Mu­sic work keeps brothers busy

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By GRANT BRYANT

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.

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