Ōtautahi supergroup 1 Drop Nation return with feel-good tribute to Aotearoa, ‘I’m Home’

Ōtautahi supergroup 1 Drop Nation return with feel-good tribute to Aotearoa, ‘I’m Home’

Ōtautahi supergroup 1 Drop Nation release feel-good tribute to Aotearoa, I’m Home’.

They’ve performed live shows alongside some of Aotearoa’s best and released an epic debut album, now Ōtautahi six-piece 1 Drop Nation are back with their new feel-good single I’m Home

An anthemic roots-reggae-funk Aotearoa tribute, ‘I’m Home’ steps it up and sets the scene for some exciting things to come - including a second album and upcoming (almost sold out!) TAHU FM presented headline show at A Rolling Stone. It also follows on from some huge performances by the group (ZM Electric Avenue, Ōtautahi 4 Aotearoa), and their impressive 5-Star reviewed self-titled debut album (Dec 2022) - with hits ‘Groove Show’, ‘The Children’ Runaway’ and ‘Good Doctor’ (ZM Locals only, NZOA New Tracks). 

1 Drop Nation is made up of talented musicians Derin (keyboards, backing vocals / Nga Tai Ki Torere), Paerau (guitar / Ngāi Tahu, Te Arawa, Ngā Puhi), Burke (guitar / Ngā Puhi, Te Ātiawa) Marc (drums), Dru (bass, backing vocals), and Kanei (lead vocals / Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu), who says that ‘I’m Home’ was written to acknowledge how beautiful Aotearoa is.

“I’ve travelled to so many other countries and for me, there’s no place like home. I love Aotearoa.”  The idea for the song came to Kanei while on holiday with his whānau. “We were in Hamner Springs and the chorus came to me while I was in the pool with my baby. My wife had taken our two boys to the hydro slide, so to make sure I wouldn’t forget the song, I swam around the pool for 30 minutes singing it to my baby before I could record it into my phone. I then took it to rehearsal with the band and the boys brought it to life.” 

Returning to the same team who did their debut album, ‘I’m Home’ was recorded and mixed by Dr Lee Prebble at Wellington’s Surgery Studios, and mastered by Josh Llewellyn at Downbeat Mastering.

1 Drop Nation have been gaining lots of attention over summer with their live shows, so if you’re in Ōtautahi on Saturday 20 May make sure you don’t miss out. Head HERE for more info and tickets now! They have special guests The Hootź & Tay Renee + it will be hosted by Furious Hori.  

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Listen to I'm Home here

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