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The Groove Thief – December 2013

The Groove ThiefAnderson Muth, AKA The Groove Thief, is a dub and reggae selector currently based in Hong Kong. Raised in Colorado, USA, he has spent much of the last decade living and traveling in Asia while embracing a myriad of musical influences.

His eclectic bass-heavy style weaves together different eras and genres of Jamaican-influenced music, particularly digital reggae and rootstep.

With over 20 mixtape releases, including special mixes for Dub.com, “The Saturday Skank” (RTHK Radio 3), and Bass Music China, The Groove Thief is constantly evolving his sound and promoting his vision for the dancehall.

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Confucius – November 2013

ConfuciusWith more aliases than a fleeing fraudster, Paul Bimler AKA Nava, AKA Confucius, AKA Midnight Dubs, AKA Soulprovider, has been a fixture on the New Zealand DJ and production scene since 1999, when he released his debut EP as Confucius.

Not long after this he linked up with Gabriel Calcott, AKA Messenjah, to form the reggae and dancehall production duo known as Reality Chant. Under this label, the two who have worked with such artists as Luciano, Jah Mason, Chrisinti, Hi Kee, Michael Rose and many others. (more…)

RedRobin – September 2013

RedRobinMichael Robins A.K.A RedRobin is a Wellington selectah and documentary-maker. He grew up in the Paramount and Embassy Cinemas in New Zealand’s capital city, and worked for a few years in the national film industry before setting about traveling in 2008.

Originally part of the mammoth cycle journey Naram undertook from Australia to Glasgow, he pulled out after a year, and took with him a musical tutelage from the Original Iron Horseman. Fast-forward to the European sound system scene, and RedRobin has been documenting and reporting on this for the last two years. (more…)

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Adrians Wall – July 2013

Adrians WallAdrians Wall hails from the UK and in late-2011 moved to Australia, bringing his formidable sound system with him. He started collecting records at a very young age, acquiring a wide spread selection covering many genres, before getting heavily into ska in his early teens.

After going to the legendary Notting Hill Carnival in 2007, Adrian discovered sound system and Roots Music after seeing Channel One Sound System and being blown away. That fateful day was the beginning of digging and collecting roots vinyl and building the sound system. (more…)

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Sole & Paipo – June 2013

Sole & PaipoSince beginning to collaborate musically just over six months ago, Sole (DJ/MC /Visuals) and Paipo (DJ) have fast become Westport’s busiest DJs. A chance meeting at an art fair and a shared love of bass-heavy dubwise tunes soon evolved into a weekly social night where a mixture of rum, reggae, ska, digital dub and jungle were eagerly consumed.

Visits in 2012 from Sole’s original Wellington crew The Audio Mechanics, and MC Silva, Israel Starr and Art Official, confirmed the need and provided encouragement to create an alternative to the Coast’s thriving Drum ‘n’ Bass scene. When an opportunity arose to start their own monthly night with third DJ big M, The Jetset Lounge was launched. (more…)

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Camo MC – May 2013

Camo MCChristchurch’s CAMO MC has come a long way since he first started rolling house parties in 2006. He is a host/lyricist with endless energy and potential. Fueled by the energy of the music and the crowd, Camo has an ability to work with DJ’s of all genres to take the atmosphere to a higher level.

Camo works across Drum and Bass, Glitch Hop, Jungle, Dubstep, House, Breaks, Dancehall, UK Garage, Grime, Hip Hop, Trap, Moobah and more, no genre is untouchable for this host with the most.

His experience ranges from crowds of 100 up to 3,000, having MC’d with international artists such as Nero, Chase and Status, Rusko, Camo and Krooked, Sigma, DubFX, Flux Pavilion, Dirtyphonics, Datsik, Noisia, Black Sun Empire, Logistics, Break, Artificial Intelligence, D-bridge, S.P.Y, Cyantific, Jakes, Emalkay, ShockOne, Zomboy, The Others, Bar9, and DJ Zinc. Catch Camo performing in Christchurch and around Aotearoa on the regular. (more…)

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Kindred Sound System – April 2013

Kindred Sound SystemKINDRED SOUND SYSTEM are at the forefront of a new league of sounds coming up around New Zealand. They play only the best in heavy roots music from all round the globe.

Their custom sound system debuted in early 2011, after a three year build that included a lot of blood, sweat and tears, plus two major earthquakes in their hometown, Christchurch! In 2012 they took out the Christchurch sound clash title against two other big South Island sounds.

The crew consists of Richie Kindred and Jungle Fari, controlling the mic and dropping heavyweight tunes. Every session has big vibes, big bass, and big, big tunes all night!  (more…)

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Antsman – March 2013

AntsmanANTSMAN aka DJ CHOICE ONE was raised in Christchurch, lived in Auckland and London, and has had his home base in Wellington since 1999. When he was young, his parents gave him a portable three-in-one tuner/tape deck and record player that played 45s, which started his interest in needles on wax. Since then he has never stopped searching for the next treasure to discover, and he collects and plays mainly 45s in all kind of styles, especially spoken word and Viking Records.

Antsman has a love for sweet melodies, big as bass-lines and stompin’ horns. He collects and plays hip-hop, funk, soul, jazz, reggae, dub, jungle, breaks, drum and bass, dubstep, Pasifika and international vibes. (more…)

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Naram – February 2013

NaramNaram is a reggae selector, producer and promoter from Mt Crook, Wellington. Though he has nuff love for loads of music from across the spectrum of Jamaican (and outernational) soundsystem culture, he has a particular penchant for the sound of early 80s rub-a-dub and later 80s digital dancehall.

He cut his teeth as a selector playing gigs in his bedroom alongside his longtime cohort Colonel Mustard (also known as Pranks) before teaming up with the NiceUp Crew as well as Vital Sounds Hi-Fi in 2009. In 2010 Naram threw his hat into the promotion game, setting the wheels in motion for the highly successful Mungo’s Hi Fi tour. 

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Riddim Tuffa – January 2013

Riddim TuffaRiddim Tuffa are an Edinburgh-based DJ and producer duo, and with their heavy digital releases are now a crucial part in contemporary digital dancehell and reggae. They have shared with NiceUp some of their most favourite tunes of 2012.

They say – ’2012 has been an amazing year for us with some great new vinyl on our own Tuffa Dubs label, as well as working with various producers worldwide. We have also been fortunate to get bookings around Europe and also have a fantastic tour of Mexico.

Here is a little preview of our favourite tunes from other producers that we play regularly in our sets. Some of them have been already released, others are still to come out. Have a look at what Riddim Tuffa play in the dance.’ (more…)