Six60's big sound is going global
They started out as a love-'em-or-hate-'em band, but as time goes on and their successes build, more and more people are jumping on the Six60 bandwagon and those boys are driving it straight to the top.
The five-piece rock, soul and dub group have just spent the last year playing sellout shows in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe where they're heading next, having inked a European-wide deal with Sony Music for the release of their self-titled debut album.
This is the album which clocked up nearly quadruple platinum sales and delivered five hit singles ranging from gold to triple platinum here in New Zealand last year.
The same album just helped them win six Tui NZ Music Awards, including best group, people's choice and single of the year.
The boys signed with Sony's European label Columbia Four Music, and director Volker Mietke, says he's proud to have them on board.
"Six60 is a one-of-a-kind band with a remarkable sound and a unique front-man and singer.
"This is how a rock band should sound in 2013," he says.
"The band fills a blank on our artist roster and we are proud to give Six60 a new home in Europe."
Six60's Matiu Walters says he and the band are looking forward to the move, and "doing New Zealand proud".
As of next month, the band is returning to the US and Canada to play SXSW in Austin and Canadian Music Week in Toronto, as well as sideshows in San Francisco, LA and New York.
But don't worry, they're coming back to say goodbye before jetting off on their European adventure, with six New Zealand dates including one at Founders Theatre in Hamilton, on April 13. Tickets from Ticketek and more info at six60.co.nz.