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

2021 Tutors & Speakers to be announced soon

Tutors & Speakers subject to change

2019 Tutors & Speakers Below:


Nominated for Best Solo Artist, Best Hip Hop Artist and People’s Choice, Kings most recent single “6 Figures” has gone gold. Add to that over 9 million Spotify streams of “Don’t Worry ‘Bout It”, Kings also self-produces and self-releases.    

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 share her gifts with the Yami Tribe.

Tiki Taane

Needing no introduction, TIKI TAANE began his music career as a sound engineering teenager. From Salmonella Dub to Shapeshifter to his own solo career, we could not be more excited to have him as our 2019 YAMI Kiwi Legend.

P Digsss

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

Warren Maxwell

Award winning musician, composer, and multi-instrumentalist of Little Bushman and TrinityRoots’, Warren continually explores new ways of connecting the land, people, and music, and cannot wait to meet the next layer of the Yami Tribe.

Gil Eva Craig

An Audio Engineer & Sound Designer based in Wellington New Zealand, Gil works as a live sound engineer (& co-partner) at Western Audio Engineering, and has an extensive background in music mixing and production.

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.

Steph Brown

Lips’ composer, songwriter, and more recently music director/producer of the film Daffodils, Steph is a Silver Scroll winner and has lived and toured in NZ and US, alongside Patti Smith, Etta James, + recording with Common + Kanye West.

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.

Cath Andersen

Chief Executive at New Zealand Music Commission, Cath has a breadth of knowledge from within the music industry, spanning from management to connecting the dots between each part of the Creative Industries.

Bridget Johnson

Bridget is a lecturer in Music Technology at Massey University working on the cutting edge of music software and hardware development. Bridget is an accomplished instrument builder, composer and performer.

Alex Turnbull

Director of Rhythm and Alps Festival, Alex’s experience in financial management, marketing and sell-out concerts make him the perfect candidate to guide a future generation of entrepreneurs.

Fen Ikner

Multi-instrumentalist, music producer and recording engineer from the USA, Fen has performed and recorded with Kimbra, Calexico, and Devotchka, and has produced records around the world from Wavelab to Roundhead. With Lips, Ikner arranged the music for award-winning Daffodils.

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.

Will Evans

Artist & Label Ambassador for Bandcamp in Australia and NZ, over the past 10 years Will has worked as an artist manager, label manager, booking agent, festival director, venue booker and bad DJ.

Anthony Healey

Head of Operations for NZ APRA AMCOS, Anthony’s legal background along with decades of work within the Creative Industries ensures immense panel information.

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.

Dave Munro

With a passion for live shows that started at a young age, Dave now stages enormous gigs featuring some of New Zealand’s premier acts giving him a great grasp of how the crazy world of touring really works.

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.

Martine Harding

Recently nominated for Best Electronic Artist, Martine is half of soulful electronica duo Arma Del Amor. She brings 10 years of solo and collaborative songwriting and performance to YAMI.

Below are some of our previous YAMI tutors and speakers.

Matty Newton

Straight from Sydney, Matty has ticked off such roles as Tour Manager for The Veronicas, Social Media Manager, and Music Programmer. He is now is Music Editor at Pandora where he looks after curation and playlisting.

Moana Maniapoto

Recently inducted into NZ’s Hall of Fame, Moana Maniapoto is a true taonga of Aotearoa. Consistently pushing the boundaries of Maori music in both her recordings and live performances, Moana is looking forward to working with our creative performers.

Paddy Free

One of NZ’s best-known electronic musicians, is widely recognised as one-half of electronic duo Pitch Black as well as earning awards and credit as a producer of several albums by Salmonella Dub.

Anna Coddington

With three successful albums, collaborations with Fly My Pretties and numerous tours under her belt, singer-songwriter Anna is eager to share the highs and lows of her musical journey.

Louis Baker

Award winning songsmith Louis Baker,  offers insight into crafting soulful lyrics and mesmerizing melodies. His music earning him regard both home and abroad.

Anika Moa

Queen of screen and song, multi-award winning singer & songwriter Anika Moa is brave, authentic, and generous in the sharing of her breadth of knowledge of the NZ music industry. He wahine toa. Yup.