Electronic soul royalty with Ladi6

ROYAL: Ladi6 will perform her award winning Royal Blue 3000 album at Smash Palace next week. Picture supplied

Electronic soul diva Ladi6 plans to take her music to places she rarely gets to so she will alight in Gisborne next week as part of her Outta Time tour.

Described as New Zealand’s answer to Erykah Badu, Ladi6’s sound is a creamy blend of R&B, electronic pop, soul and fat hip-hop beats.

On June 16 she brings that sound to Smash Palace to help celebrate the release of her 2017 award-winning album Royal Blue 3000.

The making of Royal Blue 3000 began with the Alpha sessions in 2015 where the intimate annual show gave Ladi6 a new musical perspective.

Ladi6, partner/producer Parks, who will appear with her for the Gisborne show, Julien Dyne and Brandon Haru of the New Zealand soul/rap/beats ensemble, improvised new songs and beats at Matterhorn bars in Auckland and Wellington. They wrote their previous album, Automatic, in the studio on the clock. For Royal Blue 3000 they took advantage of the improvisational possibilities afforded by recording with a live audience.

“We had this idea it would be nice to start a record by playing live first,” Ladi6 told the event’s supporters, Red Bull.

“We’d never done that before, and we wanted what we did next to be quite different from our last album.”

On completion of the initial recording the band realised they had carved out a fresh synthesiser-heavy sound but had neglected the throwback 1990s boombap drums used on their first two albums. Then it became apparent how much Parks’ production defined the Ladi6 sound.

“It properly sunk in and we came to a full realisation Parks has created and mastered something good, and we need to keep running with it. If we bring it together with our new s**t, we’re going to get what we need to hear.”

Ladi6 took that to the next level and creates the six-track EP Royal Blue 3000.

To accompany the Outta Time single from the album, Ladi6, Samsung and Thievery Studios, created a music video shot on a Samsung Galaxy S9+ phone. View the video at tinyurl.com/yb5fojho.

Formerly know as Karoline Tamati, the singer of Samoan descent first started to write music as a teenager when her family moved to Africa for a year and a half. Actor Oscar Kightley’s 2014 documentary, Ladi6 – Return to Africa, follows the singer-songwriter’s journey of musical rediscovery to where it all began for her. View the documentary at tinyurl.com/y8ydcqmy.

After returning to her hometown of Christchurch, the 16-year-old formed Sheelahroc in 1999 and was a rapper for New Zealand’s only all-female hip-hop crew. When the band broke up, Tamati formed Verse Two with partner Parks and others and released singles that featured her cousin Scribe.

Tamati then went solo as Ladi6. Since then she has collaborated with New Zealand musicians and bands that include Ruby Frost, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Scribe, Shapeshifter, Jon Toogood, Solaa, 4Corners, The Opensouls, 50 Hz and Riki Gooch (also known as Eru Dangerspiel) of Trinity Roots and Fly My Pretties.

  • Ladi6 with Parks and his homemade hand-crafted modular synth, and Auckland-based BaseFM DJ DylanC perform the Royal Blue 3000 album at Smash Palace, June 16. Tickets are $30 from Smash Palace or from http://www.aaaticketing.co.nz The band hope to add some local talent to the Gisborne gig as word gets out.

Electronic soul diva Ladi6 plans to take her music to places she rarely gets to so she will alight in Gisborne next week as part of her Outta Time tour.

Described as New Zealand’s answer to Erykah Badu, Ladi6’s sound is a creamy blend of R&B, electronic pop, soul and fat hip-hop beats.

On June 16 she brings that sound to Smash Palace to help celebrate the release of her 2017 award-winning album Royal Blue 3000.

The making of Royal Blue 3000 began with the Alpha sessions in 2015 where the intimate annual show gave Ladi6 a new musical perspective.

Ladi6, partner/producer Parks, who will appear with her for the Gisborne show, Julien Dyne and Brandon Haru of the New Zealand soul/rap/beats ensemble, improvised new songs and beats at Matterhorn bars in Auckland and Wellington. They wrote their previous album, Automatic, in the studio on the clock. For Royal Blue 3000 they took advantage of the improvisational possibilities afforded by recording with a live audience.

“We had this idea it would be nice to start a record by playing live first,” Ladi6 told the event’s supporters, Red Bull.

“We’d never done that before, and we wanted what we did next to be quite different from our last album.”

On completion of the initial recording the band realised they had carved out a fresh synthesiser-heavy sound but had neglected the throwback 1990s boombap drums used on their first two albums. Then it became apparent how much Parks’ production defined the Ladi6 sound.

“It properly sunk in and we came to a full realisation Parks has created and mastered something good, and we need to keep running with it. If we bring it together with our new s**t, we’re going to get what we need to hear.”

Ladi6 took that to the next level and creates the six-track EP Royal Blue 3000.

To accompany the Outta Time single from the album, Ladi6, Samsung and Thievery Studios, created a music video shot on a Samsung Galaxy S9+ phone. View the video at tinyurl.com/yb5fojho.

Formerly know as Karoline Tamati, the singer of Samoan descent first started to write music as a teenager when her family moved to Africa for a year and a half. Actor Oscar Kightley’s 2014 documentary, Ladi6 – Return to Africa, follows the singer-songwriter’s journey of musical rediscovery to where it all began for her. View the documentary at tinyurl.com/y8ydcqmy.

After returning to her hometown of Christchurch, the 16-year-old formed Sheelahroc in 1999 and was a rapper for New Zealand’s only all-female hip-hop crew. When the band broke up, Tamati formed Verse Two with partner Parks and others and released singles that featured her cousin Scribe.

Tamati then went solo as Ladi6. Since then she has collaborated with New Zealand musicians and bands that include Ruby Frost, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Scribe, Shapeshifter, Jon Toogood, Solaa, 4Corners, The Opensouls, 50 Hz and Riki Gooch (also known as Eru Dangerspiel) of Trinity Roots and Fly My Pretties.

  • Ladi6 with Parks and his homemade hand-crafted modular synth, and Auckland-based BaseFM DJ DylanC perform the Royal Blue 3000 album at Smash Palace, June 16. Tickets are $30 from Smash Palace or from http://www.aaaticketing.co.nz The band hope to add some local talent to the Gisborne gig as word gets out.

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