In 1999, a wee band formed in New Zealand’s Christchurch by the name of Shapeshifter. If you’re a true fan of drum and bass, dub and soul, you should have had an aurally intimate relationship with these guys. Inspiration struck Canterbury jazz students whilst at a DJ Grooverider gig and workings began on what was to become one of the most successful and influential New Zealand electronica acts ever. Shapeshifter found its feet opening for New Zealand band Salmonella Dub, who at the time had Tiki Taane mixing their live sets. Tiki now produces Shapeshifter’s live shows. 2000 saw the release of their first EP, D.N.A, released by Christchurch record label, Fabel Music. Shortly after, came their debut album, Real Time. After the success and touring of this album, the band shifted to Melbourne, where the based most of the production for their next record, Riddim Wise. With the release of their next two LPs; Soulstice and The System is a Vampire, Shapeshifter toured extensively throughout Europe and Australiasia, becoming a staple dish in the New Zealand summer music menu. Shapeshifter have recently finished touring for their latest album, Delta and are now embarking on an Australian tour before heading to North America. I caught up with P Digsss, the MC of Shapeshifter to talk about New Zealand music, Delta and their upcoming tour. [audio mp3="http://www.surgfm.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ShapeshifterSURG1.mp3"][/audio]
- Ben De Klerk
Shapeshifter will be playing Manning Bar on Saturday the 22nd of March supported by Foreign Dub, NCrypt vs Commit, Highly Dubious, Mad Cow, and Sakura. The show starts at 9 pm and goes until 3 am. You can buy general access tickets from the Manning Bar website, or if you are an Access holder, you can get a discounted price from the Access Desk in Manning.