Shapeshifter
Shapeshifter
Shapeshifter – Stars (out now / focus date 16th Sept on A.R.T. Inc)
Record-breaking New Zealand tours, scene-setting appearances at festivals like Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Big Day Out and Parklife, sold-out performances across Europe, worlds-colliding collaborations with Symphony Orchestras, multiple music awards, four EPs and five LPs – three with platinum sales – and an army of fans who return to relive the experience time and time again.  Shapeshifter, the future-shocked soul outfit who hail from Christchurch New Zealand, release “Stars” the first official single from the upcoming album due out this year. “Stars” is the embodiment of everything we know and love about Shapeshifter; throbbing bass music, glistening electronic textures and barreling breakbeats set to the soulful tones of PDigsss. The new studio album will follow up to the incredibly well-received album Delta. Released in 2013, the album reached platinum status, spawned the platinum single “In Colour”, and earned the band the accolade of ‘Best Group’ and ‘Best Electronica Album’ at the New Zealand Music Awards.

Biography
Record-breaking New Zealand tours, scene-setting appearances at festivals like Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Big Day Out and Parklife, sold-out performances across Europe, worlds-colliding collaborations with Symphony Orchestras, multiple music awards, four EPs and five LPs – three with platinum sales – and an army of fans who return to relive the experience time and time again: the towering achievements of Shapeshifter, the future-shocked soul outfit who hail from Christchurch New Zealand, were built by a living, breathing band of musicians, with all the form-changing sonic possibilities live instrumentation offers.

The players in Shapeshifter created their very own heavy soul, a stadium-sized sound which adds layers of drum & bass, jazz, funk, rock and electronica to solid bass culture foundations, capable of morphing from rolling drum & bass to pummelling guitar-driven jams to horizon-shifting electronic soundscapes. This genre-defying amalgamation of influences continues to draw from new source material and inspiration as Shapeshifter evolves, motivating dance floors worldwide and delivering audiences to the bleeding edge of musical possibility. 

As at home in an amped club environment as they are playing to packed festival fields, Shapeshifter is a truly adaptable unit. The five-strong lineup of PDigsss (vocals), Sam Trevethick (guitar/synths/sampler), Dan McGruer, Nick Robinson (bass/synths/MPC) and Darren Mathiassen (drums) have individually called Auckland, Wellington, Melbourne, Kingscliff, Berlin, Queenstown and, first and foremost, their original Christchurch stomping ground home, yet a chemistry refined over 12 years of playing together means they lock back into formation whenever they regroup.

Shapeshifter are currently working on their sixth studio album set for release in 2016.