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Nightmares On Wax Returning To New Zealand In November

Nightmares On Wax Returning To New Zealand In November

Friday 5th July, 2019 12:59PM

UK downtempo pioneer Nightmares On Wax aka George Eveyln is heading back our way for two North Island events this spring, swiftly following up on his party-starting headline set at Auckland's Wondergarden festival last New Years Eve. The Warp Records stalwart's mid-nineties opus Smoker’s Delight is widely regarded as a foundational work in the hazy red-eyed realm of chill out / downtempo – catch the genre-bending studio wizard bringing his blazed beats to the shows below...

Nightmares On Wax
Friday 15th November - Hollywood Avondale, Auckland
Saturday 16th November - Meow, Wellington

Sales available from 9.00am, Monday 8th July

Experience the clip for 'You Wish' from Nightmares On Wax's 2018 album Shape The Future...

Press release:

It is no exaggeration to say that Nightmares on Wax’s work is synonymous with a place in time. It is a place individual to those who have savoured his popular brand of sun-drenched dubbed out soul, where fragments of hazy memories, halcyon days and past snapshots encapsulate a generation’s sofa sojourning.

For George Eveyln, the man behind Nightmares on Wax, did indeed create some defining moments in the 90’s. Firstly there was his involvement in writing two of the U.K.’s early rave classics Dexterous and Aftermath (with then writing partner Kevin Harper from the Nightmares A Word of Science album). George then went alone and in ’95 bought us Smoker’s Delight, a downbeat opus and the archetype 90’s stoner album (not surprisingly, he was a one time high judge of the Cannibus Cup in Amsterdam). The effect of Smokers Delight was palpable as it is considered one of the main catalysts in the explosion of the chill out / down tempo genre today. George’s success is enduring, and he has often been praised for his polished production work. Indeed with a state of the art studio, no one can fault the craft he has been honing for fifteen years. The subtle complexities and layers to his music is also what makes it so accessible. However this is certainly not the sole result of one man and a mixing desk. He works with a varied group of local musicians; a range of percussionists, classically trained keyboardists, guitarists etc., and evidence of this was found on his last tour to promote Mind Elevation, doing a string of dates with a thirteen piece band. Live musicianship is also quite apparent on In A Space…. where much of the ideas came from impromptu studio ‘jams’.

Producing the genuine article and constantly evolving and progressing is the prime motivation behind Nightmares’ music. It is about taking the sounds of soul and reggae and hip-hop and more to a new plateaux. “Today’s music is inspired by what’s gone on before and that is what fascinates me. Following on in that tradition I am inspired by the old and want to evolve it into something new. I see it as a never ending cycle and that is where I want to be.”


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