NZ Music T-Shirt Day: Get To Know Some Of The Homegrown Talent Killing It Right Now

Written by Jay-Dee Pitcaithly on 29th May, 2020
NZ Music T-Shirt Day: Get To Know Some Of The Homegrown Talent Killing It Right Now

It's NZ Music T-Shirt Day and to celebrate we're deep-diving into the legends behind some of our fave local Kiwi tracks featured on our brand new NZ only playlist.

Before we get stuck into our playlist breakdown, if you're keen to get behind NZ Music T-Shirt Day and show your love for the incredible people behind New Zealand's music industry, rep your favourite Kiwi music tee and, if you have the means, make a donation today to MusicHelpsLive, an appeal launched by MusicHelps to directly support those working in the industry.

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Well, what can we say? We're a little Benee obsessed over here. Can you blame us though?! She's New Zealand's breakout act of 2019 and ever since the release of her debut single 'Tough Guy' in 2017, we've been hooked. Since her first release, the alt-pop powerhouse has continued to kick goals and has even gone viral on apps like TikTok. If we had to choose our favourite track it would have to be 'Supalonely'. The sun-dappled, funky AF track that also features rising US singer Gus Dapperton. If you're having a tough day, do yourself a favour and give this track a listen. 


Since sharing their debut single 'Two Angels' at the end of 2017, the local Auckland four-piece have been on the rise, opening for acts including Foals, Pale Waves, and more recently Canadian country star Orville Peck. If we could only listen to one Daffodils song on repeat for an entire day it would have to be 'Boys'.


New Zealand rapper JessB is absolutely dominating right now. She's supported big names like Stormzy and Little Simz and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. Her latest 2020 release 'Pon It', certainly caught our attention and we can't wait to see what's on the horizon for this talented boss. 

Mild Orange

Since early 2017, Dunedin indie rockers Mild Orange have continued to reach higher heights, growing leaps and bounds since their debut release 'Stranger'. After a massive year touring Europe and the UK, Mild Orange have knuckled down in the studio and today release their self-titled second album 'Mild Orange'. BRB, getting stuck into the album now!


Yoko-Zuna is a progressive electronic four-piece hailing from Auckland. They've been a staple in the local scene since the release of their debut album 'This Place Here' in 2015, and their unique blend of hip-hop-infused electronic beats leaves us wanting more. A personal favourite of ours would have to be their track Orchard St featuring wickedly talented Kiwi hip hop artist Tom Scott. 

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