K+Lab premieres first video
You might not have heard of him, but he's making big waves overseas. From his home overlooking the city in Wellington's Mt Victoria, K+Lab - real name Caleb Cowie - has earned himself a reputation as beat making wunderkind and he's just released his first music video.
Made with funding from NZ On Air and donations from his fans via PledgeMe, Cowie's latest track Need To Know features Wellington soul singer Sacha Vee.
Vee is also doing well in the international arena, living in Holland and recording and performing with top producers and musicians.
Filmed by Micah Sargisson and produced by Playhouse Productions, the music video features hand crafted puppets made by Tim Sargisson.
Suprisingly, this was Sargisson's first time making puppets. The back yard affair included a sea made of blue fabric and a wave machine constructed out of a power drill.
"The video is really about the difficult relationships between all the characters. Everyone is trying to get their partner's attention - they all have these urgent issues and they need to know where they stand," Cowie explains.
"The video evolves around this whole theme of communication, and lack of communication. It's really quite funny and a little bit dire".
Cowie is one of the world's best Glitch Hop musicians. Glitch Hop as he explains is "like a drum and bass sound at a hip hop speed. It's fun, funky and fresh."
Cowie's tracks often make the top of the Glitch Hop charts on the mega music store Beat Port, and Addictech.com.
Cowie is co-owner of the Glitch Hop label Junk Food Recordings, and is touring Canada next month, where he is something of a celebrity.
"Canada is like the capital of Glitch Hop" says Cowie.
"I'm really excited about meeting my Canadian fans for the first time".
Need to Know is expected to be released on TVNZ in the coming weeks.