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Tiki Taane - Tiki Taane Newsletter Interview

21 Jun 2009 // An interview by Shade
What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?

In 1984 I mimed 'Blue Suede Shoes' by Elvis to about 60 people, it was my first gig, I was 8.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Nothing has beaten Caanan Downs, The Gathering 1996-99, those were tha days!

What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

TrinityRoots, becoz I miss them.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

I wet my pants while MCing in a club in Christchurch. Luckily no-one saw, so I pretended that I spilt a beer down my trousers.

What inspires you when writing music?

To be or not to be.

How do you describe your music?

Sound waves that tickle your soul.

What can we expect to see from you over the next year?

More art.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

Always own your art. You will thank me in about 15 years time.
 

About Tiki Taane

Tiki Taane 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).

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Releases

Now This Is It
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Type: EP
Our Favourite Target
Year: ????
Type: EP
In The World Of Light
Year: 2011
Type: Album
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Flux
Year: 2009
Type: Album
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Tangaroa God Of The Sea
Year: 2007
Type: EP
Past, Present, Future
Year: 2007
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape

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