Rapt Soulovus debut at No 7

Soulovus play at their album launch at The Mayfair.
Soulovus play at their album launch at The Mayfair.

Waitara band Soulovus are exceeding everyone's expectations, including their own.

The reggae band have quickly made their mark on the New Zealand reggae scene and released their debut album Love Foundation about two weeks ago.

In its first week, the album shot to No 7 on the New Zealand album chart.

Saxophone player Shelton Healey said it was everything the band had hoped for, and more.

"We were pretty rapt knowing that it went from the shed to the album chart.

"To be on the charts at No 7 in the first week was pretty mind blowing. But yeah, feet are on the ground and all the boys know where we want to go."

They recently released their first music video at Owae Marae, for friends, family and those who helped them along the way. It was filmed by Taranaki companies iStudios and Stoney River Studios.

"We wanted to shoot it here in Waitara with our own family and friends and children.

"For us that's what it's about, the future and our kids.

"Taking it back to the marae we were able to let everybody see it, and also the band could see it wasn't only about us, it was about our community and everybody who was there supporting us."

And it's the community support which had played a huge role in the band's success, Healey said.

"With the community getting behind us it's really given the boys the drive to push it even further than what we're used to.

"As we've gone along the way people have seen what we're trying to achieve and they've come on board and tried to help."

They had also been lucky to hear some wise words from Taranaki rugby coach Colin Cooper who talked to the band about setting goals and having a vision, Healey said.

"Even though we're in two different fields, just what he had to say we could relate to, every single one of us.

"It made a lot of the boys grow up as well."

Cruise FM and King Street Creative had also stepped in to help with production and promotion, which had helped them tackle things in a professional manner, he said.

With a spot on TV One's Good Morning last Friday, a North Island tour currently in progress, and their songs playing on most radio stations, Healey said they knew they hadn't quite cracked it yet, but had high hopes for the future.

"Onwards and upwards from here," he said.

Taranaki Daily News