Odesza (Hungarian spelling of Odessa, Ukraine) are an American electronic music duo from Seattle made up of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight. I mean if you haven't heard their hypnotic radio singles Faded or Say My Name then you need your head checked.
The dynamic duo formed in 2012 shortly before Mills and Knight graduated from university. Individually Mills is known as Catacombkid, and Knight is known as Beaches Beaches. In reference to how Mills got his nickname he says, "I got into Aesop Rock and he has a song called 'Catacomb Kids.' I thought it sounded cool. "On the other hand, Knight got his nickname when I was high in my bedroom making music one day".
Their debut album, Summer's Gone, was released in 2012 to much acclaim in the underground EDM community followed with their first EP, My Friends Never Die. The pair released an extended version of the original album plus three live recordings all featuring a horn section. Not discounting the countless number of festivals and gigs they've played, it's a quick meteoric rise that Harrison Mills is only well aware of.
"It started getting like that when we started getting opening slots for people we grew up loving" he says down the phone. "I think being able to play with your heroes is something that we had always dreamed of being able to do it was on our bucket lists and we got to open for Bonobo and Pretty Lights it was definitely a game changer for us".
The pair are on their way to play Australia and New Zealand. They've come off the North American summer tour trail which has kept them busy pretty much the whole year, had numerous sell out shows across the US culminating in a storming set at Coachella, all which served as a launch pad for a wee mini tour to NZ and a gig at Auckland's iconic rock venue the Kings Arms Tavern. Harrison recalls fond memories of that gig which only happened less than a year ago.
"Actually one of my favourite shows we played, I'm forgetting the name was it the Kings Arms?" he recalls. "It was so sweaty it was probably the only show I've ever played in swim trunks because everyone told us they're like "You've got to prepare yourself because you're going to be super sweaty" So we went up there and the energy from the crowd was phenomenal.
New Zealand seems the most distant place to network or do musical collaborations with, however in this digital age where music can now be digitally delivered anywhere in the world via the internet anything is possible, including collaborations with our own Kiwi artists. "Our music label Foreign Family Collective actually signed someone there" says Mills. "Our first release ever was someone from New Zealand collaborating with someone from India, his name is Troy Samuela and he's actually opening up for us now".
With the recent visit of Australian beat merchants Hermitude, conversation swings to the argument of DJ's being ‘real' musicians. The whole debate around the musical nous of a DJ has been questioned lately with memes galore on social media (tapping the spacebar). So what can elements of Odesza's show can we expect to take the gig to the next level? "We actually have kind of a similar set up" he says. "Unfortunately we can't bring our brass section that we usually play with, we'll have one of us playing live drums on most of the songs we're also live triggering a bunch of beats & songs during the set, so if it's anything like the Kings Arm's gig we're going to have a good time".
Thursday September 24th: San Fran Bath House, Wellington
In the mid to late 90's, when grunge began to wither away and MTV strived to find the next easy to access label to attach to new batch of up and coming rock bands, global attention started to shine on the Alt Rock scene.
The I Love The 90s Tour returns to Auckland next year March 23rd at Auckland’s Spark Arena, with a completely off the chain lineup featuring classic Hip Hop crew Naughty by Nature. Vin Rock from the Grammy Award winning rap group speaks fondly of this country and love of our people.
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
Whilst Sonny Landreth is a well known slide-guitar master, zydeco enthusiast and phenomenal blues legend, what you may not know about him, is that he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the entire universe.
He was always the boy next door type energy, that type of person you just always wanted to be around. From day one, Shay Taylor has always been one to break the mold and live life in such a vibrant and contagious manner, that no matter who he spoke to, they walked away feeling great!
Anthonie Tonnon is taking his new Extended Player and single to Australia, and to New Zealand towns that missed the first run of dates, or sold out too quickly. He’ll also be appearing at three summer festivals this February.
After a stand of three Auckland concerts that sold out in minutes in January, Connan Mockasin is hitting the road across Aotearoa for the first time in eight years this summer for a select run of headline shows.