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We usually don’t find ourselves in a viaduct bar on Saturday nights. No disrespect for those that do, but we generally find that the music isn’t quite to our liking… However, we took over Goldfinch on Saturday 22nd Feb for the Auckland round of the Australasian Beat Maker Invitational – an event put together by Grindin & Joint Adventure.

In the past, a beat battle consists of producers ‘performing’ their beats live – wither using MPC or some other piece of kit. In this way, the live re-creation or performance is the key factor. The difference with Australasian Beat Maker Invitational however is that each piece of music was judged purely on the finished beat, not the performance – each person played their round off a CD. No mixing, no effects, no gimmicks, just the beats!

The level of talent in the Auckland/New Zealand heat competing was really high. Most came with a definite hiphop flavor, but each beatmaker displayed their own distinct style.

There was $2500 worth of prizes up for grabs, thanks to Akai, Auckland Rockshop, Crooks & Castles, Acclaim Magazine, and the chance to represent your city in the Australasian finals in April 2014.

The guest judges were HOUSE SHOES, P-MONEY and DYLAN C



Battle DJ & producer, originally from H-Town, spent the last few years in Wellington. Represented NZ at the RedBull3style in Poland 2013.


Wellington-based producer with a smooth style. Sweet like brown sugar, references some of that sweet rhythm & blues of the late 70s (Marvin, Barry White) etc. Worked with Tom Scott, Tyna, Raiza Biza. 


Rising up through the ranks these last 18months with a handful of EPs under his belt and international recognition via Darker Than Wax and Complexion radio.


A relatively low profile, Ill Methods produced the recently released EP by RosaDub. Classic boombap, with some offbeat skank going on in there too


Auckland producer who has worked a lot with vocalist Bailey Wiley. His style would be somewhere between Breaks, Electro, Glitch, Garage and Hip Hop.

SHAQAVEY (Shaqles)

The man behind the beats behind The Doqument. Also worked with Kenzie From Welli.


Auckland YGB / Base FM. Prolific producer with releases & collabs available through both the soundlcoud / bandcamp. Worked with @peace, Home Brew, Raiza Biza and too many collabs to mention!

Absent from the event was LMC – young cat doing a deep trap things on Eight Supply label.


For round 1 each competitor was allocated 3 minutes to display some of their finest finished beats, with the 3 judges giving them each a score out of 10.


The 4 producers with the highest scores followed through to the 2nd round for a battle style quick fire heat. 2 x 90 second rounds.

ChoiceVaughan vs Samuel Truth

BenJamin vs Shaqavey


Samuel Truth vs Shaqavey

P-Money mentioned on the night that both producers deserved to be in the final round and had obviously saved something special for the end. Samuel Truth's intriciate snare fills & signature wall-of-sound vs Shaqavey’s diverse range of beats. It was definitely a close battle.

WINNER: Samuel Truth crowned champion, who will be off to Sydney in April for the final against Australian state winners. Stay tuned for more details.


Photography by Joe Hockley


UK Dancehall legend GAPPY RANKS is coming back to Ponsonby Social Club for another biggie. His last set at PSC was a Tuesday night following Splore 2012, and this time it's a Sunday throwdown! Gappy Ranks (Jamaican/Dominican descendent, based in the UK) is going to rock the PSC dance floor with Base FM's DJ Locksteady on the 1s & 2s, with support from Dubhead, Jah Red Lion, Sandy Bay Social Club, Israel Starr and Dub Terminator. That's one heavyweight line up!! Kicks off at 7pm, and with all PSC gigs it's FREE ENTRY!



Gappy Ranks is a British Dancehall Musician. His love for music started in his home town Harlesden, London Where he was born & raised. The year 2010 and the introduction from Silverstar Sound’s DJ Gussy, which lead Gappy Ranks to joined forces with Pierre Bost of French Records and Special Delivery Music Label. Opened up a whole world of show dates and touring. In 2010 Gappy was signed to Greensleeves Records & released his 1st album “Put The Stereo On”. This album was well received worldwide featuring tracks such as “Put The Stereo On” and “Heaven In Her Eyes” which went to number 1 for 16 weeks on the UK charts.

Gappy Ranks was nominated for the 2010 MOBO Awards in the Best Reggae Act category. In 2011 Gappy Ranks followed up with his second album “Thanks & Praise” on his independent label Hot Coffee Music distributed by VP Records which included the smash hit “Stinkin’ Rich” by Italian producer Macro Marco. Gappy Ranks has now released his 3rd album “Shining Hope” and will be launching it in Australia and New Zealand this March.


@Peace and the Plutonian Noise Symphony is released on Friday 14th March - pre orders available via BANDCAMP.

Catch @PEACE on tour.

AUCKLAND | Friday 14th March @ Monte Cristo Room, Nelson St | TICKETS

WELLINGTON | Saturday 15th March @ Bodega | TICKETS

DUNEDIN | Friday 21st March | TICKETS ??

CHRISTCHURCH | Saturdat 22nd March @ Dux Live | TICKETS


WATCH: The Death Of @Peace




Base FM is proud to announce Ginger Minx as official sponsor of the
Bread & Butta Show, Thursdays 6-8pm with Reggie D.
Tune in each week for details on how to win yourself some free pizza from Ginger Minx!

BRAND NEW SECOND HAND is the new regular Thursday night at Ginger Minx, hosted by DJs Andy Beck (Mixed Crate) and Milo B (Faux Show) and featuring a special guest selector each week. This months guest are:

6th | Steezie Wonder
13th | Dylan C
20th | DJ Koncept
27th | Mix Foundation Takeover
(Brad, Greg Harper & Lo Key)

GINGER MINX | 177 Valley Rd, Mt Eden


Free from the ponce and pretense of the city centre and its "fringe", Minx is like a house party at a mate of a mates. Roll up expecting a good time, and that's exactly what you'll get. Put basically "do unto others as you wish them to do unto you" couldnt be more apt. We hope to provide you with a home away from home with tasty beverages, cold beers, and a light meal menu to put the NOM NOM NOM in your night. And, cos we love you (cos your pretty choice) we NEVER have a cover charge. Ever. We now offer FREE wifi to all customers!


The 1st and only time QUANTIC was in New Zealand was way back in 2005! The Quantic Soul Orchestra shows featured Quantic (Will Holland) on guitar, Alice Russell on vocals and Australian funk band The Bamboos laying down the grooves.

Thursday 6th March sees QUANTIC return for a DJ set at Ponsonby Social Club, with support from LatinAotearoa. Oh and it's free entry!!

More info about Quantic below...

Quantic, aka Will Holland is a British born Musician, Producer & DJ making Soul, Electronic & Latin Music saturated in the tropical soundwaves of the Carribean. Currently working from his Sonido del Valle studio base in the highlands of Bogota, Colombia, Holland has developed a sound that bridges heritage and progression, marrying spontaneous musicianship with deep, exciting tonality.

Holland is currently at work on his fourth Quantic record, which will be his fifteenth studio album to date. The album is to feature influences from Ethiopian Jazz to Haitian Compas, Salsa Dura from his Colombian homestead to Detroit techno, with electric sub bass and beat programming, All part of Quantic’s trademark sound. Holland records and mixes from his own Sonido del Valle studio where he utilises a range of vintage studio equipment, working as part sound engineer, musician and producer to procure a rich and original sound.

Worcestershire born, Will Holland began his musical career at the age of 16, encouraged by his father, a Welsh born folk musician who worked in mechanical engineering & computer programming and his English born mother, a talented singer and folk enthusiast. By his early teens Holland had been introduced to home recording by his father and started to experiment with sequencing and programming. This, combined with a developing habit for record collecting, a household full of instruments and two older, musical sisters, it was only natural for Holland to setup a makeshift studio in the bedroom of their timber framed home beside the river Severn. After much experimentation, Holland developed a strong repertoire, eventually attracting the attention of ‘Breakin Bread Records’, a London based record label through which Holland released his first 45 ‘We Got Soul’. It was at this point his work as a DJ began to flourish and through a visit to Brighton he was introduced to label ‘Tru Thoughts’. In 2001 TT released his debut album ‘The 5th Exotic’ a collection of sample based songs mined from various lunchbreak trips to record shops and the diverse selection of instruments found in the Holland household, his two sisters also featured as guests.

Shortly after the success of ‘The 5th Exotic’ Holland began work on the first Quantic Soul Orchestra record ‘Stampede’, combining live drum loops with Funk & Soul riffs to pay homage to the american Rhythm & Blues 45s spun in Quantic DJ sets. This was the era of the deep funk sound in the UK & the focus was on a raw, hard and incisive dancefloor sound. In that same year ‘The Limp Twins’ were born, a collaboration with Worcester based singer Russell Porter that saw their debut album ‘Tales from Beyond the Groove’ also released on Tru Thoughts records.


Santos Cafe Ponsonby has always been a great champion of local artists, and their art wall has been part of the vibe since 1996. Many young aspiring artists have become a household name since they first exhibited on Santos’art wall. The Santos art wall now has an official name – Arte Na Favela.

Exhibiting in March is Auckland artist HAUNT ONE.

After a successful solo exhibition in 2013, HAUNT ONE has spent his time doing commissioned paintings, mostly of famous cartoon characters. When he's not roasting ducks, he's doing graphic novels for locally made films. Lately he can't work out who he likes better; Vaughn Bode or Frank Frazzetta

Check it out: Santos Cafe, 114 Ponsonby Rd


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