Isolation helped create 'unique sound'

A Westport rap artist will release his new album on Thursday.
Aaron 'A.I.' Intemann is currently the only working rap artist based on the West Coast, but he says the isolation has helped him to develop a unique sound.

The 30-year-old lives on a lifestyle property just outside Westport.

His new album Season of Difference was written and recorded over the course of 14 months and features artists from Rangiora, Punakaiki, Greymouth and Westport.

"I like to think I've been working my whole life on this one," Intemann said.

A strictly independent musician running his own label - Lead Ink Limited New Zealand - he said the entire project had been "exciting but scary".

He has sunk his own personal funds into producing and releasing the album, as well as putting together the videos he has released through social media during the second half of 2017.

Season of Difference will be available from Thursday locally at The Gap Cafe, West Coast Vape, DP1 Cafe and Challenge Greymouth.

The album features West Coast-based musicians Drew Tuisamoa, Gemma Rea, Myke Ansell, Jacey Goldfinger, Jaydin Shingleton, Dean French, Chontene Nathan, Lani Wanoa-Harvey and Shane Beatson.


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