Shapeshifter are back!


Saturday, 31 March, the 5-piece band will be playing at Matakana Country Park to farewell the summer, before heading back into the studio to record throughout autumn. The band has come a long way since they won Best New Act in 2000, and over the years they’ve consistently won awards and accolades with their unique blend of live drum and bass, dub, soul and liquid funk.

It’s going to be quite a show, as Shapeshifter will be joined by hip hop and soul queen Ladi6, reggae/rock/roots band Kora, DJ collective Sunshine Sound System, along with LA-based producer and DJ Mr Carmack.

Shapeshifter’s synth, guitar and sample master Sam Trevethick took time out to answer a few of our questions.

What can people expect from this show?

A diverse yet complementary line up of out-of-the-box and heartfelt music.

You started out in Christchurch in 1999, so that means you’ve been together for almost 20 years. What’s your tip for a healthy long-term relationship?

Making sure the beer is the correct temperature. That and communication.

Tiki Taane is often spotted behind the sound desk, will he be joining you here in Matakana?

Tiki has played nearly every show with us since our inception, with the exception of a small handful. He's part of the band and deserves a lot of credit for what we have managed to achieve as a group. He's an inspiration on and off 'the park'. Huge for morale, inspiration and motivation.

You’re touring with Kora and Ladi6, who have also featured on some of your albums. Do you guys get up to any mischief together?

Never. That’s a lie... when do we not get up to mischief?! 

Your last album Stars was released in 2016. Are there any plans for a new album?

We are planning a new album and series of EPs for release this year.

Any plans to make the most of our beaches while you're here? Any favourite spots?

Well.... Matheson Bay is hard to beat. I once surfed Daniel's Reef with Judge Dredd so that will be hard to beat.

Saturday 31 March, Matakana Country Park