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Andrew Spraggon has been busy. Not only has Sola Rosa just finished a couple of mid winter shows in Auckland & Wellington, there's also a new album in the works with some exciting musical collaborations, and this month will see a couple of fresh remixes from Tall Black Guy & Isaac Aesili - dropping via bandcamp and a limited edition 7" vinyl single... Mr Sola Rosa also found some time to out together a mixtape, available below for free download! Check it out.

PROMISE (single with bonus remixes) - Released 15th August

SOLA ROSA MIXTAPE (free download) via soundcloud


Rhythm Group Entertainment and BASE FM will be raising the bar in Wanaka this September with the announcement of the definitive night out of the winter season, The BURTON HIGH FIVES AFTER PARTY.

The event will take place at the Lake Wanaka Centre on September 13 and be a celebration and wrap up of the worlds best snowboarders that have been competing to earn valuable TTR points and a slice of the US $80K prize.

New Zealand's thriving music talent and party starters AHORIBUZZ will headline the gig.  Fronted by Aaron Tokona, the band’s groove and rock ridden sound has been captivating live audiences up and down the country.  With  a revolving collective of musicians no one show is the same. Supporting will be BULLETPROOF who is one of the finest bass talents to emerge from New Zealand. His futuristic dance floor drum and bass will be unleashed on Wanaka fans who will welcome his return from hibernation after writing his new album.

Only 650 tickets are available for the BURTON HIGH FIVES.

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Tickets price: $44 + $3 booking fee

Please note, this event is R18.

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One of New Zealand’s most creative exports is about to set alight the club scene in NZ by returning for an intimate six date tour of NZ. TRUTH (Andre Fernandez and Tristan Roake) have built their reputation in NZ and abroad as both world-class producers and party-rocking DJs, cutting a clear pathway through the international dubstep scene.

Nominated “Best Producer” in the 2013 Dubstepforum Awards, this sinister, yet soulful, duo will unleash their beautifully bass-laden beats which have been storming the US and European club and festival scene for the past two years, on to New Zealand.

TRUTH have been on a mission to secure themselves as favourites on an International scale and have not only based themselves in the USA but have been trail blazing across the States and Europe playing festivals and sell out club shows for the last 2 years. Canadian Dubstep DJ and Producer DATSIK has labelled Truth as the best thing that's happened to Dubstep in North America.

Their momentum is undeniable and impossible to ignore - make sure you do not miss them on their New Zealand tour!


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Yes Base heads i'ts official... #JUSAYIN presents FEW CHUR LAB  featuring ONRA live and direct from France, Saturday the 27th of July in a secret bunker within Vic Park Market! After such a phenomenal tour of New Zealand in 2011, #Jusayin are proud to bring back ONRA. Last time we drunk Khuja Bar dry twice in one night, this time we're going in deep again! This time around things will go down differently, bigger sound system, better visuals & more vibes.

Local support from Dylan C, Milo B, Campbell Ngata, Keegan and a live performance from Bailey.

There are no door sales for this one so head to to ensure you dont miss out.


Onra (Arnaud Bernard) is a music producer from Paris, France. 


Deep In The Night (EP) Fool's Gold Records 2012
Chinoiseries 2 (CD, 2LP) All City Records 2011
Long Distance (12", CD, 2LP) All City Records 2010
1.0.8 (LP) Favorite Recordings 2009
Byron & Onra -The Big Payback (12", CD) Just Like Vibes 2007 
Chinoiseries (7”, CD, 2LP) Favorite Recordings 2007 
Onra & Quetzal Present "Tribute" Bo Bun Records 2006 

Early life:

Born in 1981 in Germany from french parents, although his father has Vietnamese ancestry. He moved to France at the age of three and shortly after, lived between France and Ivory Coast, where his mother was based for over twenty years. 
He discovered a passion for Music at the age of ten and started making music at the age of nineteen. He moved to Paris in 2000 to pursue studies. He graduated from a business school in 2006 with a degree in Marketing.


The first album was made in collaboration with producer and friend Quetzal (Al Quetz) in 2006, Tribute, where they both sample Soul music over 35 songs, one track each.

At the same time, he started collaborating with Byron the Aquarius, a keyboard player from Alabama, and released an album under the name Byron & Onra "The Big Payback" in 2007 on japanese label Circulations. This project draws from various influences such as futuristic hip hop and jazzy broken beats. They also appeared on highly sought-after compilations such as Beat Dimensions and New Worlds by Jay Scarlett.

In 2006, he went to Vietnam for the first time, and brought back over 30 Chinese and Vietnamese records from the 60's and 70's. He made a collection of 32 tracks with this unique material and named it, Chinoiseries, a ground-breaking album that blends Hip-Hop and Chinese Pop Music influences.

In 2008, he was selected to attend the Red Bull Music Academy.

In 2010, Onra released his latest LP Long Distance on All City records. Currently his most critically acclaimed album, it features tracks with Oliver DaySoul, fellow French beatmaker Walter Mecca, and T3 from Slum Village, soul singer Reggie B and keyboard player Buddy Sativa.
It received press coverage from respected medias such as Pitchfork, which gave the album an outstanding 8.0/10, as well as Jay-Z's blog, LifeAndTimes.

In 2011, Onra released a second volume to Chinoiseries, called "Chinoiseries Pt.2" on All City records, with Chinese Music records found in China, Thailand and Viet Nam.

In 2012, Onra released his newest EP "Deep In The Night" on Fool's Gold records.


Since 2010 Artstation Toi Tu & Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative have collaborated to present The Sole Project, an award winning community cultural development arts-mentoring project. Top New Zealand artists are partnered with rangatahi excluded from mainstream education and over an intensive week of workshops each partnership creates a collaborative work, forming this exhibition. Check the full info below..

Artists include: Otis Frizzell, Rongotai Lomas, Cinzah Merkin, Josh Paki, Salome Tanuvasa, Shona Tawhiao, Grace Taylor, Darryl Thomson, Dan Tippett, Cora-Allen Wickliffe.


DT & DLT take some time-out from the project to show how to run tings @ the Base FM studio

The Sole Project Plugs the Gap for Those Who Fall Through the Cracks

During the first week of the July school holidays Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative will again challenge ‘arts-for-arts-sake’ with The Sole Project, a powerful creative collaboration between top New Zealand artists and rangatahi from the alternative education classrooms of South Auckland. Over a week of what promises to be intensive one-to-one mentoring workshops, Artstation will play host to eight rangatahi & artist-mentor partnerships. Together exploring the identity and culture of the rangatahi, the collaborative art works produced during the week will be exhibited in the gallery space at Artstation, opening Tuesday 27th August.

‘The Sole Project is a truly transformational experience for our rangatahi’, says Sarah Longbottom, Creative Director of Nga Rangatahi Toa. ‘Many of our kids struggle to keep their head above water, but they flat out thrive with their mentors; artistically, socially and culturally. We prioritise cultural identity, and a processing of this identity, and provide an environment of love and respect. We have proved time and again that if you create a positive, responsive environment for these kids, they respond in kind’

Nga Rangatahi Toa programs were established in 2009, aimed at ‘plugging the gap’ that exists for students who have been excluded from the mainstream schooling system. Once placed in alternative education a student is not even assured access to a registered teacher, and there is no funding for creative arts. Statistics for rangatahi in alternative education show that the cohort is overwhelmingly Maori and Pasifika, and overwhelmingly from families in poverty.

‘These kids come from full on background, but they are leaders’, says artist-mentor Darryl Thomson, ‘Their sometimes anti-social behavior that lands them in trouble shows they are capable of planning, thinking, implementing and executing a project. It’s up to us, as mentors, to shape these skills to something positive.’

Many of the rangatahi involved in the project have had youth justice issues and are known to the police but all have been identified as having leadership qualities

‘These kids are our leaders, but what direction will they lead if we don’t give them a break, give them guidance?’ continues Thomson, a seasoned youth worker ‘The Sole Project identifies these as skills and attributes and we give them room to develop. It’s important to connect the kids to their own potential, to their cultural knowledge and to themselves. The Sole Project gives opportunity to kids who are ready for it, who take it and run with it!’

Statistics are not kind to their cohort however since implementing a stair-cased model aimed at sustainable transformational change, Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative has ‘graduated’ students into tertiary study in visual arts, performing arts, animation, and makeup artistry. Those who have completed The Sole Project have also secured sought after internships at Shortland Street and George FM.

‘I reckon that my work in The Sole Project kinda changed my life.’ says graduate Bobby Ioramo. ‘It made me think about things, it made me feel like it’s ok to think about things. I knew I wanted something different to shape my life, to give me an opportunity I didn’t get given or I didn’t mow how to take. Now I am back at school and loving it.’


Valley Funk Allstars is firing all cylinders in your direction on Saturday 20th July with turbo-boosted funk, slap happy rap, skank heavy reggae and full throttle disco at Mt Eden's premier party venue, Ginger Minx.

Base FM faves Lowe1 and RIA are joined by resident Randomplay and kiwi Perth visitor Joe Revell. Joe's heading back to Perth so we want to send him off in style. Since moving to Australia on 2011, Joe started seriously focusing on the slower and funkier side of breaks, primarily repping Ghetto Funk and Glitch hop. Since tapping into that sound he has released tunes and remixes on Breakspoll award winning "Best New Label" - Scour records (UK), Loop (NZ), Fat bird sounds (Por) and BBE(UK) securing him a worldwide following which he continues to build upon as he takes his game to the next level with every DJ set and tune that he makes.

Joe will also be rocking Djing a 2 hour guest spot on Base FM Friday 19th of July, 12 – 2 PM.  Tune in to get a sample of what’s to come on Saturday 

Check out tunes and mixes of alla dem cru right here:

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Base FM, NiceUp and Newtown Sound present the Ghetto Red Hot Vol. 6 Mix Release Party! Come celebrate the release of Ghetto Red Hot Vol. 6 by DJ Art – a series dedicated to spreading the best in 80s, 90s and current dancehall reggae, with classic old and new-school Jamaican influenced hip-hop from the UK, US, Canada, Europe and NZ. This session features some of Aotearoa’s hottest reggae, dancehall, and hip hop stars – do not miss!

DJ Art
King Kapisi AKA Mr Majesty
Israel Starr
Silva MC
Lock Steady

$10 on the door, $5 mix CDs




JULY 19, 7-10am (LIVE) 7b Rose Road, Grey Lynn

* complementary coffee from Fyrefly and Santos Coffee Roasters *
 * fruit platters and delicious smoothies from *
 * Converse Chuck Taylor giveaway *
 * Hancock & Co Craft Brewing giveaway *
* Freeview HD Recorder giveaway *

It’s been 5 years since Chip Matthews took the helm of Base Breakfast. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’re hosting a one off radio event with FREE breakfast for all paying tribute this tenacious half-decade milestone.

The Base Breakfast Birthday, happening July 19 from 7 – 10am, will include an array of special guests, incredible music, giveaways and classic morning banter hosted by the die-hard duo and corner-stones of Base FM; Chip Matthews and Dylan C.

Base Breakfast has had many incarnations since the station began in 2004, but by far the most consistent and longest standing host is Chip Matthews, who signed up for the show in 2008.  Chip has driven Base Breakfast from adolescent naughtiness into the mature broadcast of eclectic music and progressive conversation it now boats. Base FM’s musical king-pin Dylan C joined the show in 2009, further ripening the show’s integrity to what you hear today.

Recently voted Number 1 show by listeners during Base FM’s NZ Music Month’s Digital Liberation campaign survey, Chip, Dylan and the Base crew are excited to bring a morning of radio broadcast that will engage the community and make their mums proud.

The Base Breakfast Birthday will include complementary coffee from Fyrefly and Santos Coffee Roasters, fruit platters and delicious smoothies from and an incredible prize pack with a MyFreeview Panasonic HD Digital Recorder, a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors and a slab of ales from Hancock and co Craft Brewing Co to sweeten the deal that will include a more prizes to be confirmed.

Radio host and Mainz receptionist by day, DJ and bass player by night, Chip Mathews is a multi talented man who’s been heavily entrenched in New Zealand's music scene since the mid 1990s. Some key musical projects have been; The New Loungehead, Ladi6, Opensouls, Che Fu & the Krates, King Kapisi, Scribe, Sola Rosa, Anika Moa, Anna Coddington, The Tornadoes, Eru Dangerspiel and Home Brew. Chip began his wrestle with the turntables just over 10 years ago, and has been an integral part of Base FM since it launched in 2004. He’s a staunch advocate of jandels and wears them all year round, and has recently confessed is his secret obsession with elephant teapots. 

DYLAN C Is as serious about music as he is about sneakers.. Actually, he's way more serious about music! He’s a self confessed record junkie who's collection would make any music enthusiast wet their pants. He’s been involved in Base FM since it’s inception in 2004 with ‘Headspace’, Saturday’s 2- 4pm, and now hosts ‘Native Tongues’ Monday’s 2-4 (Base FM’s 2nd most popular NZ music snow!).  He also joins Chip for Base Breakfast Wednesday to Friday bringing fresh beats and informative artist interviews to the mix. Often refereed to from Chip as OC/DC, he's a stickler for detail, and a quiet achiever. His finely tuned delivery is more cautious and to the point than his courageous counterpart, but Dylan C's modest subtlety is indeed the blue-print of BASE FM.

BASE FM & SPIN 33 | 7b Rose Road, Grey Lynn | Friday 19th July | 7am-11am




JULY 19th, 20th, 21st


Make your way down to Silo Park and join in the celebrations of Matariki’s final weekend, packed full of entertainment with music, art, performance, movies and markets.

FRIDAY 19th JULY 18:00 - late

Shutter Pirates and Silo Park present ‘Paper Pirates 3’. The third installation of this popular user-generated photography exhibition coincides with the opening of the final weekend of Matariki.

Taking the theme ‘sharing our world with others’ directly from one of the guiding principles of Matariki, manaakitanga, photographers from around the globe are asked to submit photographs for Paper Pirates 3 printed onto low-quality, reused or recycled paper. The winning submissions will be pasted directly onto the internal walls of Silo Park’s Silo 6 for the duration of the evening, and guests are invited to help themselves to the physical prints that make up the walls of the exhibition.

The guerilla exhibition has an accessible aesthetic which is part traditional exhibition, part immersive installation and completely community- oriented. Paper Pirates has consistently operated without technical or creative requirements of submissions or submitters, providing any person with a camera an equal opportunity to have their world shared on the walls of Silo 6.

SATURDAY 20th JULY 13:00-21:00

Silo Park will open once more to the activations typically operated through summer: Silo Cinema and Silo Market. The famously wide stable of food vendors will offer Silo Park attendees a global variety of street foods, the screen will light up with New Zealand-produced film Billy T: Te Movie, exploring Maori identity in the New Zealand cultural media via one of our most iconic entertainers, while the markets will showcase the innovation and experiences of a varied and diverse group of Auckland’s market vendors. This will be the first Silo Cinema and Silo Market since the events closed for winter back in April.

SUNDAY 21st JULY 10:00-17:00

The Mighty Matariki Market will take over Silo Park on Sunday, the largest market ever seen in the space. As well as the Silo Market faithful, the invitation has been extended to all of Auckland’s existing and upcoming market vendors to come along, set up their stall and bring their A game to sell their foods, craft and activities to the people of Auckland. Alongside the market will be elements of entertainment as sometimes seen over summer in Silo Park, themed for the Matariki Festival and representing different Aucklanders.


A selection of light-based installations will be placed in selected locations around the Silo Park space, exhibiting a range of lit sculpture, projection and performance from a group of artists from around New Zealand. This artistic congregation will make up the interactive details of an exciting mid-winter weekend in Auckland’s favourite new space.


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