TIKI TAANE (New Zealand)
Artist, Producer, Activist, Engineer. Possibly one of the country’s most well-known and diverse artists and producers, Tiki Taane is considered to be an influential element in the pioneering of New Zealand’s bass culture, as well as the country’s most prolific and talented “genre-bending experimentalist”. First rising to prominence as live engineer and eventually frontman of leading band Salmonella Dub in 1996, Tiki embarked upon his solo career in 2007 and has been going from strength to strength.
Renowned as much for his powerful, headlining live performances as he is for the anthems he writes and produces, Tiki’s extraordinary ability to rock the mic as both a gifted performance MC and/or a solo acoustic performer is something to be experienced firsthand. Although affectionately known as ‘King of the Dubs’ in NZ, Tiki’s musical influences and appeal are broad, traversing from dubstep, reggae, drum n bass and hip-hop, to more contemporary pop/rock sensibilities. No matter the set he performs, or which country he performs in, the audience is always reminded of the sheer power of Tiki’s ability to unify, warm and wow as he seamlessly delivers a unique performance experience.