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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Dallas
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Fat Freddy's Drop - Clean the House (2013)
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Slo Mo Jam (2014)
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Dallas at Bays Studio, Wellington, 2014
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Fat Freddy's Drop at Red Bull's Tokyo In Dub, 8 November 2014
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Fat Freddy's Drop at London's Alexandra Place, 18 October, 2014
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Slings And Arrows Jam (2014)
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RipItUp June/July 2009
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Drop The Nod (live)
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Mu with his MPC
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Joe Lindsay and Dallas Tamaira
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Fat Freddy's Drop, 2005
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Fat Freddy's Drop - 10 Feet Tall (live at Columbiahalle, Berlin 2015)
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Mu at Roundhead Studios, Auckland, iTunes Sessions, 2014
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Fat Freddy's horns
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NZ Musician June/July 2013
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Iain Gordon
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Fat Freddy's Drop at Roundhead Studios, Auckland, iTunes Sessions, 2014
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Joe Lindsay and Toby Laing, San Francisco Bath House, Wellington, 2013
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Mark 'Slave' Williams, Alexandra Palace, London 2014
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Fat Freddy's Drop
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Dallas, Roundhead Studios, Auckland, iTunes Sessions, 2014
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Tehimana Kerr
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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

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The Drop

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