Drummer Darren Mathiassen has opened for Coldplay and is part of one of New Zealand’smost popular bands. But nothing beats playing to his home crowd.
The Wellingtonian will play with Shapeshifter at McEwen Park, Petone, on December 27.
‘‘Any Shapeshifter show is epic, but there’s something special about bringing it back home,’’ he said.
Mathiassen said the proximity to Christmas wouldn’t put him off gorging on food and drink, but the show would be a good way to work off the extra calories.
‘‘With Shapeshifter it’s a total full- body workout. I’ll shed those calories. It’s a healthy choice.’’
The Petone show, with Kora and Sunshine Soundsystem, is part of a series around New Zealand before the release of the band’s sixth studio album in the new year.
‘‘I’mexcited. There’s some epic drops. We’re going to be giving a little preview of one track on this tour.’’
Despite having travelled the world for his music, Wellington remains Mathiassen’s home.
‘‘Knocking around the Wellington scene is awesome. There are great musicians and such a collaborative community vibe about the scene. That sets it apart from the rest of the country and a lot of places internationally.’’
Mathiassen has opened for global superstars such as Mos Def, Coldplay, Dr John and Simply Red, but said there was something special about playing with Shapeshifter.
‘‘I’ve done a lot of challenging work, but with Shapeshifter it has definitely expanded my capability set. It’s the biggest riot.’’
Tickets to the December 27 show are available from shapeshifter.co.nz.