Chart-topper Tiki Taane is launching his new album in Queenstown after a showcase gig in Christchurch was scrapped due to the deadly quake.
The Always On My Mind singer hits Subculture on Saturday and Sunday to give fans a live preview of tracks from his latest CD In the World of Light.
The album shot straight to No1 in New Zealand last week.
“I always like coming to Queenstown to play but sadly in this instance it’s because my concert at The Bedford in Christchurch was cancelled as the venue is in the red zone,” Taane says.
“I was in Christchurch recently doing a gig for the student army and I didn’t think it was fair to go back and expect people to pay to see a concert when they are still dealing with a shortage of water and power.
“Shifting the whole thing to Queenstown instead makes more sense.”
Taane reveals he’s stunned that his new album has rocketed straight to the top spot, as it’s a dubstep-fuelled departure from his signature breezy pop.
“I’m absolutely stoked at the reaction so far,” he says.
“People in the business are always looking for me to write another Always On My Mind but fortunately I’m the boss of my own record company and I don’t have to follow anyone else’s orders.”
However, the former Salmonella Dub frontman will put out another album of more traditional-sounding cuts later in the year to keep his pop fans happy.
Taane has been so busy he hasn’t even had time to celebrate his first number one album.
He’s been locked away producing a solo effort for Shihad frontman Jon Toogood and will then prepare for a tour of Europe with his Kiwi mates Shapeshifter, starting next month.
At Subculture this weekend, Taane will blast out a set of acoustic songs before taking to the decks with mate DJ Sambora.
“You can only fit about 120 sweaty people into the place so we’re just gonna crank things up and go crazy,” he says.