Global superstar BENEE will top off her breakthrough year with a headline performance on the Vodafone Vines Stage this New Year’s Eve. Her star has rose exponentially in the past 6 months thanks to recent US talk show appearances on Ellen and Jimmy Fallon The Tonight Show, and viral hits across youth platforms such as Tik Tok. NZ will be the envy of the world on December 31 as she performs hits such as “Supalonely”, “On an Island” and “Soaked” to a packed Vines amphitheatre.
Internationally regarded as one of the world’s finest live draws, it’s been 15 years since FAT FREDDY’S DROP last performed at Waiohika Estate. Undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s most successful musical exports, the seven headed soul monster returns to the Vines mainstage on December 31. Founded in the club scene in Wellington in 1999, Freddys sound draws inspiration from almost every part of the black music lexicon. Soul drenched vocals and jazz harmonies collide with tape delays and echo chambers, underpinned by a rhythm section as comfortable laying down a throbbing, techy soundscape as they are a swampy blues stomp. It’s a sound that demands to be heard live, a potent mixture of virtuosity and diaphragm-wrecking digital sonics.
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, 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. These are just some of Shapeshifter’s towering achievements. The return of SHAPESHIFTER to Waiohika Estate will be a spectacle, having last performed there 7 years ago.
What a year L.A.B is having. Selling out Spark Arena and other shows across the country, their breakthrough year has come from hard graft, making them one of New Zealand’s hardest working bands. L.A.B. was founded by legendary Kora brothers Brad Kora (drums) and Stu Kora (guitar, keys) and quickly engaged the extraordinary talent of Joel Shadbolt on lead vocals & guitar, Ara Adams-Tamatea from the mighty Katchafire on bass, & Miharo Gregory on keys. The L.A.B. sound is one which has seen them quickly become a fan favourite on the New Zealand live circuit – trademark Kora grooves combining with Adams-Tamatea’s reggae/dub experience, and Shadbolt’s blues roots to create an eclectic mix of reggae, electronic, blues, funk, and soul.
It’s been over three decades since these four guys first stormed the stage in Wellington. In the years that followed, Jon (lead vocals), Tom (drums), lead guitarist Phil Knight (who they found through a music shop notice board ad) and bassist Karl Kippenberger (who joined the band in 1993) have released nine studio albums, five of which topped the charts in NZ. They’ve survived a name change, Shihad became Pacifier, then returned to Shihad and weathered personal triumphs and tragedies; travelled all over the world with endless tours, sold out headline shows, shared stages at major local and international festivals. After thirty plus years of performing and recording, Shihad’s dominance of New Zealand’s music scene shows no signs of quietening down. The unrelenting energy of their live performances continues to leave their audiences drenched and screaming for more.
Hailing all the way from New Zealand, QUIX initially traveled to North America in 2017 for 10 shows and finished up doing an astonishing 42. He has been tearing up the trap scene ever since, continuously shaking new ground with his unique sound design. Kiwis are lucky to have the Kiwi producer home to bring in the New Year at Rhythm and Vines.
Starting making music in his grandparents house in 2010, Montell took a quick liking to FL studio. Growing up in a small town, music was the perfect creative outlet for Montell. Quickly gaining a following online at a young age, he was receiving co-signs from fellow producers such as Mr. Carmack and taste-makers like Joe Kay from Soulection. Since then he’s received official remixes with Diplo and produced for 21 Savage. We’re stoked to be having him return again this year, after one of the most memorable main stage performances at R&V2019.
As a vocalist, MC and truth-teller, the consistent evolution of LADI6 has firmly cemented her as New Zealand’s undisputed Queen of Hip-Hop, Soul and R&B. Hits include "Like Water", "Diamonds" and "Ikarus" to name a few, LADI6 is truly one of New Zealand's diamonds worth catching this New Year's.
The Beths hail from the vibrant and deeply collaborative music community of Auckland, New Zealand. Lead vocalist and guitarist Elizabeth Stokes met guitarist Jonathan Pearce and bassist Benjamin Sinclair while they were all in bands in high school. While playing underground gigs around Auckland, they befriended drummer Tristan Deck, who joined the group in 2019. Their blend of propulsive, sing-along choruses, four-part vocal arrangements, and wry, introspective lyrics has earned them fans around the world, as well as opening slots for indie rock titans like The Breeders, Pixies, Weezer, and Death Cab for Cutie.
Hailing from Wellington, New Zealand, Terror Snake and Downie Wolf are The Upbeats, one of the most legendary production/DJ teams to emerge out the fertile New Zealand drum and bass scene. THE UPBEATS 2020 performance at Rhythm and Vines will be featuring award-winning vocalist MC TALI and is picked to be one of the most memorable festival performances.
“It’s all about energy, we’re not shying away from who we are and what we do." Coming from a band background, Will and Nick inject elements of a live band setting into their own exhilarating live show. Their dynamic chemistry see’s SACHI swapping instruments, as well as playing bass, drums and keys in addition to vocals; forming a non-traditional electronic experience. SACHI build an unbreakable bond with audiences by simply being themselves. “Ever since we started making music, we wanted to create moments to share with friends,” the boys leave off. “We want to give everyone an uplifting and euphoric experience. Our music paints this picture of different energies coming together as a whole. We want people to connect and have fun with us.” Their latest single ‘You (à la) exudes the contagious confidence that SACHI live by; their biggest objective is to share it with the rest of the world.
New Zealand-born brothers Ben and Louis Helliker-Hales (aka Chaos In The CBD) create understated house and techno that encompass elements of jazz. Born in 1989, the brothers were brought up listening to their parents' rock records, going on to join jazz and indie bands in their early teenage years. With a massive following across Europe, their first performance in Gisborne since 2013 will be well received by the house and techno community.
She made the New Zealand hip hop scene take notice in 2017 when she delivered a compelling performance as the first female MC to perform on David Dallas’ Red Bull 64 Bars, and backed it up with a string of tracks that showed the newcomer was here to stay. She has released two EPs and won Best New Zealand Act at the 2019 MTV Europe Music Awards. This will be her third return to Waiohika Estate, proving
Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, State of Mind are one of the most enduring acts in drum & bass music. The duo consisting of Stu Maxwell and Patrick Hawkins, has released 5 studio albums to date. No stranger to Rhythm and Vines, expect balls to the wall Drum and Bass until the sun comes up.
Indie-Rockers Mako Road have been tearing up the New Zealand music scene since their inception in 2017. The boys have graduated their way up the music charts, and no different at Rhythm and Vines, working their way from a discovery act on the festival's Garden Stage, to performing Vodafone Vines Stage in 2020.
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. Wax is turning heads around the country, including Red Bull Studios, where he recorded ‘Monica’, ‘Bones’, and ‘Powerball’. Summer of 2019/20 saw him play at a broad span of NZ festivals, everything from Nest Fest and 121 Festival, to Bay Dreams and Rhythm and Vines. Wax was also on the bill for Six60’s massive Western Springs stadium show, where he played to an audience of 30,000+. Along with these festivals, the summer also saw Mustang play a string of four headline dates around NZ, all of which sold out in a matter of days. Looking ahead, the self proclaimed ‘six-foot stallion’ has teamed up with entertainment powerhouse Live Nation to bring together the ‘Mustang for President Tour’ this October. The tour includes his first international dates, those being Sydney and Melbourne. With his debut project brewing, stick around to see what’s next for Wax Mustang.
Aroha is without a doubt one of New Zealand's most accomplished all genre DJs and Tali is an internationally acclaimed vocalist and freestyle MCs and winner of the 2019 Vodafone New Zealand Music Best Electronic Artist award. Together they are a formidable force on stage and unlike any other double act currently touring NZ.
Belgian born Alix Depauw is the face behind production moniker Alix Perez, and Shades (w/Eprom). Alix’s high levels of creativity and discipline are the reason he is very much at the forefront of electronic music today. Every release sells out, is repressed and sells out again. He is a true artist and is a trailblazer in. his own right. He has just moved to New Zealand, where he has sold out his recently announced headline shows in 30 seconds. The future is looking very bright. This will be Alix's Rhythm and Vines debut - something you don't want to miss!
The musical culmination of three brothers and a bestie; Balu Brigada cross-breeds the high energy of alt-rock with hip bop beats and pop hooks to birth an eccentric amalgamation of their favourite genres. With influences ranging from Tame Impala to Tyler, The Creator, Balu Brigada pride themselves on their ability to harmoniously blend such contrasting styles together. Coming off the release of their debut project ‘Almost Feel Good Mixtape’, the band are looking to take their next step as a group. Accompanied by a nationwide tour earlier in the year, Balu Brigada are going to be winding down their big year in Waiohika Estate.
Since the release of her first single Drive in 1996 – a top ten hit when she was just twenty – Bic has been awarded the most New Zealand music awards by any individual, ever (twenty). She has won Best Female Vocalist four times and Best Producer three times, as well as the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll for songwriting. Bic’s debut album Drive was certified seven times platinum and featured the enormous hit, Sway. The follow up in Beautiful Collision in 2002 was certified an incredible eleven-times platinum and featured the hits Get Some Sleep, Something Good and Listening For The Weather. Her songs have featured in film soundtracks and her records have been released around the world. She has won loyal followings in Europe, Asia and North America. In January 2006, Runga was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Legacy award at the New Zealand music awards and was inducted in to New Zealand Music hall of fame. Bic recently worked with Sir Tīmoti Kāretu and Hinewehi Mohi to translate and rerecord her international hit Sway, creating the te reo Maori version - Haere Mai Rā/Sway; from the Waiata /Anthems album which debuted at number one in September, 2019. (PHOTO CRED - Karen Inderbitzen-Waller)
After initially meeting in year 10 over their love of Chance the Rapper’s ‘Acid Rap’ mixtape, who knew that years later Church & AP would go on to become New Zealand’s leaders in hip-hop. The duo’s big break came just before Summer ‘18 when ‘Ready Or Not’ was making the rounds as a radio exclusive through New Zealand. Now 4 million plays later, Church & AP have become frontrunners of a whole new sound New Zealand has never heard before. Recently releasing their debut album ‘TEETH’, Church & AP have brought this new alternative hip-hop sound to Aoteroa. Working closely with producer Dera Meelan, the two have moved away from the traditional hip-hop and trap soundscape to create their very own lane. As they approach their sophomore album, the duo have teased a trio of tracks ‘Aston Martin’, ‘War Outside’ and ‘60K’ further proving there’s no one making music quite like Church & AP in Aotearoa.
Concord Dawn began life as Evan Short & Matt Harvey, bursting onto the New Zealand music scene back in mid-1999 with their unique high octane Drum and Bass sound. After a year or so of underground success, they released their first album Concord Dawn in July 2000. After touring the album throughout New Zealand they released their second album Disturbance in April 2001. Their 3rd album Uprising with tracks like “Morning Light” and “Don’t Tell Me” found international acclaim well before the album’s release, with singles appearing on UK labels including Timeless Recordings. Uprising was released in New Zealand in September 2003. With Concord Dawn now well established internationally and their catalogue now being distributed worldwide, Evan and Matt embarked on a seemingly never-ending world tour, travelling all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. Work on their long-awaited 4th album was completed in early 2005 and was titled Chaos By Design to express the album’s musically eclectic nature. The album and singles won critical acclaim worldwide with various tracks off the albums being signed to some of the biggest and most respected Drum and Bass labels worldwide such as Metalheadz, Ram Records and Hospital. 2008 saw Evan focus on his studio commitments and leave the project while Matt continued on with Concord Dawn, touring extensively and releasing the LPs "The Enemy Within" and "Air Chrysalis". In 2019 the pair reunited and released the "1999" EP.
Daffodils have been a growing presence in the New Zealand music scene since the release of their first single, Two Angels, in 2017. Since then, they have supported the likes of The Foals, PaleWaves and Methyl Ethyl, performed at Laneway Festival 2019 and sold-out their own show at Auckland’s Tuning Fork in 2018. The way they approach songwriting is heavily influenced by how it translates in a live setting; “Our sound isn’t punk but it does influence our performance ethos. There’s a sense of community, each song is everyone’s song, not just the band’s. ”With singles championed by the UK’s John Kennedy and added to the Radio X B List, and support from New Zealand blogs Coup De Main and SNIFFERS, Daffodils have built quite the reputation for their explosive live performances and irresistible, hook-laden creations.
After a string of sold-out shows in New Zealand, the Flowidus duo are heading to Rhythm & Vines for the first time. Made up of Raphael and Garo, the former solo artists bonded over the passion of playing live, hence the name Flowidus, ‘When people see us or hear our music, we want them to feel apart of it’. Their breakout over the past 2 years has been a sight to see and we’re stoked to have them at Rhythm & Vines 2019.
Legend says that in 1998 he escaped the Eastern Bloc with only an Adidas Tracksuit and a (badly) translated 12’ copy of Crystal Waters’ Gypsy Woman. Since then he’s never looked back. Eastern Bloc has been bringing non-stop club action to Western ears for the better half of a decade. His music is the perfect sound track to drop top driving. His mixing will transport you to a Spanish party boat faster than you can say “Pop Some Flavour”. His stellar track selection will make you ask “what the f**k was that?” as you try whip your Shazam out in time. Just leave the Shazam on.
Foley have made a name for themselves by acting out against the standard producer-vocalist two piece model; instead writing, performing and producing everything completely collaboratively. In an industry where female vocalists are often commoditised, it’s an important distinction to make. The pair have developed a strong point of view as commentators of millennial doubt and confusion. They have never shied from laying bare the stark challenge of navigating love and relationships in your 20s, attempting to piece together some sense around the most universal of emotions. Foley have graced New Zealand’s largest New Years festival Rhythm & Vines 3 times, most recently playing a main-stage slot on New Year’s Eve.
Art pop singer - songwriter Harper Finn shuffles in mysterious ways. Growing up under an eclectic umbrella of influences, Harper bends the style boundaries of pop, centring his handwritten gems around an infectious kinetic energy and the twists and turns of youth and young adulthood. Harper Finn hit the scene with a flash last year with his single “Conversations with the Moon” becoming a massive hit on Australia’s Triple J playlist. One of New Zealand’s most promising musical talents is back for 2020 with a new single titled “Norway".
Mild Orange are a four-piece indie-pop-rock band that began in Dunedin in 2017, making and recording music in beautiful parts of Aotearoa NZ for the world. The band consists of friends Josh Mehrtens, Josh Reid, Tom Kelk and Jack Ferguson who met while at University of Otago. Now based in New Plymouth, Wellington and Westport. Mild Orange broke out onto the world stage in 2018 with their viral single 'Some Feeling', now amassing near 20 million views on YouTube alone, from the debut album "Foreplay" which has garnered a cult following for the band in the farthest corners of the globe (the album has over 80M streams globally). The band's new album 'Mild Orange' - released May 29, 2020. It features the breakout single 'Freak In Me', already attracting 2.5 million views on YouTube. You may remember their melting melodies from their past sets at R&V in 2017 and 2018! But they are back, and better than ever for another stellar New Years Eve set bringing in 2021!
HIGH HØØPS is the sunset escape project of left handed Aquarian Jordan Arts. Starting off his live music career in royal company when he opened for Lorde, he's since shared stages with iconic producers Kaytranada, MDSGN, Harvey Sutherland and Slow Magic, as well as featuring on Triple J heavy rotator 'One Hundred' with Roland Tings (Australia), the 7 million streamed Spotify smash 'Comfortable' with Moods (Netherlands), and most recently crooning on collaborations with local hip-hop heavyweights SWIDT and High Beams (NZ), all while crafting out psych-pop tunes with the critically acclaimed five-piece Auckland music collective, Leisure.
Producer, DJ and Soul In Motion co-founder Need For Mirrors – AKA Joe Moses – deals in music strictly for the club. Be it through his DJ sets or productions, he makes and plays drum & bass that both spans the board and c hallenges typical formulas and conventional boundaries. With nothing but the dance in mind, Joe covers every chapter of the night. The peaks. The troughs. The dark. The light. The stories that unfold. Beyond releases and performances, Joe is an integral figure within the drum & bass scene as co-owner of Soul In Motion. Run with kindred spirit Bailey, Soul In Motion is a brand born from the genre’s old tradition of mid-weekly club nights. Now also comprising a label and agency, Soul In Motion celebrates and pays tribute to drum & bass and its underground culture. His vision and aesthetic can be found coded deep in all Soul In Motion operations: its imagery, visuals, line-ups, unique locations and the label which, naturally, deals in music strictly for the club. Expect nothing less.
Local electronic wonder K2K has been heavy on the electronic scene for a few years now playing at the likes of Laneways, Red Bull Sound Selects, Inky Waves and 121 events, just to name a few.
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.
LEE MVTTHEWS, aka, Graham Matthews and Tom Lee met in 2012 and started working together after discovering they had a 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. 2020 has been a big year for LEE MVTTHEWS
The earliest sketches of Wellington trio Mermaidens, follows the story arch of how most bands start; through long-term friendship and bonding over music that shaped their salad days. For Mermaidens, it was an eclectic melting pot of PJ Harvey, Warpaint and Fugazi to name a few. Together, childhood friends Gussie Larkin (guitar/co-lead vocals), Lily West (bass/co-lead vocals) and Abe Hollingsworth (drums) form a powerful trinity of unwavering creativity and relentless work ethic. Their time together as Mermaidens has been a fruitful one; a timeline consisting of two critically acclaimed albums, being signed to iconic indie label Flying Nun Records, and a wide range of live supports that include Sleater Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie, Lorde, Mac DeMarco and The Veils. This is Mermaidens louder, more crushing and propulsive than ever. They are in their element, and at their most raw and confronting.
Otosan are Ryan Dickinson and Ultan Burke. A house duo with one foot on each side of the Tasman, but both planted firmly on the dancefloor. The pair’s sound is already unmistakable, combining classic house grooves with modern vocal hooks that cross over from dancefloors to radio. George FM (New Zealand’s number one national dance radio station) have firmly embraced them with a weekly Friday night radio show, making Otosan a household name for kiwi dance music heads.
Growing up in an overly connected world of crowded voices battling for space, there is a unique challenge for up and coming Generation Z artists as they attempt to break through the whitenoise. It is a world uncharted by previous generations, left to be navigated by the young, creative and the bold. In 2016, Paige, a young singer-songwriter from Auckland, New Zealand opened up her window to the bluescreened universe and her life was forever changed. With her infamous YouTube channel Paige’s Space and a humble acoustic guitar, Paige uploaded covers of songs that permeated a generation, to eventually sharing originals with her growing fan base. Writing songs is a way of life for the 22 year-old, who has been writing since she was 9 years old. For someone so young, Paige carries an old soul and isn’t afraid of getting honest with her earnest songwriter’s sensibility and velvetine voice. Just like a bee, Paige flutters between catacombed thoughts of the heart and invites us into her cozy space
The host of George FM days 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 and played support for international acts such as Fatboy Slim, Netsky, Solardo, Illyus & Barrientos, Sam Divine, Cut Snake, Eli Brown, and Rebuke. With her infectious, cheeky energy matched to groovy house & disco tunes, it's a total dance floor love affair.
The Leers are a NZ four piece exploring the depths of Indie Rock & Roll, with subtle pickings of psychedelia and a healthy obsession for dynamic structure. Hailing from the sunny beach town of Mt Maunganui, these childhood friends pour their experience as longtime musicians into what has been described as “an Alt-Junkies dream”. Raised by the beach and by the early rumbles of bands such as Radiohead, Artic Monkeys, Foals and Countless other indie heyday artists, The Leers continue on their musical journey of exploration with the tempered, relaxed attitude and style that can only be found in inhabitants of the seaside. Armed with swelling build-ups, catchy guitar pop melody, dynamically engaging structure and head bobbing riffs, The Leers are best enjoyed live, up close & personal.
Chores are an award-winning dance pop duo whose dance-floor fillers have established them as one of the most exciting electronic acts south of the equator. Often compared to Hayden James, Peking Duck and Pnau, the New Zealand-born music-makers won ‘Breakthrough Artist’ at the 2017 Georgies and then took home ‘Best Electronic Act’ at the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. Since their big VNZMA win, Chores, AKA Sam Saunders and Thommy Simmons, have been based in Melbourne, Australia, where they’ve been toiling away in the studio on new music. Now after a productive few months in lockdown, they are about to reveal a string of new tunes, with a host of exciting international features. The new music follows winning singles such as Away, Surrender, Got It, By Your Side, which have received love from New Zealand radio and clocked up hundreds of thousands of streams across multiple platforms. In early 2019, Chores were handpicked to put their spin on ‘Weapon Of Choice’ by the legendary Fatboy Slim, which has now close to 400k streams on Spotify. Chores are a live force to be reckoned with and are known for their epic live shows with guest performers, as well as their electrifying DJ sets. The pair has played most of New Zealand’s biggest festivals and opened for big international names such as A-Trak, Peking Duk, Duke Dumont and The Chainsmokers.
Through a vast expedition designed by pushing the envelopes of drum and bass and carefully carving his name into the halls of the very genre itself, Trevor Linnell has been a foundational asset to dance music for over 13 years - and believe us when we say he’s just getting started. Time and time again, his versatility and ability to interject his signature style into his every tune shines through a canon of releases including individual heavyweight classics such as “Seeds”, “Rebels” with Tali, Empires, and many more. Championing collaborations with high-profile artists such as The Upbeats, Futurebound, State Of Mind, and Concord Dawn, this maverick of a producer/ DJ has showcased his nonconformist discography to anxious listeners all around the world. Successfully embarking on over 25 European tours spanning across 22 countries to date, stating that Trei’s eccentric approach to songwriting and his insatiable ability to galvanize a live setting is impressive would be an understatement. Now, his energetic sets have seen stages at world class festivals such as Rampage, Let It Roll, Mainframe, Fusion Festival, Rhythm & Alps, and so many more. With international untethered support from legendary acts such as Andy C, Friction, and Pendulum, it’s safe to say that his career’s achievements have transcended expectations. In an ever-changing world restricted by a lack of originality and regurgitated content, Trei, although achieving widespread recognition from the very beginning, has shown absolutely zero signs of stagnation. Expect a highly-anticipated flurry of technical productions paralleled by an unforgivably-unique performance setting from this creative mind. His next chapter, has only just begun.
Vayne is one of the fastest rising voices of Aotearoa New Zealand hip-hop today. Since it’s July release, her debut EP Gutta Girl has spread like wildfire around the music community with its hard-hitting emotional catharticism and ambient production. Teaming up with Montell2099, LMC and Church Leon, the glowing Māori rap artist’s debut is a nod to the Gutta Girl in all of us. Since appearing on the scene in 2019 with underground bangers ‘waitwait!’, ‘YUCK’ and ‘I’ll Be Fine’, turning heads left right and center with her heavy, upfront and honest delivery, Vayne continues to push the envelope with her raw and inventive craft. Having grown a notorious following from packing out Karangahape Road venues Whammy and Neck of the Woods, to performing at The Others Way, FOMO and Six60 earlier this year, Vayne season is on.
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 with the support of New Zealand promoters, artists and Drum & Bass fans alike. No stranger to live shows, Witters has supported Alix Perez (UK), Netsky (BEL), S.P.Y (UK), Friction (UK), Lenzman (UK) and A.M.C (UK), to name a few. Witters has performed in iconic venues across New Zealand and is set to throw down at festivals across the summer. Recently picked up by Lunchbox Records, Witters has just released sophomore single ‘Calibrate’, to the joy of the DNB community, attracting the eyes and ears of people from all over the world. 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.
As a teenager Dick Johnson landed a residency at Manchester’s legendary Hacienda Club where he honed his house sound until it’s closure in 1997. Before long he was producing tracks for Cream’s Olympic label, New Order’s Pleasure Recordings and Manchester’s Paper Recordings collective, and had set up his own record label Shaboom, which went on to do over 100 releases from the likes of Joeski, Fred Everything, Doc Martin and DJ Sneak. Based in Auckland, New Zealand and with a long standing (15 years) weekly show on local radio station George Fm, Dick continues a busy DJ schedule and it’s a rare weekend indeed that he is not behind the decks electrifying a crowd of dedicated followers and testing his tunes on dance floors around New Zealand and beyond.
Aw B is Emma Hall-Phillips, a DJ, musician, and promoter based in Tāmaki Makaurau. A key member of Aotearoa’s dance whānau, Aw B has graced the stages of some of New Zealand’s best loved festivals, including Splore and A Low Hum. Setting aside the restrictions of genre, her sought-after DJ sets weave seamlessly through house, techno, breaks, and bass, with the odd shameless banger thrown in. Alongside Katherine Anderson (DJ and producer k2k), Emma runs Moments, a promotions group whose kaupapa is curating parties with a purpose. With a focus on amplifying marginalised voices within Aotearoa’s dance community, their work within Pōneke and Tāmaki Makaurau has been a breath of fresh air for the cities’ nightlife.
When New Zealand's number one turntable rocker, DJ Sir-Vere steps to the turntables, the party gets live. With over a quarter of a million Major Flavours CDs sold in New Zealand and Australia, a number one on the Australian ARIA's chart, multiple industry awards on both sides of the ditch, and credit for helping launch the careers of Scribe, Savage and P-Money, DJ Sir-Vere's track record speaks volumes. Credentials aside, it’s at DJ residences across New Zealand and Australia, where Sir- Vere really comes into his own is in the club. Rocking crowds with both turntables and a microphone, whether he's serving commercial anthems or underground bangers, you get exactly what you need. Having completed slots opening for artists ranging from Six60 to Missy Elliot, and DJ Premier to Raekwon - it's safe to say this DJ ain't half-stepping; and will have his cake and eat it. Heck, he might even offer you a slice.
Over the last three years, BLOOM has worked hard to become a staple name in the Auckland nightlife scene. Her unique dark style and vibe-filled bass heavy mixing skills have earned her spots on almost every major club night. Contrary to her name, Bloom's musical repertoire is anything but floral, performing support sets for countless international electronica artists, including: NGHTMRE & SLANDER, Alison Wonderland, Blanke, Godlands, Matroda, 1788-L, and more recently JOYRYDE & DOMBRESKY. BLOOM is one to watch - take our word for it.
Bonnie – better known by her DJ alias, Bontempo – has earned her place as one of New Zealand’s breakout selectors in dance music. Introduced to electronic music during her time living in Melbourne, she was taught to mix by friends and has never looked back. Bontempo began making her mark in NZ as a regular behind the booth at Club 121 and it wasn’t long before she was travelling across the country, supporting acts such as Chris Stussy, Sally C and Sandboards. This was followed by a run of festival sets over summer, including appearances at Rhythm and Vines, Nest Fest, Sonorous and the inaugural 121 festival. Bontempo has a unique sound and is known for unleashing her selection of house grooves filled with deep smooth basslines and dreamy synths.
‘With complementing styles, the MC and producer duo have established themselves as two of the best in Aotearoa hip-hop’ The MC and producer duo have established themselves over the years with their traditional kiwiana word play and smooth beats. Returning after a one year hiatus with their ‘Honest To Whom’ project, Eno x Dirty came back to remind us all where they stand amongst the great kiwi rap acts. They have a few R&Vs under their belts now but there's every reason to bring them back this year.
Oh god, where do we start with this (loveable) idiot. You’ll catch him hosting GeorgeFM nights throughout the week, carving himself a niche with his Saturday Morning “Disco Den” and parading his prized cat Maurice, around the place. When behind the decks he blends his love of all things disco house to have ya throwing around high kicks like no ones business. 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
In a folder on Cassie Henderson’s computer sits a bible of sorts - filled with memories, quotes, and notes to herself; it’s the key to Cassie’s relentless work ethic. It’s that persistence that took her from busking the streets of Christchurch, to placing fifth in season - one of The X-Factor NZ (at just 14-years-old) and releasing her debut single ‘Tainted’ in April of this year. Cassie’s musical journey, along with the experience of heartbreak in between, has provided the perfect training ground for Cassie to discover her voice. Now 21 and a prolific songwriter, Cassie is sharing that voice with the world. More than 200,000 streams, radio airplay, and a #2 spot on the NZ Hot 20 Singles chart for ‘Tainted’ have laid a new foundation for Cassie’s musical career. Her next single, recorded in Auckland with Ambian & Sleo (Paige, Foley), mixed by Simon Gooding (P!nk - Walk Me Home) and mastered by Randy Merrill (Taylor Swift – Folklore), is ‘Burns Brighter’ - an anthemic middle finger salute to a former flame with scalding lyrics like “you were the morning after an all-nighter” ready to be sung loud by her growing legion of fans. ‘Burns Brighter’ - the next single from Cassie Henderson, is available everywhere in September.
Hailing from Palestine, ILLBAZ is an Auckland based DJ who has supported many international acts including Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, Bryson Tiller as well as being hand picked to DJ at Childish Gambino’s 3-day festival “PHAROS” + many more. ILLBAZ is a well known figure within the NZ Hip Hop scene as much as he is respected in the Auckland DJ circuit bringing you the best in local and international urban music.
Frank Booker has quietly built a worldwide reputation for incredible edits and amazing DJ sets. His highly acclaimed production output has been released on vinyl via the likes of Razor N Tape (USA), Wonderful Noise (Japan) and Disco Deviance (UK) and more. His music has been supported by the likes of The Black Madonna, Optimo, Danny Krivit, Horse Meat Disco, Bill Brewster, Jazzanova, Mr Scruff, Zernell, Rahaan & Session Victim amongst many others. Touring extensively since 2012, Booker has made his way through Australia, Japan, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Holland, Switzerland, USA and Brazil playing alongside the likes of Moodymann, DJ Harvey, Gilles Peterson, Francois K, Dam Funk amongst others. Highly in demand in his home country, Booker was the DJ of choice for a private party for Prince when he visited Aotearoa in 2016, and is a regular guest at festivals and events around Aotearoa. Alongside Flamingo Pier, Booker co-promotes the hugely successful ongoing club night ‘Pleasure!’ since 2019 at Las Vegas Club on K Rd in Auckland City. The night has hosted over 30 sold out events, featuring a vast array of Aotearoa’s finest DJs & Performers including K2K, Nathan Haines, Julien Dyne, Peach Milk, and many more.
Who the hell are the Katayanagi Twins?. Auckland born twins Rain and China grew up surrounded by music and DJing. Starting off as turntablists, these twins have gone from playing clubs to playing in festivals, and in different places around the globe. The Katayanagi Twins, inspired by the funky 80’s, Hip Hop & POP 90’s and eclectic 00’s! It's guaranteed you will get amnesia from the mixed bag of collective music from the different styles of the Katayanagi Twins (China & Rain) vibe off each other to take your musical experience to the next level. The Katayanagi Twins continue to dig into the past for inspiration and push the boundaries with new music to inspire people of all gender, age and culture.
Band members Jake Schdroski and Zac Emerson are cousins, and started playing music together from the age of 7. Growing up in a small town in the Wairarapa they met Jesse Brown in primary school, who quickly became family, and formed a vital piece of the project. Growing up at the bottom of the world the internet allowed them to shape themselves musically, essentially becoming a product of the internet. Naturally, online tastemaker blogs were the first to fall for ‘Hurricane Love,’ quickly followed by Spotify fans. Following the heat from the track, the group created a music video shot in and around their home town which was premiered on MTV. In the process of releasing their EP they have also picked up a co-sign from Complex. Don’t take your eyes off L.A WOMEN as they’re set to release their EP after the tracks that broke the ice...and the internet.
From Auckland, Leaping Tiger is the project of 21-year-old music producer and bass player, Jacob Park. Taking inspiration from a wide range of genres to create a unique hybrid of Electronic, Alternative, Hip-hop and R&B.
Auckland-based artist Lévyne is an engaging new addition to the pop-scape. The classical pianist-turnedproducer has been growing a solid base to stand upon since diving into the world of indie pop in 2018. Her sound is a mixture between spacious harmonies and forceful, driving beats, giving her songs a solid backbone that allows them to stand out from the rest. Well-known convention mixed with a hint of chaos leaves Lévyne’s songs with their own distinct flavor, and her clear, soft vocals are the cherry on top. 2020 with its many curveballs has remained active for Lévyne. In March she released her first punchy single for the year called ‘Look At Me’. She took part in Two Daze 48 hour songwriting collective in May, releasing speedily self-produced, despair filled ‘Fever Dreams’. The tumultuous 4-track ‘Being Low’ EP followed in May. In June she opened for local legends Daffodils at the Tuning fork, and more recently for Foley for their headline show at Whammy Bar. Lévyne has slowly been gaining prominence in the NZ music scene and most recently was included in New Music Single Funding for July. Lévyne is presently working on her next string of releases to come out as the year closes.
As Imugi 이무기, Auckland duo Carl Ruwhiu and Yery Cho navigate the slipstream between the listless ennui of late 90s downbeat and trip-hop, silicon smooth synth-pop, and the undeniable bounce of modern R&B. Subtle, soft-focus, and techno-naturalistic. Their cosmic-scale aesthetics effortlessly complement the duo’s considered thinking around music, culture, and identity in Aotearoa New Zealand.
New Zealand rapper/producer duo, NO COMPLY take their music seriously, but themselves, not so much. Their music is bold and considered, yet they infuse a playful and melodic take on the rapidly changing, forever evolving, genre we know and love as hip hop. The Auckland-based brothers adopted their group name about skate and street culture, preaching a message of the importance of questioning the norm, and having the confidence to challenge and defy boundaries. Being brothers, the pair both have their own musical tastes and preferences that run deep into the veins of many genres. Each draw inspiration from many different styles, which they say only strengthens their ability to write and perform music together. They also say that they draw a lot of inspiration directly from each other, as brothers and as friends. Both picked up instruments at an early age and have since continued to pursue a life where music is used as a first language, a way to develop and express ideas. Whether it's a message or a feeling, music has been, and will always be, an outlet and a way to express their inner thoughts.
Park Rd are a surf-rock band from West Auckland, made up of 5 high-school pals. Their music is inspired by the world around them - surfing, sun, music and friends. Off the back of releasing their debut EP (Sandcastles), and playing to a sold out crowd at the Tuning Fork, Park Rd are heading into an exciting summer that will see them play throughout Aotearoa. Come sing and sway along with this must see band.
Paloma Schneideman does it all, she started her journey at film school in Auckland where she would go on to be featured in the New Zealand International Film Festival. Although she’s been nominated for many awards in film, music was always in the rear view of Schneideman Initially PollyHill started as a duo with producer Ollie when they both met while working at AS Colour. Since then Paloma has taken PollyHill solo, emerging as one of the hottest local acts in Auckland in 2019. Making the rounds of the underground venues, PollyHill was gaining a loyal fan base despite only having 4 tracks to her name. Since then she’s performed at The Others Way, Laneway (with Filth) and opened up for New York MC Wiki. Her charismatic stage presence along with infectious flow clearly took note of her peers, as she continues to gain a loyal following in Auckland underground scene. Her momentum is only going up in 2020 as she builds towards her first new release.
After only getting behind the decks in November 2019, Poris is now a notorious name in the Drum & Bass scene. Poris is making waves in NZ Drum and Bass for her heavy mixing style, Poris is making a national name for herself as one of the biggest female DnB DJs in the industry. Expect some heavy dance floor dropped into some filthy rollers during her set.
SAMMIE is one of New Zealand’s favourite House DJ/ Producers. SAMMIE’s grimey house and deep baselines have earned her a number of international gigs in Bali, Rarotonga, Fiji and The Maldives. Not only can you find SAMMIE mixing up a storm at festivals, you can find her singing vocals on her own original music on spotify. SAMMIE’s first original record was released in 2019. Since then she has built herself a small discography including tracks that have made it onto Spotify editorial playlists. Known for her seamless fusions of genres from underground house to techno, SAMMIE will take you on an epic musical journey and have you dancing all night!
SYRUP combines the musical stylings of two of New Zealand's beloved house music selectors, TETO & SAMMIE. TETO & SAMMIE discovered their shared love for deep baselines and silky smooth vocals and with that, SYRUP was born. After only a few short months as a duo, SYRUP have hosted and DJ’d at many of Auckland's top Nightclubs & have played support for international artist Born Dirty. These two are one to watch!
Known for her sleek yet playful sound, TETO has gone from strength to strength over the past four years, growing in popularity on the Auckland club and festival circuit, with a residency at one of Auckland's top nightclubs and a weekly slot on George FM Nights. She has supported the likes of Gorgon City, Claptone, Solardo, Set Mo, Confidence Man + many more.
‘There’s a Tuesday’ are an exciting new 4 piece indie folk/rock band from Christchurch. The band consists of two female front women both on guitars and vocals, Nat Hutton and Minnie Robberds with Angus Murray and Joel Becker holding it down on the bass and drums. In 2019 the band won the solo/duo division of SmokefreeRockquest which allowed them the platform to work with Chris Mac on their debut single ‘piñata head.’ Recorded at Neil Finn’s Round Head studios. The single reached number 13 in the New Zealand singles chart which was then swiftly followed by another critically acclaimed single ‘Sound of the Stars.’ The band has just finished recording their debut EP which is soon to drop. Along with this the band has just finished a 5 date tour of NZ with Christchurch band ‘The Butlers’ which included a headline show at The Isaac Theatre Royal, and sold out shows in Wellington, Auckland and Queenstown. In November the band will be supporting Mako Road on their Australian tour along with two dates in Wellington. As well as playing R&A and R&V this summer as well as many other notable festival slots it's fair to say this band is just getting started.
Coromandel born but residing in Raglan since he was a kid, Muroki has always lived near the waves — a defining backdrop to this 19 year-old's sound. It’s a sound that caught the ear of Benee. She played the mesmeric ‘For Better Or Worse’ on Elton John’s radio show and he is the first signing to her new Olive Music label with single ‘Light Me Up’ due out imminently. "I first heard Muroki’s music when I was on tour in Australia last year and I was listening to him every day at one point, ha!” she says. "I love his voice so muchhhh — it’s so smooth and soulful. Then I met him at 121 Festival in March. Muroki’s such a sweet and genuine guy, just the sort of artist I’d like to work with." Muroki plays music, surfs, skates and brews a good coffee for Raglan locals. Between lockdowns, he had a brutal stint planting trees through the Whāingaroa winter, making enough cash to allow him space and time to write music. And write music he did. Even at his young age, Muroki is already a musician's musician — brimming with talent and soul far beyond his years. He started learning guitar as an 8 year old, and with the guidance of his blind guitar teacher, he's been on a unique journey with his craft ever since. His multifaceted silky and rhythmic grooves have strong ties to his surfing background, blending sounds from South America to Africa (Muroki’s of Kenyan descent himself) and back to the West. But it's really Muroki's vocal ability that will have your undivided attention — his voice is a smooth and hypnotic instrument effortlessly caressing melodies to melt even the toughest of us. This is someone you don't want to be late on. Muroki is set to take your heart.
Where electronic music is concerned, Zeisha Fremaux has already earned her place as a mainstay in New Zealand’s burgeoning industry. Voted best female DJ in the country by DJANEMAG in 2018 and 2019, the multi-faceted talent shows no sign of slowing down.
New Zealand based DJ/Production duo Sweet Mix Kids have played some of the worlds coolest parties, clubs and festivals - Coachella, Rhythm & Vines, Melbourne Cup Carnival - 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. In 2019 they were finalists for Best Electronic Artist at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
The Butlers are a five piece funkadelic surf-rock band from Sumner, in Christchurch New Zealand. They have been together for four years and in that time they've managed to achieve some great feats. All of their songs have totalled up to over three million streams on Spotify alone. They have been playing consistently sold out tours nationwide and have opened for huge international bands such as The Tesky Brothers and Sticky Fingers. And now they are back for another stellar performance at Rhythm and Vines this year.
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. 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. Elipsa is the new voice on New Zealands Drum and Bass scene. An affiliate of DnB legend MC Tali - This talented young vocalist and producer, brings sass and soul to the stage with her sweet husky vocals and freestyle melodies. Having already released tunes with NZ producers Burnzy, and Willy Mav, Elipsa is now making her mark on the International DnB scene. She recently released music for UK labels 'DnB Allstars' and DJ Melinks 'Four Corners' and has other exciting new collaborations forthcoming in 2021. In the meantime Elipsa will be independently releasing her first ever single as a solo artist in December 2020 'Alien', a beautiful Liquid Drum and Bass track, that she has written and produced herself.
Auckland hip hop collective 0800 formed when a group of rappers, producers and visual artists came together one late night in the studio to write a song that became their debut single, titled "DONDE". The group bonded over their mutual love for the alternative hip hop scene, but also each brought in their own unique tastes from other styles, creating a sound that is genre-defying and refreshingly different. 0800 plans to blur the line between artist and fans. It's about the bigger picture, the music brings people together, hence keeping their individual identities mysterious. The group take inspiration from a wide group of influences, from the likes of Pharrell, Outkast & Dr Dre through to SABA, Blood Orange, Frank Ocean and Tyler, the Creator. All production, mixing and visual artwork is done in-house, between the members. They have a seamless aural/visual experience that allows you to see into their world, from their eyes.
Based in Auckland, upcoming electronic producer, 33 Below has been honing his craft behind closed doors. Having just finished a nationwide tour with Lunchbox Records and supporting QUIX in Auckland, 33 Below has started to turn heads with his unique production & energetic live shows.
Hailing from Titahi Bay, New Zealand, award-winning NZ Māori Country Music Artist, Ainslie Allen (Rongowhakaata) is truly a compelling and rare artist. She is a performer with passion and style, a singer with hauntingly beautiful vocals, and a songwriter with depth and vulnerability. She is an artist who is not afraid to tackle difficult issues and make you feel emotion, and she is one of the most magnetic and inspiring artists New Zealand Country Music has ever come across. She wrote her first song at age 8 and at 12 she entered Country Music Awards, winning her first guitar. By 15 she was a lead on TV2's hit series, McDonald's Young Entertainers. Promoting her Debut Album ‘Betty’, on the nationwide ‘Betty Tour’ Summer 2021 - be sure to check her out
AUNTY EL is a NZ Māori DJ (Ngāti Raukawa ki ōtaki) carving a path in the house music scene by combining unlikely sub- genres into a single set. Some of AUNTY EL's highlight performances this year have been 121 Music Festival, Onbehalf cage sessions Wellington and Mardi Gras warm up party. AUNTY EL has put her foot further in the DJ door, warming up for some of New Zealand's hottest names in the game: Wax Mustang, Nic and Reuben, Witters and MC Crafty, Ski Resort, Miss Cressida and Wiri Donna. AUNTY EL is a versatile party starter! You can trust her to bring the energy and tune selection to keep the fire burning all night long.
Taking the ‘Hu’ from Kahu Muru & the ‘Bav’ from Cam Bav, together forming the most outrageous DJ duo in Aotearoa. Infamous for their George FM show The Brightside, each week playing an unmatched selection of smooth grooves to hungover souls around the country, every Sunday. On the flipside, delivering diverse & hard hitting club & festival sets. Expect anything four/four from techno to club classics, disco, funk and beyond.
Winners of Battle of the Bands 2020 - Big Tasty are an original funk band hailing from the mighty West Auckland. Starting as mates playing in a garage, Big Tasty have quickly grown into a jazzy, funky, groovy nine piece featuring a full horn section. Big Tasty have a catchy sound and are definitely worth a listen, get in now before these guys hit the big time. Vocals: Kirsten Leigh Goodland Guitars: Joseph T Chase & Mitchell Goodfellow Keys: Michael Ligani Drums: Hayden Keach Bass: Lucas West Sax: Niki Te Whaiti Trumpet: Jerome Drumm Trombone: Martin McGaw
With her relentless determination, Auckland based EMWA (Emma Davies) has dominated headline shows & supported acts such as Ray Volpe, Barely Alive, Dodge & Fuski, Dirty Audio and Dimension, while also headlining Disciples' after party & going on two tours with Brooke Candy (USA). During her first year on the New Zealand festival circuit, she played at Rhythm & Vines, the biggest New Years Eve celebration in the country. EMWA is one to watch as she hones her sound design skills in both DJing and producing in 2020.
Flaxxies are a hard hitting Auckland based band with a unique Kiwi Indie Pop-Rock sound. Channeling the energy of iconic New Zealand bands of the 70s and 80s, combined with the more modern sounds of the Australasian Indie and Surf scenes, Flaxxies create a distinctive sound that resonates to a wide audience base. Throughout their shared experiences at high school, the band has cultivated a resolute sense of mateship which fuels their collective passion for song writing and live performance.
Giorgio Bot is a multi disciplined artist out of New Zealand. He is a Silver Scroll nominated music producer, architect and visual artist. He has amassed 2+ million streams across projects he has produced and been involved in. His experience behind the DJ decks promise an experience not to be missed.
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19 year old Nelson born RnB/pop artist INDYAH has had an astounding start to the year. Indyah started writing music when she was 8 years old, growing up with her highly successful cousins “Broods” Indyah has always been surrounded by insanely well written music. Her latest single is currently charting at number 3 on the official NZ music charts, her chart topping song ‘Turning Blue’ along with her last single “WYS” are both getting copious amounts of radio play daily on the Edge, ZM, Ash London and more. Indyah has worked with big NZ names such as Montell2099, SACHI, LMC, Melodownz, Swidt, Jess B, Church & AP and more. Indyah has also worked with international names on Red Bull writing sessions and camps such as Ant Clemons, Bizness Boi, Spill my ink and more. Indyah has done multiple trips to LA and Sydney for writing trips to work on new music and meet labels.
Kadyn has have been Dj'ing for 7 years and producing Techno for 3 years. His latest releases on Berlin based labels Black Square recordings and black snake recordings charted at #54 and #65on the beatport techno top 100 charts. Kadyn’s DJ sets always bring high energy mixed with melodic journey style tracks He always incorporates unexpected choices of weaponry to make for interesting dance floors. Kadyn has been on support for some of the biggest acts in the world supporting the likes of Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Wehbba, Pan Pot and many others. Rhythm and Vines is stoked to bringing him back for 2020!
To the world KÉDU CARLÖ is a new project, however Jess and Carly started making music as indie band nearly 5 years ago back in high school and then parted. Now years later, the two crossed paths again this time with slightly different interests. Their name brings together their two backgrounds with KÉDU from Jess’ Nigeran side, translating to ‘welcome’ or ‘how are you’ which is commonly used as a greeting in Nigeria. CARLÖ is Carly’s DJ alias, choosing to go with a genderless name. Jess explores neo-soul and french house while Carly found her love for DJing as she dove into the world of house music, together they make and perform tribal house and melodic techno. Catch these guys at Cellar stage on the 30th for a set you won't want to miss.
Consisting of best friends Grace Moller and Heidi Simpson, LAIIKA are a female pop-duo from Auckland with an exciting modern take on pop music that recounts the whimsical feelings of youth with cutting truth. Since writing and performing their first song together at a dinner party as thirteen year olds, the now nineteen year old friends have been busy developing their unique sound and style, combining one another’s songwriting and production skills over the past five years. Their long-awaited debut single ‘Crush,’ recorded and produced by fellow Auckland local, Rory Noble at Mountain View Studio, introduces the duo’s original and authentic personality. Heavily influenced by the classic 80s synths of Huey Lewis And The News and the early 2000’s pop they were listening to at the time, LAIIKA were inspired to incorporate these elements into a modern pop song that accurately compliments the past era’s they so often draw inspiration from. Sonically cohesive, yet eclectic, LAIIKA continue to write and co-produce all of their own songs, ranging from upbeat funkalicious dance tracks to stripped back intimate power ballads. Drawing inspiration from 70’s disco, dreamy 80’s synth pop and punchy 2000’s classics, think Avril Lavigne’s teenage angst meets the electro-pop power of The Veronicas with a touch of Taylor Swift’s folklore delicacy and you’ve got LAIIKA pinned. A duo who are more ready than ever to take on the world of pop, in their very own unique and significant way.
Lauren Gin is a New Zealand based DJ/Producer. Heavily involved in the electronic music scene, Lauren has been DJing since she was 20 years old. Having played at some of New Zealand's biggest festivals (Rhythm & Vines, Splore) and internationally (LA, Bali, Portland), Lauren has now transitioned into producing her own tunes. Lauren released her first single “Portland” in 2019. She has now released her debut EP called “SUPERNOVA” - a four track EP containing melodic future bass and trap sounds. Known for her love of bass music and hard - hitting drops, Lauren Gin is one to watch.
Mckenzie Comer disappeared from the industry and her burgeoning fan base at 16 after being discovered on YouTube by a Nashville music executive in 2010. Taking the time to hone her creativity out of the spotlight, she focused on finding her feet independently — allowing her to flourish as a songwriter and producer in her early 20's. Establishing her own artistic direction and reigniting her sense of self in the process, she returned in 2018 under MCK with "Magnets" and “Sensitive”, followed by a self-produced EP called “Confessions” in 2020. It’s been a big year for the Auckland artist, with two new singles, “Muse” and “Better” featuring Wells*, from her next project “Hot Sounds” already released and the rest of the EP to come in the new year.
Nayler is a 19 year old Drum and Bass DJ from Australia. He has been living in New Zealand for a few years and has developed a passion for music. One year on from being gifted his first decks he managed to take out the George FM RnV Wildcard and is absolutely stoked. You can expect a range of different sub genres and an overall heavy set.
With the release of ‘Finally’ in 2016 Peach Milk began as a live act with a focus on immersive, ethereal dance music. After a string of live hardware shows played throughout New Zealand, the focus of the project has shifted more towards producing and DJing. Her Dj sets display broad influences, ranging from the dreamy and relaxed areas of House music to driving, percussive Techno and everything in between. Peach Milk is a project that continues to shift and transcend labels or mediums. A key eye for electronic music, Peach Milk is back at this years festival spinning tunes.
Pixie Lane has crafted a proficient skill within the last 3 years which has translated into an incredible understanding of the diverse range of electronic dance music. Her pure love for music makes her an exceptional DJ who’s skill set is one which evolves by the minute. A true artist and performer who engages and locks in her audience which is a credit to her unlimited range. Pixie started her journey as a local Auckland DJ playing the local circuit and turning heads as she steadily gained respect and took use of her best trait, her ability to keep absorbing and learning from her close peers she admires. Since then, Pixie has performed at some of the biggest festivals in New Zealand. For Summer 2020 you will see her at Deep Hard and Funky, Rhythm and Vines, High Life and more incredible events which have yet to be announced. A true lover of music and forever an apprentice to music. Pixie Lane.
Raised on the Kapiti Coast and established in Wellington city, Prank Sinatra is a veteran of the Wellington electronic scene. At the age of 28, Prank Sinatra has been playing diverse club sets that continue to bring bigger crowds year on year which has lead to many big name special guests coming to play secret shows such as Montell2099, Lee Mvtthews and Mind Vortex. After supporting multiple international acts to start 2020 Prank has now stepped into the production side of the music game, Pranks first bootleg of ‘Love To Give’ grabbed great traction far and wide and managed to receive high praise and radio play from local stations such as GeorgeFM and DJ’s around the world. With an EP coming soon and a bunch of remixes on the way, this is looking to be a large year for Wellington’s own, Prank Sinatra
Yes, what you've heard is true. Sam Cullen, the player of many gizmo's and powerhouse one-man-band, is playing Rhythm and Vines. Think 80s arena-pop with a splash of indie-rock, dipped in heaving grooves and a big hooks. It's music that you can boogie to, drawn from a small place where everyone knows everyone. Great things do come out of Invercargill. “Rapid up-and-comer Sam Cullen is a fire with a heap of fuel behind him, showing us why his alt pop tunes may just be the next big thing to come out of New Zealand.” - Happy Mag (AUS)
Sam Lovli is an Auckland based house music selector and producer. (Yes, this is his real name) Sam has the pleasure of performing to many a dance floor whether it’s in the club scene or playing up and down the country for the summer music festival circuit. Sam hosts a weekly late night radio show on George FM where he digs deep to showcase a dynamic selection of music suited for in and out of the club. Keeping busy Sam also is one of the creators of a weekly house music party labeled as ‘Cabin’. With an ear for both quality production and dance floor heat you can rely that you’ll have a lovely time at one of his performances.
Samson Live is a collaboration comprised of multi-instrumentalist DJs Sam Allen & Sam Jones. The duo have cultivated a unique house-funk experience combining live instruments such as synth, guitar, saxophone, flute and vocals with heavy doof. After debuting their live show at George FM’s “A Boogie in the Lane”, Sam & Sam are aiming to create a fresh vibe within the NZ electronic music scene.