New Zealand-born master of intergalactic funk K+LAB has been rocking dance floors and bringing the beats to the masses since he first burst onto the scene with his debut album "Spacedirt" in 2013. K+Lab's sound draws from a seemingly endless array of influences from Soul to Jazz, Hip hop to Drum n Bass, Glitch to G funk - all tied together by an orbital pull of all things funky. Unlike anything else occupying the sonic landscape today, Armed with his signature keytar K+Lab's incredible live performances have seen him conquer dancefloors across the globe including the US, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, UK, South America, and his native New Zealand.
With 3 full-length albums including "The Worldly's" (2016) on Gramatik's imprint (Lowtemp) and "The Booty Galactic" on The Funk Hunters label (Westwood recordings) and a steady release schedule of EPS, Colabs, and remixes, K+Lab has solidified himself as the best selling Glitch Hop artist of 2017 & 18 on the Beatport charts and was nominated twice for "Best electronic album" at the New Zealand music awards.
K+Lab continues to push his sound even further into the Cosmos and working with global funksters to bring you the next era of the K+Lab journey, hold tight and get ready to have your booty galactified with the supersonic sounds of Captain K+Lab
Known for their ability to start the party with their indie-pop-inspired tunes, Summer Thieves have gone from playing Dunedin house parties to NZ’s biggest stages, with 2021 bringing the release of their new album Paradise Down The Road. Cutting their teeth as a “Scarfie” covers band in NZ’s deep-south, Summer Thieves quickly began performing originals as their fanbase expanded. After releasing a run of singles, 2017 saw the release of their debut album, Warped, a 12-track journey laced with catchy hooks & hypnotic rhythms produced by Tiki Taane. The following years saw the band become a regular on the festival circuit, with multiple performances across the likes of Rhythm & Vines, Bay Dreams, Rhythm & Alps & Soundsplash. 2020 saw the band return with an extended five-piece lineup, and the release of their anticipated follow-up EP, Bandaids & Lipsticks. The EP saw them expanding their indie sound, incorporating more of a polished-pop feel while continuing to embrace their party-starting roots.Late-2021 saw Summer Thieves return with the single, ‘Saturday Night’. Leaning into the indie-rock aspect of their sound, the track is built around a bassline that sticks with you after listening, alongside The Strokes-style guitars interplaying the vocals. Co-written with Joel Shadbolt & BradKora (L.A.B) ‘Saturday Night’ showcased their maturing sound. Their second album, Paradise Down The Road, was released in November 2021. The album moves effortlessly across all aspects of their sound, bringing together elements of pop, rock, blues, indie & even tinges of hip-hop & gospel. The band followed it up with festival appearances across NZ, and their debut Australian shows in April 2022, supporting L.A.B and performing a number of headline shows. 2022 has seen the band already enter the studio, with eyes to continuing to release new material amongst continued touring across NZ & Australia.
Lost Tribe Aotearoa is a Raglan-based group of talented musos, hailing from all over the Pacific. Formed in late 2017, LTA has an underlying genre of roots reggae which morphs into blues, rock, ska, and hip-hop. LTA pride themselves on their high-energy live set and are sure to have the crowd singing every song.
With most of the members being of Tūwharetoa descent, one American and one from Aitutaki, their ancestral vibes shoot clearly through their music. LTA are fresh on the Aotearoa music scene with their lush reggae skanks, catchy choruses, and phat dub basslines. This is a type of reggae that you will rarely find both locally and internationally.
In 2019 LTA were nominated for best roots artist next to Troy Kingi and LAB. In May 2020, mid lockdown for Covid, they released their debut self-titled album which received rave reviews.
Formed in 2008 while studying a music degree at Wintec in Hamilton, electro dub group ‘Knights of the Dub Table’ dive into sonic frequencies taking audiences on high-energy and dynamic live journeys. The band’s sound has evolved alongside the band’s creative discoveries and musical passions over the years and has matured into the distinctive and dynamic sound that represents the Knights today. Deep heavy bass lines, 3 vocalists/MCs, punchy horn lines, and high-energy beats are what make this band's live performance a truly dynamic and exciting experience. Tronic drums, along with dub effects and sonic sound triggers are what make up the ‘Dub Table’ element of the band, a core and integral part of the band’s live performance.
As an independent band, the Knights have taken pride in producing, composing, and developing all their own music, sound effects, and lyrical content. In 2009, the Knights of the Dub Table took home first prize at the 2009 York Street Band Experiments. 2009 saw the Knights release their first EP ‘Tronic EP’ containing four original Knights tracks and five bonus remixes from Tiki Taane, Optimus Gryme, AUM, Undertow, and their very own Mr Samy’samson. The Knights then went on to release the ‘Sing It To Me Remix EP’ digitally through amplifier.co.nz. in 2010. In 2011 the Knights of the Dub Table released their debut album entitled ‘Way of the DUB’ which received great reviews among the media and was also nominated for a Maori Music Award. The band released their second album in 2014. They have featured on some well-renowned compilation CDs including, The Best Of Conscious Roots 2012, Dub Zealand 2011 as well as an international digital compilation with EDI Productions (Europe).
In the last 4 years, Knights of the DUB Table have released 3 E.Ps being Dedication, Unity, and Brotherhood. Compiling these E.Ps into one Album called D.U.B (Dedication, Unity, Brotherhood). Later in 2019, they released another Album to tour throughout New Zealand, Australia, and Bali over the 2020 summer.
Over the past 10 years, they have played at festivals such as Fritter Festival, Caloundra Music Festival (OZ), New Zealand Harvest Festival, Northern Bass, and headlined Australia’s Wallaby Creek Festival in 2018 plus many more.
The band has shared the stage with some of New Zealand’s and the world’s best including, Katchafire, Ministry of Sound (AUS), The Black Seeds, Kora, Groundation (USA), Nesian Mystik, Optimus Gryme, the Open Souls, Rhombus, Drax Project, Dragon and more.
Latinaotearoa came from the concept of blending local flavours with the colourful cultures of South America. Brazilian-born Auckland DJ Bobby Brazuka and Venezuelan singer Jennifer Zea created a unique live performance with Bobby’s Latin-influenced soul-funk and hip hop selections layered with Jennifer’s ravishing vocals. Later they added talented musician and producer Isaac Aesili to the mix, creating the original Latinaotearoa line-up.
The local response was so positive the band decided to test international waters in 2012 by taking their sound to Australia and Europe. It was soon apparent that this was not just a recipe for kiwi appetites – bustling crowds meant promoters were quick to discuss future tours. This natural progression and a desire to develop musically led to what felt like an inevitable next step; new and original productions to season an already flavoursome set.
Three years, two albums and countless tours later, Latinaotearoa continues to go from strength to strength. Debut album Latinaotearoa was nominated for Best Roots Album at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards in 2013, giving them well-earned exposure. It provided momentum for their follow-up album, Latinaotearoa in Latinoamerica, which was recorded in 2014 in Brazil, enabling the group to delve into their Latin roots for inspiration. Guest musicians such as Riki Gooch from Trinity Roots and Julien Dyne, formerly of Opensouls, contributed to a diverse and collaborative sound, which was professionally mastered in Costa Rica by Kelly Hibert.
DJ Bobby Brazuka is the unofficial Brazilian ambassador of music and culture in New Zealand.
He is also a great representative of the New Zealand musical style in his Motherland Brazil. This cultural exchange has been Bobby’s passion for the last 15 years.
Whether it's DJing in clubs and bars around New Zealand and Australia or performing his live outfit with his soul sister Jennifer Zea aka Latinaotearoa in Festivals around Australasia, Bobby has become an iconic persona in both Latin America and Oceania continents scenes.
With his distinguished palate for Samba, Soul, Funk, Reggae, and Hip Hop amongst a host of other styles he is certain to make you move.
Isaac Chambers & Dub Princess
Isaac Chambers & Dub Princess are on a musical mission, sending out encouraging vibrations where ever they roam.
Isaac Chambers is a well-established producer & multi-instrumentalist from (Aotearoa) New Zealand, with two full-length albums, six E.P's, and many singles on local & international labels.
Dub Princess is the alias of UK vocalist Megan Kingsbury-Wheeler.
She has toured extensively with the ‘Grouch in Dub’ band as well as the ‘Hotsteppas’ and has collaborated with some of the most respected artists in the underground hip-hop, dub/reggae, and electronic music scenes. (Jurassic 5's Charlie 2na, OKA, Tom Thum & Dub FX)
This musical duo takes inspiration from soulful Hip Hop, Roots Reggae & Downtempo, seamlessly layering sublime vocals over original chunky beats, live woodwind, and Moog synthesizer - mixing sexy electronic goodness with instrumental lushness.
Isaac Chambers & Dub Princess are known for their infectious enthusiasm, polished production, and ability to always get a dance floor positively grooving.
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SOJOURN is a 6-piece surf rock reggae band hailing from the sun & surf-drenched town of Mangawhai Heads, NZ. The band has been blitzing shows across Aotearoa, bringing their surf-psych-reggae vibes since 2019. The band's first single "Follow Me" is an ode to good times (& good smoke)...
The highly regarded "Summer Tape" EP landed them in some hot hands, pricking up the ears of curators and fans alike. "Still A Mess" continues to be the band's #1 streaming success. The band then released "Stand Up" (2020) - a more dubby, fast-paced number acknowledging the band's east coast roots.
"Stand Up" was followed in quick succession by singles "Saturday Sipping" and
"How It Grows".
After a massive summer touring across NZ's North Island, including performances at Bay Dreams and shows with the likes of Mako Road, the band headed back to Mangawhai HQ (2021) and recorded the highly anticipated
"Mystic Ways" EP. 'Mystic Ways' marks a giant leap forward for the emerging group which has fast become an essential band on the NZ scene.
The band is set to release the "tiny desk" inspired "Kaipara Live Sessions" EP on Fri August 5th, 2022. The live EP features four songs off their recent "Mystic Ways" EP including 'Waiting', 'Chasing Sunsets", 'Mystic Ways", and 'Birdsong'.
The "Kaipara Live" sessions were recorded live at the Otamatea Eco-Village on the Kaipara Harbour and took place in the Autumn of 2022.
As a teenager, Dick Johnson landed a residency at Manchester’s legendary Hacienda Club where he honed his house sound until its 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.
Prolific in the studio, he went on to do albums for Darren Emerson’s Underwater Label and Bristol house imprint NRK, as well as releases for Jesse Rose’s Made To Play/Play It Down, Southern Fried, Nic Fanciulli’s Saved Records, Lazy Days, Soundway, MOS & Vicious.
As well as his own solo productions, Dick has remixed international artists Fatboy Slim, Crookers, Claude Von Stroke, DJ Sneak, Ian Pooley, Worthy, Crazy P, Bassnectar, Fred Everything, The Human League as well as Kiwi artists L.A.B, Theia, The Naked & Famous and Tiki Taane to name a few.
On top of DJing and productions, he’s part of three other acts: The first is the eight-piece band Weird Together with its own twist on world music. They have released EP’s through UK label Soundway, Jillionaire's (Major Lazer) Feel Up Records, and recently signed with Sony Africa. The second project is MEDZ, a slower, more futuristic electronic project with releases on Melbourne label Vicious. The third is Clicks, a collaboration with Anna Coddington on vocals for house and disco tunes aimed at the dancefloor with releases on NZ label Loop and Aussie label Hot Sunday.
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.
Originally from the West Coast of Canada, and now tucked away in the Marlborough Sounds, delectably eclectic selector BYTE SIZE is a sonic super spreader of tasty tunes. A multi-genre DJ, she is passionate about exploring and sharing many different styles - marinating her love of roots, hip hop, funk, and all manners of far-flung rare grooves from around the world, with the deeply driving, bass-heavy sounds of electronic music. From fruity progressive house & techno to booty twerking breaks, dub, & afro tech-house, she playfully crafts dynamic dance floor journeys that are positively inclusive, infectiously grooving, and full of sonic swagger.
Splice together the DNA of Samuel L. Jackson from Pulp Fiction, Captain Jack Sparrow, Michael Jackson when he was eight, Data from the Goonies and a labrador puppy. Shake well in a soft leather Gucci cowboy boot, pour contents into a petri dish and place in the airing cupboard under the Anne Summers knickers for two weeks. Add a pinch of the cookie monster, two fingers of Dolly Parton and cover generously with the sex musk of Burt Reynolds and you’ll be close to recreating something that resembles Sammy Senior
Introducing Zuke: an electronic project from producer and synth-wizard, Ed Zuccollo (KITA, Trinity Roots, Rhian Sheehan). The Zuke concept is an exploratory journey into the physicality of deep bass, aimed at unleashing the immersive power of large sound systems.
Zuccollo's electronic inspiration originates from DJing Drum’n’Bass during the early-to-mid 2000s when artists such as Dom & Roland, Digital & Spirit, Breakage, and Calibre were making a mark on the genre. In 2005 and 2006, his talent for selection earned him a premium seat in the archives of New Zealand DnB, where he won consecutive podium finishes at the national DnB competition ‘Rumble in the Jungle’.
Zuke has appeared at many festivals around NZ including Splore, Northern Bass, Twisted Frequency, AUM, Cubadupa, Luminate, Kiwiburn, and Ignition. With recent overseas management and release in the making, Zuke is one to look out for.
Since buying his first synth and drum machine back in “88” at the tender age of 13, DJ Phully developed a love for producing and playing house, techno, and electronic music.
Discovering the trusty Technic’s 1200’s a few years later in the early ’90s, Djing become a career move, seeing him play and holding residencies in venues all over the world from NZ - Tokyo, Spain, UK, and Thailand, to name a few… As well as a weekly radio show on Auckland's “George FM” for almost 10 years.
Along with releasing his debut album “Phullyosophy” and 8 x 12” records on his own label “Lovefunk Records”, Phully has also released tracks and remixes on Kog, Reliable, En:vision, Moonshadow, Remix mag, Flying nun, and produced music for TV.
Phully’s flavour of music ranges anywhere from a deep chilled sunset vibe to tearing a dance floor a new one with some house & techno bangers! And anything in between….
With 25+ years in the game, Phully knows what to play and when to play it!
Floorplay are a trio of electronic and live musical improvisers based in Tāmaki Makaurau. A tantalizing session from Floorplay will get you in the mood. Providing groove-oriented mixes that flow from 100 to 120 BPM and journey various music genres. Floorplay are loyal to funk, jungle, disco, and breezy house, often dipping into psychedelic rock and dub, mixes held warmly by guitar licks that layer warped noise. Topped with the dynamic, soulful vocal dexterity of Hana Judd, the trio bring gathering spaces to life with vibrancy, every show peppered with the energetic and theatrical dancing of fluffer, Marky Mark.
Hailing from Aotea (Great Barrier Island) and Coville, Coromandal, the Floorplay troupe have been playing for decades separately, made up of:
• Hana Judd (also, ROOK) - on dynamic vocals
• Peri Mac Hooper (also, Royal Falcon) - on electric guitar
• Matty O'Sullivan - on electronics
An up-and-coming group formed in 2020, Floorplay were quick to find a sound that got people excited. Pulling from the likes of Polo and Pan, Lazy Syrup Orchestra, CloZee, and Disclosure, the team is focused on fun, raucous energy, and sensation. In their short time together, Floorplay have played at the sold-out Spirit Fest who invited them back to entice again in 2021. Floorplay performs at their own organized dance nights, as well as the sold-out Wingman Festival, Aotea, alongside Reuben Stone, Knights of the Dub Table, and Grouch, and have headlined The Feijoa Festival, whose team delivers events across the North Island.