Members of former Dunedin band Six60 (from left) Marlon Gerbes, Chris Mac, Matiu Walters and Ji Fraser want to make the most of coming back to the city to play an O-Week gig. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Former Dunedin band Six60 is back for O-Week after travelling
the world and working with a big-name record producer who has
worked with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney.
The band, which now splits its time between Auckland and
Germany, is in Dunedin to play an O-Week gig at Forsyth Barr
Stadium tomorrow, but its members are also relishing the
opportunity to revisit their old stamping ground.
''We are really excited about just hanging out in the city
and being around and getting another taste of the scarfie
lifestyle,'' singer and guitarist Matiu Walters said.
The band had only just returned from a stint in Germany -
where its record label is based - and was busy working on the
follow-up to its chart-topping debut, which it hoped to
release by the end of this year.
As part of working on the new album, the band had travelled
to New York to work with record producer David Kahne, who had
previously worked with the likes of Sir Paul, the Strokes,
Sublime, Stevie Nicks and New Order.
''We are also hooking up with this guy Printz Board, who is
the Black Eyed Peas producer. At the moment that's more on a
writing basis,'' Walters said.
Working with such big names in the music industry was scary
''At the start it's so nerve-racking, then after a while you
are both on the same buzz.''
He hoped people would be surprised by the direction of the
''It's going to be pushing the boundaries of what people
think Six60 are.''
The band was also busy working on getting its music to a
''It's a great opportunity. Outside of Australia and New
Zealand we are relatively unknown, but at the same we have
got the experience now and the knowhow that if it does kick
off - which we absolutely plan on that happening - that we
are absolutely ready.''
People who came along to the band's O-Week gig could expect
to hear three new tracks and see a band with ''a whole new
The band was no stranger to playing big gigs, lead guitarist
Ji Fraser saying members performed better at larger venues.
''It seems to me the bigger the venue we play, the more we
seem to excel.''
The band had already visited its namesake flat where it got
started - 660 Castle St - and members were just keen to get
involved in O-Week.
''I had a look and met the guys in there and had a look at my
old room. It looked like the same TV was still in there,''
With most of their friends having moved on, they were keen to
engage with a new generation of scarfies.
''The idea was to come down here and really embrace O-Week
and get involved in everything down here.''
''If you see us, come have a yarn.''