“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

Tutors & Speakers subject to change

Troy Kingi

Rising to fame after the release of his two multi-award-winning albums, alongside major roles in Kiwi films including Hunt For The Wilderpeople and The Kick, Kingi is nearing the mid-point of his aspirational 1O 1O 1O Series (to release 10 albums in 10 genres in 10 years). He is a prolific songwriter, collaborator and teacher. Kingi  has won two awards at the 2019 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards – Best Roots Album and Best Māori Artist.

Bella Kalolo

Of Samoan, Tongan and Maori descent, Bella’s voice embodies blues, jazz, funk and gospel. She has performed with Chaka Khan, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Dave Dobbyn, Nathan Haines, among others, and is keen to return to the Yami Tribe.

P Digsss

As the lead singer of Shapeshifter and co-founder and MC for The Peacekeepers, P Digsss dominates any stage with his artistry as a vocalist, DJ,  freestyler and MC.

Kylie Price

The Dunedin-based artist first made her mark on the country scene picking up a swag of Gold Guitar awards. Her 2014 EP Wanderer/Wonderer, also won her a legion of steadfast fans and she went on to win big at the 2016 Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards. Kylie returned in 2017 with her EP, Bones, met with critical acclaim and peaked at #3 in the IMNZ charts and #8 in the NZ Album Charts. 

Miharo Gregory

After 15 years of singing, songwriting and working as a session musician, Mīharo Gregory has found a musical home for himself as the keyboardist of L.A.B. Throughout the years, he’s managed to share the stage and studio with some of Aotearoa music’s biggest names, such as Laughton Kora, Ria Hall, Che Fu and rising star Thomas Oliver. With strengths in song writing, people skills and being a “professional sponge” Miharo is happy to share his journey in an arena-filling, chart-topping band.

Deva Mahal

Deva Mahal was born with blues in her blood. From her upbringing in Hawaii to discovering her voice in New Zealand, it’s here where she solidified her vision of becoming an artist. She has collaborated with musicians including Jaleel Bunton (TV on the Radio) and Binky Griptite (Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings), and has performed on stage alongside such legends as Etta James and Cyndi Lauper. A treat to have her with us at Yami!

Sam Trevethick

Lead guitarist, keyboardist and producer for Shapeshifter, as well as co-member and co-founder of The Peacekeepers, Sam brings two decades of whirlwindy experience to the Yami table.

Anderson Rocio

Half Spanish, half American, Anderson relocated to LA after finishing her Music degree from Otago University. Writing and co-producing her first EP in LA in 2017, Anderson now writes songs for hugely popular Netflix shows, HBO and US artists. After being signed to Think Music Inc in L.A., she rose to the top of the global Shazam charts in 2020.  Anderson is currently working on her sophomore EP whilst touring live shows in New Zealand. 

Delaney Davidson

Singer-Songwriter, Noir Protagonist, Promotional Coyote, One-Man Band, Production Svengali, part wandering minstrel, part traveling salesman, one foot on the stage and one in the road, Delaney has 8 solo albums out and always one on the way. Blues, folk, country, rock, soul, collaborations, exceptional talent and personal politics combine to produce a lone of the most distinctive figures in the NZ musical landscape.

Martine Harding

Nominated for Best Electronic Artist, Martine is half of soulful electronica duo Arma Del Amor. She brings 12 years of solo and collaborative songwriting and performance to YAMI.

Barnaby Weir

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, DJ and producer, Barnaby is founding member of The Black Seeds, musical director of Fly My Pretties and a true pioneer within the NZ music industry.

Ash Wallace

Ash is half of pop duo Foley, as well as a Music Promoter at NZ on Air. She believes strongly in the power of collaboration as a songwriter and is a huge proponent of sharing musical knowledge. Having competed in four Rockquests, and meeting her future band member at one of them, Ash studied popular music performance, production and songwriting at University of Auckland.

Cary Caldwell

Having worked on tours with Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, The Who, KISS, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Mumford & Sons, Dave Grohl, Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen,  Courtney Barnett and more, Cary’s world as a Executive Director of 212 Music has given him a life rich in music. Although he can’t play a note himself, Cary’s broad knowledge and attention to detail has seen him oversee the implementation of every aspect of large festivals, from The Great Escape to SXSW.

Danny Fairley

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Danny (aka Civilian Sol, Arma Del Amor) possesses a wealth of knowledge in crafting beats, writing for film, audio production and song writing.

Seamus Johnson

The master guitar wrangler and blues breaker behind Wellington based band Sea Mouse, Seamus brings his 10+ years of live performance and recording projects experience to YAMI to share.

Adam Fuhr

Adam is DJ and keys player for Tahuna Breaks, Kings, Day Spa and Team Dynamite. With next level skills as a musician and Serato master, he is keen to share his knowledge with the Yami tribe.

The Nomad

Having spent more than two decades behind both the decks and at the controls, The Nomad AKA Daimon Schwalger is now owner/operator of his own production studio, Fresh Audio. The Nomad has also forged a career as a fiercely independent New Zealand music artist since 1989. 

David Ridler

Before his role as Head of Music and Radio at NZ on Air, David worked in commercial radio for a decade, as programme director positions for Classic Hits, More FM and Channel Z. His immense knowledge of broadcasting sees him as an eminent guide for all keen to know more about the on-air music industry.

Lee Prebble

Lee is the founder, owner, producer and engineer at Wellington, New Zealand recording studio The Surgery. He has produced and co-produced platinum selling records for Trinity Roots and The Black Seeds, as well as albums by The Phoenix Foundation, Spartacus R, Cornerstone Roots, and Fly My Pretties.

Rodney Hewson

Rodney Hewson has a wealth of experience within the music industry working for over twenty years on major record labels, with companies like Sony, and with major New Zealand artists including Anika Moa and The Exponents.

Ned Ngatae

Master of the licks, Ned Ngatae has worked as a guitarist with the likes of Trinity Roots, The Black Seeds, Fly My Pretties and plenty more. Ned is known also as DJ Killamanraro.

Alex Turnbull

Director of Rhythm and Alps Festival, booking manager for Shapeshifter and promoter of such shows as Grace Jones and Snowboxx, Alex’s experience in financial management, marketing and sell-out concerts make him the perfect candidate to guide a future generation of entrepreneurs.

Dylan Pellet

General Manager of Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) Dylan has worked across the New Zealand music industry for the last two decades, in touring, music synchronisation, creative execution and a nine year stint at Flying Nun Records.