“There’s Something Cooking In The Kitchen Tonight…” Fat Freddy’s Drop
It was a sunny afternoon in Wellington back in the early 2000’s. Life was good, I was living in New Zealand, filming and swimming with dolphins, surrounded by some of the most driven and interesting people I have ever met. A time full of creative buzz. Me? A photography student at The Photo School with Mel Philips in a zone of enlightenment that is with me every step of this life that I live through a lens. We gathered in Wellington city near the harbour and while having a few drinks in the sun, danced the day away, laughing, singing, a total peace in our surroundings. As the saying goes, “You can’t beat Wellington on a good day.” The stage was alive with so many different top class musicians pelting out tune after tune of what seemed like never ending unbeatable and unbreakable talent. I didn’t want the day to end. The bass, the brass, the beat, the voice, the clothes, the quirky hats, the relationship with the crowd that seemed to make its way so easily from the stage to each individual. We were all there, together, nothing else mattered. Who was this band? Fat Freddy’s Drop.
Here we are, in the UK, Sunday night in 2014 at the famous Secret Garden Party Festival, the crowd, huge. The main headlining act about to come on stage. An air show of spit fires with a trail of fireworks pluming behind, the atmosphere was very much alive. Thousands of people all there to support and absorb the New Zealand beats that these guys deliver so incredibly well. I think people are finally waking up to the fact that New Zealand is full of the most outstanding talent that really takes our breath away. Tiki Taane, Katchafire, Shapeshifter, Hollie Smith, Salmonella Dub, Trinity Roots, Rhombus, Lorde, Kimbra, Che Fu, the list just goes on. There are many musicians out there, but not all can be listened to all the way through your life. Fat Freddy’s you totally rock. Thank you. Kia Kaha.
Thank you! Girl About Town x
© Gemma Reynolds Photography
Photographer: Rocknroll – FineArt – Fashion – Life Through A Lens