Fat Freddy’s Drop

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If any artist symbolised the explosion of reggae and soul-infused dance music out of Wellington at the turn of the century, it was Fat Freddy's Drop. They took that sound around the planet and are arguably our most successful and influential musical export of the 21st Century. Fat Freddy's Drop is a seven-piece band from Wellington. Their sound pays homage to almost every part of the black music spectrum, from soul and dub to jazz and Detroit techno. Growing from the already established career of DJ Mu Read moreProfile from Audioculture, available under a Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence

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  • View on NZ On Screen Fat Freddy's Drop

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Fat Freddy's Drop worked up a reputation for epic live gigs (first captured on 2001 album Live at The Matterhorn) before dropping Based On A True Story. The first local indie album to top the New Zealand charts, it was voted 2005's favourite Worldwide Album by listeners on Gilles Peterson's BBC Radio 1 show. Soul-pop tracks like 'Wandering Eye' and sales of 120,000 plus saw them anointed flagbearers of the 'Wellington Sound'. The band operates as a collective, sharing songwriting credits and royalties equally between all members. To date, the band's four studio albums have all topped the local charts.   " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Making Music - Fat Freddy's Drop

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music ; Arts/Culture ; Short Film

    "In this episode from a series made for high school music students, Dallas Tamaira and DJ Mu recall Fat Freddy's Drop's early history as a duo with just turntables and a microphone in a vibrant Wellington scene. They reveal an aversion to rehearsals, preferring to develop their music in a live setting and Mu demonstrates the component parts of their song 'Midnight Marauders' on his secret weapon — an Akai sampler capable of emulating all of the instruments in their sound. His verdict that every school should have one may not have gladdened principals' hearts." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Fat Freddy's Drop - Based on a True Story

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Music ; Television

    "This documentary follows the "seven headed soul monster direct from the shores of Wellington" — Fat Freddys Drop — as they rumble their dub-rich sound through Europe like a Houghton Bay roller. Touring to showcase album Based on a True Story, it features rehearsals and performances, eating Italian kai moana, playing concrete ping pong in Berlin, and (in the fifth clip) a jam with Cliff Curtis. Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe lauds the 'fullas' and Mu explains whanau to German journos. True Story sold 120,000+ copies and dominated the 2005 New Zealand Music Awards.  " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Making Music

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Series ; Music ; Arts/Culture ; Short Film

    "This series, made for use as a teaching resource in secondary schools by the NZ Music Industry Commission, was produced and directed by songwriter and NZ music champion Arthur Baysting. It features more than 40 leading acts (including Don McGlashan, the Black Seeds, Nesian Mystik, Chris Knox and Fat Freddy's Drop) talking directly to the next generation of musicians about their music and careers. They offer intimate performances of classic songs and heartfelt advice on subjects including songwriting, recording techniques, technology and the music industry.   " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Making Music - Nesian Mystik

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music ; Arts/Culture ; Short Film

    "This episode from a series for high school music students features Auckland hip-hop act Nesian Mystik who can speak from personal experience about music education after forming at Western Springs College and first making an impression in Rockquest's Pacifica Beats. They perform stripped down versions of their APRA Silver Scroll winner 'For the People', and 'Better than Change' (written by Dallas Tamaira of Fat Freddy's Drop) and emphasise how simple music making can be — they started out with just their voices and a Playstation One programme.  " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Boondigga

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Dub ; Soul ; Music Video

    "The video was directed by Mark Williams (aka MC Slave) and the concept was born over yum cha sessions with the band. In the clip the Fat Freddy's crew are abducted by mad scientist and former child prodigy musician Boondigga (Taungaroa Emile). Taunted by FFD's soul sounds, he conducts a lab experiment to extract the music from their brains.     " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Wandering Eye

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Reggae ; Music Video

    "Set in a Grey Lynn fish'n'chip shop, this clip delivers a killer kai moana concept, as it is revealed that the greasy takeaway is merely a front for the club downstairs. Winner of Best Music Video at the 2006 New Zealand Music Awards, the video features a host of cameos in addition to the band members: including Danielle Cormack, Ladi6, John Campbell and Carol Hirschfeld. It was directed by Mark 'Slave' Williams, sometime MC for the band. The track was part of Based on a True Story, one of the biggest sellng albums in New Zealand history." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen 30 Arthur Street

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Music ; Short Film

    "30 Arthur Street was a Wellington musical institution. For more than 18 years the building was used as rehearsal space and studio, in which time 20 plus albums and nine feature film scores were partly or wholly recorded there. Directed by Plan 9 composer David Donaldson, this impressionistic doco chronicles some of the building's musical history, plus its destruction to make way for a bypass. Amongst the musicians featured are Toby Laing from Fat Freddys Drop, drummer Anthony Donaldson, and ex-Mutton Bird David Long." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Age Pryor

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Age Pryor is a Wellington-based multi-instrumentalist known for his association with creative collective Fly My Pretties, and for his own solo work. Pryor's recordings include collaborations with Wellington musical luminaries from Fat Freddys Drop, Trinity Roots, The Black Seeds and Wellington International Ukelele Orchestra. His musical style blends folk, groove, funk, rock and reggae." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Living Room - Series One, Episode Five

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Magazine ; Music ; Arts/Culture ; Television

    "This episode from The Living Room is presented by Wellington band Trinity Roots. First stop is a dans paleis, where competitors (including Fat Freddys' DJ Mu) tweak samples in a battle for the MPC heavyweight title. Then Dunedin artist Phil Frost tours his studio, talks skulls and bones and skate video Tulgonia Two (where broken ankles are the price of filming mad tricks). Poet Cameron Hockly takes his words to Te Awamutu's streets; and mainlander Peter King lathe cuts bespoke records for clients from the Beastie Boys to Trinity Roots (whose True LP is cut here).  " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Recloose

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Matthew Chicoine aka Recloose was an accomplished DJ and producer in his native Detroit before he moved to Aotearoa in 2001. The fusion of a fresh, edge-of-the-planet perspective, with the dance music heritage of Motor City allowed him to forge new musical paths, from playing with Carl Craig's Interzone orchestra to collaborating with Joe (Fat Freddys Drop) Dukie. The stonking dance floor beats and sax jams of Recloose's renowned live shows were captured on 2008's Perfect Timing, which won Best Electronica/Dance album at the NZ Music Awards." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Benny Tones

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Producer/engineer Benny Tones grew up on a commune in Golden Bay at the top of the South Island — and cites the slow paced, collaborative nature of life there as a major influence on his music. Initially a DJ, he began producing his own beats in 2002. He moved to Wellington, setting up his own studio (incorporating his collection of vintage equipment) and working closely with Electric Wire Hustle. In 2010, he released his debut album Chrysalis (with contributions from Sacha Vee, Adi Dick and members of Shapeshifter, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Rhombus)." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen MC OJ and Rhythm Slave

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Irrepressible duo MC OJ (Otis Frizzell) and the Rhythm Slave (Mark Williams) emerged as teenagers in the first wave of Kiwi hip hop. In the early 1990s they released album What Can We Say? and a series of singles for Murray Cammick's Southside label. After a brief spell in quartet Joint Force, the pair turned their attentions to televison to front the hip hop influenced Mo'Show. Frizzell (son of artist Dick Frizzell) is a prominent graffiti artist and tattooist to the stars, including Robbie Williams; Williams directed the award-winning music video for 'The Catch' by Fat Freddy's Drop, and often performs with the band live." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Tuwhare

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music ; Arts/Culture ; Māori ; Short Film

    "In 2003 Toi Māori Aotearoa engaged Charlotte Yates to produce an album and stage performance celebrating the verse of poet Hone Tuwhare. Yates co-opted various musicians (including Dallas Tamaira from Fat Freddy's Drop, and the late Graham Brazier) to transform Tuwhare's poetry into lyrics, using a range of music from rock to dub. This short film by Lala Rolls was commissioned for the album launch; the material was also used in the live show. We see Tuwhare at home at Kaka Point and reciting his poetry against the songs, and glimpse his warmth, humour and literary verve." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Clav Dub

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Dub ; Music Video

    "Wellington dub/roots act Rhombus won fans with this video for the brassy, bouncy, self referential first single from their debut album ‘Bass Player’. Director Chris Graham pays fulsome tribute to classic road movie Goodbye Pork Pie (complete with cameo from the film’s star, original 'Blondini' Kelly Johnson). There are also appearances from a number of Wellington musical heavyweights, including Fat Freddy’s Drop, Trinity Roots (with a snatch of ‘Little Things’) and MC Rizzla, also known as Tiki Taane (who features on the original track)." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Fly My Pretties

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Fly My Pretties is a musical collaboration put together by Barnaby Weir of the Black Seeds. The all-star outfit - who come together for live performances - has included members of the Phoenix Foundation, Fat Freddys Drop and Paselode. The group began as a one-off project - a sellout multimedia show performed, filmed and recorded over four nights at Bats Theatre in Wellington in 2004, which was released as a live album and DVD. The one-off nature of the project has expanded nationwide to equally well-received shows.     " (NZ On Screen summary)

 

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