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.

Shapeshifter 2005 - L to R: Redford, P-Digsss, Devin, Nick, Sam
L to R: Nick, Darren, Devin, Sam, P-Digsss
L to R: Sam, Nick, Devin, Darren, P-Digsss
Photo credit: Photo by Oliver Rose
Shapeshifter, NYE 2020.
Photo credit: Mark Russell
Shapeshifter - Rituals (2021)
Shapeshifter performing ‘Stars’ on VNZMAs, November 24, 2016
Shapeshifter – Rituals release.
Photo credit: Mark Russell
Shapeshifter - Her (2016)
Shapeshifter, 2021.
Photo credit: Tom Grut
Shapeshifter – Rituals
Shapeshifter - Stars (2016)
Shapeshifter - In Colour (2013)
Shapeshifter - Found In You (2021)
Shapeshifter - The Making of the Vampire - Part 2
Shapeshifter - Electronic Press Kit 2009
Shapeshifter feat Ladi6 - When I Return
L to R: P-Digsss, Nick, Sam, Devin, Redford
Shapeshifter - Bring Change
Shapeshifter - Electric Dream (2006)
Shapeshifter – Stars
Shapeshifter - Lightspeed (2020)
Shapeshifter - Endless
Groove Guide, August 2004
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Shapeshifter - The Roxxy (2021)
Shapeshifter - Diamond Trade
Shapeshifter, Matakana 2021.
Photo credit: Mark Russell
Shapeshifter - Twin Galaxies
Shapeshifter, 2010 - L to R: P-Digsss, Devin, Nick, Sam, Johnny
Shapeshifter - Been Missin
Shapeshifter in a publicity photo for Stars (2016).
Photo credit: Toaki Okano
Shapeshifter - Long White Cloud
Shapeshifter - The Making of the Vampire - Part 1
Shapeshifter - Gravity
Shapeshifter - Monarch

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

A.R.T. Inc


Sam Trevethick - guitar, keyboards, percussion

P Digsss - vocals

Nick Robinson - bass, keyboards

Dan McGruer - keyboards, synthesiser

Darren Mathiassen - drums, percussion

Johnny Hooves - drums, percussion

Devin Abrams - saxophone, synthesiser

Redford Grenell - drums, percussion

Funded by

Partners with