Dunedin band Gromz creates worldwide hits in a couple of days


Dunedin band Gromz are practicing their song Running Around, which is on the top of NZ and world charts on Spotify two weeks after it was released.

Queenstown musos have hit the top of world music charts, with hits created in just over two days.

The four lads from GROMz hit the eighth spot in Spotify's global chart last week, reaching the top five in New Zealand viral charts and number ten in America within days.

The band recorded their album 2 and a half days in two-and-a-half days, coming up with tunes on the spot and un-rehearsed lyrics.

Dunedin based band Gromz are on top of global charts on Spotify. Band members from left to right Queenstown's Max Gunn, ...

Dunedin based band Gromz are on top of global charts on Spotify. Band members from left to right Queenstown's Max Gunn, Semisi Maia, Mo Winders and Isaac Kennedy at the back.

When Queenstown's Max Gunn and Mo Winders created the band in Dunedin with vocalist Semisi Maiai and Isaac Kennedy half a year ago, they did not expect people would be listening to them overseas.

Wakatipu High School graduate Gunn, 23, said the results were a "huge surprise" as they had no record company, sponsors, distributors or a manager behind them.

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"We are massively excited. It's been a full on a couple of days...we are still processing it," Gunn said.

The band uploaded their album on Spotify, iTunes and bandcamp at the start of this month, and it took off as listeners shared it on social media.

"People dig it so they share it naturally," Gunn said.

"It helps with the vibrant student population in Dunedin," he added.

Vocalist and guitarist Semisi Maiai, 19, said the fact their songs were recognised internationally hadn't sunk in yet.

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"Waking up and Running Around hits 50,000 views...It was out of the blue," he said

Maiai said each band member had a different style so the album was a fusion of them.

"It is slow, almost romantic surf rock kinda vibe," he said.

"It was the best two and a half day in our lifes."

Maiai, who also wrote the lyrics, said a lot of it was created on the spot in the studio.

Despite becoming one of the top musicians in the country within few days, they kept working on more music as well as studying for exams.

"We are still the same dudes," Gunn said.

The GROMz were planning a summer tour around New Zealand, starting it in Queenstown and moving North. 

Gunn said to go far in the industry you had to make music your primary focus.

"If music is what makes you feel fulfilled then just keep making it," he said.

 - Stuff


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