Shapeshifter Profile

Martyn Pepperell
20 Jan 2014

Formed in Christchurch in 1999, Shapeshifter's brand of South Pacific jungle/drum and bass and heavy soul has become an integral part of the tapestry of our live and recorded music scene. Consistently selling gold to platinum and playing sold-out tours across the country and abroad, their influence and impact is undeniable.

During the late 90s, the jungle/drum and bass scene was one of the most interesting, credible, and vibrant dance music cultures in the world. As the decade progressed, the power of this UK-born genre's furious breakbeat drums, thunderous bass lines and futuristic melodic and textural sensibilities became increasingly crucial to the development and evolution of New Zealand's rave and nightclub scene.

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Shapeshifter 2005 - L to R: Redford, P-Digsss, Devin, Nick, Sam
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L to R: Sam, Nick, Devin, Darren, P-Digsss
Photo credit: Photo by Oliver Rose
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Electric Dream
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L to R: P-Digsss, Nick, Sam, Devin, Redford
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L to R: Nick, Darren, Devin, Sam, P-Digsss
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In Colour
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Twin Galaxies
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Diamond Trade
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Endless
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Bring Change
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The Making of the Vampire - Part 2
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Gravity
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Shapeshifter, 2010 - L to R: P-Digsss, Devin, Nick, Sam, Johnny
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Shapeshifter feat Ladi6 - When I Return
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The Making of the Vampire - Part 1
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Monarch
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Groove Guide, August 2004
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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Been Missin
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Electronic Press Kit 2009
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Long White Cloud
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Labels:

Fabel Music


Low Profile


Kog Transmissions


Truetone Recordings


Hospital Records


Hussle Recordings


BrandNu:X


Salmonella Dub

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Members:

Devin Abrams - saxophone, synthesiser

Sam Trevethick - guitar, keyboards, percussion

Nick Robinson - bass, keyboards

P Digsss - vocals

Darren Mathiassen - drums, percussion

Redford Grenell - drums, percussion

Johnny Hooves - drums, percussion

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Trivia:

Redford Grenell's father is the New Zealand country music legend John Grenell.