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Originating from Wellington, New Zealand, The Black Seeds have carved out their reputation through platinum selling albums, a masterful 8-piece live show, and a unique sound that fuses infectious grooves and melodies with undiluted roots music. With numerous European festival tours and releases behind them, and a successful 2009 North American release, their following continues to spread quickly around the globe.

Led by the vocals of Barnaby Weir and Daniel Weetman, at its core The Black Seeds music is a boundary-crossing sound fusion of big-beat funk, dub, soul, and afro-beat, mixed with ... Read more

Originating from Wellington, New Zealand, The Black Seeds have carved out their reputation through platinum selling albums, a masterful 8-piece live show, and a unique sound that fuses infectious grooves and melodies with undiluted roots music. With numerous European festival tours and releases behind them, and a successful 2009 North American release, their following continues to spread quickly around the globe.

Led by the vocals of Barnaby Weir and Daniel Weetman, at its core The Black Seeds music is a boundary-crossing sound fusion of big-beat funk, dub, soul, and afro-beat, mixed with vintage roots-reggae.

Described by Clash Magazine as ‘one of the best reggae acts on the planet’, their legendary 8-piece live show brings the raw energy and good vibes wherever it goes. They now have countless sell-out New Zealand and Australasian tours behind them, and regularly perform at many of Europe’s biggest festivals.

Lyrically The Black Seeds music expresses messages on different levels. Personal triumphs and failures, the fear of love, death, apathy, and relationships, give a personal insight into the lives of the musicians. Ultimately though, their songs are always under-pinned with an underlying positivity and optimism.

Headquarters is, and always has been, the Surgery Studio in the capital city of Wellington – a city with a small, close-knit creative community, which in recent years has churned out the likes of Flight Of The Conchords and Lord Of The Rings. A former Karate Dojo and condemned building, the band’s sound engineer Lee Prebble took advantage of the cheap rent to set up the studio, which has since been responsible for producing some of New Zealand’s finest albums of recent years (Trinity Roots, The Phoenix Foundation). The Surgery is the practice room, recording studio, and general hangout space for the band, with all four of their albums having been produced there.

The Black Seeds released their debut album 'Keep On Pushing' in 2001 and despite a tiny marketing budget the album reached platinum sales in New Zealand, as well as being successfully released in Australia through Shock Records.

The second album, 2004’s 'On the Sun', added a heavy dose of funk and soul to their dub reggae sound. Debuting at No. 3 in the New Zealand Charts, the album achieved double-platinum sales with the single ‘So True’ becoming one of the most successful New Zealand singles of 2005.

In July 2007, The Black Seeds released their third album 'Into the Dojo' in New Zealand. Spending five consecutive weeks at No. 1, and a total of 52 weeks in the album charts, the album has sold well over double-platinum sales and spawned four radio hits with singles ‘The Answer’, ‘Sometimes Enough’, ‘Cool Me Down’ and ‘One by One’. The album showed a great deal of development in the group’s sound; and for the first time song-writing duties were shared between the band members.

'Into the Dojo' was also the start of the bands movement from their New Zealand base to the rest of the world. After signing a 2-album deal with respected German-based label Sonar Kollektiv, 'Into The Dojo' was successfully released in Europe in 2007, supported by two 12’’ vinyl EP’s (Best Seven/Sonar Kollekitv). The album received critical acclaim and strong airplay, particularly in Germany and France where it reached high rotate and was featured as ‘Album Of The Week’’ on stations such as Radio Nova (France), Radio Eins (Germany) and more.

Tracks from the album featured on compilations such as Nova Tunes 07 (alongside songs from Radiohead, Jose Gonzalez) and ‘The Answer’ featured as iTunes France’s ‘Single of the Week’, all of which contributed to the start of a fast-growing fan base for the band in Europe.

Written and workshopped in beach-house locations around Wellington, The Black Seeds fourth and latest album 'Solid Ground' was successfully released in New Zealand, Australia and Europe, between August – October, 2008, and reaching well-over platinum sales in New Zealand.

Produced by the bands guitarist Mike Fabulous, the album oozes with The Black Seeds distinctive flavour – from the heavy-hitting, Karma-inspired ‘Slingshot’ and darker reggae/dub-infused tracks like ‘Send a Message’ and ‘The Bubble’, to infectious reggae gems like ‘Love Is A Radiation’, ‘Come To Me’, and the funk/soul filled ‘Rotten Apple’ and ‘Afrophone’.

Spending 7 consecutive weeks in the 'Top 5' of the New Zealand music charts, 'Solid Ground' was released in Europe through Sonar Kollektiv, supported by two European tours which included standout performances at many of Europe’s biggest festivals such as Summerjam, Garance, Lowland, Roskilde, and The Lovebox Weekender, as well as a live performances on TV shows such Canal Plus (France’s biggest music TV show).

In July, 2009, The Black Seeds signed with top North American label Easy Star Records - masterminds behind one of the decade’s best-selling reggae albums: The Easy Star All-Stars’ Dub Side of the Moon.

Solid Ground was successfully released in September 2009. Debuting in the top 15 of the Billboard reggae charts, the album has received critical acclaim including recently being named ‘Soul Album of The Year’ by jambase.com’s Dennis Cook. So far, Solid Ground has also spent eight consecutive weeks in the ‘Top 10’ of CMJ’s World Music charts, and five weeks in the overall ‘CMJ Top 200’.

In support of the release The Black Seeds completed their first major U.S. tour in September 2009 alongside top U.S act John Brown’s Body. The 12-show U.S. tour saw them performing to packed houses across America. The band will return in mid 2010.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Originating from Wellington, New Zealand, The Black Seeds have carved out their reputation through platinum selling albums, a masterful 8-piece live show, and a unique sound that fuses infectious grooves and melodies with undiluted roots music. With numerous European festival tours and releases behind them, and a successful 2009 North American release, their following continues to spread quickly around the globe.

Led by the vocals of Barnaby Weir and Daniel Weetman, at its core The Black Seeds music is a boundary-crossing sound fusion of big-beat funk, dub, soul, and afro-beat, mixed with vintage roots-reggae.

Described by Clash Magazine as ‘one of the best reggae acts on the planet’, their legendary 8-piece live show brings the raw energy and good vibes wherever it goes. They now have countless sell-out New Zealand and Australasian tours behind them, and regularly perform at many of Europe’s biggest festivals.

Lyrically The Black Seeds music expresses messages on different levels. Personal triumphs and failures, the fear of love, death, apathy, and relationships, give a personal insight into the lives of the musicians. Ultimately though, their songs are always under-pinned with an underlying positivity and optimism.

Headquarters is, and always has been, the Surgery Studio in the capital city of Wellington – a city with a small, close-knit creative community, which in recent years has churned out the likes of Flight Of The Conchords and Lord Of The Rings. A former Karate Dojo and condemned building, the band’s sound engineer Lee Prebble took advantage of the cheap rent to set up the studio, which has since been responsible for producing some of New Zealand’s finest albums of recent years (Trinity Roots, The Phoenix Foundation). The Surgery is the practice room, recording studio, and general hangout space for the band, with all four of their albums having been produced there.

The Black Seeds released their debut album 'Keep On Pushing' in 2001 and despite a tiny marketing budget the album reached platinum sales in New Zealand, as well as being successfully released in Australia through Shock Records.

The second album, 2004’s 'On the Sun', added a heavy dose of funk and soul to their dub reggae sound. Debuting at No. 3 in the New Zealand Charts, the album achieved double-platinum sales with the single ‘So True’ becoming one of the most successful New Zealand singles of 2005.

In July 2007, The Black Seeds released their third album 'Into the Dojo' in New Zealand. Spending five consecutive weeks at No. 1, and a total of 52 weeks in the album charts, the album has sold well over double-platinum sales and spawned four radio hits with singles ‘The Answer’, ‘Sometimes Enough’, ‘Cool Me Down’ and ‘One by One’. The album showed a great deal of development in the group’s sound; and for the first time song-writing duties were shared between the band members.

'Into the Dojo' was also the start of the bands movement from their New Zealand base to the rest of the world. After signing a 2-album deal with respected German-based label Sonar Kollektiv, 'Into The Dojo' was successfully released in Europe in 2007, supported by two 12’’ vinyl EP’s (Best Seven/Sonar Kollekitv). The album received critical acclaim and strong airplay, particularly in Germany and France where it reached high rotate and was featured as ‘Album Of The Week’’ on stations such as Radio Nova (France), Radio Eins (Germany) and more.

Tracks from the album featured on compilations such as Nova Tunes 07 (alongside songs from Radiohead, Jose Gonzalez) and ‘The Answer’ featured as iTunes France’s ‘Single of the Week’, all of which contributed to the start of a fast-growing fan base for the band in Europe.

Written and workshopped in beach-house locations around Wellington, The Black Seeds fourth and latest album 'Solid Ground' was successfully released in New Zealand, Australia and Europe, between August – October, 2008, and reaching well-over platinum sales in New Zealand.

Produced by the bands guitarist Mike Fabulous, the album oozes with The Black Seeds distinctive flavour – from the heavy-hitting, Karma-inspired ‘Slingshot’ and darker reggae/dub-infused tracks like ‘Send a Message’ and ‘The Bubble’, to infectious reggae gems like ‘Love Is A Radiation’, ‘Come To Me’, and the funk/soul filled ‘Rotten Apple’ and ‘Afrophone’.

Spending 7 consecutive weeks in the 'Top 5' of the New Zealand music charts, 'Solid Ground' was released in Europe through Sonar Kollektiv, supported by two European tours which included standout performances at many of Europe’s biggest festivals such as Summerjam, Garance, Lowland, Roskilde, and The Lovebox Weekender, as well as a live performances on TV shows such Canal Plus (France’s biggest music TV show).

In July, 2009, The Black Seeds signed with top North American label Easy Star Records - masterminds behind one of the decade’s best-selling reggae albums: The Easy Star All-Stars’ Dub Side of the Moon.

Solid Ground was successfully released in September 2009. Debuting in the top 15 of the Billboard reggae charts, the album has received critical acclaim including recently being named ‘Soul Album of The Year’ by jambase.com’s Dennis Cook. So far, Solid Ground has also spent eight consecutive weeks in the ‘Top 10’ of CMJ’s World Music charts, and five weeks in the overall ‘CMJ Top 200’.

In support of the release The Black Seeds completed their first major U.S. tour in September 2009 alongside top U.S act John Brown’s Body. The 12-show U.S. tour saw them performing to packed houses across America. The band will return in mid 2010.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Originating from Wellington, New Zealand, The Black Seeds have carved out their reputation through platinum selling albums, a masterful 8-piece live show, and a unique sound that fuses infectious grooves and melodies with undiluted roots music. With numerous European festival tours and releases behind them, and a successful 2009 North American release, their following continues to spread quickly around the globe.

Led by the vocals of Barnaby Weir and Daniel Weetman, at its core The Black Seeds music is a boundary-crossing sound fusion of big-beat funk, dub, soul, and afro-beat, mixed with vintage roots-reggae.

Described by Clash Magazine as ‘one of the best reggae acts on the planet’, their legendary 8-piece live show brings the raw energy and good vibes wherever it goes. They now have countless sell-out New Zealand and Australasian tours behind them, and regularly perform at many of Europe’s biggest festivals.

Lyrically The Black Seeds music expresses messages on different levels. Personal triumphs and failures, the fear of love, death, apathy, and relationships, give a personal insight into the lives of the musicians. Ultimately though, their songs are always under-pinned with an underlying positivity and optimism.

Headquarters is, and always has been, the Surgery Studio in the capital city of Wellington – a city with a small, close-knit creative community, which in recent years has churned out the likes of Flight Of The Conchords and Lord Of The Rings. A former Karate Dojo and condemned building, the band’s sound engineer Lee Prebble took advantage of the cheap rent to set up the studio, which has since been responsible for producing some of New Zealand’s finest albums of recent years (Trinity Roots, The Phoenix Foundation). The Surgery is the practice room, recording studio, and general hangout space for the band, with all four of their albums having been produced there.

The Black Seeds released their debut album 'Keep On Pushing' in 2001 and despite a tiny marketing budget the album reached platinum sales in New Zealand, as well as being successfully released in Australia through Shock Records.

The second album, 2004’s 'On the Sun', added a heavy dose of funk and soul to their dub reggae sound. Debuting at No. 3 in the New Zealand Charts, the album achieved double-platinum sales with the single ‘So True’ becoming one of the most successful New Zealand singles of 2005.

In July 2007, The Black Seeds released their third album 'Into the Dojo' in New Zealand. Spending five consecutive weeks at No. 1, and a total of 52 weeks in the album charts, the album has sold well over double-platinum sales and spawned four radio hits with singles ‘The Answer’, ‘Sometimes Enough’, ‘Cool Me Down’ and ‘One by One’. The album showed a great deal of development in the group’s sound; and for the first time song-writing duties were shared between the band members.

'Into the Dojo' was also the start of the bands movement from their New Zealand base to the rest of the world. After signing a 2-album deal with respected German-based label Sonar Kollektiv, 'Into The Dojo' was successfully released in Europe in 2007, supported by two 12’’ vinyl EP’s (Best Seven/Sonar Kollekitv). The album received critical acclaim and strong airplay, particularly in Germany and France where it reached high rotate and was featured as ‘Album Of The Week’’ on stations such as Radio Nova (France), Radio Eins (Germany) and more.

Tracks from the album featured on compilations such as Nova Tunes 07 (alongside songs from Radiohead, Jose Gonzalez) and ‘The Answer’ featured as iTunes France’s ‘Single of the Week’, all of which contributed to the start of a fast-growing fan base for the band in Europe.

Written and workshopped in beach-house locations around Wellington, The Black Seeds fourth and latest album 'Solid Ground' was successfully released in New Zealand, Australia and Europe, between August – October, 2008, and reaching well-over platinum sales in New Zealand.

Produced by the bands guitarist Mike Fabulous, the album oozes with The Black Seeds distinctive flavour – from the heavy-hitting, Karma-inspired ‘Slingshot’ and darker reggae/dub-infused tracks like ‘Send a Message’ and ‘The Bubble’, to infectious reggae gems like ‘Love Is A Radiation’, ‘Come To Me’, and the funk/soul filled ‘Rotten Apple’ and ‘Afrophone’.

Spending 7 consecutive weeks in the 'Top 5' of the New Zealand music charts, 'Solid Ground' was released in Europe through Sonar Kollektiv, supported by two European tours which included standout performances at many of Europe’s biggest festivals such as Summerjam, Garance, Lowland, Roskilde, and The Lovebox Weekender, as well as a live performances on TV shows such Canal Plus (France’s biggest music TV show).

In July, 2009, The Black Seeds signed with top North American label Easy Star Records - masterminds behind one of the decade’s best-selling reggae albums: The Easy Star All-Stars’ Dub Side of the Moon.

Solid Ground was successfully released in September 2009. Debuting in the top 15 of the Billboard reggae charts, the album has received critical acclaim including recently being named ‘Soul Album of The Year’ by jambase.com’s Dennis Cook. So far, Solid Ground has also spent eight consecutive weeks in the ‘Top 10’ of CMJ’s World Music charts, and five weeks in the overall ‘CMJ Top 200’.

In support of the release The Black Seeds completed their first major U.S. tour in September 2009 alongside top U.S act John Brown’s Body. The 12-show U.S. tour saw them performing to packed houses across America. The band will return in mid 2010.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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