It didn’t take a lot to persuade well-known local muso Matt Eddy to join hot new Queenstown band Ghetto Blaster.
The dreadlocked bassist – who’s also a regular fixture with resort stalwarts Pass The Sauce – was already a big fan of the group’s previous incarnation, reggae trio Jah Fire.
Invercargill-based Jah Fire split in the middle of last year after building a loyal following in Queenstown with their mix of catchy, roots-tinged originals and cover tracks.
“I always thought Jah Fire was an awesome band,” Eddy says.
“They had a good singer and great songs, which are qualities that are hard to come by.
“To be honest, I also reckoned I was better than their original bass player, so when the guys then formed Ghetto
Blaster I seized the opportunity to get involved.”
Frontman Peti Seiuli and drummer Jeremy Wynyard shifted to the resort seven months ago to get the new band together.
“We felt there would be a lot more opportunities for us in Queenstown than Invercargill so it made sense to move to where the work is. We didn’t want to just stay where we were and wonder ‘what if’,” Seiuli says.
Ghetto Blaster have already been hard at work putting together a set of new tunes they’ll showcase at the Summer Sk8 Sesh in Queenstown Gardens on Saturday.
“Jah Fire was very much a reggae-based sound but having Matt on board has given us so many more options,” Seiuli explains.
“We have already gone up a couple of levels and he has expanded our horizons by introducing us to samba, bossa nova and drum and bass.”
The next step for Ghetto Blaster is to record a debut album.
They have already been laying down tracks at Eddy’s home studio in Kingston.
“Our aim is to have at least two hours’ worth of original material in the can and get the album out as soon as possible,” Seiuli says.
“We’re getting there.”
Catch Ghetto Blaster at the Summer Sk8 Sesh in Queenstown Gardens on Saturday from 10am