Soane Profile

aka Soane Filitonga
Simon Grigg
29 May 2013

Born in the village of Vava'u in Tonga, Soane Filitonga was a pioneering DJ and dance producer based in Auckland who had substantial success both in New Zealand and in the UK dance scenes between 1998 and the mid-2000s.

A doorman at Roma and Box/Cause Celebre nightclubs in Auckland in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was also spinning records as DJ Big Daddy by 1993 with a regular Sunday residency at Cause Celebre in 1994, having begun playing various parties around Auckland in 1989.

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Soane with Geeling Ng, Club Roma, Auckland 1989
Photo credit: Photo by Brigid Grigg-Eyley
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Soane in 2001
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DJ Soane at Calibre. Soane's journey from club doorman to headlining DJ to record producer to the UK club charts made him one of the stars of the thriving Auckland club scene of the 90s and early 2000s.
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Tongan Chic, Soane's only long player, released by Auckland indie In Music in 2004
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Soane with fellow DJ and Cause Celebre/Box doorman Time Sulusi, 1990
Photo credit: Photo by Brigid Grigg-Eyley
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Groove Guide, March 2004
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Soane remixes the Tagata Pasifika theme, 2002
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DJs Soane and Mark Burgess at Calibre in 1999
Photo credit: Photo by Claire Price
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Soane's Go Master 12-inch single from 2001. Released on the UK label Paper Recordings, it was representative of the explosion in New Zealand electronic music in at the turn of the decade, often released by offshore labels like Paper and Shaboom, or New Zealand's Reliable Recordings. Go Master made the UK club chart Top 10.
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Trivia:

Soane hosted a daytime radio show on George FM for most of the 2000s

Tongan Chic was named after an earlier radio show on 95bFM

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Labels:

Reliable Recordings


Shaboom Recordings


In Music


Paper Recordings

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