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Esther Stephens & The Means | Bailey Wiley

Esther Stephens & The Means | Bailey Wiley

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  • Wed 18 Jun ’14, 8:00pm


Wine Cellar, 183 Karangahape Road, Newton



Two of Auckland's best neo-soul/hip hop artists are joining forces for a fantastic night of fat beats, passionate vocals and all-round musical goodness.

Esther Stephens & the Means

Continuing the longterm creative partnership which most notably produced three tracks from 'The Ends EP', and single 'Under You', Esther Stephens & The Means have made it official. On the back of a successful Red Bull Sound Select NZ tour and the release of their single, 'Free', they have joined both forces and monikers, and are currently producing an EP under this newly unified name, due for release Summer 2014.

A mainstay of the Auckland music scene, singer & actress Esther Stephens has been a master collaborator, lending her pipes to acts including Sola Rosa, Isaac Aesili and Tama Waipara. Esther’s vocal style is a blend of old soul and contemporary pop, citing influences including classic luminaries like Sam Cooke, Janis Joplin and Etta James, and modern acts such as Bjork and Lauryn Hill.

Her first underground release ‘Asahi’ was praised by music journalist Martyn Pepperell as a ‘sultry, richly toned trip-hop/modern soul voice through an engaging melodic and rhythmic frame’ (Martyn Pepperell, Vanguard Red Magazine) and in 2012 Esther was given special mention after the release of the chart topping Home Brew album on which she features. ‘Stephens is a true standout, and adds her smoky-toned R&B talents to four different tracks including the classily smouldering Plastic Magic.’ (Lydia Jenkin, NZ Herald). This collaboration also secured her position as one of the promising new talents in the independent collective, Young Gifted and Broke.

Esther’s New York produced, NZ On Air funded debut single and accompanying video 'Under You' was released September 2013.

With an inimitable sound best described as groove-based music, The Means is at once a band, a production unit, a burgeoning empire, and a philosophy.

Featuring Marika Hodgson on bass, Abraham Kunin on guitar and Tom Broome on drums, three artists of outstanding credentials join forces to create a project far-reaching in it's scope and ambition.

'The Ends EP' was The Means first offering in 2012, from newly founded Heavy Trigger Records, in association with Young Gifted and Broke, and distribution through Rhythmethod. Alongside Esther Stephens, featured vocalists include Rachel Fraser, Jessie Cassin, and Courtney Meredith. Keys maestro Steph Brown of LIPS, violinist Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper, and production guru Aaron Nevezie (The Bunker Studio, NYC) also lent their talents to the project.

Bailey Wiley

Few artists come new to the game with such a fearless and complete approach to music. Bailey Wiley filters neo-soul classicism through modern, rightous production and true live musicianship. The star of the show is that golden voice – effortless and organic, itʼs like having honey poured into your

Her band are raw talent epitomised and bring the Rhodes out front from the outset, complimenting those flawless, whiskied harmonies with easy precision. Tracks like ʻFireʼ and ʻCigarettes And Regretsʼ evoke smoky, dimly lit bars and the ghosts of a thousand wasted nights. This is the kind of sweet soul that hurts your heart while its turning you on.

Made in collaboration with polyglot beatmaker and producer Swaren Veygal, IXL features six original cuts from two of New Zealandʼs most exciting new talents. Both of them are rising up fast alongside a new generation of talented producers, beatmakers, rappers and singers carving out a niche all their own in New Zealandʼs bass culture. Amongst them featured MCs Raiza Biza and the San Fransisco-born Mr. Carmack, both outrageously talented and prolific artists and performers.

Live on stage is where Bailey really works her voodoo. Having already shared the stage with the established and the up-and-coming, sheʼs setting her sights on more solo shows. Do not miss a chance to see a true star on the way up.

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