Dynamic music duo in Queenstown

Two Kiwi musicians will be in Queenstown this weekend performing a number of original songs with New Zealand band Katchafire in anticipation of their full length debut album. Dillastrate consists of Henare ‘H’ Kaa on lead vocals and drums, and Tim Driver on keyboards, bass synth, loops and vocals. The two will be playing with Katchafire at Loco Cantina in Queenstown this Friday and Saturday, which will be a part of their nationwide winter tour.

Driver said that the duo ‘love playing live probably more than anything else in the world, so people can expect to see us up on stage absolutely loving every second of it’. “They can expect an engaging, high-energy set that mixes hip-hop, soul and electronic music into a single force,” he said. “We're also very busy on-stage, with my bandmate H playing the drums and singing simultaneously and me doing my best to play around five instruments at once.”

Kaa and Driver first formed their group a number of years ago after studying together. “Initially we studied music at the CPIT Jazz School — now Ara Music Arts — from which we really synced up musically. Since then, we have played in countless bands together, the most significant of which were probably Ahoribuzz and Soulsystem,” said Driver. 

“Half of the tour is shows in support of Katchafire, in particular the Queenstown shows this coming weekend, with the other half seeing us perform headline slots in a range of venues around the country,” said Driver. “As we have been recording our debut album over the past six months or so, we decided to put together a full tour to get out of the studio and get back into playing live for a while!”


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