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Biography

There are two artists with this name

1. Alias of Martin Damm, better known as The Speed Freak.

2. Shapeshifter from New Zealand. Shapeshifter has been heralded as a musical phenomenon for their ground breaking live shows and unique blend of heavy soul/drum and bass. Their reputation as pioneers of modern music was built by a unique approach to electronic music which had previously been restricted to computer based studio musicians and has earned them widespread critical and commercial acclaim.

Their third studio album Soulstice was released in August 2006, it entered the NZ national charts at remarkable Number 4 and spent over 2 months in the New Zealand top 20, they also reached number 1 on the independent charts. In 2006 they were awarded a phenomenal 3 awards at the New Zealand bnet music awards for Best Live Act, Song of the Year for “Bring Change” and Album of the Year for Soulstice.

Soulstice obtained Gold sales status in New Zealand in three weeks and has since achieved Platinum sales. It has a star line up featuring Shapeshifter’s artistic talents and features vocals from some of New Zealand’s top artists. September 2006 saw Shapeshifter tour throughout Aotearoa spreading their acclaimed drum and bass soul styles. In cutting-edge Shapeshifter fashion, they performed with leading orchestras creating a revolutionary experience and selling out their shows weeks in advance. From this they released their first ever live album encapsulating the essence, energy and vitality of their trademark performances entered the national charts in the Top 10 and is the New Zealand Number 1 independent album.

Early 2007 saw Shapeshifter release Soulstice in Australia and the first run of albums were sold out in 5 days. They headlined the Hothouse Stage at the 2007 Big Day Out Australian tour and were handpicked by Tool to support them in Melbourne to a massive sold out audience of 15,000. Also, in 2007 they were a headline act at Australia’s prestigious nationwide Parklife Festival.

2001 saw the release of their debut LP Realtime, highlights included a collaboration with sublime vocalist Ladi6, on the track 'Move With Me'. Realtime was awarded the Best Electronic Release at the 2002 bnet NZ music awards. The track “Tapestry” became the number 1 most played track on the Alternative Radio Airplay charts for 2001. Shapeshifter’s second release Riddim Wise LP gained gold sales status and features the voices of some of New Zealand’s top soul vocalists – Joe Dukie (Fat Freddy’s Drop) and Ladi6. The album spent many weeks at number 1 on the independent album sales charts. They won ”Best Electronic Video” for “Long White Cloud” at the 2005 Juice TV Music Awards.

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