By now just surfing the break from his teenage years, Muroki has been making waves of the musical kind in Raglan since high school days, having realised as a 14-year-old that music was his calling. The singer/songwriter/musician and producer makes music that incorporates reggae, pop, jazz, R&B and hip hop influences, and alongside his solo project also plays in a couple of local bands. Wavy is the thoroughly apt name of his new single that caught the attention of NZ On Air who added the song to their NewTracks compilation this March.
My full name is Muroki Mbote Wa Githinji. I am a Kenya / Kiwi and I grew up in Raglan. I play the guitar, bass and drums/percussion.
School taught me about band dynamics and how to lead one, but not so much for learning my instruments. I have had two guitar teachers, Nicky Keys and Peter Skandera, but I’m self-taught on the other instruments.
I’ve played in two other bands, Cloak Bay and Masaya. I started Cloak Bay with a friend Lennox Reynolds (artist name Meanwhile) and I play bass in Masaya.
It literally just started with me fooling around on GarageBand. I always wanted to have a solo project because I like having creative freedom and control of my own work. So when I recorded this song, For Better Or Worse, I decided to release it under my own name. I do have a band though when I play live.
I’ve been working with producers Djeisan Suskov and Josh Fountain for my next project. Working with these two has developed my songwriting so much. They are constantly teaching me new things and helping me strengthen all of my weak spots.
Definitely the Benee tour, Spark Arena in particular.
It’s probably my catchiest tune!
Wavy was written about a fantastic psychedelic trip I had at a music festival. I was lucky enough to share this profound experience with a girl that I had recently met, so the song describes some of the crazy visuals and feelings I was having and how all I wanted to do, was to continue dancing with her.
I wrote this song with Djeisan Suskov. We honestly just thought it would be funny to write a song about this experience.
Whatever they feel like taking!
When ya know, ya know!
Management (CRS) – Campbell Smith, Poppy Tohill. Record Label (Olive) – Stella Bennett, Trieste Douglas, Poppy Tohill. Booking Agent (Village Sounds) – Julian Carswell
Fat Freddy’s Drop – Mother Mother
UMO – Huneybee
Batucada Sound Machine – He Said She Said
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.