After releasing 2 full length albums, 2 EPs, 24 radio singles, 16 music videos and 5 music features with other artists, Tomorrow People have cemented themselves in the commercial music scene. In 2018 they released the 8-track EP “BBQ Reggae”, which debuted at #1 in the New Zealand Top 40, knocking English superstar Ed Sheeran off the top spot and giving the reggae outfit one of their biggest achievements to date.
The band are purveyors of what they describe as ‘sunshine reggae’. It is a sound built around strong vocals, soothing harmonies, catchy hooks, aggressive ragga raps, and feel good riddims. Key to their rise is their dynamic live performances, reflected in their touring schedule and consistent festival invitations. Labelled by some as the hardest working band in the country, this is likely due to the fact that Tomorrow People wrote, recorded, produced and mixed all their music themselves. Or it may be because they edit their own videos, design their own artwork, manage their own strategies, devise their own marketing plan and book their own tours, all while holding down full time day jobs. And to add to this immense workload, Tomorrow People will also focus on writing their 5th studio album in 2020.
SWIDT is a three time Tui Award winning Hip Hop collective from Onehunga. Comprising of SmokeyGotBeatz (Isaiah Libeau), SPYCC (Dan Latu), INF (Amon McGoram), JAMAL (Jamal Muavae) and Boomer Tha God (Asher Schwencke). Since exploding onto the scene in 2016 the 312 natives have made a huge impact on the local scene & are now expanding their sights onto the rest of the world.
They had a few tracks on Smokey’s SWIDT vs Everybody compilation album in 2016 and the crew first came out on the scene with ‘No More Parties in Stoneyhunga’ and quickly grew a cult following with their street hit ‘312’. A year later, they released their debut album Stoneyhunga which quickly became a classic, and saw them receive the highest number of nominations at the 2017 Vodafone NZ Music Awards. Six months after their debut, they released Stoneyhunga: The Bootleg EP, which included the hit ‘Conquer’ which made the top 20 for the APRA Silver Scroll Award. Another six months pass and they release the EP The Most Electrifying, headed by the tracks ‘Who Run It’ and ‘Praise’.
As their impressive catalogue grows, so does their need for creative freedom as they continue to provide the masses with local content at an international standard.
Shepherds Reign is a Polynesian Metal band and seem to be a world first. The band is made up of 5 brothers, Pacific, Māori and Asian, who are united in their passion for writing and performing hard hitting music that expresses where they are from and shares their life experiences. Itʻs metal with melodic thick textures and big melodies, delivered with attitude and conviction. Band members Filivaa James (Vocals, keys), Oliver Leupolu (guitar, production), Shaymen Rameka (drums), Gideon Voon (guitars) and Joseph Oti-George (bass) were raised in South Auckland and from here, they dream of world domination.
Shepherds Reign is best experienced live, where each band member gives it their all and aims to smack the audience in the face with their performance. The live show is a culmination of years of playing together and developing their natural chemistry and here is where they are most powerful. Their latest single ‘Le Manu’ promises no less, capturing the bands raw energy and a new type of metal experience, that is, one that carries ancient ancestry within the heavy deep metal grooves. Inspired by the legend of an ancient Samoan warrior sent out to battle and represent his kingdom, this is quite possibly the first heavy metal song sung in the Samoan language.
Raggadat Cris has become the go to artist for features. With his first hit single in 2017 ‘Slow Mo’ he has stamped his mark and has let everyone know he is coming. Raggadat ‘Chris Tongi’ grew up in South Auckland but now resides in Australia where he juggles family life and music. Chris is hugely influenced by his up bringing as a Tongan, which he portrays in his family life and music.
‘Slow Mo’ was the most played song on NZ radio and reached number one on the radio spin charts and top 20 on the overall music charts. Since then he has had hugely successful collaborations with Israel Starr, Awa, Lion Rezz and more. He was also the first verse on the hugely successful Runtingz Anthem single which has accumulated over 320 combined streams in just over a month. Chris also has become the ghostwriter for the reggae and Rnb industry. Lending his writing skills to numerous artists, all of which have seen top 10 success. Raggadat Cris is working on a new project, which will be released in 2019. This project will show his full writing and singing ability easily jumping from Reggae, Rnb to dancehall.