Music work keeps brothers busy
Queenstown musical multitasker Joe Cowie has had a year of breakthroughs, earning widespread internet acclaim, performing to huge crowds and preparing for a tour of the United States and Canada this year. Cowie has a string of music projects but the most prominent is Blackplanet, a breaks and drum ‘n bass duo consisting of Joe and his Wellington-based Caleb. Blackplanet’s releases have gained decent sales on iTunes, but playing live is the real thrill. ‘‘Playing live is where everything comes out,’’ Cowie said. ‘‘All those hours and days spent in the studio perfecting a track means that you can really unleash it all in front of a crowd and really get them them moving, and seeing a room full of people dancing to your music is a real thrill.’’ However, Blackplanet is only one part of the Cowie brothers’, and Joe’s, prodigious musical output. K-Lab is primarily Caleb’s vehicle, but as Analogue MC Joe forms a vital vocal backbone to the act, although other MCs and vocalists are used. Caleb toured K-Lab in Canada and the fans gained through a
brother constant stream of releases, and the live tour, means both brothers are prepping for a Canadian and US tour in 2013. ‘‘It looks like it’ll be an eight to 10 week tour of both Canada and the United States, which should be an awesome experience, and help raise our profile.’’ Joe’s band, Pass The Sauce, will also be hitting the live circuit again, after a year’s hiatus. ‘‘It’s definitely time to bring the live vibe back to Queenstown after a year off, and we’ll be hitting World Bar’s balcony for a series of live sets throughout the summer.’’ Joe’s solo project Lil Massive, a sample-based hip-hop act featuring live musicians, made its live debut at the Summerlands festival at the Lake Hawea Hotel, where K-Lab also played a set.
Class act: Joe Cowie (left) works the mic while brother Caleb works the decks. The duo have a multitude of music projects on the go, and are preparing for a US and Canadian tour next year.