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Theia:

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Theia burst on the scene in August 2016 with her debut single ‘Roam’ . Her distinctive vocals and exquisite harmonies paired with dreamy, ethereal glitter-pop and sultry R’n’B, made an indelible mark and left audiences wanting more.

‘Roam’ went on to become one of the biggest songs released by a New Zealand artist in 2016, dominating Spotify’s viral Global chart as well as viral charts in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. It has since been streamed more than 12 million times on Spotify.

‘Roam’ also dominated the airwaves in New Zealand, reaching radio’s coveted ‘Top 5’ in the Airplay Charts and holding the #1 spot as the most played Kiwi song for seven consecutive weeks. It received widespread airplay on Top 40 radio in South East Asia.

In June 2017 Theia released her debut EP, which included the singles ‘ Champagne Supernova ’ and ‘Treat You ’. Both songs were played on Top 40 radio in New Zealand, with ‘Treat You’ also receiving Top 40 airplay in Asia. The EP debuted at #15 in New Zealand’s Official Top 40, and at #3 in the NZ Album Chart. It also charted in the NZ iTunes Top 10. Internationally, it peaked at #7 in the Malaysian iTunes chart, #3 in the Malaysian pop chart. In Indonesia it peaked at #53 in the iTunes chart and #28 in the pop chart. It also entered the iTunes Top 100 in Japan, France and Spain.

It earned Theia three nominations at the 2017 VNZMAs (Single of the Year, Pop Artist of the Year and People’s Choice Award), where she performed. She was also nominated as ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ at the 2017 George FM Awards.

Theia travelled far and wide throughout 2017, opening for Broods on their summer tour, supporting The Kite String Tangle on an Australian tour and playing her first-ever headline tour of NZ. She also played shows in the US and Asia and opened for Sia at Mt Smart Stadium in December alongside MO and Charli XCX .

Over summer 2017/18 Theia played at some of New Zealand’s largest summer festivals, R&V, Bay Dreams and Electric Avenue. She will also play at the famed Homegrown Festival in Wellington.

In March 2018, Theia will release a her new single ‘Bye Bye’.  It was written in Sydney as part of APRA’s Songhubs programme in 2017, with the legendary US writer and producer Mike Elizondo, renowned for his work with the likes of Eminem, Muse, Ed Sheeran and Dr Dre., Australian hip-hop artist L Fresh The Lion and Kiwi singer-songwriter Vince Harder. It was produced by ARIA-nominated, LA-based Tony Buchen (Montaigne, Gin Wigmore, Thelma Plum) and mastered in LA by Brian Lucey (Royal Blood, The Black Keys, Depeche Mode).

‘Bye Bye’ is a big, bold song, which stays true to Theia’s trademark ‘glitter-pop’ sound, while drawing heavily on R’n’B influences.

It sets the scene for an exciting year ahead for Theia, whose new material reveals a progression not only in her sound, but also showcases her growth as a songwriter and stands her out from the crowd.

 

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Chores: 

Chores are a music-making duo from New Zealand whose feel-good, dance-floor fillers have established them as one of the most exciting new electronic acts south of the equator.

Thommy Simmons and Sam Saunders cut their teeth on Auckland’s DJing circuit in 2014. Two years later, they turned their talents to producing their own material and have since evolved into the mesmerizing live act that exists today.

Enlisting an impressive cast of vocalists from across Australasia, Chores are known for pairing soulful vocals with infectious deep house and pop melodies.

Since 2016 they’ve released a string of winning singles, including their latest ‘Surrender’, featuring Abby Wolfe, which was added to rotation on Bali’s Top 40 radio station Hard Rock FM and Australia’s famed Triple J Unearthed, which also premiered the song’s video, made by motion graphics artist Mardo El Noor.

“Surplus energy beaming outta this track from Chores. Handy too cos you'll expend a bit of your own bouncing to this” - Dave Ruby Howe, Triple J Unearthed Music Director

In their homeland of New Zealand, ‘Surrender’ was added to leading dance and pop stations,  ZM, The Edge and George FM. It also debuted at #4 on the New Zealand Heatseekers Chart and climbed Spotify’s Viral Chart.

Chores’ other tracks have also charted well, with all of their releases in 2017 making the Top 5 in the Heatseekers chart. They include ’Away’ featuring Omega Levine, ‘By Your Side’ featuring Red London and ‘Losing You’, which also debuted on seven New Music Fridays upon release. Cumulatively their songs have now notched up close to 2 million streams across Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube.

In September 2017, the duo was awarded ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ at the station’s inaugural Georgies (George FM Awards).

Meanwhile, Chores have continued to push the envelope when it comes to performance, alternating between playing DJ sets and their high-energy live show, which brings together their infectious get-up-and-move beats and grooves with kick-ass visuals.

Their reputation on the live circuit has earned them opening slots for a host of international acts, including Peking Duk, A-Trak, Duke Dumont and The Chainsmokers, as well as spots on some of the most popular festivals in the southern hemisphere, from R&V, Your Paradise and Northern Bass to Deep, Hard and Funky, Mudtopia, Our House, Spring Break, Britomart Block Party and Homegrown.

Prolific in the studio and always scouting out new vocal talent to help bring their distinctive blend of dance and pop to life, this dynamic double act is a force to be reckoned with.

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Andrew Papas: 

As a one-time member of Titanium - one of New Zealand’s most successful boy bands - he achieved the kind of success that most only dare to dream of. 

Now the young singer is making strides in his own right and on February 2 he released ‘Troublemaker’, his second official single as a solo artist.

A fun, feel-good tune that glistens with touches of 80s pop, ‘Troublemaker’ is all about “forgetting tomorrow and your responsibilities and just living in the moment” says Papas. From its infectious beats and hooks, to its soaring chorus brought to life by the singer's lush vocals, the track has all the hallmarks of a club banger.

Co-written and produced by two of New Zealand’s foremost pop talent - Josh Fountain (Theia, Maala, Thomston) and Djeisan Suskov (Leisure, Matthew Young and Mitch James), ’Troublemaker’ showcases Papas’ growth as an artist, from his career in Titanium, and firmly stand him out from the crowd as one of New Zealand’s rising young pop talents with an unmistakable voice.

It follows the independent release of Papas' debut solo single ‘Burn It Down’,