Breakthrough Artist of The Year
Kings is the record of longest-running #1 single on the NZ music chart, surpassing Lorde’s ‘Royals’ with his infectious hit “Don’t worry bout it”. It reamins a top 20 hit more than a year after entering the charts, surpassed only by Lorde’s newest releases.
The impromptu video, shot on an iPhone, has passed a million views on YouTube.
Kings (real name Kingsdon Chapple-Wilson) released his self-titled debut EP in November last year after winning Breakthrough Artist of The Year at the 2016 Vodafone NZ Music Awards.
The world beckons for this fast-rising star!
CEO illegal Musik
Mark Arona is co-founder and CEO of Illegal Musik, New Zealand’s leading lifestyle label signed with Warner Music Group NZ and Australia.
Illegal Musik has 963k likes on facebook and 16 million YouTube views – making it top 30 overall for New Zealand influence online.
Over ten years Illegal Music has discovered/launched many of NZ’s best known artists including J.Williams, K.One, Brooke Duff, Vince Harder, Tomorrow People and more.
Don’t miss Mark’s amazing story, from forming Ill Semantics with Selwyn College friends in the early 00’s to today’s diversified business ventures.
Chief Executive Artist at INDHE
With a diverse musical background, spanning everything from hip hop to punk to musical theatre, Bridget works and tours with musicians and producers around the world.
Her new social enterprise INDHE is an online community to connect artists and musicians around the world – kinda like the creative, misfit love-child of LinkedIn and Tinder.
She has fronted the Electric Swing Circus (UK) and the Jenova Collective (UK) amongst other acts, and has taken the stage at a number of iconic global venues and festivals including Glastonbury Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe.
Founder of Songbroker; Musician
Jan Hellriegel is a singer/song-writer who has released major-label albums, hit singles and more recently critically acclaimed indpendent releases.
This year, Jan has launched Songbroker: specialising in licensing original music by New Zealand songwriters.