Kerikeri musician set for big things

THE SET: Troy Kingi, Hugh McKechnnie and Gaz Jarman  at the ‘‘gentlemen’s club’’.
THE SET: Troy Kingi, Hugh McKechnnie and Gaz Jarman at the ‘‘gentlemen’s club’’.

Things are happening for Kerikeri musician Troy Kingi.

His song Hold your Head High was filmed at Waimate North last week.

The video is to be released on February 6, dovetailing with the nationwide release of the much-anticipated New Zealand-made film Mt Zion, in which Troy plays a role.

The set for the music video was created by carver Hugh McKechnie in his Waimate North shed, which he transformed into a "gentlemen's club".

The cast of the "bad boy party" that gathered there included Troy's friends, local musicians, artists and actor Dave Wikaira Paul - who flew in from Sydney to contribute his skills - to what is generally a labour of love.

On his Facebook page Troy says: "A massive massive massive thanks to all who helped on the music vid on Saturday - was a mean vibe and a weird vibe all day. To the Waimate North gentlemen's club - Keir Foto, Chris Bell, Korey Atama, Gaz Jarman , Herbie Hei Hei, Hugh The Power House Bench Presser , Richard Wharerahi and Dion, Te Oikau Edwards, Rob Herbert, Te Rangitu Netana, Richard Meyer [BJ], Brian, Justin Rogers - Isaac Bell for the direction, my darling Huz for the mince and the ladies in the back for helping out and getting the second crate, and to Mr Stai Pai David Wikaira Paul for the ring finger dance and being te mantis. Min n Cheeeey people, Min n Cheeey."

Troy, an accomplished musician and teacher, has been in and out of bands for the past 10 years and just recently gone solo, since wrapping up Mt Zion.

He's had air time on television through promotion of Mt Zion and also through his own music.

Troy has written songs for various projects - one winning the recent ‘Choice not chance' problem gambling competition.

And he composed music for the Raid Movement video - a youth suicide prevention organisation.

This song has been playing at Caltex stations in the Far North during the past two months.

Troy has now been contracted to write music for an anti smoking campaign for the Ngati Hine health trust, set for release in November.

He also has a resident solo gig at Whangarei bar Rynoz every second Friday and is working on a suite of songs for an EP release early next year.

He's a busy man - Troy is studying fulltime.

He's nearly completed his first year of a bachelor of arts degree majoring in Maori language.

"Although music and diving are my major passion, I live for the country life, my wife and my kids," he says.

A true Far North talent.

Check out Troy's song at Scribe With Us.

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