Ladi6 follows own beat
MULTIPLE New Zealand Music awards, several hit singles and critical acclaim are just a few things Karoline Tamati is known for, but art is not necessarily one of them.
Also known as Ladi6, the Kiwi queen of hip-hop can now add ‘‘artist’’ to her string of accolades with a wall mural as part of Auckland’s POP temporary art project.
Lyrics from her song Learn to Fly now grace a wall on Ponsonby Rd.
Although Tamati insists she is no artist, she admits it is not the first time she has made her stamp on a city.
‘‘I tried to get into tagging when I was little in Christchurch,’’ she laughs.
‘‘It’s an awful tag on this old post box. It’s still there, I see it every time I go home.’’
Living in Point Chevalier, Tamati says she is excited to see art culture thriving in Auckland.
‘‘It’s really awesome and it’s pretty surreal that my lyrics are on the street,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s great seeing the city council trying to integrate art into the community.
‘‘I’m really excited about it, I just think there should be more and more of it.’’
The POP temporary art project, supported by the Waitemata Local Board, was initially launched last year and driven by the idea of presenting the city in a new way, using creativity and innovation to engage people.
Tamati, along with other musicians like Lorde and Tiki Taane were recruited to add their lyrics to the streets.
The hardest part was deciding which lyrics to use, Tamati says.
‘‘I had two options, one that was quite positive and hopeful and one that questioned humanity and love.
‘‘I put it to the band and we went with the first option.’’
After a year travelling around Brazil, America and Europe, Ladi6 is back and ready to record a fourth studio album.
Following the success
of the 2013 album Automatic, Tamati is keen to take a different approach to recording her unique sound.
‘‘We want to do something different to the original hiphop method of drum loops – it’s all about capturing our live sound. This time we’re making it all together all playing our own instruments.
‘‘That’s never been done before with us and I’m excited to get started.’’
The band includes Tamati’s partner Brent Park, and Julien Dyne. With August the target month to begin recording, it’s all about planning now.
New Zealand musician Ladi6 has taken her artist talents to Ponsonby Rd.