Born out of the famed New Zealand School of Music in 2011, the then three piece band has spent the last four years expanding their repertoire (and members) into a full seven piece ensemble. Featuring a solid backbone of drums, bass, vocals and guitars, and complemented by arguably one of Wellington’s finest three piece horn sections, Tunes of I – or TOI as they are known – is renowned around the country for their original, tight and refreshingly dynamic live performances.
After the release and tour of their EP T.O.I in 2013, the band followed up with a win on NZ music voting website The Audience, securing them a $10,000 recording and video grant. A 25-date summer tour ensued, seeing them end in style supporting The Original Wailers on Bob Marley’s 70th birthday in Wellington. This was closely followed by a show supporting Australia’s Sticky Fingers to a sold out crowd at Wellington’s James Cabaret.
The band is know for their on-stage dynamic, where their touring experience and Jazz School credentials force you to take notice. Not only is their musicianship and skill remarkable, but the solid musical and personal friendships between the members is obvious from the first note. Let them take you on a musical journey through a varied set performing their special blend of dub, roots, soul and psychedelic flavours, and watch as they unexpectedly swell into a single, resonating entity where all seven members blend into one collective presence.