Hipstamatics take inspiration from 70s soul

Band comes to Gisborne for first ever gig here on January 7, third stop of their Soul Revue summer road trip.

Band comes to Gisborne for first ever gig here on January 7, third stop of their Soul Revue summer road trip.

HIPSTAMATICS LINE-UP: From left, Thabani Gapara (saxophone), Peter Leupolu (keyboards), Lou’ana Whitney (vocals), Liam Pram (guitar), Dillon Riesterer (vocals, keyboards, percussion), Finn Scholes (trumpet), Carla James (vocals), Jonathan Brittain (trombone), Moses Sulusi (bass) and Cam Sangster (drums). Picture supplied

BY DEFINITION, the Hipstamatics perform music through an old school lens.

The 11-strong band “borrowed” their name, reflective of the flower-power era, from a photo application that does the same job. The photo app called Hipstamatic puts an old school spin on photos.

"At the time that's what we were doing," said Dillon Riesterer, the band’s frontman.

These modern day hippies will make their way to Gisborne to perform their first ever gig here on January 7, the third stop of their Soul Revue summer road trip.

The tour, a nod to yesteryear, spans the country from Whangarei to Nelson and promises to bring high energy.

“It’s important for people to get back to their roots; our shows are the full experience not just music. We are bringing along an MC and there will be DJ-ing and dancing,” Riesterer said.

Self-described as a melting pot of different sounds, the band cites the 70s music scene as a major influence.

“We take influence from motown, funk and soul and the sounds of yesteryear but also mix modern and old, like putting a spin a Britney Spears song.”

But along with giving new songs old life and performing classics, the Hipstamatics have begun writing their own music.

“We love the Stevie Wonder numbers, the likes of James Brown and Marvin Gaye and also the music from our EP.”

The tour will include their original single, Stop, and other new songs including Thank You For the Flowers and Soul Music.

Hipstamatics consist of a five- piece rhythm section, three-piece horns (trumpet, trombone and saxophone) and three vocalists.

Each member has had their own impressive career, working with artists like Split Enz, the John Butler Trio, Hollie Smith, Katchafire and Stan Walker. Some may even remember frontman Dillon Riesterer from the Cadbury Roses "Thank you very much" advertisment in 2013.

But it was an international pilot with a good ear for talent who, with a music producer, formed the band in 2011.

While some of the faces of the Hipstamatics have changed since its inception, the idea of bringing back the funk still remains.

  • Hipstamatics perform at the Dome Room, January 7, $20 ticket price at the door, or $10 online.
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BY DEFINITION, the Hipstamatics perform music through an old school lens.

The 11-strong band “borrowed” their name, reflective of the flower-power era, from a photo application that does the same job. The photo app called Hipstamatic puts an old school spin on photos.

"At the time that's what we were doing," said Dillon Riesterer, the band’s frontman.

These modern day hippies will make their way to Gisborne to perform their first ever gig here on January 7, the third stop of their Soul Revue summer road trip.

The tour, a nod to yesteryear, spans the country from Whangarei to Nelson and promises to bring high energy.

“It’s important for people to get back to their roots; our shows are the full experience not just music. We are bringing along an MC and there will be DJ-ing and dancing,” Riesterer said.

Self-described as a melting pot of different sounds, the band cites the 70s music scene as a major influence.

“We take influence from motown, funk and soul and the sounds of yesteryear but also mix modern and old, like putting a spin a Britney Spears song.”

But along with giving new songs old life and performing classics, the Hipstamatics have begun writing their own music.

“We love the Stevie Wonder numbers, the likes of James Brown and Marvin Gaye and also the music from our EP.”

The tour will include their original single, Stop, and other new songs including Thank You For the Flowers and Soul Music.

Hipstamatics consist of a five- piece rhythm section, three-piece horns (trumpet, trombone and saxophone) and three vocalists.

Each member has had their own impressive career, working with artists like Split Enz, the John Butler Trio, Hollie Smith, Katchafire and Stan Walker. Some may even remember frontman Dillon Riesterer from the Cadbury Roses "Thank you very much" advertisment in 2013.

But it was an international pilot with a good ear for talent who, with a music producer, formed the band in 2011.

While some of the faces of the Hipstamatics have changed since its inception, the idea of bringing back the funk still remains.

  • Hipstamatics perform at the Dome Room, January 7, $20 ticket price at the door, or $10 online.
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