Tiki was born in Otautahi or Christchurch on 17 December 1976. His father Uekaha is of Ngati Maniapoto descent, while his mother Lyn is of English and Scottish heritage – the McDuff clan. The third child of 4, Tiki was preceded by 2 sisters – Maureen Aroha, Ninakaye and then followed by his baby brother Anaru Kune, from Ngati Kahungunu and Taranaki.
Raised most of his life in Otautahi, Tiki spent his school years at Heathcote Valley School, Shirley Boys’ College and then changed to Linwood High School in his 4th Form year. Soon losing interest in his school education, Tiki began spending time on the streets, getting up to mischief and having many close calls with the law. In the early 90’s, at a crucial time where Tiki was considering some very downward-spiralling pathways, his father Uekaha gave him a classical acoustic guitar. To this day, that guitar can be seen as the vehicle through which Tiki’s life took on a powerful new purpose.
Tiki’s new guitar never left his side as he taught himself to play – listening to and then mimicking riffs and chords from the likes of Metallica, Megadeth and others. It wasn’t long before he was composing his own guitar tracks, lyrics, bass guitar and drum tracks too. Fronting his first band Cultivation at the age of 15, Tiki was joined by drummer Richard Dale, bass guitarist Mike and guitarist and backing vocalist Jason Young (of Future Stupid, Loves Ugly Children and Excellent Soul Therapy fame).
Cultivation played several head-bangingly great gigs in Christchurch and it was during this time that Tiki sat his Certificate in Audio Engineering at Christchurch’s Nga Mataa Waka Training Provider. Becoming soundman for some local metal bands and gigs, Tiki was beginning to get a name for himself on the Christchurch music scene. After his first band Cultivation disbanded, Tiki went on to join already existing metal band Braaspadeak, contributing to their growing fan base.
In 1996, Tiki was asked to become live soundman to Christchurch band Salmonella Dub, who were becoming one of the NZ’s most popular acts. Through this role, Tiki began to earn himself a reputation for his ability to bring a staggeringly powerful live sound to whatever equipment, venue or environment he was faced with. His time with his metal band Braaspadeak had become miniscule and irregular, and while on tour with the Dub, Tiki had composed a dub / reggae track in his hotel room. Once he shared it with Salmonella, they recorded it straight away, and Tiki and his whanau and friends set to work making a music video featuring Tiki on tour at The Gathering that year. This track 'For the Love Of It' shot to the NZ charts, and so he became faced with not only being soundman for the band, but also the public expectation that he perform his hit song at all their gigs.
In both 1998 and 1999, Tiki won the Best Live Audio Engineer award at the NZ B-Net awards and though in popular demand, it was clear that Tiki’s loyalties lay with his friends Salmonella Dub. Also winning an award for Best Song for 'For the Love Of It', Tiki’s confidence grew in his song-writing abilities and so he went on to create more hits.
By 2000, Tiki was beginning to spend the majority of the Dub gigs mixing the first part of the set, then jumping on stage to perform whilst leaving the sound desk with another trusted soundman. It was only a matter of time before it became necessary for him and the band to agree that he leave the desk altogether, transforming into the frontman.
Since switching to this role for Salmonella Dub, Tiki spent the last several years traveling the world releasing platinum-selling albums, charting hits and sell-out tours worldwide. In his downtime, he continued to work alongside of some of the country’s top acts as a singer, songwriter, MC, musician, composer, studio producer and live soundman. Currently, he is employed as the permanent soundman for top NZ act Shapeshifter.
Unbeknownst to most, Tiki played his final gig with Salmonella Dub on New Years Eve 2006. His decision to pursue a solo career and set up his own production company Tikidub Productions in May 2006, is a move vital to the future development of Aotearoa-made music. Tiki resides in Woodhill and is preparing to produce and release a solo debut album later this year.
Through his work as a composer, performer and producer, Tiki has received several awards over the last decade;
New Zealand Music awards from 2002 - 2006
Salmonella Dub: top group
Salmonella Dub: international achievement
Salmonella Dub: best engineer
Salmonella Dub: best dance album (2003 and 2004).
Concord Dawn: best dance album
BNET awards from 1998 - 2006
Tiki Taane: best live sound engineer (1998 and 1999)
Salmonella Dub: best song
Salmonella Dub: best NZ remix
Salmonella Dub: best live act
Salmonella Dub: best album
Salmonella Dub: best downbeat album.
Concord Dawn: best electronic release
Concord Dawn: best album
Shapeshifter: best new act
Shapeshifter: best electronica release
Shapeshifter: best live act
Shapeshifter: best album of the year “Soulstice”
Tiki has been blessed to work with some of the best this country has produced. Some of the many acts he has mixed are;
LIVE - Salmonella Dub, Shapeshifter, Trinity Roots, The Little Bushmen, Kora, Solaa, Scribe and The Crusaders, Ladi 6, Pitchblack, Pumpkinhead, Headless chickens
STUDIO WORK - Shapeshifter, Kora, P-money, Julia Deans, Salmonella Dub, Shihad, Concord Dawn, Rhombus, Nomad
His vocal proficiency has also graced the musical works of various groups – here are some of the more known tracks from the charts featuring his vocals;
Concord Dawn 'Never Give Up On Love'
Concord Dawn 'Don’t Tell Me'
Rhombus 'Step It Up'
Rhombus 'Clav Dub'
Salmonella Dub 'Long Time'
Salmonella Dub 'Bromley East Roller'
Salmonella Dub 'Dance Hall Girl'
Salmonella Dub 'Love Your Ways'
Salmonella Dub 'Push On Thru'
Salmonella Dub 'Mercy'
Salmonella Dub 'Love Your Ways'
Salmonella Dub 'For The Love Of It'
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Tiki Taane in Australia
Posted: Sat May 9, 2009 2:37 pm
The Hi-Fi, Thurs 7 May
www.thehifi.com.au, Rocking Horse Records,Skinnys,Butterbeats & Music Mania
Gaelic Club, Fri 8 May
www.moshtix.com.au & all moshtix outlets
Corner Hotel, Sat 8 May
www.cornerhotel.com Greville Records, Missing Link & Polyester Records
Following the AUS tour, Tiki heads off to UK and EUROPE with his good friends Shapeshifter to help bring the killer sound to their killer set!
Tiki goes platinum!
Posted: Tue Aug 5, 2008 3:20 pm
Today Tiki and his beautiful acoustic track ‘Always On My Mind’ became the first ever New Zealand single to achieve platinum sales via a digital only release.
The # 1 single from Tiki’s platinum debut album ‘Past, Present, Future’ has been all over the radio, hitting the # 1 airplay spot in the country and racking up over 258,000 hits on Youtube to date.
‘Always On My Mind’ and ‘Past, Present, Future’ are available on tikidub.com, itunes, Amplifier, Digirama, Vodafone and Telecom, with the album also available as a physical release at all music retailers.
Thanks to all for your support! The next single from ‘Past, Present, Future’, ‘Faded’, will be hitting the airwaves soon, with a gorgeous video filmed in Rarotonga to complement it.
For further information please check www.tikidub.com
Tiki’s Solo Album is Launched Labour Day 2007
Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 2:03 pm
Tiki Taane has spent the last eleven years playing to the world primarily as the captivating front man for successful NZ band Salmonella Dub. Doubling as an audio engineer for some of the country’s finest acts (Shapeshifter, Scribe, Kora) Tiki has boosted shows, musical works and recordings worldwide with his unique gift for taking music into an innovative new realm. Unbeknownst to most, Tiki played his final gig with Salmonella Dub on New Years Eve 2006. The decision to pursue a solo career and set up his own production company Tikidub Productions in May 2006, has been a move vital to his self reclamation. Monday October 22nd , 2007 sees the release of his groundbreaking debut solo album ‘Past, Present, Future’.
Past, Present, Future is the culmination of a musical journey that has already spanned more than a decade. “I feel like I’ve completed a fifteen-year apprenticeship,” Taane reflects. “But I’ve never worked so hard, ventured so deep or asked so much of myself as I did during the production of this album. It feels like a graduation.”
The raw fusion of Tiki’s trademark bass-heavy production with traditional Maori instrumentation characterises the album. “It’s like punk dub meets tangatawhenua,” Taane states matter-of-factly. This is strikingly evident in the mesmerizing first single Tangaroa, as well as the haunting title track. Past, Present, Future is as much about honouring Taane’s Maori ancestry as it is about pushing musical boundaries and exploring the realms of sound.
Guest vocalists include Taane’s father Uekaha Taanetinorau and grandmother Inuwai, as well as PDigsss, Julia Deans, Celia Church and Zaniah Carigiet. In addition, the production talents of P-Money, Sean Deans and Motive represent a handful of collaborations with some of Tiki’s closest friends.
Tiki will tour Past, Present, Future with a live band throughout New Zealand in November. The Tiki band includes members of Shapeshifter, also close friends. “Expect a heavy show,” Tiki promises. “These guys are my best friends and incredible musicians. We’re gonna bring the fire.” Tour Details coming soon.
Past, Present, Future is out October 23rd 2007 on Dirty Dub, through Rhythmethod.
Location: Nelson & Bays
Fans of Tiki!!
Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 12:37 am
visit the fansite @ http://www.bebo.com/TikidubFansite
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