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TrinityRoots - Coastella Interview: TrinityRoots

18 Jan 2019 // An interview by Kerry Kingi

Popular Wellington act TrinityRoots will be performing at Coastella 2019, which is taking place on the Kapiti Coast on 23 February. In the final of our Coastella interviews, Kerry from Muzic.net.nz asked about their favourite musicians, nerves and venues, and here's what went down:

Who are your favourite musicians? Groups? CD's?

Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, The Wailers, Gregory Issacs, Lee Scratch Perry, Toots, Bill Withers, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Al Green, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Tony Williams, Wes Montgomery, Ron Carter, James Jamerson, The Funk Brothers, The Isley Brothers, Parliament Funkadelic, Led Zep, Pink Floyd, The Specials, Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti…

Do you get nervous before a performance?

Always. In the moments before going on stage but once I put my bass on and we’ve started the first song I’ll tend to zone out into the set.

How often and for how long do you tour?

It all depends on where we’re at with an album cycle. You tend to get about 18 months to tour and perform a new album, so during that time there are a lot of shows and tours. Once you’re in the later part of that cycle the shows are a bit more spread out over the year. You also need time to write new material, get inspired etc so it's good not to be juggling home life, touring and writing new material.

When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?

We formed circa ’98, after meeting at the Jazz School in Wellington. We were keen to do some things around Welly as a 3-piece and it grew from there.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?

Do you have any upcoming shows? We’ve been fortunate to perform many shows in NZ and at most of the venues throughout the country. We’ve also toured quite a bit internationally, mostly Australia, UK, Europe and a quick trip to China! We’ve always loved gigs like WOMAD and festivals down in the South Island. Internationally, the Melkweg in Amsterdam is an awesome venue and Fabric in London too. We’ve got Coastella coming up and a couple of other dates in Feb and March too.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website?

A quick google search will bring up the various sites that host our music, like Bandcamp and iTunes. We also have music on our website – trinityroots.co.nz which also has our dates for the upcoming shows.

How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

Warren and I have known each other for about 20 years now. We both met at Jazz School in the late 90’s, along with Riki Gooch, who was our original drummer. We’ve also known Ben Would, our drummer, for a few years around Welly in various groups he was playing in before he became a permanent TR member about 5 years ago.


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About TrinityRoots

From the tail of the fish to the tip, Aotearoa has been swept up in the music of TrinityRoots, a boil-­‐up of ingredients that seemed to embody the very essence of our home, land and sea, and serve as an invocation to that same environment. The influences that the group brought together joined the dots between head-­nodding reggae, slow-­burning funk and jazz to form an undeniably indigenous waiata, unconstrained by genre boxes.

Together, Warren Maxwell, Rio Hunuki-­Hemopo and Riki Gooch took audiences to unchartered territory with every big-­hearted, hypnotic live show they performed over the seven years that marked the first phase of their career. An esteemed line-­up of guest musicians and vocalists augmented performances that could shape shift between gently undulating grooves, soul-­baring anthems, and full on psyche-­rock jams, but at the core was the dynamic of three players who seemed to operate on a level of musical telepathy.

Following on from their perfectly formed self-­titled EP in 2000, TrinityRoots expanded their palette of sounds on two long players, True (2002) and Home, Land and Sea (2004), releases that were rewarded with platinum sales, setting the stage for other home grown independent successes that followed. And then they left us in 2005 to pursue new projects, taking their individual energies to groups like Little Bushman, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Breaks Co-Op and Eru Dangerspiel.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for TrinityRoots


Year: 2015
Type: Album
Music Is Choice
Year: 2010
Type: Album
Home, Land And Sea
Year: 2004
Type: Album
Year: 2001
Type: Album
Year: 2001
Type: EP

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