Brainwaves 2019

Celebrating neurodiversity – saluting New Zealand music

Never before have Tiki Taane and Hollie Smith shared a stage so make sure you don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to see them perform in Christchurch in July.

Rotary New Zealand and the Tourette’s Association New Zealand are proud to be working together to host this night of amazing music at the Isaac Theatre Royal on July 6th.  

Brainwaves is a true showcase of kiwi talent – not only that of the two headline acts but also of aspiring young musicians from throughout New Zealand.

The first half of the concert will feature a range of acts – from singer/songwriters to a band consisting of five young people who all live with Tourette Syndrome – and includes a rare appearance by Mike Chunn, the original bassist for Split Enz.

Hollie Smith will then wow the audience with her powerhouse vocals in the second half of the show before Tiki Taane takes to the stage with his energetic one-man show, bringing to the close a night of musical indulgence.

Tickets, from $52.50, are available now through Ticketek.





Possibly one of New Zealand’s most diverse artists and producers, Tiki Taane is considered a musical pioneer, first rising to prominence as live engineer and eventually frontman of leading band Salmonella Dub in 1996 before embarking on his solo career in 2007.

Tiki’s self-produced debut release ‘Past Present Future’ achieved double platinum sales and picked up a swag of NZ Music awards. His beautiful acoustic love ballad Always On My Mind’ rose to #1 and broke two all-time NZ records – it sat in the charts for a record 55 weeks and was also the first-ever digital single to achieve platinum sales.

Since then, Tiki has released three other albums, each with their own successes. Renowned as much for his powerful, headlining live performances as he is for the anthems he writes and produces, his extraordinary ability to rock the mic as both a gifted performance MC and a solo acoustic performer is something to be experienced first-hand.

Tiki’s musical influences and appeal are broad, traversing from dubstep, reggae, drum’n’bass and hip-hop, to more contemporary pop/rock sensibilities. Over the years he has teamed up with many international artists such as Joss Stone, Michael Franti, DUBFX, Andrew Tosh, Mad Professor, and has worked with nearly every bass heavy act in NZ.

Tiki has produced multi-platinum singles and albums, not only for himself but for top NZ artists such as Salmonella Dub, The Adults (Shihad), Six60 and long-time friends Shapeshifter, for whom he’s been their exclusive live sound engineer since 1999.

YouTube link – Always On My Mind



Hollie Smith is one of New Zealand’s most predominant & iconic musicians. After working with numerous bands including Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Detroit dance legend Recloose, she was approached by NZ songwriting royalty Don McGlashan to perform on a movie soundtrack single ‘Bathe in The River’ that topped the New Zealand singles charts and became one of the biggest and iconic singles in New Zealand history.

This set the stage for Hollie’s debut album ‘Long Player’ released in 2007 which went straight to number one on the NZ charts. The album reached multi-platinum status, and was followed with sold out tours and then saw her take away several NZ music awards that year which included ‘Best Producer’, ‘Best Female Solo Artist’ and ‘Breakthrough artist of the year’.

In 2010 she released her second album ‘Humour and the Misfortune of Others’ which reached #1 in the charts and gold status in New Zealand, and followed it up with the 2011 release of her 3rd album ‘Band of Brothers Vol 1’ – a remarkable collaboration with Mara TK from Electric Wire Hustle. During this time Hollie opened for international artists such as Bob Dylan, Coldplay & Simply Red.

Then in 2013 she collaborated with fellow iconic NZ singers Anika Moa and Boh Runga to release the album ‘Anika Boh Hollie’, and then immediately followed it with a successful winery tour of New Zealand.

In 2014 Hollie toured Canada, the US and the UK, including two powerhouse performances at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival, wowing the crowd performing two sets to over 50,000 people.

Hollie performed a series of shows in Australia in 2015 including the Queenscliff Festival, and in October released the single ‘Lady Dee’, following with the singles ‘Helena’ & ‘Lead The Way’ and album title track ‘Water Or Gold’ in the lead up to her eagerly anticipated latest solo album which was released in New Zealand in April 2016. ‘Water Or Gold’ entered the New Zealand charts at #1 sitting in the top 10 for 3 weeks. ‘Water or Gold’ gained two New Zealand Music Award nominations for Best Album & Best Female Solo Artist.

Hollie Smith is a prolific hardworking singer/songwriter and performer and has always maintained a highly respected reputation of creating music with the upmost integrity & passion, not to mention her incredible live performances and powerhouse vocals.

YouTube Link – “Bathe in the River”



The Lunatics are a group of young people featuring four outstanding vocalists and songwriters.

They will be performing a combination of original songs as well as some classic kiwi tunes like “Loyal” by Dave Dobbyn and “Love, love, love” by Avalanche City.

All five band members live with the neurological disorder Tourette Syndrome. The Lunatics are: Analise Twemlow, vocals; Connor Zampese, vocals and guitar; Ethan Downey Parish, vocals, guitar and bass; Ava Thornley, vocals; and Hannah Allen, drums.

YouTube link – “Aliens”



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