Duo add rhythm to Alps at festival
Rhythm and Alps New Year FestivalCHE BAKER
Canadian electronic duo The Funk Hunters, consisting of Nick Middleton (Outlier) and Duncan Smith (Dunks), will be in Wanaka to take part in the Rhythm and Alps New Year's festival, Mirror reporter Che Baker caught up with them before they venture to New Zealand for the first time.
What projects have been keeping you busy lately?
We spent most of this past (Canadian) summer on the road so lately, we've been in our hometown working in the studio producing as much funk as we can. Along with that, we are just prepping up for some local shows and our tour south to New Zealand and Australia.
Have you been to Wanaka for New Years before?
No, this will be our first time in New Zealand.
When you think of Wanaka what comes to mind?
The countless stories we've heard about the beauty of the South Island and how good the festivals are.
What can people expect from your set?
We really love all types of music and love to take our audience on a journey…Our sets are best described as genre-blending-high-energy-dance-music infused with the FUNK.
Can they expect something special because it's New Years?
When the clock strikes midnight, we may go on a brief journey back to 1974 before we bring in the New Year.
What's your favourite memory of celebrating New Years?
A couple years ago we played an outdoor show in the ski town of Whistler. It was the heart of winter, with three thousand people raging with us and just before midnight we dropped James Brown's Get up off that thing. The square went so crazy, the promoter told us to "take it down a notch".
What artists are inspiring you at moment?
Gramatik, Pretty Lights, RAC, Flume, FKJ, Rudimental, and of course our favourite Kiwi band, Fat Freddy's Drop.
Which would be the least frightening - being attacked by a shark or being attacked by a crocodile? Why?
Probably a giant shark on land with small crocodile legs. A mutated animal is a scary animal.
- What: Rhythm and Alps New Years Festival
- Where: Cardrona Valley
- When: December 30 and 31
- For more info: rhythmandalps.co.nz
- The Mirror