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Clever Box with Craig James and Zayn Kemp

Sat Apr 14th, 2018
Ink Bar,

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CLEVER BOX & FRIENDS is now firmly entrenched as one of Auckland’s most distinct voices in underground electronic music. Each party includes both established and future heroes performing predominantly original music alongside resident and curator, Clever Box.

Down the stairs at Ink you’ll discover a melting pot of fanatical techno adventurers, musicians and peace-loving earth wanderers all rubbing shoulders with the regular club kids. There’s absolutely no discrimination on the dancefloor; it’s an awesome experience to be part of such a supportive and all-encompassing crowd that’s immersed in the same musical language.

Our mission for 2018 is to continue to provide the vital ingredients that make all you clever cats dance and lose control!

On music duty this time, we are super excited to announce:


And as per usual, it's just a paltry tenner on the door, so see ya’ll real soon! MWAH, Clever Rach xx


CRAIG JAMES is a driven and charismatic DJ. He has a unique approach to his blending of sound and he’s been on the scene since 2007. Hailing from Auckland, he has been provided with the opportunity to perform all over the world.

Whether in front of intimate crowds, or thousands of people, Craig constantly strives to arrange his soundtracks as true musical journeys, engaging the listeners on whole new levels. His performances are always high-energy and the moment that first track drops you know that you’re in for a thrilling ride.

Have a butchers at his Shipwrecked Festival set from 2017 here:

ZAYN KEMP has got the musical skills to pay the bills. Since buying his first jungle record while still at High School, he has had a growing curiosity for music of all kinds. His eclectic taste and style has seen him DJing abroad and immersing himself deep within the London and Berlin cultures.

He has shared bills alongside legends such as DJ T., Kevin Saunderson, Sister Nancy and DJ Vadim. Now calling New Zealand home, Zayn is keeping us well entertained with his cheeky grin and slick sound selection, which you can hear all around town, as well as locked down on the Base FM Friday Drive. You can expect bass-filled fun times, ranging all the way from deep house to rocksteady and, if we’re lucky, some of his very own productions.

Listen to Zayn’s recent set from Splore Festival here:

CLEVER BOX needs no introduction. It’s a sexualised melodrama of electronic soul, set against a backdrop of warm, lush deepness, caressing and flirting with many different flavours of house and techno. Drawing upon years of DJing, performance, vocal work and music production, Clever Box has become a sensuous live house & techno act, that pulses with lyrical magic and never fails to deliver.

This set was truly memorable, so check it out, (you’ll also get to cop a feel of the flavour of the Clever Box & Friends club nights):

alternative, art/noise, dj, electronic, soul/funk, world, Craig James, Zayn Kemp, Clever Box

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