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Concord Dawn and Trei

Concord Dawn began life as Evan Short & Matt Harvey, bursting onto the New Zealand music scene back in mid 1999 with their unique high octane drum & bass sound. They were the darlings of the local bNet/Student Radio stations up and down New Zealand, getting hefty primetime airplay, featuring at the top of the weekly Top Ten's and breaking chart records across the bNet. After a year or so of underground success they were courted by local electronic music label Kog Transmissions and released their first, self-titled, album in July 2000. After touring the album throughout New Zealand they rele ...read more

Concord Dawn began life as Evan Short & Matt Harvey, bursting onto the New Zealand music scene back in mid 1999 with their unique high octane drum & bass sound. They were the darlings of the local bNet/Student Radio stations up and down New Zealand, getting hefty primetime airplay, featuring at the top of the weekly Top Ten's and breaking chart records across the bNet. After a year or so of underground success they were courted by local electronic music label Kog Transmissions and released their first, self-titled, album in July 2000. After touring the album throughout New Zealand they released their second album Disturbance in April 2001 and received Best Electronic Album and Best Independent Release at the 2001 bNet Music Awards. Both Concord Dawn and Disturbance sold far better than expected and the boys received strong reviews in all forms of media not only for their releases but also for their energetic live performances. For the next year they went into hiatus to refine the Concord Dawn sound further with Evan heading to London for 5 months to immerse himself in the culture of the drum and bass homeland. Upon his return to New Zealand work was started on their 3rd album, Uprising, with tracks like 'Morning Light' and 'Don't Tell Me' finding international acclaim well before the album's release. Uprising was released in New Zealand in September 2003 and reached gold sales status in an amazing 3 months. With Concord Dawn now well established internationally and their catalogue now being distributed worldwide Evan and Matt embarked on a seemingly never ending world tour, travelling all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. At the 2003 bNet music awards 'Morning Light' won Best Song and Most Radio Play and at the 2004 bNet music awards Uprising received Best Album and Best Electronic Release. Concord Dawn were also nominated for Best Electronic Act at the 2004 New Zealand music awards but narrowly missed out to Salmonella Dub. Work on their long awaited 4th album was completed in early 2005 and was titled Chaos By Design to express the album’s musically eclectic nature. The album and singles won critical acclaim worldwide with various tracks off the albums being signed to some of the biggest and most respected drum and bass labels worldwide such as Metalheadz, Ram Records and Hospital Recordings. Chaos By Design also won Best Electronic Album at the 2006 New Zealand Music Awards. Another full world tour was embarked on shortly after the release with Matt relocating to Vienna, in the heart of Europe and Evan covering New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the Americas from home base in New Zealand. 2008 saw Evan focus on his studio commitments while Matt continues with Concord Dawn. Stylistically inhabiting a musical landscape populated with driving jump-up drum breaks, angular melodic synthesiser patterns and driving pulse-like bass lines, as a musical entity Trei is a genuine composer and artist. An individual capable of easily dispelling the knob-twiddling computer programmer connotations far too often associated with the more throwaway aspects of dance music. Given this, in the space of what counts as four short years behind the consoles as a DJ and a producer, Trei has risen to the upper echelon of drum and bass in New Zealand. Resultantly, his music production and DJ skills are now raising eyebrows in all the right places across the globe. Or to call a spade a spade – on an international scale, a new force to be reckoned with has emerged in drum and bass. In 2006, Trei released his first 12", Catscratch/Big Mouth on Random Recordings, and has since accumulated a substantial catalogue of releases on a diverse mixture of labels. Of particular note was the highly anticipated release of 'Day Away' on Black Sun Empire’s Obsessions Label and breakthrough track Valium Express (featuring Dose & Menace) on Commercial Suicide which featured in Andy C’s Cover mount CD for Mixmag’s December 2007 Edition. With upcoming releases on Critical Music, Shogun Ltd, Commercial Suicide, Samurai Music, Incite Recordings, Syntax Audio, Revolution Recordings and Marky’s Innerground all receiving massive worldwide support and his debut album set for release in 2009; Trei's going frequent flyer - watch this one rise. « hide

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