Artist

Fat Freddy's Drop

2 Bit Thugs

First and foremost a live band, constantly tweaking their songs, so that no two performances are the same, this seven-piece family of musicians emerged from funk jam bands to reggae soundsystems, jazz improvisation and live techno, to become one of New Zealand's most respected groups. Awarded Best Live Act at the b-Net NZ Music Awards in 2004. They've toured nationwide in New Zealand, to Australia, UK and Europe in 2003 and 2004, building on international partnerships with London's Kartel Records and Berlin's Sonar Kollektiv. The band's original CD [iLive at the Matterhorn[/i went Gold with over 11,000 copies sold purely through word of mouth. Meanwhile, their debut studio album [iBased On A True Story[/i has had chart success in New Zealand and garnered Five Star reviews since its release in May 2005. The lineup comprises: [bChris Faiumu[/b aka DJ Fitchie aka Mu (Band Leader, Effects, Drum Programming, Synthesisers), [bDallas Tamaira[/b aka Joe Dukie (Lyricist, Vocals), [bScott Towers[/b aka Chopper Reedz (Sax), [bToby Laing[/b aka Tony Chang (Trumpet), [bJoe Lindsay[/b aka Ho Pepa (Trombone), [bTehimana Kerr[/b aka Jetlag Johnson (Guitar) and [bIain Gordon[/b aka Dobie Blaze (Analogue Keyboard, Piano, Synthesisers)