"I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around. Michael is gone. Tupac is gone. Prince is gone. Whitney is gone. Amy Winehouse is gone. David Bowie is gone. But I'm still standing. I'm one of the lucky ones and every day I count my blessings." - Madonna
YAMI 2017 Tutors & Speakers
Tutors & Speakers subject to change
Recently inducted into NZ's Hall of Fame, Moana Maniapoto is a true taonga of Aotearoa. Consistently pushing the boundaries of Maori music in both her recordings and live performances, Moana is looking forward to working with our creative performers.
Straight from Sydney, Matty has ticked off such roles as Tour Manager for The Veronicas, Social Media Manager, and Music Programmer. He is now is Music Editor at Pandora where he looks after curation and playlisting.
One of NZ's best-known electronic musicians, is widely recognised as one-half of electronic duo Pitch Black as well as earning awards and credit as a producer of several albums by Salmonella Dub.
Award winning musician, composer, and multi-instrumentalist of Little Bushman and TrinityRoots', Warren also has the gift of guiding students through the songcrafting world leaving them inspired and productive. This tane is a true Legend of Aotearoa...
With three successful albums, collaborations with Fly My Pretties and numerous tours under her belt, singer-songwriter Anna is eager to share the highs and lows of her musical journey.
Award winning songsmith Louis Baker, offers insight into crafting soulful lyrics and mesmerizing melodies. His music earning him regard both home and abroad.
Queen of screen and song, multi-award winning singer & songwriter Anika Moa is brave, authentic, and generous in the sharing of her breadth of knowledge of the NZ music industry. He wahine toa. Yup.
Starting her career as lead singer of Fur Patrol, Julia has gone on to cement her place as one of NZ's top female songwriting talents...ever.
Composer, performer and producer of music with ties to the sync industry, Kelly currently works in the music industry as Director of NZ Membership at APRA AMCOS.
Stephen is a partner at Media Arts Lawyers. Stephen combines his legal knowledge with his vast experience representing artists globally.
Saxophonist/Woodwind/Keyboardist/Vocalist, JY Lee has garnered a reputation as a very eclectic and experimental musician, playing in numerous bands over the years including full time with Yoko-Zuna as a multi-instrumentalist.
Kenji is a member of live progressive-electronic act Yoko-Zuna. He has used his musical knowledge and guitar skills to contribute in shaping Yoko-Zuna's unique sound.
Producer, keyboardist and founding member of Yoko-Zuna - Frank (aka Frank Keys) has collaborated and performed with many award winning NZ artists, both as a band member and solo musician.
Founding member and drummer for Yoko-Zuna, Swap Gomez has clocked over 10 years worth of recording & live performance experience as a session drummer with an array of established NZ & International Artists.
King Kapisi AKA Bill Urale is one of New Zealands pioneering hip hop artists. A former Silver Scroll winner Bill is keen to share his extensive experience in New Zealand and abroad.
Singer, songwriter, guitarist, DJ and producer, Barnaby is founding member of The Black Seeds, musical director of Fly My Pretties and a true pioneer within the NZ music industry.
Bridget is a lecturer in Music Technology at Massey University working on the cutting edge of music software and hardware development. Bridget is an accomplished instrument builder, composer and performer.
Master of the licks, Ned Ngatae has worked as a guitarist with the likes of Trinity Roots, The Black Seeds, Fly My Pretties and plenty more. Ned is known also as DJ Killamanraro.
Founding Member of Shapeshifter, Devin took on multiple roles as Director, Manager, Producer and Musician in the band. The highly acclaimed act Pacific Heights is Devin's creation, for which he recently won a Tui Award (Best Electronic Album).
With over six years of involvement as a professional musician - between collaborative and solo projects - Deanne offers a breadth of knowledge as bandleader, session/studio musician, back up vocalist, and composer.
Drummer for Electric Wire Hustle and Pacific Heights, this young musician has carved a niche for himself through both collaborative projects, solo ensembles and production.
A prolific writer, performer, and business owner, Tali has won numerous awards for her craft and is passionate about artist mentoring and development.
Founder of Loop Recordings Aot(ear)oa – independent record label and artist booking agency, Mikee is also Co-founder of music and art collective Fly My Pretties. He provides an abundant array of everything from streaming to marketing to touring.
Recently appointed Head of Music and Radio at NZ On Air, David is also currently the Content Director for NZME's Radio Hauraki. With a wealth of knowledge in funding and promotion, David will be part of our panel discussions.
Half of soulful electronica duo Arma Del Amor, singer-songwriter Martine is here to share her stories of 10 years of performance and crafting original songs.
New Zealand's own diva, who has worked with the likes of Rhombus, Shapeshifter and Fly My Pretties, Lisa lends her talents to our vocalists at the summit.
Multi-instrumentalist and producer Danny (aka Civilian Sol, Arma Del Amor) possesses a wealth of knowledge in crafting beats, audio production and song writing. He also composes music for clients such as Mercedes Benz, Mountain Dew and Les mills.
Multi award-winning audio engineer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Lee is the founder and owner of Surgery Studios, Wellington.
Programme developer for Massey University’s Bachelor of Commercial Music, Nicky’s background is in record companies, publicity, label management, marketing, and artist development, live events, sponsorship & content strategy.
General Manager of Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) Dylan has worked across the New Zealand music industry for the last 19 years, in touring, music synchronisation, creative execution and a nine year stint at Flying Nun Records.