Hip hop artist going solo
Taipari Waaka is going it alone, with his first solo EP release coming out next month, but there are plenty of people who have his back.
Waaka has been plugging away on the Palmerston North music scene for many years, working with the Lockdown 06 crew of rappers, musicians and DJs, helping out other artists in his recording studio and mentoring and DJing a weekly radio slot on Access Manawatu.
He said while he has a solid crew around him, his solo project is more about him accepting all the aspects of who he is as an individual artist.
‘‘I’ve been in lots of groups, which is great, but I have had to compromise my integrity and vision sometimes. So this is the first time I have done exactly what I want, just how I want it.’’
Me, My Selfie and Ice is the name of the EP that will be released on May 6 and Waaka said it has been four years in the making.
‘‘Lots of people label me as a singer, or a rapper, but those are just influences that I have. I actually started in blues and as I grew I learnt the other stuff. They were like extra instruments. So the sound on this is a little bit bi-polar because my influences are so vast.‘‘
Waaka will be doing a free, all ages video release event at Highbury’s Legacy Church on April 14.
Palmerston North musician Taipari Waaka.