With sophomore album 'Dr Boondigga & The Big BW' out of the lab, soul powerhouse Fat Freddy's Drop is shaking down music culture worldwide. Freddy's independent attitude and indefinable music has won a legion of fans and respect since forming at the end of last century in Wellington, New Zealand. From launching their jam force in clubs around the Capital City, the band has stuck to an independent ethos through The Drop their artist operated label.
The Drop is partners with Rough Trade, !K7, Inertia and Rhythmethod for record distribution across Europe, United States, Australia and New Zealand. At the same time, the band have launched a new direct FFD Dealer model enabling indie record stores worldwide to order exclusive product directly from the band's website at wholesale prices. Playing live is at the heart of Freddy's voodoo power, no two shows are the same, and the best of the soulful slow burns and electro house jams find their way back to the lab at The Drop studio where fine tuning and sonic beat reduction happens in Freddy's Island Time.
Freddy's has toured around the world a dozen times since they first went to Europe in 2003, when 'Midnight Marauders' (Joe Dukie & DJ Fichie) was released as a 12" on the Best 7 imprint of Jazzanova's label Sonar Kollektiv. Fat Freddy's Drop have sold out gigs purely through word of mouth and played at the likes of The Roundhouse, London Le Zenith in Paris, Brixton Academy, Columbiahalle, Berlin, Sonar Festival in Barcelona, Glastonbury, WOMAD and the Detroit Music Festival.
Dr Boondigga was two years in the making and four years since their debut album 'Based On A True Story' rewrote musical history at home and abroad. That album was recorded in Lyall Bay in the Drop's first studio, an old bathhouse beneath sea level. The current studio is located by Lyall Bay Beach in the ballroom of one of Wellington's first millionaire residences. Fat Freddy's Drop stars Fitchie aka MU aka Chris Faiumu on MPC, Joe Dukie aka Dallas Tamaira on vocals and lyrics, Dobie Blaze aka Iain Gordon on Keys & Synth, Jetlag Johnson aka Tehimana Kerr on Guitar and the horn section of Tony Chang aka Toby Laing on trumpet with fellow jazz school graduates Hopepa aka Joe Lindsay on Trombone and Chopper Reedz aka Scott Towers on Saxophone.
"We've absorbed a few influences along the way - Berlin bashment, Portuguese top forty, Tooting Bhangra Beat, Montmartre TV shop Techno Hi-Life says trumpet player Tony Chang aka Toby Laing about 'Dr Boondigga & The Big BW'. "Our songs took a very natural path from the live stage to the studio. We had the chance to try separate versions of various songs and really settle into our recording process. In each song the performances are layered up, so there are sounds from different time periods, years apart. I'm happy with the album, it sounds well 'marinated' to me" It's been worth the wait with the results being described as 'the bugged out love child of Isaac Hayes and Lee Scratch Perry' by Garth Trinidad at Radio KCRW Los Angeles, U.S.