DILLASTRATE just can’t sit still. Driven by a vision of world (musical) domination, in two short years the Christchurch duo has toured New Zealand a staggering nine times, tackling staple music festival stages including Northern Bass, Rhythm & Vines and Electric Avenue.
Dillastrate describe their signature sound as neosoul pop – a product of intense refinement and humanized machines, combining modern digital sounds with analogue soul to provide the best of both worlds. A heavy hat tip to soul legends Stevie Wonder and Marving Gaye mingles with current soul, hip-hop and electronic sounds that seems to leave audiences open-mouthed and itching for more.
Members Henare “H” Kaa (drums, lead vocals) and Tim Driver (keyboards, loops, vocals) realized the potential for Dillastrate while playing together in multiple groups, including ahoribuzz and Soulsystem. As working session musicians, the pair have worked with an intimidating host of national and international acts, including members of The Rolling Stones, Shapeshifter, Tiki Taane and Annie Crummer to name a few.
The group are currently into the process of recording their first full-length album, slated for release in late 2019. Their EP ‘Black Diamond’ (Delicious Music) is available on all good music platforms, as well as the latest follow-up single ‘I Don’t Care’ (recorded at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios in Auckland. Catch them live while you can – they don’t stay in one place for long!