"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." - Henry David Thoreau
2019 Tutors & Speakers
Tutors & Speakers subject to change
Nominated for Best Solo Artist, Best Hip Hop Artist and People's Choice, Kings most recent single "6 Figures" has gone gold. Add to that over 9 million Spotify streams of “Don’t Worry 'Bout It”, Kings also self-produces and self-releases.
Of Samoan, Tongan and Maori descent, Bella’s voice embodies blues, jazz, funk and gospel, Bella has performed with Chaka Khan, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Dave Dobbyn, Nathan Haines, among others, and is keen to share her gifts with the Yami Tribe.
Needing no introduction, TIKI TAANE began his music career as a sound engineering teenager. From Salmonella Dub to Shapeshifter to his own solo career, we could not be more excited to have him as our 2019 YAMI Kiwi Legend.
As the lead singer of Shapeshifter and co-founder and MC The Peacekeepers, P Digsss dominates any stage with his artistry as a vocalist, freestyler and MC.
Award winning musician, composer, and multi-instrumentalist of Little Bushman and TrinityRoots', Warren continually explores new ways of connecting the land, people, and music, and cannot wait to meet the next layer of the Yami Tribe.
Gil Eva Craig
An Audio Engineer & Sound Designer based in Wellington New Zealand, Gil works as a live sound engineer (& co-partner) at Western Audio Engineering, and has an extensive background in music mixing and production.
Lead guitarist, keyboardist and producer for Shapeshifter, as well as co-member and co-founder of The Peacekeepers, Sam brings two decades of whirlwindy experience to the Yami table.
Lips' composer, songwriter, and more recently music director/producer of the film Daffodils, Steph is a Silver Scroll winner and has lived and toured in NZ and US, alongside Patti Smith, Etta James, + recording with Common + Kanye West.
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.
Chief Executive at New Zealand Music Commission, Cath has a breadth of knowledge from within the music industry, spanning from management to connecting the dots between each part of the Creative Industries.
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.
Director of Rhythm and Alps Festival, Alex's experience in financial management, marketing and sell-out concerts make him the perfect candidate to guide a future generation of entrepreneurs.
Multi-instrumentalist, music producer and recording engineer from the USA, Fen has performed and recorded with Kimbra, Calexico, and Devotchka, and has produced records around the world from Wavelab to Roundhead. With Lips, Ikner arranged the music for award-winning Daffodils.
Rodney Hewson has a wealth of experience within the music industry working for over twenty years on major record labels, with companies like Sony, and with major New Zealand artists including Anika Moa and The Exponents.
Artist & Label Ambassador for Bandcamp in Australia and NZ, over the past 10 years Will has worked as an artist manager, label manager, booking agent, festival director, venue booker and bad DJ.
Head of Operations for NZ APRA AMCOS, Anthony's legal background along with decades of work within the Creative Industries ensures immense panel information.
The master guitar wrangler and blues breaker behind Wellington based band Sea Mouse, Seamus brings his 10+ years of live performance and recording projects experience to YAMI to share.
With a passion for live shows that started at a young age, Dave now stages enormous gigs featuring some of New Zealand's premier acts giving him a great grasp of how the crazy world of touring really works.
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.
Recently nominated for Best Electronic Artist, Martine is half of soulful electronica duo Arma Del Amor. She brings 10 years of solo and collaborative songwriting and performance to YAMI.
Founding member of Kora, L.A.B, and Kinetic, this uber-talented musician & educator enjoys sharing his vast musical knowledge, passing down his talents to those he mentors.
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.
Singer-songwriter Connor Moore is excited to be coming back to her home town. Following her Massey Music Studies, she has supported artists such as Louis Baker and Anika Moa, as well as performing with the cast of Fly My Pretties.
Recently nominated for Best Electronic Artist, multi-instrumentalist/producer Danny (of Arma Del Amor) possesses a wealth of knowledge in crafting beats, audio production and song writing. He also composes music for clients, eg: Mercedes Benz and Les Mills.
Multi award-winning audio engineer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Lee is the founder and owner of Surgery Studios, Wellington.
Founder of NZ's longest running not-for-profit Kiwi music festival (Rippon/Tuki), Lynne is keen to share the broader picture of the industry, while encouraging artists to make the most of their talents.
General Manager of Rhythmethod, New Zealand’s largest independent music distributor, Nicky’s background is in record companies, spanning label management, marketing, artist development, publicity, 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.