Fat Freddy’s Drop Profile

Lewis Tennant
14 May 2013

If any artist symbolised the explosion of reggae and soul-infused dance music out of Wellington at the turn of the century, it was Fat Freddy’s Drop. They took that sound around the planet and are arguably our most successful and influential musical export of the 21st Century.

Fat Freddy’s Drop is a seven-piece band from Wellington. Their sound pays homage to almost every part of the black music spectrum, from soul and dub to jazz and Detroit techno. Growing from the already established career of DJ Mu (Chris Faiumu, aka DJ Fitchie), Freddy’s formed in 1999, following Faiumu’s experimentation with live instrumentation and vocals in his DJ sets – most notably with Bongmaster and The Crackhead Experience.

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Fat Freddy's Drop at London's Alexandra Place, 18 October, 2014
Photo credit: Photo by Shanon Moratti
Roady
Fat Freddy's Drop, Day's Bay, Eastbourne, Wellington, 2019.
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
Mu at Roundhead Studios, Auckland, iTunes Sessions, 2014
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Williams
Mark 'Slave' Williams, Alexandra Palace, London 2014
Photo credit: Photo by Shanon Moratti
Fat Freddy's horns
Photo credit: Photo by Nick Kingstone
Fat Freddy's Drop - 10 Feet Tall (live at Columbiahalle, Berlin 2015)
Fat Freddy's Drop, Day's Bay, Eastbourne, Wellington, 2019.
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
Toby Laing and Scott Towers
Photo credit: Photo by Nick Kingstone
Fat Freddy's Drop at Roundhead Studios, Auckland, iTunes Sessions, 2014
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Williams
Fat Freddy's Drop - Clean the House (2013)
Camel (Live at The Roundhouse December 5 2008)
Wandering Eye
Slo Mo Jam (2014)
Midnight Marauders (Live in Munich 2014)
Fat Freddy's Drop at Red Bull's Tokyo In Dub, 8 November 2014
Boondigga
NZ Musician June/July 2013
Kamo Kamo (2019)
Mu with Fat Freddy's Drop, Day's Bay, Eastbourne, Wellington, 2019.
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
Joe Lindsay and Toby Laing, San Francisco Bath House, Wellington, 2013
Photo credit: Photo by Sarah Hunter
Fat Freddy's Drop, 2005
Photo credit: Photo by Ans Westra
Drop The Nod (live)
Tehimana Kerr
Photo credit: Photo by Nick Kingstone
Dallas
Photo credit: Photo by Nick Kingstone
Dallas, Roundhead Studios, Auckland, iTunes Sessions, 2014
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Williams
Mu with his MPC
Photo credit: Photo by Nick Kingstone
Shiverman (Live at Amoeba)
Trickle Down (Live in Christchurch 2018)
Slings And Arrows Jam (2014)
Dallas at Bays Studio, Wellington, 2014
Photo credit: Photo by Sarah Hunter
Iain Gordon
Photo credit: Photo by Nick Kingstone
Joe Lindsay and Dallas Tamaira
Photo credit: Photo by Nick Kingstone
Fat Freddy's Drop, 2018
Photo credit: Photo by Harry A’Court
Fat Freddy's Drop
Photo credit: Photo by Nick Kingstone
Rip It Up June/July 2009
Members:

Mu - production, percussion, DJ

Toby Laing - trumpet

Tehimana Kerr - guitar

Iain Gordon - keyboards

Scott Towers - saxophone

Mark Williams - MC, vocals

Warren Maxwell - saxophone

Tom Bilkey - guitar

Dallas Tamaira - vocals

Joe Lindsay - trombone, tuba

Labels:

The Drop