Nominated for: Flava Best Pacific Group Recorded Music NZ Te Pukaemi Toa O Te Moana Nui A KiwaBest Pacific Music Album
The merging of different genres and sounds has afforded STNDRD the freedom to explore different sounds and build upon their already diverse catalogue. J Yannis and Leo are of Samoan descent and were all born and raised in Ōtara, South Auckland, and they attribute much of their musical influence to both their heritage, and their home.
Bursting onto the scene in 2020 with just their second ever release My Uso, STNDRD then collaborated with Pasifika heavy hitters Lisi, Masi Rooc, BIGGs 685 and Ron Moala to create the My Uso (Remix). The remix became an anthem for Pasifika people worldwide during Covid lockdown, and has amassed over 6.6 million streams on Spotify and over 7.6 million views on YouTube, solidifying its place as a timeless classic in the Polynesian music scene.
STNDRD also released their debut album Jukebox in September 2022 with support from NZ On Air, pivoting from their previous urban rap/soul sound to an RnB-influenced 12 track project. Their lead single from the album also titled Jukebox which features NZ R&B superstar Sam V went viral on social media with both local and international influencers sharing the record. Jukebox has over 1 million streams/views across all platforms in well under one year since release.
In 2022 STNDRD performed at the inaugural Promiseland in the Gold Coast, followed by what was supposed to be One Love in January 2023 which was cancelled due to the weather. STNDRD however still performed alongside Island Reggae Legends Fiji, J Boog, Kolohe Kai + more at Hamilton's Factory venue as a Replacement show for One Love.
STNDRD now look to 2023 and beyond as they continue to challenge themselves and continue to explore different sounds on their journey to releasing organic and authentic music.