Sounds Crafty: Hikoikoi’s James Coyle


3-piece roots/rock/soul group Hikoikoi have opened for The Original Wailers and appeared at numerous festivals around New Zealand over the last 3 years, including Auckland City Music in the Parks and Wellington’s One Love Festival. Influenced by early gospel and roots reggae, Hikoikoi’s signature sound incorporates jazz and funk grooves and unique vocals. Pianist James Coyle picked out some favourites on Felt and let us in on his artistic inclinations – read the full story here.

Sounds Crafty is a special series of craft showcases picked by Kiwi musicians, bands and DJs, published throughout New Zealand Music Month. Starting off in 2010 with Julia Deans and Urbantramper, and previously featuring artists such as Minuit’s Ruth Carr, Nathan King, The Twitch’s Fleur Jack, singer/songwriter Flip Grater and Hera, Sounds Crafty brings rhythm and craft together and finds out what NZ musos make of it all.

Whose music is like a hand-knitted cardigan lined with cryptic crosswords? Which singer’s mosaic lion took pride of place in her dad’s garage? These intriguing questions and many more will be answered on Felt during the month of May. Stayed tuned!

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