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DJs Eric Lau and House Shoes got a sample of what fine kiwi hospitality is all about when they visited our humble shores to drop tunes at The Base FM Boat Parties. 

Thanks to the good people at Converse we were able to surprise and delight our international guests with a pair of custom painted Converse Jack Purcell Shoes by our talented good friend and Base DJ, Dan Tippett.

Eric Lau was given his shoes in NZ Chauffeur's long wheel base BMW after being picked up at Auckland Airport, and House Shoes was given his at Conch Records the day after his performance, coincidentally matching his J-Dilla Donut Tee. Both DJs were blown away! We're pretty stoked they love them too. Mr Tippet's work also featured at the boat parties with a pair of artist series Serato control vinyl spun by House Shoes.

Big ups to Converse Jack Purcell and our man Dan Tippet!


The good folks over at SERATO have uploaded the recording of DJ HOUSE SHOES set from the 2nd Base FM Boat Party! Check out it on their Mixcloud page: 


Base FM would like to send a special thanks to everyone who made it along to the Base FM Boat Parties! The mix of cruising the amazing Waitemata Harbour with great music and good people really made these 2 events something special. We appreciate all your support and look forward to throwing more Boat Parties in the future!

Frontside Media are currently putting together a highlights video, but in the meantime check out the photos from each event on our facebook page!

BOAT PARTY #1 featuring ERIC LAU (UK)
Photos courtesy of Alison Brewer | Jake Munro (Frontside Media) | Joe Hockley

   BOAT PARTY #2 featuring HOUSE SHOES (LA)
All photos by Joe Hockley


If you cast you mind back to the Summers of 2007 and 2008, some of you would remember the Phoenix Festival - a day event of music & markets held at Basque Road Reserve in Newton brought to you by the lovely people from Phoenix Organic Drinks. The 2 successful events featured some of NZ's most recognizable bands, at a point in their career when they were still on the up & up. Phoenix Fest 2007 featured Sola Rosa, Rhombus and Numotion Ensemble (now The Kryptonites), while the 2008 line up consisted of Kora, SJD and Lewis McCallum with his orchestra of freakishly talented musicians.

Fast forward to 2014, Phoenix Fest moves to a new home and teams up with the Kingsland Business Society to become a feature of this years Kingsland Karnival, ‘A week of festivities celebrating the colour of Kingsland’. 

Saturday 22nd March | midday-6pm
Nixon Park in Kingsland

The line up this year is something special, with the OPENSOULS doing a full reunion showcase with the original band lineup. Over the 10 years the band were together, Opensouls released 2 albums and a bunch of 7" vinyl single. The debut album 'Kaleidoscope' released in 2006, was more beat driven and reflected their hiphop/neo soul roots, while the 2010 album 'Standing In The Rain' reflected the sound and feeling of a particular musical era: late '50s and early '60s British and American R&B. Phoenix Fest 14 will see Opensouls playing both albums in their entirety (across 2 sets), broken up in the middle with a TYRA & THE TORNADOES set (complete with B-Boys & Girls).

The Opensouls lineup:
Chip Matthews (Base FM Breakfast): bass, Julien Dyne (Ladi6): drums, Isaac Aesili (Funkommunity): trumpet/percussion, Harlin Davey (DJ Buttafingers): sampler/keys, Cameron Allen (Circling Sun Jazz Band): saxophone, Jeremy Toy (She's So Rad): guitar, Bjorn Petersen: vocals, Tyra Hammond: vocals.


Keeping it in the family, Isaac Aesili's other musical project FUNKOMMUNITY will also be playing at Phoenix Fest 14. Alternating between soundsystem shows (Isaac Aesili on beats/trumpet,Rachel Fraser on vocals) and full live band sets (Tom Broome: drums, Marika Hodgson: bass, Dan Ryland: guitar), the band have had a very busy summer so far. They played at the Base FM Xmas party in Dec 2013, and have since appeared at Splore, Heineken Open, The Leigh Sawmill, Music In Parks Henderson, Britomart NYE and Dunedin O-Week supporting Chet Faker & Hermitude. Expect a new album from Funkommunity in April 2014! 


Rounding out the line up is AK tastemaker & Conch Record's main man DJ CIAN, with NICK D on master of ceremonies duties. Phoenix Fest is a family friendly event and there will be plenty of activities for the kids!

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Base FM met Stray Asia when station director Jazz stepped on a bus in Thailand last year. The hop-on hop-off nature of Stray’s tours perfectly suit the kiwi way of travel, providing a guided experience but allowing the flexibility to stop, hop-off and explore when a particular attraction catches the eye. Jazz remains a big Stray supporter to this day.

Jazz explored Thailand and Laos on the orange bus but Stray’s latest venture is into Vietnam, an increasingly popular destination that entices over 1,000 New Zealand visitors a month.

Named after the national currency, Stray’s brand new “Dong” Pass starts in the southern hub of Ho Chi Minh City and travels north. Highlights include exploring the old colonial town and UNESCO heritage site of Hoi An, standing inside the largest cave in the world, the recently discovered Thien Dong, and exploring the eclectic blend of East and West in the tangled web of streets in Hanoi.

Stray has made its name in the New Zealand backpacking industry by getting travellers “off the beaten track” into unique, unspoiled locations such as Whakahoro, Gunn’s Camp and Lake Aniwhenua. Stray Asia is no different, and the Dong Pass gets you meeting the locals in Da Lat, sitting on top of an elephant with an ethnic homestay on the edge of Lak Lake, and experiencing the isolated minority hill-tribe life of Mai Chau.

You definitely wouldn’t get this service on public transport! And the best part is that you’ll be travelling with like-minded adventurers, making a whole bunch of new mates as you go.

Until 31 March you can get 10% off Stray Asia’s Dong PassOr if you haven’t quite got enough holiday leave, you can hear the latest adventures from Josh our resident kiwi Tour Leader on the drive show at 5.30pm every Friday.


Photo credit: Scott Sinton

After Base FM invited Eric Lau over to New Zealand to headline their first ever Boat Party, and following his tremendous efforts playing at the after party too, Base FM approached Red Bull about a soul vs rap collaboration; Eric Lau and Red Bull Sound Select artist Team Dynamite!

"To me, music is a universal language," Eric muses. "That's cliché, but it is. Regardless of where I am, or who I'm working with, my job is to marry the music to the song, and capture the best performance I can. If I can learn something along the way, even better. This is my first official New Zealand collaboration." Hopefully it's the start of many more.

Check out the finished track 'One Up' from this unique collaboration with Eric Lau (UK) and NZ Young Gifted and Broke #soundselect artist Team Dynamite and head along to the next Base FM boat party.




Turn It Up is a feature on Base FM where we showcase a new track from Aotearoa every week. Tune in weekdays at 10am and 4pm to hear this weeks top local pick.

Brought to you by NZ On Air.


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