This jazz collective were a regular live feature in the late 1990s and early 2000s around Auckland, catching the eye of Antenna Recording’s boss Trevor Reekie, who released two albums with the band. Their debut Relaxomatic Project came out in 1999, followed by Relaxomatic Projections in 2002.
Their track ‘Everyday There's Something’ was picked up for the EMI Lazy Sunday chillout compilation released locally and throughout Asia, and that song also was featured on a compilation on Blue Note France (which sold 10,000 copies). Their recordings also used audio samples of Denis Glover and former Prime Minister Norman Kirk.
The band’s line-up featured Justyn Pilbrow (bass) who also helped produce the band’s records, alongside messrs Sperber and Casey. Guests – both live and on record – included Godfrey De Grut, Manuel Bundy, John Highstead, Anna Coddington, Cam Allen, Gareth Price, Lewis McCallum, Kingsley Melhuish, Cherie Mathieson and Chip Matthews.
The band wrapped up when Sperber shifted to Berlin in 2004. Now back in New Zealand, his current outfit is called the Dan Sperber Dance Band and features his old mate Luke Casey holding down the drum seat.
Dan Sperber - guitar
Luke Casey - drums