Celebrating their award for best single at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards at Vector Arena on Thursday night are (from left) Chris Mac, Marlon Gerbes, Matiu Walters and Ji Fraser. Drummer Eli Paewai was in Dunedin. Photo by NZ Herald.
A former Dunedin-based band is on top of the music world
after sweeping the 2012 New Zealand Music Awards.
Six60 won six Tuis for best single, people's choice, best
group, highest-selling New Zealand album, highest-selling New
Zealand single and the New Zealand radio airplay record of
"We're really stoked. We just went along to celebrate a good
year and we ended up walking away with all this silver," bass
player Chris Mac said from Auckland yesterday.
"There was so much talent there and there's so much great
talent in New Zealand at the moment that we didn't think we
had a chance."
Band members Mac (bass, synthesizers), Eli Paewai (drums), Ji
Fraser (lead guitar), Marlon Gerbes (synthesizers, samples)
and Matiu Walters (vocals, guitar) met in 2006 when they were
students at the University of Otago.
They named the band Six60 after their address at 660 Castle
St and started out putting on small concerts in their living
room for friends and family.
Their self-titled first album debuted at number 1 in the New
Zealand charts last year and has subsequently gone
The success of the album had surprised even the band.
"It's an independent record we financed ourselves with zero
marketing and it's been something like 50 weeks in the top
10. It's been an incredible run and it's something we're
really proud of," Mac said.
Their singles Rise Up 2.0 and Don't Forget Your
Roots reached number 1 and number 2 on the RIANZ singles
chart and also went platinum.
There was a simple reason for the band's broad appeal, Mac
"Without sounding big-headed or anything, I think we've got
good songs and our live performance is really strong."
Mac moved to Auckland from Dunedin two months ago and drummer
Eli Paewai still lives in Dunedin, flying up to join his
bandmates yesterday afternoon.
"I still own a house there and Dunedin is definitely my
favourite New Zealand city, but the work is up here," Mac
"We still say we're a Dunedin band. We get angry when
Auckland tries to claim us."
Six60 next performs with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
on November 17 and is working on its second album and a
Unfortunately, the tour will not include a Dunedin date.
"We're hoping to get back down to play in Dunedin as soon as
we can," Mac said.