Kidz in Space is an alternative hip hop group from Auckland, New Zealand consisting of Ashley Hughes, Matthew Neshat and Joshua Fountain. Signed to Move The Crowd Records and Universal Music, they released their debut EP, Episode 001: Chasing Hayley, in August 2009. It featured the hit singles Lose My Cool and Downtime, and had guest spots from Coco Solid and Alisa Xayalith from The Naked and Famous. Their debut studio album, Ghost, will be released September 20. Signed to a joint venture between Move The Crowd and Universal, their MTC band mates include Smashproof, Tyree, Young Sid, Derty Sesh and Juse.
The story begins when three artists (Ashley Hughes, Mat Neshat and Josh Fountain) from different upbringings and musical backgrounds, mysteriously cross paths. Frustrated with the current state of music on Earth, they boarded the Starship Synthesizer to launch themselves into the outer limits of the universe, in search of a new sound. Bound by their intergalactic explorations they re-materialized as Kidz in Space.
Not content with each new cosmic conquest the Kidz In Space planet-hopped, unwilling to stay anywhere for too long, always probing for unheard sounds and fresh experiences. The Kidz journeyed light-years through Guitar galaxies, dodged their way past Pop comets and battled against Hip-Hopbots and Dance Droids. Scarred but triumphant, they have returned to earth with a shed-load of pioneering sounds, levitated lyrics and off-world melodies.
Their ship is currently docked in the mini-megalopolis of Auckland city where they are presently collaring their data, performing excruciating musical calculations and keenly analyzing the results. Though early outcomes are notoriously unstable, and frankly these Kidz could head off into an impenetrable black hole at any given moment, an undeniable thread has emerged from their initial findings on music captured from the outer galaxies. In layman’s terms, the theme is the importance of relationships between the necessary parties needed for pro-creation and evolution, the male and female of the species. Well that is apart from the planet Mars, but we don’t need to get into that right now! The resulting Kidz In Space E.P follows the relationship between an Earth man and Earth woman and the issues they confront along the way, from the beautiful beginning through to the despairing end.
Though they are, of course, seasoned space travelers in their stereophonic sputnik, the Kidz In Space have only just begun to reveal their rhythmic research from amongst the stars, to followers of a more traditional Earth bound sound. As one would expect from audio astronautical adventurers of their caliber, a large launch pad was required, and so the BDO ’09 was chosen as the location for their beatwise blast off. Momentarily sending the Local Produce stage into orbit the Kidz set their phazers to stun, and received an appropriately astronomical reception from the captivated crowd. Watch the skies for more Kidz In Space live show-and-tells, and keep an ear open for their EP of space bound sounds and terranean tones, the Kidz In Space have landed.
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