Sugar highs anyone? Of course you’ve had ’em. Then what about a soda dream? Well, if not, one 3min 42 second exposure to the addictive new song from Raglan newcomers Masaya will likely make you wanna give it a try, such is the warm and engagingly natural Kiwi funk groove of their Soda Dreams. Nothing hardcore about this single other than the late afternoon summer party groove, which by itself likely persuaded NZ On Air to include the song on their NewTracks compilation this August.
I’m Reiki Ruawai. I play the guitar and lead singer. Kaea Ruawai is on drums and Murok Pearsall bass and vocals. We are all from Raglan.
Jules Blewman, our lead guitarist, is from Wellington, now migrated up here to the west coast. Joe Kaptein is from Whangarei and plays the keys.
I went to Massey University for a year to study Bachelor of Commercial Music under Warren Maxwell, who was one the best teachers to learn music off. It was very important to me to understand the foundations of writing a song.
I am in my parents’ band, Cornerstone Roots, and have been for the past 10 years. I have also worked with Flowidus on a track called Said and Done, and tour with them occasionally.
Masaya started in 2018 for a university music project. I decided to grab Kaea and Muroki that summer and we started Masaya. We know each other well, we grew up together.
I believe that each song I produce is a stepping stone towards something even better. I find my writing technique evolves after each new song I write.
My biggest highlight was playing at Soundsplash this year. It was really cool to see the crowd getting involved and sing along to our songs.
I think Soda Dreams stand out as a single because of the new funk style that was created.
Well, it fit with the song I was working on, and so I just made the decision to go with it. Soda Dreams is about when you’re going about your day and it may be any kind of day and mood, you catch yourself in a daydream of past experience or a future one, drifting off into your ‘soda dreams’.
My favourite section is the second verse showing the contrast between myself and Muroki, going back to back with vocals.
As soon as lockdown was over, we boosted to Auckland where we had one day to record the track at Roundhead Studios, with Emily Wheatcroft-Snape as the engineer.
Mostly I want the listeners to enjoy the groove and the new tune, dance and have fun with their soda dreams.
To distinguish a single for myself, it’s the one that plays in my head several times a day.
Nic Nak Media do our PR. I produce our music and I have my mum and dad helping out with long term management.
Later on this month I’m very excited to announce my first solo song release on the 21st of August under Reiki Ruawai. Through Believe Distribution.
TOI – Get Up
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hunnybee
Che Fu – Fade Away
This is my first application to NZOA. My only advice would be to just have a go and be ambitious. Back yo self!
Yes, I enjoy watching Tiny Desk and Colors Show the most because of their raw performances.
Special message to everyone out there who is listening to our new single Soda Dreams. Create fun and keep on groovin.
New Tracks is a compilation of new music from New Zealand artists which is distributed to broadcast and online platforms on the first of each month. Previously the Kiwi Hit Disc, New Tracks is one of the ways that New Zealand on Air promotes kiwi music to the industry, radio, streaming services, and media. To apply for New Tracks you must have a completed, airplay-ready song and a promotional plan.