Chinese Laundry, WILLO’s love for the scene goes beyond mixing sounds together, having supported Patrick Topping, Weiss, Melé, Mija, Nora En Pure and Santé. From head-bopping to head-banging, WILLO doesn’t just spin records, but she performs with a sense of contagious energy sanctioning music lovers to embrace her stage persona and the tunes at once.
Beccie B is a self-confessed lover of all things four/four and beyond. Party curator, promoter and DJ, Beccie B has taken Aotearoa by storm. Whether it be with her own high-energy, lovingly curated DJ sets, or in her role as a promoter with Sugar and Spice, her collective that pushes the sound of local and international female, femme and non-binary musical artists within the music industry. The Summer of 2022/23 saw Becca take things to a new level, playing multiple festival shows throughout Aotearoa including, Rhythm & Vines, the Golden Run, as well as promoting her own Sugar & Spice stage at Rhythm & Alps. Outside of festivals, she also supported Fatboy Slim on multiple dates, and supported Flume at their sold-out Spark Arena show.
Now based in Auckland, New Zealand, and having recently released a collaboration with QUIX in “Waiting For The Day” CORTR has quickly proven himself as one of the most exciting emerging artists in the bass music scene. Combining his childhood love of alternative rock with his passion for electronic music, his emotionally fuelled sound continues to propel him forward. CORTR has headlined multiple shows across New Zealand as well as numerous shows with international artists. His music has been played by the likes of Steve Aoki, Alison Wonderland, Illenium, Slander, NGHTMRE, RL Grime and more with airtime on BBC Radio 1, Sirius XM, iHeartRadio, Evolution Radio and frequent appearances on leading New Zealand station George FM. With multiple record label releases under his belt across Dim Mak, Quality Goods Records and Tribal Trap, CORTR has also been the subject of numerous blog write ups by Run The Trap, Urban List, FUXWITHIT and more. Showing no signs of slowing down, his single “Bleeding” topped NZ Itunes charts at #3 and his remix of Bring Me The Horizon’s “Can You Feel My Heart” has accrued over 3.9 million streams on it’s Trap Nation Youtube upload. You can find CORTR making appearances in some of Spotify's biggest playlists: Bass Arcade, New Music Friday Cratediggers and New Dance Beats, as he pushes forward with new music. Partnered with Converse All Stars and Jagermeister NZ.
Christchurch DJ/ Producer Emilie is vastly proving a force to be reckoned with in the UKG scene Christchurch and beyond, with no slowing down in sight. With the success of her debut garage single ‘Generations’, a Speed garage/ bassline based track. To date the track has been playlisted and featured on the well known radio station George FM, charted top 4 with NZ official music hottest hits charts and a Shazam tender, it's exciting to see what is to come from Emilie. In her short time as an artist she’s already had the opportunity to play at two festivals and support some amazing artists to name a few favourites; Effy, Main Phase, Interplanetary Criminal and Loods. 2023 and beyond you’ll be seeing a lot more of Emilie as she rises to the top. This will be Emilie's debut performance at Rhythm and Vines.
Also known as Justine De Guzman, a Philippines-born, Tauranga & Dunedin-based DJ/producer with a club residency, supported a number of international artists and performed at Aotearoa's finest festivals. Jousey displays a technical skillset and selection prowess well beyond her years. Her unique signature sets are heavily influenced by her Filipino cultural background, creating a diverse style of high-energy uptempo beats but also knows how to get in the groove of euphoric deep sounds. Her flexibility of style delivers an unconventional experience that encapsulates the atmosphere, perhaps in part due to her musical experiences outside of the DJing sphere. From growing up in a household filled with funk, disco and soul, to moving to New Zealand, Jouseys sound has been shaped by both her culture and her musical experiences. As a multi-instrumentalists from a young age, it was only natural for her to be drawn to the ebbs and flows of electronic dance music. Her sound incorporates a blend of rhythmic elements, along with unique bass lines and catchy beats, making her a perfect fit for crowd control.
Since 2016, Sophia has been wholeheartedly embracing her passion for dance music through the art of DJ'ing. Winning George FM's Spring Break Wild Card spot in 2017 was a game-changer, allowing her to showcase her skills on the sandy beaches of Fiji's Beachcomber Island and kickstarting her DJ career. Fast forward to 2023, and Sophia has performed both across the country and internationally, including New Zealand's biggest festivals like Northern Bass, Rhythm & Vines, Bay Dreams, and Electric Avenue. She’s also a prominent figure in Auckland's club scene, sharing the decks with renowned artists like Peking Duk, Nora En Pure, Paces, Sippy, and more.
The king is back. One of the leading names in dance music, WILKINSON has cemented himself as one of the most influential names in dance music history. After 10 years at the top of the game and headlining festivals around the world, he shows no sign of stopping off the back of his critically acclaimed fourth album, Cognition. Collaborating with artists close to him including a rekindling with the unstoppable Becky Hill on “Here For You”, his partner Iiola on the euphoric “Close Your Eyes” and powerhouses Kanine & Clementine Douglas on “No One Else”, he’s achieved one of drum & bass’ holy grails: a fully dancefloor-aimed album that never dips in tempo or diverts away from D&B, yet never crosses over into the classic ‘collection of bangers’ sensation so many D&B albums end up as. At points it’s gentle, emotional and sincere, but it’s also riddled with a vibe that ensures all tunes will work on the dancefloor and vitality that won him the scene’s affection in the first place. Marking 4 years since his last appearance at Waiohika, it’s a return that we’ve all been waiting for. This is WILKINSON's sixth appearance at Rhythm and Vines.
With an irrefutable aptitude for writing chart-smashing pop songs and a reputation as a pioneer in electronic music, BRIT Award-winning Becky Hill is one of Britain’s most in-demand music artists. Described by David Guetta as “one of the very rare queens of dance of music”, Becky has written and/or performed on 17x UK Top 40 singles, including five Top 10 singles and one UK #1, and amassed over 4 billion streams on Spotify alone. Her BPI certifications total 13x Platinum, 11x Gold and 14x Silver records, and she was the third most streamed British female solo artist on Spotify in 2021, behind only Dua Lipa and Adele. Her Gold selling debut studio album, ‘Only Honest On The Weekend’, released in August 2021 and peaked at #7 on the UK Albums Chart, spawning Platinum-selling UK #3 single ‘Remember’, which also ended the year as one of the most streamed and best-selling songs of 2021. Alongside her solo career, Becky has also collaborated with everyone from Rudimental to Little Simz over the last decade, as well as writing songs for and/or releasing with a whole range of artists; from dance titans like MK, Tiesto and Jax Jones right the way through to pop royalty in MNEK and Little Mix.
Alain Macklovitch, known by his stage name A-Trak, is a Canadian DJ, record producer, and record executive. He came to prominence in the late 2000s as an international club DJ and remix artist, known for incorporating highly technical turntable skills and scratching into his genre-spanning work. He is also president of the record label Fool's Gold, which was founded in 2007, and is credited for developing the careers of artists such as Kid Cudi, Danny Brown, and Flosstradamus. Among other collaborative projects, he is part of the DJ duo Duck Sauce with Armand Van Helden and was nominated for a Grammy in 2012 for their song "Barbra Streisand". A-Trak's professional career has spanned over two decades and is built off his early success as a World Champion turntablist as well as Kanye West's original tour DJ. He was named one of the 50 Most Important People in EDM by Rolling Stone and has been called the Global Ambassador of DJ Culture, appearing on the covers of Billboard and Complex magazines.
Declan McKenna is an English singer-songwriter. He initially gained recognition for winning the Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent Competition in 2015. McKenna self-released the song "Brazil", a protest song criticising FIFA and the 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil, as his debut single in December 2014. The song reached number one on Sirius XM Radio's Alt Nation Alt 18 Countdown for 23 January 2016 and held that spot for three weeks. The song also reached number 16 on the U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs chart. He released his debut studio album, What Do You Think About the Car?, in 2017. McKenna released his second studio album, Zeros, in September 2020, after multiple delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He will release his third album, What Happened to the Beach?, in February 2024.
New Zealand born singer/songwriter, GIN WIGMORE, first came to our attention after winning the International Songwriting Competition at 18 years old. She was the youngest and first unsigned artist to win the Grand Prize. She was also the first artist from New Zealand to sign to Island Records and has now released four albums to critical acclaim. Her first album release “Holy Smoke” is currently certified 4x Platinum and her second album “Gravel & Wine” 2x Platinum. Many of her best-known tracks (Kill Of The Night, Black Sheep, Man Like That, Girl Gang) have been featured in Film and TV shows around the world. Currently based in Los Angeles with her family, Gin recently became a US citizen and just added a new member to her family with canine companion Boogie whom she adopted from @MaeDayRescue. This will be Gin Wigmore's debut performance at Rhythm and Vines.
Jack Hedges, alias Hedex, from Cambridgeshire (UK), has exploded the drum and bass scene all over the world. From London to Gisborne, his fresh take on heavy bass and his euphoric melodies have created a touring show that is not only unique but also totally exclusive. This will be Hedex's debut performance at Rhythm and Vines.
Undoubtedly one of the most promising up and coming figures in the drum & bass genre, Disrupta, 24, has been quick to establish his own unique and versatile sound. With chart topping music on notable labels such as Hospital Records, V Recordings and UKF, he is gaining boundless recognition for his work by some of the biggest names in the scene. Having won 'Best Breakthrough DJ' at the Drum & Bass Awards 2021, Disrupta is fast becoming a headline act with a long career ahead of him both on stage and in the studio. This is DISRUPTA's debut performance at Rhythm and Vines.
Established late 2019, the IMANU project follows an already impressive chapter in drum & bass. Breaking through at the age of just 16 with a highly distinctive and technical brutalist style, he made a remarkable impression in a very short space of time. However, this was only a hint at what was to come. Now in his early 20s, IMANU has already been responsible for releases on significant labels such as Deadbeats, UKF and VISION, he’s remixed the likes of Skrillex, Apashe and TOKiMONSTA, and already collaborated with fellow kindred, unclassifiable spirits like Noisa, What So Not, and josh pan. This is IMANU's debut performance at Rhythm and Vines
Overall L.U.C.A.'s sound brings the vibe of a 'Soulection' style-set including; Hip-Hop, House, Dancehall, Baile Funk, UKG bangers, and everything feel-good in-between. He carefully curates each of his sets to suit any occasion.
For Brisbane based Harry Hope, better known as Odd Mob, there are no limits in sight as he goes from strength to strength with every innovative production. Developing a flair for identifying unique sounds, he has become known for his ability to diversify across genres, emphasising the unconventional. Spending years meticulously honing his craft, Odd Mob has firmly planted himself at the forefront of the global electronic music’s future. Odd Mob broke through with the ubiquitous 2014 track ‘Is It A Banger’, a track that resonated with Australian listeners, charting in triple j’s ‘Hottest 100’ and has since amassed over 8 million streams across platforms. The boundary-pushing producer showed no signs of slowing down, subsequently releasing tracks ‘Intrinsic’, ‘Lithium’, ‘LEFT TO RIGHT” and most recently ‘Losing Control’ which saw Odd Mob surpass well over 40 million streams across platforms.
Introducing BAVHU, the dynamic duo from New Zealand who are making waves in the electronic music scene both at home and abroad. Comprised of Cam Bav and Kahu Murupaenga, the name BAVHU is a fusion of their names, a reflection of their partnership in music and life. Their latest tune, Always Dancin, a joyous disco-sampling house outing already has industry heavyweights such as Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Mistajam and Zane Lowe singing their praises. BAVHU's core DJ sets typically follow the theme of their radio show, showcasing their passion for house, funk, disco, and soul. However, they can also be caught dropping jaws with diverse and hard-hitting club and festival sets, where anything from rave, UKG, breakbeat, techno, jungle, and beyond is expected.
Hailing from Tāmaki Mākaurau, BBYFACEKILLA is a talented Pasifika DJ who has been making waves on an international level. Unbound by the restrictions of genre and format, their sets weave together a captivating blend of high-energy percussive club tracks, infused with fiery club edits, footwork, juke, and techno. Tāmaki Makaurau based DJ BBYFACEKILLA has been making waves on an international level. Unbound by the restrictions of Gender, Genre and Format, their sets weave together a captivating blend of high-energy percussive club tracks, infused with fiery club edits, footwork, juke, house and techno. BFK's taste and flow is heavily influenced by prolific collectives such as JUKE BOUNCE WERK and Discwoman. Their Indigenous Samoan and Niuean Roots have drawn them to these producers/dj’s and their similarity to the sounds of the polyrhythmic patè, a traditional Samoan drum. Genres like Footwork and House resonate in a sub cultural clash of the industrial and traditional rhythms. After leaving an undeniable mark in the local scene following their Boiler Room set with the pro Queer BIPOC club night FILTH, they have gone on to grace the stages of renowned festivals all over Aotearoa. Additionally, they have provided support for international acts like Sherelle, DJ Plead, Logic1000, Kush Jones, Skin On Skin, TAAHLIAH, Yung Singh, Jarreau Vandal, Eartheater and Jersey club queen UNIIQU3. BBYFACEKILLA’s strong community focus and sense of identity, their collaborations with local club nights like FILTH and NYMPHO, and their radio shows for their platform Hunting Ground make them a powerful force in Aotearoa’s club circuit & beyond. This will be BBYFACEKILLA's debut performance at Rhythm and Vines.
Chaotic energy, personified. That’s what springs to mind when talking about Brook. You’ll catch him co-hosting George Fm Drive throughout the week alongside his co-host, Sin. When behind the decks he blends his love of all things house, techno and 140 naughties to have everyone throwing around high kicks like no one's business. Although if you catch him later in the evening, be assured things will get a tad heavier and curve balls will be thrown, you’ve been warned. He’s known to spark up a bit of crowd interaction, jump on the mic and really channel his inner show pony. So, if you’re down for a knees up and bloody good boogie, go check him out. But don’t be surprised if he asks if anyone’s here from Hastings? Hooroo
Hailing from Auckland, NZ, Mylen has built his name on infectious melodies and dance floor energy. The young kiwi producer has quickly launched himself onto the world stage after the success of his debut single ‘Galaxy.’ Since then, Mylen has made his mark worldwide, with releases on Dutch labels Korsakov and High Tea Music gaining recognition from some of the worlds leading Drum & Bass producers, and seeing repeat appearances in the NZ Top 10 Hot Singles charts. Even more prominent than his recent production success is Mylen’s track record as a live performer. A nomination for NZ’s Best DJ in the 2020 Georgie’s illustrates exactly why the young talent has been a staple on the New Zealand circuit for years. Regularly performing across the country, with an assortment of festival performances under his belt, Mylen has absolutely cemented himself as one of the most exciting new acts in Drum & Bass.
Pirapus, made up of George Murray and Ben Hollamby (aka Tex), is a stadium drum and bass duo out of Christchurch, New Zealand. With an ever-growing list of releases and collaborations, Pirapus’ intense yet catchy tunes are making their mark in NZ and gaining praise from the best in the game (Netsky, Koven, Lee Mvtthews, the Upbeats to name a few). George and Tex’s musical backgrounds range from hip-hop to classical music, but it was their obsession with drum and bass which brought them together during university. Now, Pirapus’ various musical influences translate to their diverse catalogue of dnb music, making their DJ sets entertaining and loaded with energy. This live flare has seen Pirapus electrify crowds at some of NZ's largest summer festivals, sell out headline shows across the country, and support some of the biggest names in dnb (Sub Focus, Friction, Dimension and more). With multiple unreleased originals and refined artistry going into 2021, Pirapus have no limits.
New Zealand based DJ/Production duo Sweet Mix Kids have played some of the worlds coolest parties, clubs and festivals – Coachella, Wanderlust, Rhythm & Vines – and toured supporting or playing private parties for Adele, Ed Sheeran, Rudimental, Flume, Coldplay, Deadmau5, Schoolboy Q, Empire Of The Sun, Marshmello, Rae Sremmurd & Martin Garrix. Sandon James and Chris Scott embody versatility & impeccable taste – In the studio; where they have collaboarated with artists as varied and celebrated as Boh Runga, Kevin Mark Trail, Rei, Vince Harder, Iva Lamkum & Helen Corry – And onstage; where they incorporate electronic drums & samplers, live instruments, guests vocalists and dancers, mixing every genre in flamboyant live performances. Sweet Mix Kids ft. Laughton Kora – ‘Oh No’ is out now – The official video for which has been officially selected as part of the 2019 NYC Independent Film Festival. The rest of 2019 sees more music releases, and a European Summer Tour following AUS & NZ shows this winter.
Undoubtedly one of NZ's finest DJ / Producers; TREi, AKA Trevor Linnell, has been a leader in the drum and bass scene 'downunder' since 2007. With a slew of producers coming from Australia and New Zealand including Pendulum, The Upbeats, ShockOne, State of Mind, Dose, Flowidus, Concord Dawn and Lee Mvtthews. TREi has made a name for himself with releases on prestigious labels such as: Viper Recordings, Technique, Commercial Suicide, Elevate, Device, Rampage, SOM Music and Samurai Music.
From his early days making music in his Auckland bedroom to becoming a musical architect, Will Swinton has built an impressive career. With every song, it's as if he's raising a building, with each note and lyric adding building blocks that create an impressive and enduring structure. His ability to make catchy songs and his creativity when building his own brand online has taken him to the top of the Hot 20 NZ Singles Chart and beyond. Now, with live shows around the world, including The Great Escape and Primavera Pro, Will Swinton will be looking to build his career as he moves into the future.
Witters is an Auckland based producer and DJ. On account of his humble disposition and commitment to delivering a professional and precise show every time, Witters has fast become an established name in the industry. No stranger to live shows, Witters has supported Wilkinson, Dimension, Alix Perez, NETSKY, S.P.Y, Friction, Lenzman and A.M.C, to name a few. Witters has performed in iconic venues across New Zealand and graced the stages of festivals including Rhythm and Vines, The Longline Classic, and Baseline Festival. Witters has spent the past two years drip feeding singles and remixes to the masses, including his breakout single ‘Calibrate’, and more recently ‘Burning Cold’. Both tracks saw a great deal of support from local radio, media, and the wider DnB community. Calm and collected, patient and focused, Witters is in the hot seat as one of New Zealand’s finest prospects for the export of Drum & Bass music to the world.
Buttermilk, made up of Gabby Pittar and Zoe Ooi, was born from a shoulder bump in the mosh. the start of a friendship and musical passion project ensued. they keep things exciting with a nice wee concoction of house, techno and garage. as chronic people-pleasers who want the crowd to have a ball, they’re just grateful to help make that happen.
Christchurch indie-pop singer songwriter BEXY has been a dark horse in the New Zealand music scene. BEXY’s trademark sultry vocals and confronting, honest lyricism has gained her over 12 million streams on Spotify alone. BEXY was hooked from the very first moment she picked up an instrument that was lying around her musical household. After her father taught her some basic chords, she spent hours and hours in her room experimenting. She focused first and foremost on writing music for herself, for the purity of expression, which has remained at the heart of her now flourishing career. After falling in love with the live music scene in Dunedin, she found her footing with a group of musos who later became the band Lacuna. The group played nearly every week in Dunedin, embarking on a national tour and gracing the stage of beloved kiwi festival Rhythm and Vines. Lacuna inspired and fuelled her love for music and was one of the birth places for her finally having the courage to go solo and pursue a career in music seriously. BEXY recruited Auckland producers Ambian and Sleo to work on her first single “Wish We Had History.” Upon its release, the track garnered huge playlist attention and took BEXY’s delicate voice across the globe. Since then, her sound has morphed through constant influence and inspiration that pulls not only from music but other artforms, including fashion and visual art. Although BEXY has found notable success through international playlisting, she always comes full circle back to the reason that she started writing music in the first place — for her own catharsis.
Originating from New Zealand, the DJ/producer duo 'FOVOS', made up of Mario & Lorenzo, has been pushing the boundaries of techno and tech-house for many years. Drawing inspiration from multiple electronic genres, they have combined their influences to create a blend of new and old-sounding atmospheres that resonate with the nostalgic rave scene of the 90s and today. Over the past couple of years, the duo has made a strong imprint on international audiences reaching as high as the top 3 on the Beatport Mainstage charts. Having released with labels like Revealed Records, Barong, Teamwrk Records, and more, as well as official remixes for Dillon Francis, Masked Wolf, Maddix, and Sachi. FOVOS are setting themselves up as ones to watch in the coming years.
The Ukrainan born DJ and producer Artur Aldridge has taken Eastern Bloc solo since it’s incarnation. Over the past few years he’s played an abundance of festivals while simultaneously working on his authentic sound. He’s remixed Vic Mensa and Billie Eilish but also taken on the Christmas classics ‘Last Christmas’ and ‘All I Want For Christmas’, truly a versatile DJ, Eastern Bloc can take on any challenge.
Gisborne bred, Tamaki Makaurau living, Hyan has been carving his name into the Aotearoa electronic music scene over the past few years. Hyan exists as a DJ, Producer and (most favorably) an energetic and contagious personality amongst the DJ sphere. Hyan has become renowned for sets packed with bootlegs and edits; always catching the crowd off guard and leaving the party wanting more. Combining a love for UK dance music like House, 2-Step Garage, Breakbeats and Jungle with Hip Hop and Soundcloud club edits, each Hyan set is different from the next. Since 2019 Hyan has been releasing edit packs and remixes that have been played by DJ’s worldwide. His music has been featured on radio shows such as George FM, BBC 1Xtra, Rinse FM and Soulection. Since the release of Hyan’s remix of Flowdan’s Horror Show Style only 3 months ago it has gained over half a million plays, made it to the top of the SoundCloud top 50 all genre’s playlist and is still currently the #1 House song on SoundCloud. With a big year ahead, including the release of his first solo EP, Hyan shows no sign of slowing down.
JESS FU is a Chinese-New Zealand DJ who is widely recognized for her commanding presence in the music scene. With a monthly residency on the esteemed Dublab in Los Angeles, Jess has captivated audiences with her magnetic talent. Her remarkable skill has also been showcased on renowned local and international stations like NTS, Half Moon, and 95bFM, leaving listeners in awe of her prowess. JESS FU's DJ sets are infused with an unparalleled intensity, as she unleashes the raw power of the underground music scene. She’s opened for some top international DJs including horsegiirL, Interplanetary Criminal, Main Phase, Ben Rau and more. Prepare to be captivated by JESS FU as she takes you on a journey through her electrifying performances.
Jess Rhodes is a Drum and Bass DJ from Auckland, New Zealand but is currently based in Perth, Australia. She has supported some of the best Drum and Bass artists in the world, and played at New Zealand’s biggest festivals since her debut in 2020. Jess has sold out headline shows and toured all over New Zealand, perfectly preparing her to take on Australia. Jess’ sets are high energy and focus on the more melodic side of drum and bass, taking you on a euphoric journey! This will be Jess Rhodes's second performance at Rhythm and Vines.
Kenzo, a remarkable 23 year old female DJ, has quickly risen in the Hamilton and Auckland music scene since starting her DJ journey in December 2021. Known for her exceptional talent and versatile drum and bass tracks, she has performed at festivals like Mardi Gras, Soundsplash, Bay Dreams, and Plane Sailing, sharing stages with artists like Sub Focus, Culture Shock, Turno, and more.
One of Auckland’s fastest-rising stars in the House DJ scene, Pixie Lane has forged herself a phenomenal solo DJ career. She has a residency on George FM and has even launched into the world of music production with longtime friend Kazi Flip to release an EP with their debut single ‘Frequency’ in December 2022. Through hard work and an infectiously upbeat personality, Pixie Lane has become no stranger to some of New Zealand’s biggest club and festival stages. Utilising the many different subgenres of house music, Pixie Lane leads her audience on a journey, her sets are full of twists and turns that render the crowd breathless. “For me, it’s about creating moments and memories on the dance floor and it’s so special how the right songs can do that’
SAMMIE has made her mark on the New Zealand dance music scene with her unique hard-hitting sound and original music. SAMMIE’s dark take on Electronic Music has earned her a spot at a number of prestigious New Zealand festivals including Rhythm & Vines, Hidden Valley and Northern Bass. SAMMIE has been a featured DJ on popular NZ dance music station George FM and Melbourne based electronic station Area3000 radio. SAMMIE has travelled to perform a number of international gigs in Bali, Rarotonga, Fiji and The Maldives. When she’s not grooving behind the DJ booth, you can find SAMMIE producing and singing vocals on her own original music. SAMMIE’s first original record was released in 2019. Since then she has built herself a discography including a 2 track EP, a single release on NZ dance music label Glass Half Full and her most recent release ‘Detached’ earned over 10,000 streams in the first few months of release. Taking inspiration from 90’s House music and R&B, SAMMIE’s unique take on electronic music has seen her records make it onto Spotify editorial playlist and rotation on dance music radio station, George FM. SAMMIE’s unique sound has seen her play support for international touring artists such as Chris Lorenzo, AC Slater, Dr Fresch, Plump DJs, Effy, Crooked Colours and Fjaak. Known for her seamless fusions of genres from underground house to techno & breakbeat, SAMMIE will take you on a musical journey through all realms of electronic music.
TETO is the alias of 25-year-old Claudia Riley. Having just moved out of home at the age of 18, she decided to pick up DJing to further indulge her passion for music, not quite realising where it would take her. Little did she know, her life was about to take off on a very different path the moment she got her first ever club set at Cassette Nine’s ‘The Wall’ back in 2016. TETO spent her formative years as a regular in Tāmaki Makaurau’s club circuit, exploring an array of styles within house music, eventually finding her stride in tech house. She held down a residency for 2 years at one of Auckland’s top nightclubs and frequented events around the city. She then caught the attention of George FM who then offered her a resident spot on the George FM Nights roster in 2017. Since graduating from the downtown scene she has played festivals all across the country such as Rhythm & Vines, Hidden Valley, That Weekend and Baseline, as well as support slots for international acts such as Claptone, Rebuke, Salute, Baltra, Confidence Man + many more. Since 2020 TETO has released a remix of Willy Mav and Elipsa’s ‘Without You’, her first ever original track ‘Overdrive’ in 2021 and in 2022 her latest track ‘Tora’ was released under kiwi label Glass Half Full. Her goal is to continue to expand into the production realm and continue to grow both as a DJ and artist.
Willy Mav, aka, Willy Harman is a must watch artist within the drum and bass scene. Hailing from New Zealand, he started producing from his bedroom at the age of 13 and found his passion for Drum and Bass in 2017 after hearing it consistently at house parties, clubs and festivals. Fast forward 3 years, he’s gone from strength to strength from huge releases to supporting some of the worlds biggest names in drum and bass. The numerous acts he’s supported showcases his versatility on stage as a performer, which directly translates to his production skills. Names such as Skeptical, Bcee, Bou, LSB, 1991, Document One, K-motionz and Monty to name a few. With support from the likes of Coastal Promotions, Totara Records, Lunchbox Records and DNB Allstars, Willy Mav has had a huge 2020 so far. His debut release on Lunchbox Records “Without You” featuring vocalist Elipsa, a soulful liquid track, was well received and added to the George FM playlist which receives daily rotations heard up and down New Zealand. In August he released “Falling” on DnB Allstars which also featured New Zealand vocalist Elipsa. This gained incredible support and has amassed a total of 40,000 plays within the first month. Willy Mav isn’t showing any signs of slowing down for the rest of 2020. With huge solo releases and collabs with artists from around New Zealand and bookings at some of New Zealand’s biggest summer festivals he’s going to be one to watch into 2021 and beyond.