Team Dynamite share the video for ‘Who?’ ft Diggy Dupé, created by respected multidisciplinary artist Askew One (Elliot O’Donnell) with Jordan Cherrington and Rimoni. 'Who?' is the first track from Team Dynamite's new record Respect The Process, due for release in August.
The work on the video began during Level 4 Lockdown, with the creatives working independently, and using stop motion photography as a unifying treatment for the video.
“Obviously as things progressed rather positively on the COVID-19 front here, we were eventually able to get in a situation where it was acceptable to shoot some performance to mix up with the stop motion technique as well - we achieved an effect that pulls the two techniques together by shooting with the aperture wide open in fairly low light settings,” Askew One says.
“The reference point for this video was a lot of early 90’s stuff rather than the overly slick direction of recent videos. My personal feeling is that gels well with Team Dynamite’s grounded and authentic sound."
Respect The Process is due to be released on digitally via DRM and on vinyl by Years Gone By Records this August. ‘Who?’ is out now on streaming services.
About Team Dynamite
Team Dynamite formed in the late 2000s after aspiring teenage MCs Lucky Lance and Tony Teez decided to take hip hop beyond their weekend freestyle sessions at a local park. An introduction to producer Haz Beats provided the beats they were missing, and suddenly Team Dynamite was a legitimate group, building a reputation for dance-floor friendly hip hop and becoming mainstays of the Young Gifted & Broke collective.
The group released The Demo Tape in 2010, Shepherds Delight in 2014 and Never Again EP in 2015. They’ve collaborated with a who’s who of New Zealand music including Che Fu, @peace, Laughton Kora and Bailey Wiley. They dominated the 2015 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards with no less than four nominations, going on to win best video for ‘Coconut Lime’ from Shepherds Delight.Their high energy live show saw the group play major festivals including Homegrown and Rhythm & Vines, and be invited to support Ladi6 on a nationwide tour, as well as supporting international acts - sharing the bill with DJ Premier and Pete Rock was a highlight.
Team Dynamite went quiet for the last few years, with just a couple of singles to keep fans intrigued. They’ve focused on other projects - music and otherwise. Tony is a youth worker, Lance has a clothing brand and Haz continues to make beats and produce music, notably for Avantdale Bowling Club and Miloux, as well as touring with the re-formed Home Brew.
Finally, Team Dynamite are back, with their first full length album since Shepherds Delight, to be released later this year on Years Gone By Records.