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Matiu Te Huki

Composer, Performer

Biography

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rangitane, Italian, Scottish, Irish, English.

Matiu "The Hook" Te Huki is known for his amazing vocal skills and energy and for his ability to powerfully hold, lift and connect with a crowd whilst either fronting a band or performing as a solo artist. Matiu intuitively nurtures a deep connection with his audience, creating the energy that opens portals of paradise.

Matiu has a background in traditional Māori performing arts, theater and fronting great bands with his powerful yet smooth, unique voice. He has performed with the likes of Fat Freddies drop, Rhombus, Pitch Black, Tiki Taane, Anika Moa and many more of New Zealand's top artists.

As a singer songwriter, the soul stirring messages in Matiu's music are positive, inspiring and unifying. His music has a strong Maori flavor using haka, chants and traditional Maori instruments.

The music itself can be described as soulful roots with grabbing grooves, deep dub with beautiful bass, funk and a bit of hip hop. His performing name "The Hook" relates to his ingeniously created melody hooks and crafted bass lines that stick with the listener long after the song finishes.

Matiu was the founding member of the popular NZ roots band Homefire Burning and now leads his band, My Golden Soul. Matiu "The Hook" loves to improvise, collaborate and express himself freely.

"Matiu is not just a musician, he is a life coach, an artist, and a catalyst for change."