Newtown Sound

  • When: 2nd Mar 5:45pm
  • Where: Newtown Sound Stage
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Newtown Sound operator, DJ Art aka Heart Offishal, is a long-time contributor to Aotearoa, New Zealand’s ever-growing reggae music scene. He is an accomplished radio show presenter, beat-maker, producer, skilled soundman, and a multi-instrumentalist.

Art founded Newtown Sound and NiceUp NZ – two organisations that work in events, music promotion and mentoring, and are dedicated to forwarding New Zealand reggae and hip-hop, and also connecting the scene globally.

He has run tours throughout Australasia with artists such as Rodney P and Skitz (UK), The Bug (UK), Warrior Queen, Jr Kelly, Jr Reid, and Deadly Hunta, and in 2012 Newtown Sound also began operating officially as an independent record label.

Art performs regularly across New Zealand and also travels worldwide, doing shows in Australia (Byron Bay Reggae Fest 2011), Berlin (Dub Festival 2010), New York, London, Glasgow, and Delhi, alongside top ranking reggae performers such as Deadly Dragon, Mungo’s Hi Fi, Earl Gateshead, Rhythm and Sound, Mr Williamz, and the Reggae Rajahs.

Combining his DJ skills with turntablism and a deep knowledge of reggae, hip-hop and jazz, Art is a versatile club DJ with sets that are diverse and display his love for tuff 80s digital, rub a dub, heavy roots (new and classic), and the best in dancehall influenced hip-hop. He also showcases the finest New Zealand vocal talent and productions.