Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Heavyweight soul providers Fat Freddy’s Drop are about to take flight once again with the worldwide release of new album 'Blackbird' on 24 June 2013, available on CD, LP, Digital & Limited Edition Boxset.The album is available now to pre-order here.Blackbird is the third full-length release from the New Zealand band and will see Fat Fredd...
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
New Zealand's Fat Freddy's Drop are on European soil once more bringing their infectious and acclaimed mash of reggae, dub, soul and techno with them in full force. With 19 dates throughout August, including 7 festivals and 2 sell out shows at London's HMV Forum and Bristol's O2 Academy, the tour has been eagerly anticipated by and is set to please...
Friday, June 22, 2012
Taking time out from their Wellington based studio Fat Freddy's Drop will embark on an 18 date European tour this August. Traversing the continent from Poland to Portugal, Bristol to Bochum - the NZ seven piece will be road testing new songs from their next album slated for release in 2013. Fat Freddy's Drop are steadily climbing European fe...
Fat Freddy's Drop's pirate soul train has seen them beat a resolutely independent path to the
ears and feet of audiences around the globe for over a decade.
Formed in 1999 the Wellington seven-piece has never stuck to a script. Their sound draws
inspiration from almost every part of the black music lexicon. Soul drenched vocals and jazz
harmonies collide with tape delays and echo chambers, underpinned by a rhythm section as
comfortable laying down a throbbing, techy soundscape as they are a swampy blues stomp.
It’s an approach that demands a lot of performer and listener. According to DJ Fitchie, MPC &
producer, Fat Freddy's Drop is the product of both the band’s restless creativity, and New
Zealand's geographic isolation.
One of the upsides of being far away from the action and not having to deal with the weight
of a strong musical history is that we don’t feel we have to stick to one particular style or
approach,” Fitchie said.
A string of legendary festival performances around the world set the scene for Freddy's debut
album, Based On A True Story. Released in 2005 to a storm of critical acclaim and public
support it remains the highest selling independently released album in New Zealand's music
history (9 x Platinum) and garnered the band seven New Zealand Music Awards between
2005 and 2006.
Championed in the UK by BBC Radio's influential left-field DJs Gilles Peterson and the late
Charlie Gillett, and constantly evolving live performances led to invitations to play iconic
festivals, such as Glastonbury, WOMAD and Barcelona's super-hip SONAR Festival, and a
string of sold out tours of the UK, Europe and Australia.
On the second studio album release, 2009’s Dr Boondigga & The Big BW, their songs took a
natural path from the live stage to the studio and the band stretch themselves further
musically by digging deeper into their grab bag of influences. There are stylistic nods to Memphis
soul (the low slung soul of Boondigga), Detroit (album opener The Big BW) and even
Africa jazz alongside the blues and dub that Freddys fans expect.
It's still jazz, soul and reggae with a bit of a modern take on it. I like that you can keep coming
back to it to make sure you've discovered every layer. We're better songwriters now too,”
Dr Boondigga & The Big BW was the biggest selling local release of 2009, going Platinum in
four days and picking up several NZ Music Awards. The nine track seventy minute long disc
has again attracted critical international acclaim. Charlie Gillett named it one of his top seven
albums for 2009 while Garth Trinidad, Radio KCRW, Los Angeles, hailed Fat Freddy\'s Drop
as the bugged out love child of Isaac Hayes and Lee Scratch Perry.'
Celebrating the release, Fat Freddy’s Drop toured to Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and London
and in 2009 made their headline debut in North America, selling out all three shows in San
Francisco, San Diego and The Roxy in LA.
The third album release in 2010 Live at Roundhouse captures the band at the second of two
luminous nights at the converted rail roundhouse in London in 2008. The gig was the finale to
a six-week European tour and the band, in their natural element and lost in the music in the
best possible way, drop long extended jams that laid the foundation for the studio recording of
Dr Boondigga & The Big BW.
No two Freddy's shows are ever the same and given the band's beginnings, it's no surprise
that live performance is really what excites and drives the band.
That free-spirited approach to making and performing music spills over into all facets of the
FFD operation. Their marketing campaigns are spread via word of mouth by feverish fans.
They design, produce, and sell merchandise via fatfreddysdrop.com, the website where they
also host an internet radio show and a direct FFD Dealer model enabling indie record stores
worldwide to order exclusive product directly. In 2009 the band launched their second
website, fatfreddysdrop.tv, an online TV channel.
The band release all their music on a range of vinyl, digital and CD formats through their artist
operated label The Drop. Freddys albums are available across Europe, United States,
Australia and New Zealand with distribution partners Rough Trade, !K7, Inertia and
It has been very important being independent and guiding the direction of the band ourselves.
We've been together for over a decade now and being independent has given the
band a strong identity,” Toby Chang said.
FAT FREDDY'S DROP BAND MEMBERS
Fitchie aka MU/Chris Faiumu - MPC, Joe Dukie aka Dallas Tamaira - Vocals and lyrics, Dobie
Blaze aka Iain Gordon - Keys & Synth, Jetlag Johnson aka Tehimana Kerr - Guitar,
Tony Chang aka Toby Laing - Trumpet, Hopepa aka Joe Lindsay – Trombone & tuba,
Chopper Reedz aka Scott Towers – Saxophone
No current dates. Check back soon.