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

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


Fabel Music

Low Profile

Kog Transmissions

Truetone Recordings

Hospital Records

Hussle Recordings


Salmonella Dub


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