Possibly one of New Zealand’s most diverse artists and producers, Tiki Taane is considered a musical pioneer, first rising to prominence as live engineer and eventually frontman of leading band Salmonella Dub in 1996 before embarking on his solo career in 2007.
Tiki's self-produced debut release 'Past Present Future' achieved double platinum sales and picked up a swag of NZ Music awards. His beautiful acoustic love ballad 'Always On My Mind' rose to #1 and broke two all-time NZ records - it sat in the charts for a record 55 weeks and was also the first-ever digital single to achieve platinum sales.
Since then, Tiki has released 3 other albums, each with their own successes. Renowned as much for his powerful, headlining live performances as he is for the anthems he writes and produces, his extraordinary ability to rock the mic as both a gifted performance MC and a solo acoustic performer is something to be experienced firsthand.
Tiki’s musical influences and appeal are broad, traversing from dubstep, reggae, drum’n’bass and hip-hop, to more contemporary pop/rock sensibilities. Over the years he has teamed up with many international artists such as Joss Stone, Michael Franti, DUBFX, Andrew Tosh, Mad Professor, and has worked with nearly every bass heavy act in NZ.
Tiki has produced multi-platinum singles and albums, not only for himself but for top NZ artists such as Salmonella Dub, The Adults (Shihad), Six60 and long time friends Shapeshifter, for whom he’s been their exclusive live sound engineer since 1999.